We've put together some of our favourite holiday shopping tips and tricks. Also, simply click on the link at the bottom of the page to see our slideshow of our favourite items to give (and to receive!). We hope our suggestions will inspire you to pick a gift that suits your hostess perfectly.
Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect hostess gift this holiday season.
1. How well do you know the hostess?
If you're attending a party thrown by someone you're still getting to know, a gift that they can eat or drink is usually a safe bet. If the hostess is already a close friend, you'll know her tastes, preferences, decor style and what her favourites are, which makes it easy to select a gift for her home that you know she'll use and love.
2. Plan ahead
There are a few questions you should ask yourself before selecting a great gift: How much are you willing to spend? Does the party have a theme? Is the hostess notoriously picky? Does she love a specific colour? What are her likes and dislikes? Answering these question will help you narrow down your options. Being organized will keep you from wandering around the mall aimlessly at the last minute, suffering from confusion and frustration.
3. Get personal
Remember that you're presenting the hostess with a gift as a token of your appreciation for the time, thought and expense she has put into hosting you as her guest. Your gift doesn't have to be large, pricey or showy, but it should come from the heart.
4. Think outside the bouquet
Sure, fresh flowers are beautiful, but they can be a nuisance to a busy hostess. Finding a vase, clipping stems and creating an arrangement can ruffle even the most unflappable hostess when she's already occupied by greeting other guests, taking their coats, serving drinks and trying not to burn the hors d'oeuvres. Consider a gift that is easy for the hostess to deal with on her busy night.
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