Five Fun Host(ess) Gifts for Summer

Julie Grice By Julie Grice 07.25.11
Five Fun Host(ess) Gifts for Summer

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

    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

    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.

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