A bottle of wine is just so basic. And flowers? If you bring a bouquet, you force your host to do the extra work of tracking down the perfect vase and arranging them. If you want to ensure you’re the first to get a dinner party invite, your hostess gift game needs to be on point.
Our suggestion? Stop re-inventing the wheel every time you get an invitation. Keep multiples of any of these 5 hostess gifts, wrapped and ready to go. Then you can simply grab one on your way out the door and stop worrying about what you’ll bring to say thanks. This way you’ll have more time for other important priorities...like what you’re going to wear.
A gorgeously packaged and beautiful smelling liquid hand soap is as close as you can get to a fool-proof gift. It also might not be something your host regularly splurges on for herself, which makes it the perfect all-around choice.
If you can avoid eating them yourself, a sweet treat is always a safe bet to keep in your hostess gift bag of tricks. These caramels are made with whiskey, bourbon and sea salt, and would be great as a cocktail party or game night thank you.