- A dinner party that requires hard work on the part of the host definitely deserves a nice gift.
- If the party is large and formal and you don't know the host or hostess well, you don't need to bring a gift, but of course, it's always nice and will be a great way to meet and make a good first impression on your hostess.
- For a potluck dinner, the food you've brought is enough. Don't worry about a gift.
- A more informal event such as a brunch or a cocktail party doesn't usually mandate a gift for the hostess, but something very small and easy to deal with is nice. You should definitely plan on sending a thank-you note or calling the host to thank him or her the following day. Make sure to let them know that their efforts are appreciated and you had a good time.
- Always bring a gift if you're staying at the host's home overnight. The longer your stay, the more expensive and elaborate the gift should be.
- If you bring a gift, a thank-you note is not required. Simply thank the hostess when you give them the gift and again at the end of the party.
2. Personalized Baker's Labels or Chef's Medallions from Felix Doolittle - $40 and $25 respectively
5. Letterpressed Monogram Coasters from Bunny Maxwell - $14
6. Slate Cheese Board from Williams-Sonoma - $40 (paired with Cheese & Wine book from Pottery Barn - $25)
7. Cookbook Stand with Splash Protector from Crate & Barrel - $25 (pair with #8 below)
8. Cookbook from Dean & Deluca - $37.50
9. Stationery Set by Elum - prices range per item (pair with #11 below)
10. Hopper Dot mini rose bowl by Kate Spade - $75
11. Desk Embosser by Paper Source - $28.50
14. Crystal holiday ornament from Swarovski - $45
15. Tea Brewing Pitcher by Tea Forte - $42
16. Dipped Strawberries by Shari's Berries - starting at $30
17. Basic Spice Set by TSP Spices - $45
18. Crystal Picture Frame by Waterford - $100
19. Prada Beauty Infused Candle from Neiman Marcus - $7820. Chocolate Tea Cookie Collection from Dean & Deluca - $38