Happy new year, dear readers! We are a little late around here but nevertheless, I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and started this year on a positive note.
Like a lot of people, I attended quite a few holiday parties last month organized by friends, family and colleagues. Every guest seemed to be struggling to pick something appropriate for the hosts and text messages flew back and forth brainstorming ideas till everyone was exhausted. I firmly believe that food gifts are truly the best kind of gifts and therefore stuck to my philosophy over the holidays which made it both stress free and an adequate way to thank my hosts for their generosity.
I thought I might share a few tips on how to put together a simple yet thoughtful gift for your host/hostess with minimum fuss or spending a lot of money.
- Gift something that can be enjoyed later and doesn’t need immediate attention. I always like to put together either a breakfast or tea box to help your hosts unwind after the party the next day.
- Simplicity. Choose a right sized box or basket in natural material and grab some simple ribbon and twine to pretty up the box. These little details will make our gift look both festive and elegant.
- Choose a linen napkin and lay it on the bottom of the box and then slowly add items around it. This adds visual depth to the gift by building on layers of different textures.
- Add the food items. I chose a delicious apricot preserve and paired it with a freshly baked batch of cream scones. You can easily put together a cheese basket with a variety of cheeses, nuts and a bottle of wine or hand select a few bakery items like croissants and muffins paired with some organic honey.
- Add a utility item. I included a wooden spoon but really you can add anything that makes coherent sense. Set of wooden spoons, a knife, candles, cheeseboard if you are making a wine and cheese box. It adds an interesting textural element as well as the utility item will last even after all the food has been consumed.
- Add a handwritten note. This makes the gift truly personal and you can include a funny anecdote or a warm thank you for your hosts to enjoy later.