Five Fun Host(ess) Gifts for Summer

   By savvyjulie  Jul 25, 2011

Summer calls for pool parties, barbeques and outdoor potlucks.  In addition to contributing a dish to share, bring a little something for your host to thank them for the work they put into planning the event.  Here are five fun gifts that take only a little bit of preparation for your summer party hosts. 

1. Wine.  Let's start with the classic host(ess) gift: a bottle of wine. This gift is almost always welcome, but why not bump it up a notch by including a cheese or some spiced nuts that would pair well with your chosen wine?

2. Vodka infusions.  Still want to give your hostess a beverage, but want to step away from the typical wine?  Why not try some fruit-infused vodka?  Simply pour plain vodka over 2 cups of fruit in a quart-sized mason jar, filling all the way to the top.  Cover and shake once or twice a day for three days, then strain out the fruit.  Cover, tie a ribbon and label around the jar, and you have a unique, refreshing gift!

3. Homemade granola. They've welcomed you into their home for a party or event.  Thank them by gifting them breakfast for the following morning: homemade granola.  You can customize the flavor to their tastes, then package the granola in a pretty glass jar or container wrapped with a ribbon.  To start, why not try this white chocolate and coconut variety?

4. Jam or preserves.  I love making my own jam and preserves.  Not only do they allow me to experience the freshest fruit flavors year-round, but they make perfect gifts.  If you aren't comfortable making your own, check your local farmer's market or small shops for some small-batch jams made with in-season produce.  Stock up so that you have plenty for yourself and for gifting!

5.  Popcorn seasoning and popcorn kernels.  Who doesn't love popcorn?  Package a fun seasoning with some kernels for your hosts to pop and enjoy once all the guests are gone.  Try some smoky curried seasoning, a cheesy topping or a sweet cinnamon-sugar blend.

What is the best host(ess) gift you've ever gotten...or received?

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basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Aug 09, 2011

A lady from church showed up at my door with a thermos of hot spiced apple cider and mugs she'd made. And another lady made cheese dip in a super cute tiny crock pot, the crock pot was the gift.

jerseygirl1 by jerseygirl1 | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
Jul 25, 2011

Someone brought me homemade granola when I gave birth and I thought it was the best gift. It was a quick snack or breakfast that filled me up and I didn't have to think about doing any work to prepare it (other than mixing in yogurt or milk, though sometimes I just ate handfills out of the bag). Plus, she just left it with a container of blueberries (that she had already washed) on my door and it wouldn't go bad sitting outside in the summer heat. It was great.