Showing Gratitude Through Hostess Gifts

by jessicaturner on July 11, 2011

Hostess gift

I love to give gifts. I always have.

Whenever we go to someone’s house for the first time, or if it is a special occasion (ie: a party), I love to bring a small hostess gift.

You can never go wrong bringing a hostess gift because they are always appreciated. I usually attach a small note of appreciation to the hostess.

They don’t have to be extravagant. I watch for great sales and have a small stockpile of:

  • Vases
  • Pitchers
  • Candles
  • Tote bags
  • Lotions and soaps

Lately, my stockpile has had a lot of DaySpring items in it. With great sales like the 50% off the
Life Collection
one going on now, it is easy to buy really nice gifts at a great price. (Usually I spend $4-$8 on gifts that are valued at $15-$25).

I think hostess gifts are a lot like handwritten letters. People LOVE to receive them, but they are no longer “the norm.” I hope to instill in my children the importance of showing gratitude in ways like this.

What are your thoughts? Do you like to give hostess gifts or do you think they are a thing of the past? If you give hostess gifts, what do you usually give?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

sarah July 11, 2011 at 8:17 am

I think they are a thing of the past, but they need to make a comeback. (I do still write handwritten letters) I’m never good at knowing when gifts are a good idea or not though, I just fly by the seat of my pants.


sharideth smith July 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

if they are a thing of the past, they shouldn’t be. hostess gifts are just as fun to give as they are to receive.


Rach July 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I live in Northern Ireland where hostess gifts are pretty much expected (but maybe just taking some chocolates, flowers or similar) – unless it’s a good friend (but even then you may take cookies if you’re going over for coffee etc). I went to university in Wales, with many friends from England, where it is definitely not expected/the norm.


Kelly July 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I love to give hostess gifts! I have an embroidery/sewing machine and usually stitch something on a tea towel when I am invited to someone’s home. I posted about it on my blog just a few days ago. I think it is a very thoughtful way of thanking the hostess for all the work involved in having people over.


SusanC July 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Does DaySpring have any other codes for free shipping or an additional percentage off – I know sometimes they do. Love these 4 plates!


Jessica Turner July 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Yes, free shipping on over $50. :) and try gypsy20 for an additional 20% off


brandiandboys July 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

i LOVE my bag!! thank you again. you’re too thoughtful.


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