When you get invited to a nice party, it’s polite to bring a gift for the host. If you’re not sure what to get them, this tip can help guide you to being the perfect guest.
Photo by Carol VanHook.
Gifts like ready-to-serve food and bottles of wine are nice, but they can sometimes lack sentiment and come across as a “I brought this because I wanted this” kind of gift. If you want to really wow your host, Joy Cho tells Apartment Therapy you should give them something useful:
“I like giving people something that’s small yet useful that goes beyond just that night — like a salt cellar with great salt, a succulent plant in a fun vessel, or a vase filled with local flowers.”
You don’t need to spend a fortune on their gift either. Think of something small the host would get to enjoy on their own — even if it’s just a gift card — and not another thing they will have to clean up after the fun is over. There’s nothing wrong with bringing food and drink items you like and want to share, but consider bringing another gift that’s actually for the host. That said, if they say they don’t want anything, do as they ask.
Experts Share the Most Creative, Thoughtful and Unexpected Host or Hostess Gifts [Apartment Therapy]