Ask A Detroit Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts

Ask A Detroit Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts
Laura Davis is an event planner whose company plans weddings and events in the Detroit metro region and beyond. Ms. Davis has been a professional planner since 2001, and is one of the premiere event companies in the state.

With an extensive roster of stylish events and to-die-for weddings, Laura is a sought-after expert when it comes to throwing a memorable bash. So, when it comes to selecting a hostess gift for the endless array of holiday soirees you’ll be attending, what better person to get advice from than Laura Davis herself.

When it comes to unique ideas, Ms. Davis is a pro. Follow her tips below and the hosts of the holiday party will swoon with appreciation.

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Tips for selecting a hostess gift for the holiday season

General advice

Being gracious never goes out of style, so when you’re attending holiday parties this year, don’t forget to bring a small token of thanks for your hosts and hostesses. The ideal gift doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant; in fact, a thoughtful present is often appreciated much more.

If you bring something edible, like homemade cookies or a bottle of wine, don’t expect it to be served at the party. Your host has likely spent a lot of time carefully planning the menu and your item may not complement what they have prepared. Remember, this is a gift and it’s up to the host to decide if they’d like to share it during the party.

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Make it personal

If you know your hosts well, personalize your gift to their tastes and interests. For beer enthusiasts, treat them to a six-pack of a favorite or unique craft brew. For wine connoisseurs, pair a bottle of wine from a good vintner with a whimsical wine stopper or wine charms. A collection of high-quality spices is the perfect token for a host who loves to cook or bake.

Go-to ideas

If you don’t know your hosts’ specific tastes, select a more general gift that almost anyone would love.

  • Bottle of wine
  • Bouquet of flowers (Be sure to include a vase for the flowers. This will save your host time from having to dig out a vase of their own while they’re busy greeting guests and taking care of last-minute preparations.)
  • Beautiful ornament for their home
  • Holiday-themed tin of homemade baked goods
  • Box of chocolates or candy
  • Holiday-themed platter filled with colorful macarons
  • A box of beautiful monogrammed note cards
Plan ahead

If you’ll be attending a lot of parties during the holiday season, plan ahead and purchase a stash of hostess gifts in advance. This will help you avoid the unnecessary stress of scrambling at the last minute to find the perfect gift.

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After the party

Sending a flower arrangement the day after the party is another way to show your hosts appreciation for their hospitality, and it allows them the chance to more fully enjoy your thoughtfulness. Also consider sending a handwritten note expressing your gratitude – in today’s technology-driven world, this extra little touch is sure to be appreciated.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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