Hostess Gifts That Leave A Lasting Impression
Spring has sprung! Beautiful weather brings with it excitement and the desire to celebrate. This time of year is a favorite for baby showers, wedding showers, and brunches! It also happens to be when many special holidays fall, including Mother's Day and Easter. No doubt at some point this spring, you'll be invited to an event you won't want to attend empty-handed. If you're unsure as to whether it's appropriate for you to bring a hostess gift, you can check this blog post from Emily Post. However, in our experience (and probably yours, too!) hostess gifts are always appreciated.
Guidelines for a Great Hostess Gift
If you've ever hosted an event yourself, you understand that a lot of time and resources go into putting it together (and cleaning up after!) While giving a hostess gift is always a kind gesture, the last thing you want to do to your hostess is leave her with another tchotchke she's got to find a place for. A good hostess gift shows your gratitude both for the invitation to the event, as well as for the effort the hostess no doubt put into planning it. A little thought and planning go a long way toward giving your hostess a gift she can truly use and enjoy.
Wine or Champagne
In terms of hostess gifts, wine or champagne are about as traditional as it gets. These gifts are a safe bet if you know the preferred varietal of your hostess. However, remember to be mindful of the personality of each hostess. If you don't know with certainty she enjoys wine, opt for a different gift - as alcohol can be an offensive gift to those who do not drink. Additionally, if she tends to have very specific tastes, choosing a wine without knowing her palette may result in a regift.
Lotions & Hand Soaps
Another popular hostess gift, in-season scented care items like lotion and hand soaps are also good ways to say "thank you!" to your hostess. In the springtime, light floral or lemon-vanilla scented lotion or hand soaps are appropriate choices. Avoid lotions or hand soaps with out-of-season smells (no cinnamon apple in the spring!) A quick note: it's always best to choose lightly scented items. Scent preferences are unique to the individual, and certain strong odors can trigger headaches.
Self-Care Gift Cards
Everyone loves a day at the spa - and if anyone is deserving of one, it's your hostess! Gift cards for massages, manicures & pedicures, and other self care services make great hostess gifts because they can be scheduled by your hostess at her convenience. If you choose to go this route, be sure to check the expiration date on the gift card and inform your hostess, as remembering to schedule time for self-care can be a challenge.
Preserved Floral Arrangements
While a traditional floral arrangement has been a go-to gift in the past, the hassle of maintaining the flowers only to have them die a week later is simply not worth it. Preserved flowers, however, can make an incredible hostess gift. They carry all the messaging of warmth, kindness, and beauty associated with live flowers - without any maintenance! Best of all, these are preserved roses that last a year or longer. When you gift preserved flowers to your hostess, you can be sure you're giving a gift that will be appreciated and admired long after the party is over.
Ready to give a unique and memorable hostess gift? Explore our beautiful collection of preserved arrangements here, or call us at (844) 552.7346 to have a custom arrangement designed with the help of our florists.