Hostess Gift Guide

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What better way to thank someone who has invited you into their home then with a special hostess gift! I follow the rule of thumb that you should never show up at someone's home empty handed and I try to pick a practical item that the host/hostess will enjoy.
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I don't know a person alive that doesn't like getting some type of food or drink as a hostess gift. Whether it's something that you can enjoy that night, or is meant to be enjoy by the hostess the next morning, food is just a universally good gift. It was while watching The Crown (again) that I started to Google information about Winston Churchill. Turns out Churchill loved champagne and Pol Roger was his favourite. They even released a special blend named after him! A bottle will set you back around $65 Canadian (at the LCBO) but the conversations you can have about the bottle and it's most famous drinker, are priceless. 

After all that champs, you're going to need some strong coffee. At this point I think every household has a Keurig coffee maker, so why not gift a box of a speciality brew. I fell in love with Coffee Bean while visiting the West coast. It's not something that you can buy at the corner store, you need to order their coffee online. I hoard the coffee pods until Christmas time. It makes having a cup extra special. And do you know what goes great with coffee? How about a waffle kit from Stonewall Kitchen or a chocolate and cinnamon babka from Dean & Deluca. That coffee can be served in these adorable mountie mugs. Just remember to gift as many mugs as there are adults in the family so everyone can enjoy! 

Tote bags really are the gift that can be used throughout the year. This Buffalo check looks great during all four seasons and the recipient won't know how they got along without it! Another gift that is both practical and pretty is these blue laurel wreath tea and bar towels. They are designed and handcrafted in Canada by Kendra Bester Design. I have a set that I use in my kitchen daily. Speaking of kitchens, why not gift this Jamie Oliver cookbook that boasts creating easy recipes using only 5 ingredients. It would be a welcome break after all the elaborate holiday cooking. 

This luxurious hand soap and lotion from The White Company and mini Diptyque candle set can be enjoyed by the hostess long after everyone has left. But be forewarned that when you give such a lovely gift, there will be lots of additional invites coming your way!

Lastly, why not consider gifting an instant camera. Bring along a few photo booth props and leave the hostess with some old school memories of the night. I recently attended a wedding where they snapped instant photos of all the attendees and now the bride and groom have these sweet retro photos of everyone who attended. Film is fairly inexpensive so bring along an extra so the hostess can use it again another night. 
  1. The Instax camera is an excellent idea! People of all ages can get use out of it, and I've seen some people creatively integrate the photos into their home decor.

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