During this celebratory time of year, there may be many invitations to gatherings with friends, colleagues, and family. Whether a dinner party, holiday event, or stay at someone’s home, forgo the predictable bottle of wine and instead present your host with a special and indulgent gift from your kitchen that’s made especially for them.
When gifting food or beverages, there are a few points of etiquette to keep in mind.
Always check with your host to see if they have any food allergies before choosing the food gift you’ll be making.
Don’t expect your gift to be served at the event. If your host wants you to contribute to the meal in any way, they’ll probably ask you during the invitation.
Present your host with your gift at the door upon arrival so they have the chance to put it away before greeting other guests. If you’re at all uncomfortable having to make a decision about what to give, just remember that the size or price of the gift is insignificant. Just focus instead on what your host will like.
As a final touch, as soon as possible after the event is finished, send a handwritten thank-you note to your host. It’s a simple gesture of gratitude that’s always appreciated, not to mention the very good karma it generates.
Take inspiration from the following unique food gift ideas and get ready to toast the holiday season.
Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies
Cranberry Persimmon Chutney
Curried Lentil Soup Jar
Chocolate Goji Berry Bonbons
Naturally Pickled Vegetable Medley
That’s a wrap
Forgo the traditional bag or box and present your homemade host gifts with a little flair by packaging them in something less traditional.
Glass jars, pretty tea towels, or small baking pans look lovely tied up with ribbon or string and do double duty since they’re reusable.
Finish off by attaching a handwritten note, and you’re sure to make your party host feel special.
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