Yes!!! Come bearing gifts if you want to be a Gracious Guest, especially if you are spending several nights at someone’s house, and want to be invited back. If you are staying for several days, you should make it a nice gift! Your Host went to a lot of trouble getting ready for your visit, stashing away their junk, cleaning the house, washing your sheets, making your bed, cleaning the bathroom, laying out fresh towels – (or directing the cleaning person to do all that), buying food, wine, and alcohol, cooking dinner, planning for breakfast and lunches, etc. Don’t arrive empty-handed, don’t re-gift something that you obviously got for FREE, and don’t re-gift something that your Host gave you. If you drink, arrive with some nice liquor or wine or buy some shortly after you arrive. Here are some Fall Hostess Gift Ideas.
Affordable Hostess Gifts – A candle, dish towel, an apron, a new novel, a cookbook, an orchid, nice soap, cigars, toys or books for the kids, chocolates, muffins or scones for breakfast, homemade cookies or brownies, gourmet s’mores, grilling tools or wood chips, or a Board Game. When my niece came to visit, she brought a candle from The Fan in Richmond where she lives. My brother, who is a thoughtful gift giver brought us Canadian Bacon he smoked himself and a hollowed out log he made to hide house keys — he’s a crafty guy. Gracious Guests, Yes!
Higher End Hostess Gifts – Himalayan Salt Plate,Coffee Table Book, Slate Cheese Board,Pizza Stone for the grille, wine decanter, a Charcuterie board — cured meats, gourmet cheeses, fig preserves, Marcona almonds, olives, and crackers, a fabulous throw from Anthropologie, or a fun pillow (the one pictured is monogrammed with the Nantucket ACK airport code), or a Hand-Embroderied Geographic Pillow. My best friend’s daughter and her fiancé brought us this fabulous Nantucket Geographic Pillow this Summer when they came to visit, Gracious Guests – YES! My best friend is also a great gift giver, over the years she’s brought us an acrylic tray, which we can customize, a beach bag, a turquoise cooler for the beach with matching paper plates and napkins, a monogrammed throw, faux fur throws, scrabble letter pillows, and a case of wine. That’s why they’re on the “Best Guest List.”
Regardless of your budget, it’s the thought that counts, it’s good manners, and a Hostess Gift sets the tone for your visit – it says I’m excited to be here, I appreciate your efforts, and I’m going to be a Gracious Guest and not a train wreck.