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I am sure, like me, you must often have been faced with the dilemma of the perfect gift for the perfect hostess (or the less than perfect gift for the not so perfect hostess). Taking a small token of appreciation is customary when going to a party or even a courtesy call. Yet, the search for the perfect hostess gift can at times be difficult.

5  Practical and Hassle free Ideas for the Perfect Hostess Gift

Here are a few ideas that you might find useful:

1.      FLOWERS

flowers in hand perfect hostess gift

Flowers always bring a smile to the face of the recipient, irrespective of age or gender. They can be adapted to the occasion: bright for festive, white for somber.

However, it is best tostay clear of huge readymade formal arramgements or plastic-wrapped bouquets. It seems more thoughtful to give fewer flowers with long stems, tied with a simple ribbon.



2.      FRUIT

strawberries in basket perfect hostess gift

A basket of strawberries or a carton of oranges – colour, taste, fragrance of fresh seasonal fruit makes it a very welcome hostess gift. A basket of mixed fruit is the most fun—to look at and to eat. It is so decorative that it can be used as a centerpiece.

 On a scale of 1 to 10, a mixed fruit basket is definitely an eleven plus. It may take a little time, effort and expense to assemble. Some supermarkets have started selling ready prepared fruit baskets; with the addition of a personalized touch like a ribbon and a card you have the perfect hostess gift.


3.      BOOKS

book tied with string perfect hostess gift

Books are my personal favourites—gifts I love to give and receive. They can be as simple and inexpensive as low priced paperback copies of books I have read and enjoyed. It is so much fun if the recipient is a bookaholic too: you can have a cozy discussion about them later.

For formal or special occasions the big fancy coffee table books still look lovely; even in this digital age. If your host or hostess are not great readers, do not despair; just come up with a book that caters to their interests. Cookbooks, books on gardening, movies, DIY etc. are all good ideas.



4.      FRAMES

three ornate golden picture frames as hostess gifts

Picture frames are extremely versatile. They come in all shapes and sizes. You can find frames made with all kinds of materials: brass, wood, plastic, acrylic, even crystal. They make particularly good presents for a special event as they can hold commemorative photos. This makes them quite perfect hostess gifts.




flower vase perfect hostess gift

“ A thing of beauty is a joy forever”.

This may be a hackneyed old phrase but it applies to all ornaments and vases whether crystal, porcelain or china.

Vases make very useful hostess gifts as they can immediately accommodate any flowers that a host may simultaneously receive. They come in innumerable shapes, sizes and material to suit every budget and every taste.

Tiny but sweet figurines of people, animals, flowers or fruit make good gifts that can be cherished forever. The advantage of giving ornaments is that, if kept with care, they can outlive both giver and “givee” (recipient).


Once, when I was six years old, I was helping my mother choose a present. “When choosing a gift for someone,” she said, “pick something that you would love to receive or that you would like to buy for yourself.”

I have, nearly always, applied this yardstick to presents in general, and hostess gifts in particular. I like to think that my gifts are always well-received.







  1. A very useful article, and a great help for people like me who are not able to think of anything else other the cake/ sweets!


    1. Glad you found it useful.

      I compiled this list for myself once , and now thought it would be a good idea to share it.


  2. Very well written as usual. Small tokens of appreciation for a generous host can make a whole world of difference.


    1. And a very generous comment as usual.
      You might have noticed that all the items on my list are small tokens.
      Meaning that you don’t need a big outlay to show your appreciation.


  3. Perfect timing
    Was facing this very difficult question today.
    Thanks for sparking my not-so-vivid imagination 👌👌


    1. I don’t think so.
      Many girls find it challenging too as you may see from the comments on this post that are by ladies.

      Basically it just depends on taking or having the time to think about it.
      So keeping a list handy is useful for guys and gals alike.

      Thanks for stopping by


  4. A very nice list .
    My (late) Mom same rule give what u would like to have.🤗
    Another i would add is i have given plants , potted in pretty gamla or procelain bowls including some herbs.
    Especially for those who like me love to do gardening themselves.
    Secondly i like taking homemade cakes other things including jams , Ichars.
    People really appreciate such gestures..
    I try to assess the tyoe of hostess i am meeting and then decide ….


  5. Tailoring your gift to the personality of your hostess is very thoughtful and always appreciated.
    Thanks you for stopping by and commenting.


  6. Great ideas..I keep a selection of inexpensive vases at home and put flowers in the vase before giving to hostess. Saves the hostess time and makes me look super organized!


    1. That’s a great idea too.
      I am all too familiar with the hurried search for an empty vase when a guest arrives with flowers.
      Must add that to the article.



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