Tablescape set up with jars of flowers, white candles and white plates

Being a thoughtful guest through the lost art of hostess gifts

Bringing a gift to your host is old-school etiquette. You might remember your mom bringing jars of homemade jam or a potted plant when you were going to some adult's house for dinner. Or you may not remember because hey, what kid pays attention to potted plants?!

However, as an adult, it's often difficult to distinguish when you should bring a gift to someone's house and how to choose the most appropriate gift for the occasion. 

Overhead image of a dinner party set up including a cheese board with cheeses meats and crackers and bottles of juice and water

According to Emily Post, you should bring a gift if you are invited to someone's home for dinner, a housewarming or if it's the first time you are invited to someone's house.

The gift doesn't have to be big or elaborate or expensive. It just needs to be a gesture of appreciation and something they can use. 

Things like candles or household items make great gifts, or you can stockpile some premade gift boxes for future gifts so you don't need to scramble at the last minute. 

Here are some of our favourites!

For You Mini Box


SAM & LANCE For You Mini Box containing a package of tea in a brown pouch, a ethically sourced chocolate bar and white organza scrunchie


Welcome  Home


SAM & LACNE Gift box containing a Trail Estates Bottle of PIquette wine, an ethically source chocolate bar and a jar of jam

Snack Attack


Gift box containing bag of caramel popcorn, a jar with a white scented candle and a jar of jam

Or you can build your own boxes! Including things like jams, teas and candles make for a great well-rounded gift that they will be talking about for months!

Click HERE to start building!

brown gift box with JUST FOR YOU written in white text on top. sustainable gifts made by women owned brands


And don't fret. Did you forget to bring a gift? You can always send one to them after the event with a note thanking them for their hospitality. As they say better late than never! 

We’re curious to hear, what is your favourite hostess gift you have received?

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