Growing up I was always taught to never show up to a party or gathering empty handed- especially during the holidays! During the holidays we are all so busy running around between multiple festivities, work celebrations, etc… So over the years I have gotten great at thinking about simple easy hostess gifts that you can have ahead of time, and just grab and go whenever you have a last minute festive event or gathering to attend to. Keep reading to see what my go-to last minute perfect hostess gift is…
Curious what my favorite go-to perfect hostess gift is for any celebration (not just the holidays) is? A delicious bottle of wine. This year I am loving the J.Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, not only is this amazing wine and winner of many awards- it juicy blackberry and blueberry aromas are enhanced with a bit of spiced tea, herbs de Provence and crushed violet. Its the perfect wine to take to a holiday nighttime gathering as it goes amazing with tons of favors from ribeye to roasted potatoes and more. You can easily gift this gift with a bow and a few festive sprigs of Rosemary and a jingle bell, or even a beautiful basket with a few gorgeous dish towels, and a wine opener – something simple an easy to grab and go.
Still unsure if wine makes for a great hostess gift? Here are a few reasons why it should be at the top of your list for the perfect hostess gift this year:
Versatility // Wine is a versatile gift that can suit various occasions, from casual gatherings to formal events. It can be enjoyed during the celebration or saved for a later date, making it a flexible and timeless present.
Celebratory Nature // Wine is associated with celebration and special occasions. Bringing a bottle of wine to a gathering conveys a sense of festivity and adds to the overall mood of the event. Offering a bottle of wine as a gift reflects a gesture of goodwill and appreciation and is associated with sharing and coming together.
Pairing with Food // Wine pairs well with a variety of foods, making it an excellent complement to the hostess’s menu. Whether it’s a red, white, or sparkling wine, there’s likely a choice that will enhance the dining experience.
Thoughtfulness // Selecting a bottle of wine requires some thought and consideration of the hostess’s taste preferences. It shows that you’ve put effort into choosing a gift tailored to their liking. Plus you can always dress up the bottle of wine to make it look a bit more tailored. From adding it to a basket to adding a few items (bow, ornament, bell, etc…) you can make it look elegant and tailored for sure.
Convenience // Wine is easy to transport and doesn’t require special handling or preparation. This makes it a convenient gift for both the giver and the hostess.
So there you have it all the reasons why you need to think about gifting wine this year for the Perfect Hostess Gift for all your festive and gatherings. It’s also important to note- that while wine is a popular and well-received gift, it’s important to consider the hostess’s preferences and any dietary restrictions they may have. For example, if you know the hostess doesn’t drink alcohol, you might want to choose an alternative gift such as gourmet chocolates, flowers, or a non-alcoholic beverage. But if the hostess does drink, wine always can make for the perfect hostess gift.
What are a few of your favorite hostess gifts to give or receive during the holidays? Let me know in the comments below…