A Perfect Hostess Gift is Useful, Pretty, and Personal (This Hits All Three)

Plus, it's the right price.
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Hostess gifts are some of the most difficult to give. There's something about the price point, the level of personal connection, and immediacy in which the gift has to be acquired that makes it almost impossible to come up with. Time and time again, I've gotten and given a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine. While there's nothing wrong with either of those thoughtful gifts, it doesn't always leave the impact of gratitude that you hope to express. 

Over the holidays though, I received the most thoughtful gift I've ever received from a guest. When a family friend arrived to my house, she had a gorgeous rectangular package wrapped in a printed dishcloth with a ribbon. Inside, were two specific cookbooks that reflected both my and Rob's interests: a French one, Around My French Table, for me and my dreams of living in Paris and a Portuguese one, The New Portuguese Table, for Rob, whose family is from there. The personal touch felt so beyond thoughtful, and the wrapped cloth was not only less wasteful, but such a simple, beautiful, and useful addition to our home. 

While this isn't particularly complicated, it felt like an easy, approachable gift to replicate for any dinner party or weekend away. Here are some of my favorite pairings if you're on the hunt for a gift of your own! 

For The Friend Who Makes Big Batches of Cocktails: Nothing Fancy & an ode to their favorite city

For The Butter Obsessed: Poilâne a towel perfect for wrapping up bread

For a Family to Enjoy: Half Baked Harvest Super Simple & a breakfast-centric tea towel

For The Farmers Market Enthusiast: Heirloom & a simple gingham moment

For The Wine-Curious: Natural Wine for the People & a wine pairing guide

For The One Who Is Just Getting Started: Where Cooking Begins & a guide to kitchen essentials

For Your Favorite Vegan: Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables & a cute radish detail

For The Person Pretending to be French (is this me??): Around My French Table & these gorgeous embroidered napkins

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