I never know whether to just guess and buy my thank you gift for the hostess before I go, or wait and buy something I know will work for her or in her home after the visit. I usually go with a generic food/drinks gift to give upon arriving and then follow up with a note and something specific to match the home (or the hosts) afterwards.

We shopped a few of our favorite QC boutiques for some new & fun ideas on Hostess Gifts to give this summer. One thing is for sure, when someone has invited you to a party or to stay in their home, you should:

  1. Not show up empty handed. Wine is fine, but remember, this is not for YOU to drink. This is your gift to them. You should not open the bottle upon arrival, no matter how much you love it. If you are bringing wine to share with the group at the party, it’s still polite to let the host decide what to open and when.
  2. Always always send at least a thank you note, text or email within a few days after. Old school, hand written notes really stand out and show you took the time, but digital is considered fine by most. Home stays are best thanked with a gift as well.

The Buttercup on Providence in Myers Park

Allison Evans Oyster Pottery dishes ($38-$85) Made in Maine from THE BUTTERCUP
S’mores tray & Roasting forks ($30-$40) from THE BUTTERCUP
Small Batch Citronella spray, incense & candles ($18-$46) Made in USA from THE BUTTERCUP
Charlotte’s own Bruce Julian Bloody Mary mix, Couch Mix, Southern Mojo seasoning and Balsamic Sweet Onion jam ($5-$12) from THE BUTTERCUP
Stainless wine chiller and stemless wine glasses with lid & straw ($38-$80) from THE BUTTERCUP
Wipe your Paws leopard guest towels, reversible coasters and bottle stopper ($12-$22) from THE BUTTERCUP

Theory Design Studio On East Blvd

Felur De Lis Double Section Server- $34.00 from THEORY DESIGN STUDIO
Fleur De Lis Servers- $22.50 from THEORY DESIGN STUDIO
Hydrangea Chip and Dip- $45.00 from THEORY DESIGN STUDIO
Spoon Pedestal Bowl- $62.00 from THEORY DESIGN STUDIO
Wine Bags- $3.00 from THEORY DESIGN STUDIO

The Good News Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Myers Park

Nest Fragrances Candle Limited Edition $49.95 from THE GOOD NEWS SHOP
Carolinascape’s Pottery Tray $26.00 from THE GOOD NEWS SHOP
Flour Sack Dishtowels $21.95 from THE GOOD NEWS SHOP
Sand Dollar Candles $20.00 from THE GOOD NEWS SHOP
Snakeskin Coasters $16.00 from THE GOOD NEWS SHOP

Bedside Manor in The Specialty Shops on Morrison Blvd

Ben’s Garden Decoupage Trinket Trays from BEDSIDE MANOR
Maxfield Cheese Set – Set of 3 cheese servers $46 from BEDSIDE MANOR
Linen sachets in a variety of embroidered designs $39 from BEDSIDE MANOR
Inspirational book – $10.95 from BEDSIDE MANOR

Lemondaisy Design

Personalized Adirondack Chair Cocktail Napkins $26.00 BUY HERE
Set of 6 Chinoiserie Pagoda Linen Cocktail Napkins $38.00. BUY HERE
Black Lab Beach Dog Tea Towel $18.00. BUY HERE