While I know things are tight, your choice of a gift for your holiday host or hostess speaks volumes about you and can be the key to creating a lasting impression with them. I once had a regular house guest, who would constantly come with a cooler full of food for herself. At the end of each visit, she would actually pack her half full milk and other leftovers back into her cooler and take it home! This is definitely not a good house guest look. Other guests have turned up completely empty handed! Still others tend towards the ordinary — a bottle of wine, a pie, etc… which shows no real personality. These are all TGATP dont’s! Instead of another bottle of wine or more ordinary bath items, think outside the box and choose a gift that will keep on giving in a warm and positive way!
Here are some TGATP favorites:
Harry and David Taste of the Valley Basket: This basket is simply perfect as a gift! legendary Royal Riviera® Pears and smooth Red Pears, award-winning Rogue Creamery® Smokey Blue cheese, buttery Havarti and a spreader are housed in an adorable and sustainably harvested bamboo, pear-shaped basket. The basket also doubles as a trivet.
Harry and David Breakfast Package: Guests always think of the holiday dinner, but what about the following morning when everyone will be hankering for brekkies? Includes three 3-oz. flavored coffees, strawberry and peach preserves, Wolferman’s® 1910 Original and Cinnamon and Raisin Signature English muffins, chocolate hazelnut spread, two morning breads, cinnamon rolls and one box each of Earl Grey and Pear Vanilla teas. Your hostess will be so grateful for this item, as it takes the stress of the holiday breakfast.
Harry and David Sweet Starts Coffee Basket I LOVE LOVE LOVE this basket as it is perfect for couples, This packaged breakfast will provide for a lovely and romantic moment for them to share once all the guests have left. It comes complete with a La Cafétiere coffee press, marionberry conserve that can be served with lemon poppy seed scones made from the included mix, and fresh slices of sweet, juicy pears. all in an attractive basket with a walnut-handled jam spreader.
Built Fishnet 2 Bottle Wine Tote: Instead of those tired old paper totes, bring your hosts a couple of bottles of wine encased in this adorable neoprene tote from Built! Available in a number of gorgeous patterns, this gift can be used over and over. TGATP suggests you get the double holder, so you can bring both a white and a red!
Built Lunch Bag: A wonderful thank you for the busy working host or hostess, the Build lunch tote will bring you to mind daily!
I Love Lucy Box Set: You’ll have no “‘splainin’ to do” as these DVDs will provide barrels of laughs for years to come and make you a happy memory for your hosts. Just $17.99 at Amazon!
Sabon Body Scrub: If you have to do soap, do it high-end with a gorgeous jar of Sabon body scrub. My favorite is the Delicate Jasmine but there are a ton of exhilirating scent options.
Kodak Framed Collages: If you are going home to your new hubby’s or a beau’s family, why not put together a collage of pics of your honey using the new Kodak Pynk Smart Print System. Available at Kodak Kiosk nationwide, this gift will warm your in-laws hearts. The frames come custom designed and the printer will crop and resize your prints to fit the frame! This is a truly genius item!
Homedics Massaging Bath Cushion: Any regular TGATP reader will know that I love anything that helps to turn the house into a spa. The Homedic Bath Cushion provides a relaxing massage while you luxuriate in the bath and is a perfect thoughtful gift for your hostess. There are two massage intensities and three massage programs to truly customize bath time relaxation. The cushion fastens securely to the tub with the included suction cups and is conveniently battery-operated. And best yet, the covering is machine washable and it is an affordable $29.99!