The invited guest

I’m tired of bringing a bottle of wine as a hostess gift.

Even with a myriad of options out there, I still tend to use vino as my lazy go-to.

Why? It’s hard sometimes to decide what to bring as a guest.

For me, perishable food and flowers are a no-no. They often require extra work and stress for the host or hostess – gifting flowers in a vase would be the exception to this rule.

So what would I like to give or get? I have come up with few ideas that I’m sure will ensure that I’m asked back again.


Paper or fabric? The choice is up to you, but I love receiving beautiful napkins. They’re a simple accessory that adds a lot of dash to a table, but aren’t often something people think to spend money on for themselves.

I’m currently loving these fabric napkins from Indigo.

Navy fabric napkins

Scented candles

Candles are one of my all-time favourite gifts to give and receive. I always have a candle burning in my home.

I adore bold scents and tend to change the candles I’m burning depending on my mood and the season. Voluspa candles are one of my favourites for their range and depth of scents,

Candles can be a more personal gift. When in doubt, I like to go for a neutral scent like french vanilla.

Ice cube trays

I adore a good cocktail pre-dinner. You will have a place in my heart forever if you make me a good negroni.

After drinking far too many watery cocktails, I can admit that a slow-melting ice-cube is a must for most cocktails.

I’ve got my eye on some large ice-cube trays for the fall.

Large ice cube tray

Local spirits

So I know that I said that I don’t want to bring wine anymore. A thoughtful locally distilled spirit however? ¬†That raises the bar.

I’m looking forward to gifting (and hopefully receiving) some spirits from Niagara Region’s Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers.


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