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November 26, 2010

Ready, Set, Shop! 15 Gift Ideas For Your Holiday Hosts & A Giveaway!!

Okay, Thanksgiving is over.  Next on the list, Christmas and a plethora of holiday parties! While you're out doing all your Holiday shopping after Thanksgiving, don't forget to shop for Hostess/Host gifts for any holiday party you may be invited to. 

Is it necessary to give the Host a gift?  No, but it sure is thoughtful! 

With holidays rolling around, many of us are invited to more parties than normal.  For me, when I'm invited to a party....dinner party, cocktail party, or New Year's party, I like to bring the Host a little gift to show my appreciation for being invited.  After all, a lot of time and energy goes into throwing a party so it's nice to show appreciation towards your Host.  Now the gift doesn't need to be something expensive or extravagant.  Here are some of the things I like to give:

1.  A cheese basket with some of your favorite Artisan Cheeses with a cheese cutter included

2.  Hand towels for the powder room

3.  Packages of cocktail napkins, maybe monogrammed

4.  Desk calendar for the coming year (appropriate in late fall or winter)

5.  Bottle of liqueur or cognac you know the host is fond of

6.  Sturdy canvas tote bag

7.  For the cook, two or three unusual kitchen utensils, such as a pasta lifter or egg separator

8.  For a golfer, a dozen golf balls

9.  Set of nicely packaged herbs and spices or a selection of peppercorns (black, white, red, green)

10.  Picture frame, with a picture taken during your visit sent later

11.  Candles and informal candlesticks

12.  Houseplant in a permanent, simple-yet-decorative pot

13.  A cookbook or cocktail / appetizer recipe book or a new best selling book you know will interest the   host

14.  Home baked goods in a decorative container, such as mini loaf bread in a ceramic mini loaf baking dish   {I just found some Christmas ones at Michael's Crafts for $1 each!}

15.  A music CD.  Christmas music if it's holiday time or one you make yourself on itunes

All photos courtesy Google Images

A Gift For You!!

A few weeks ago at the Foodbuzz Fest, I met the good people at Foodzie, who run an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food directly from small passionate food producers and growers.  They have offered to give my readers, you,  a food Taste Box for free, which is a collection of gourmet sample goodies!  All that you need to do is leave a comment below and don't forget to leave your email {don't worry your email is kept private} Just a little gift for you!  This is open to anyone, so feel free to share this information by Tweeting it, 'Like' on Facebook, or telling your friends!  I will announce the randomly chosen winner on Monday!  Good luck!
U.S. residents only.

Happy Shopping!

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Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog and hearing about your life on the farm and off. I think the gift box sounds very interesting and I would like to enter the contest. Do I need to do more then just leave a comment?

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I love hosting parties and would greatly appreciate any of those gifts.
Great ideas-

I am so in in in for the giveaway- Thanks for hosting lovely lady!

Ren Lady of the arts at gmail dot com

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@Anonymous #1, your email address did not come through. You just need to leave me your email address so if you win, we can contact you. If you had a problem entering it, you can email directly at
Thanks for playing!

Ren! So glad you enjoy giveaways! Foodzie has great items! Good luck!

An Authentic life said...

Do other bloggers count? Especially ones that are so far from the mecca of food and cheese?? Hope so!!


The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Katie, yep, all bloggers and anyone who is interested in winning this tasty sample box anywhere within the U.S.! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nancy for helping me out.

Rosalie said...

All your suggestions are great ones. I may have to drop by Michaels today for that little loaf baking dish. Rosalie

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@Anonymous #2, email me with your contact info, just in case you win! TheWifeOfADairyman {at} gmail {dot} com

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@Katie, your ginger chili shrimp sounds like a great change!

Unknown said...

I love the list of ideas you have. Usually I take homemade jams, and it will be nice to do something different. I loved the little loaf pan for a dollar.

Cliff said...

I must say that artisan cheese basket really caught my eye!