Have you found yourself swimming in party invitations? First off, don’t worry, we’re all a little weird after the year has passed. And here’s an easy way to start a conversation: Introduce yourself with a thoughtful and interesting gift for the host or hostess.
“A host / hostess gift should be tailored to the person receiving it or the occasion being celebrated,” says Carolyn Kraut, owner of Hands of Time Concierge. For example, you should ask yourself if a foodie likes to cook or dine out. “My favorite gifts for foodies depend on whether they’re cooking and entertaining at home, or enjoying good food while eating out or ordering on the spot,” says Kraut.
Our experts have shared their gift choices – and there isn’t a bottle of wine or a bouquet in the range below!
Sardel Organic Balsamic Vinegar
“For gourmets who cook or entertain at home, I like specialty salts, flavored balsamic vinegars, cookbooks, cheese and wine pairing books, and books with cocktail recipes,” Kraut explains. .
For the friend who loves everything organic, offer him this Italian-made balsamic vinegar without additives or preservatives.
Brooklyn Brew Shop FarmSteady Fresh Cheese Making Kit
Don’t bring cheese for a friend who loves to cook; bring them this fun kit so they can make their own!
Portland Soda Works Cocktail / Soda Mixer Set
Perfect for cocktail – and mocktail – lovers, these all-natural, small-batch syrups are brewed with seasonally selected whole ingredients and natural sweeteners.
Brightland the pair
We’re big fans of Brightland’s olive oils, and the brand’s vinegars are equally impressive – the flavors and packaging are truly gift-worthy.
Subscription to the prosperous market
Health conscious guys love this “Costco of Healthy Eating”. The direct-to-consumer subscription site has deals on everything from organic hand washing to seaweed snacks.
Ultimate Organic Starter Spice Gift Set
The perfect housewarming gift for a young graduate getting into the kitchen, this spice set has just about all the spices they’ll need for basic recipes.
Smith & Truslow Gourmet Seasoned Sea Salt Gift Set
Savory lovers will love to season their food with this all-natural six-jar gift set.
“Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion” by Shelly Westerhausen & Wyatt Worcel
They will learn to combine cheeses, meats and fruits and make them beautiful with this popular book.
“Drink like women: 75 modern cocktails from the world’s greatest female bartenders” by Misty Kalkofen and Kirsten Amann
From gin to whiskey and tequila to punch, this fun book has a twist and toast for every drinker, regardless of your poison or potion.
Baccarat Four Elements lead crystal goblets, Set of 4
Thomas Lapan, Home Manager at Rowes Wharf Boston Harbor Hotel, recommends this “set of four separate / different tumblers representing air / water / fire / earth.” The tumblers were designed for the Baccarat hotel in New York.
Wine Spectator subscription
“For someone interested in wine, travel and dining, a one-year Wine Spectator membership is fine,” says Kraut. They will think of you whenever they have a new problem.
Wood Fire Diptych / Wood Fire Candle
Scented gifts require some care, warns Kraut, saying, “Candles can be hit or miss, depending on the recipient’s scent profile. The scents are delicate, but if you get one in a nice container, it won’t matter if the host / hostess doesn’t care about the scent.
“Diptyque wood fire and tuberose candle scents have been available for over a decade and are loved by so many people,” says Kraut.
Simpatico Hobnail Candle – Fir & Grapefruit
“When I’m not sure what the recipient’s scent profile is, I like to pick something light in a nice container,” says Kraut. “My favorite is Simpatico. These candles come in pretty nailed glass containers in a variety of colors and scents.
Jo Malone London Sweet & Spirited Travel Cologne and candle set
“Spa gift sets or a collection of scented soaps, essential oils and aromatherapy products are popular,” says Kraut. This Jo Malone set hits the mark.
Body Bath Bed Eucalyptus Mint Aromatherapy Gift Box
This mint aromatherapy basket filled with bath salts, soaps and other body care will make bath time special for a weary guest.
Aesop Resurrection Aromatic Hand Wash & Hand Balm Duo
Aesop Resurrection Aromatic Hand Cleanser & Hand Balm Duo
It’s hard to go wrong with this publisher’s favorite Aesop hand wash and cream set, the perfect gift to impress when you don’t know the host very well.
Viva Sol Cornhole Set
“There is no shortage of ideas if the host / hostess has a hobby or a keen interest in a sport or two, and there are so many ideas for gardeners,” says Kraut.
For your active friends, an upgraded cornhole set can be the perfect way to kick off a summer party.
Pink Rose Plant
Have this pretty plant delivered to you for your host to display for the party, and as a bonus for you, you don’t have to carry anything.
Scuddles Garden Tool Set
Perfect for a first-time homeowner or someone with a new interest in gardening, this little kit will prepare them to take care of their property.