We’ve all had that moment of panic right before we walk out the door. Uh . . . the hostess gift. About that. Candles? Ran out last week. A bottle of wine? There are none that are unopened. At holiday parties I’ve been known to either A) show up without a hostess gift and just hope that so many other people brought bottles of wine that my negligence will go unnoticed B)or after much frantic searching through my drawers and cupboards, find something to regift in the nick of time.
Either of these options can be the source of a lot of guilt and stress. It’s a lot more fun (and a lot more polite!) to show up to a holiday party with a nicely wrapped hostess gift that you found without panic.
Enter: The Hostess Gift Basket.
The goal of this basket is to help you be prepared – always – for all of those little random moments during this season when you need a quick, cute, tasteful gift.
The beauty of preparing the basket ahead of time is that you can buy the items in bulk for a more reasonable price. A little forethought in this area can you save money and be more prepared!
For instance, yesterday I found some scented pillar candles on sale at Michael’s. I bought several to put into my holiday hostess gift basket. Around this time of year, Costco sells large packages of holiday goodies. These could be purchased, opened, and separated out into smaller gifts.
- A small, tasteful basket (large enough to hold a bottle of wine, but small enough to be kept somewhere easily accessible).
- A variety of holiday gift items (about 15). These could be:
- Decorative scented pillar candles
- Several tapers tied together with twine or ribbon
- Bags of candied nuts
- Assorted chocolates
- Bottles of wine
- Christmas ornaments (Stores like World Market have beautiful ornaments on sale this time of year)
- Gift tags.
- Ribbons or twine.
- Remove any unattractive packaging or price tags from the gifts.
- Write your name on the gift tag labels, leaving space to include the name of the receiver later.
- Tie each gift with a piece of ribbon or twine.
- Attach a gift tag to each gift.
- Arrange the gifts in the basket.
- Store the basket somewhere accessible.
Do you have any special hostess gift tricks or particular gift items that you rely on during the holiday season? I’d love to hear about them, so please share in the comments!
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