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“You Partied Too Hard” Hostess Gift How-To

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark Partied Too Hard

Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re going to a party thrown by a host/ess who has everything. What do you bring? You could pay twenty bucks for a bottle of wine that will immediately go into the collection of other bottles, or grab some flowers that will require the host to take time out of her busy hostessing schedule to throw them in water, or bring a dessert that the host will feel obligated to put out at the end of the night even if it doesn’t at all go with the menu.

But we have a better idea. Why not make your host a “you partied too hard” package, so that upon awakening to a houseful of dirty dishes and multiple overflowing bags of recycling to be taken out, he or she will have a little something from a special someone (you) to help them power through. We promise your gift will be appreciated more than that cheap scented candle or box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.

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Rethink Traditional Hostess Gifts

Hostess GiftsTrade in bottles of wine for bottles of uniquely-flavored bitters as your go-to hostess gifts this year.

We’re barreling towards the end of the year now and are firmly in the midst of party season. From the awkward office mixer (are you the one that always brings the light-up reindeer ears?) to the elegant cocktail party your interior-designer friend always throws that you’re never quite sure how to dress for, your dance card is full.

I don’t know about you, but I’d never really considered the “hostess gift” until, frankly, I was asked to write a post about it. It’s not that I show up empty-handed, but that bottle of wine or grapefruit-flavoured Perrier (my drink of choice at the moment!) in my mitts is usually destined for both the hostess’ glass… and mine.

But, last week, I actually thought it out a bit and tried it. My friend Heide hosted Thanksgiving at her house – no small feat – and so I brought along a little present. Not only did it light her face up, it also made me feel good – a little something to say thank you for getting up extra early so that the table would look good, and a thank you in advance for the hours spent cleaning up after we’re gone.

Here’s the thing with hostess gifts, though; I need them to be practical. Space is at a premium in most houses, and the last thing I want to do is hand over another kitchen gadget that clogs up the catch-all drawer. So here are my suggestions for inexpensive-but-useful little presents that not only show your host or your hostess your appreciation, but make you look good, too!

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