Getting a gift for a host is always tricky. Especially when they’re consistent hosts whose collection of candles is overflowing (we love candles, this is not a candle dig) and already own dish towels for every season, holiday and dad joke out there. We recommend following three simple rules for getting your host the best gift.
Don’t get your host something they are going to have to clean up.
Excess wrapping, tissue paper, ribbons, gift baskets with more confetti and kraft paper strings than products can be more hassle than fun. Your host is most likely already going to be concerned with cleaning the space they are hosting in. That’s why we recommend part of the gift, be the wrapping! Whether its wine, spirits, sweet treats, or smaller items, making the bag part of the gift is a great way to cut down on waste for your host and the planet! Honorary mention rule – you can never go wrong with wine and the Rabbit Pure Cord can hold TWO bottles. But, if one bottle is more your speed, the Insulated Wine and Spirits Valet is a sustainable way to gift the perfect red or white. Both bags can be reused time and time again for an elevated gifting experience!
Getting something personalized is so special, but it’s hard if it’s not their taste or doesn’t match the aesthetics of their home. It is important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether or not to get someone a personalized gift. (We mean gifts that are especially engraved or painted that cannot be returned). If you feel like this is the right move for your host, we recommend getting a generic monogram, like the first letter in their first or last name that can be easily displayed but also returned if they think something suits their home better. It is important to remember when buying items for others that ending up with something they love is the goal, it’s okay if it takes more than one try to get there and you should never take it personally!
Ask if there is anything they need!
It might surprise you that when asked, your host has a list of things they actually need. Asking what you can do to help or if there is anything you can provide is a really thoughtful way to gift, as it shows your host you care about what they want and want to provide something they can actually use. It is also a great way to cut down on returns and waste by making sure you’re getting something that will be used and cherished. Especially during the holidays when entertaining family and friends can feel overwhelming, knowing they have your support, whether it be through your time or by bringing something they need, is the best gift out there.
We hope these tips and tricks help you figure out exactly what to do or bring for your host. At the end of the day, it is the thought that counts, and your host will be grateful you had them in mind.