With everyone dashing to parties and family get togethers this is a good time for tips on the proper hostess/host gift.
Whenever you've been invited to someone's house, it's only good manners to bring a gift. It doesn't have to be extravagant, nor does it have to be wine--the most common gift of all--but it should be thoughtful.
Although gifts are primarily geared toward the hostess, it's perfectly acceptable to do a more non-gender gift, especially if there's no hostess involved.
The only wine I drink is plum wine, so most wine is wasted on me. But 'live' gifts like fruit, herbs, or small plants are big hits with me. When choosing a gift, consider the recipient. If there's a diabetic in the house you wouldn't bring them a box of Godiva chocolates, right?
If you don't know the host/hostess, stick to safe items like soaps, kitchen implements, or flowers.
Here are some of the things I've given to a host or hostess.
• Cheese board with a nice cheese
• Napkins and/or place mats
• Homemade jams
• Cookies or bread
• Potted herbs
• Infused vinegars
• and of course, Wine. Good wine, please. None of the cheap stuff. That's not nice.
Have you ever received or given an exceptional or unusual gift? Do you have a favorite item you like to receive?