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Creating the Perfect Host Gift

Creating the Perfect Host Gift


Summer barbecues, newlywed housewarmings, or simple family get-togethers are just a few examples of events that may leave you scrambling for ideas on what to bring as a host/hostess gift. Do you go big and bold or do you turn to the fail-safe bottle of wine? I’m not saying anything is wrong with a nice bottle of their favorite wine, but I’m here to help you think outside the bottle with a beautifully created gift basket. Gift baskets are the perfect gift because they are so versatile and are great for any gifting occasion. I’m sure you know how easy it is to spend hours shopping and searching for that perfect gift, so to make your life a little easier (in the gifting department at least) I want to give you a few host/hostess gifting options that will help you shine at your next party.

Occasion Gifts

So let’s start with the occasion for the gift, let’s begin with a housewarming party. The housing market is up so the probability of you getting invited to a housewarming party is high. No matter if it’s a first-time home buyer, or a couple downsizing, these gift options suit any new homeowner. Consider things the person or couple can use in the new home. For example, a wooden cutting or cheese board with a set of cheese knives and tea towels are a great gift combination.  Another gifting option would be a neutral colored picture frame combined with a fresh-scented candle and matches.  If you know the recipients new home has a wood burning fireplace, add in some fireplace matches, a bundle of kindling, and a luxurious throw. A side note about throws: There is a misconception about gifting a throw when temperatures are not colder, but they can be given all year round.

Seasonal Gifts

Another option is to think seasonal when coming up with the perfect host’s gift basket. This is always fun because you can let your creative juices flow and if your creative juices are all dried up, we can help you.  To start let’s go with a spring/summer-themed gift basket. Summer is when most people spend a lot of time outside, so creating a gift basket for the friend who’s into gardening would be appreciated. A trowel, with a pair of garden gloves and seeds or bulbs, would be a great gift that will flourish all season long.

Help the host celebrate the cooler temperatures of fall with a door wreath or doormat and a fall-scented candle.  Or how about a night around the campfire with a gift basket with all the fixings for making delicious s’mores.
Winter is the perfect season for staying inside and baking a few of their favorite yummy desserts, so treat them to a basket brimming with everything they’ll need to complete a cozy night in. Include measuring spoons, a wooden spoon, and a great dessert cookbook.  This will definitely be a gift any baker would love.


Keep it simple, and don’t stress out. These times together with friends and/or family are not all about the perfect gift, they are about making lasting memories with people you care about. The gift is about showing them your gratitude for that invitation. My motto is to never walk into a party empty-handed.  There is a lot of work that goes into planning a get-together, showing up with a gift means you understand that. Take something you know they love and let it become a part of their lives in a way that always reminds them of you.  Always remember, that every gift should tell a story. The gift is less about what is inside and more about the message you are sending them through its contents.

Happy gift giving!

Girls Getaway Gift Ideas

Summer is here! With the beautiful sunshine and to-die-for sandals, come with a little more free time to hang out with your favorite girlfriends. Whether it’s a weekend away or a more extended vacation, grabbing a few of your girls, jumping in the car and hitting the road is the perfect way to unwind and have some fun. What better way to surprise your besties than with a gift to help liven up your experience? A thoughtful curated gift to complement your time away together makes for a great keepsake and will add to an already unforgettable experience.

Feet in the sand

A beach getaway could be the solution to all of your worries and weekday stresses. Take good care of their skin before and after time in the sun, so include a quality SPF moisturizer to help soothe your sun-kissed skin. In case she gets a sunburn, aloe vera would be much appreciated.  Add in a beach-inspired picture frame to commemorate your time spent together and help you remember every moment spent laughing and relaxing for years to come.


Chick Flix

Movie nights are so much fun and even more fun with your girls!  You get to watch all the movies your significant other refused to. Plan a night in with your friends and make it unique by presenting each sister-friend with a gourmet movie-inspired gift they will adore.  Add in a snack size gourmet popcorn along with a few of their favorite movie theater snacks.  Don’t forget to add in the tissues for those sad movies or the laughing so hard you cry movies.


Wine Not?

This one is for the gals who prefer to spend their time together sampling an excellent red, white, or rose. Treat the girls to a custom gift that has everything you need for a night of wine tasting.  Decorative coasters, wine opener, stopper, and of course a decadent dark and milk chocolate, this gift will be the highlight of your evening as you pop a few corks and let the good times roll.


Relax and unwind.

The whole point of getting away with your friends is to be able to completely unwind and relax. Give your girls a spa gift filled with full of spa day goodies. Plush robes, eye mask, soothing scented candle, and relaxing bath salt will make an average day feel luxurious. Pamper yourself and your friends because you all work hard and deserve a break!


Choose your own adventure!

Each friend group is unique. Some like to explore the outdoors while others prefer to stay in and let others wait on them hand and foot. No matter where you decide to get away, there is always a way to liven up the trip with a custom gift. The fun part is picking and choosing what items you would like each of friend to receive. They can all receive the exact same thing, or we can customize each gift to suit each recipient.



Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May is the month to honor our mothers and the mothering figures in our lives. They do so much for us and guide us through our lives with compassion, strength, and grace. What better way to show them your appreciation for their dedication and love than a heartfelt gift basket? Make this the year you take her breath away. Show her how much your relationship means to you in the form of a very special present.

Celebrate this special day with your mother outside!

If your mom has a green thumb, a gift that gives her everything she needs to have a great relaxing day in the garden is the way to go. Make her yard blossom with color with seeds of her favorite annuals or tree to add to her collection. As the seeds grow, she will be reminded of the amazing gift you gave her.  A beautify frame to commemorate her special day, an organic, SPF lip balm, and you can never go wrong with a deliciously scented candle.

Give her the tools for relaxation.

No one has ever said that being a mother is an easy task. Remind your mom that she deserves time to take care of herself and get some relief from the stresses of day to day life. Bath oils, salts, and bombs are a sure-fire way to grant your mom that perfect, relaxing night in. Calming scented lotions and an aromatherapy candle can be a great unwinding tool for many women.


For the mom on the go

Moms are always taking care of everyone else and take very little time for themselves. Whether it’s running kids to practice and after-school activities or running to meetings at work, she’s always on the go, so give her a gift that keeps her going in style. A travel mug with her favorite tea or coffee is great when paired with a cozy scarf, delicious dark chocolate, and a trinket tray and you’ve got a perfect gift for your busy mom.

Personalize her experience.

Every mom is unique, so every gift should be as well! We can customize each gift to fit the personality and wants of each client. Mixing and matching each item together to create the perfect blend of gifts that will make her remember this Mother’s day for years to come.


Our Happy Customers

I didn’t even know what was in the Christmas ‘gift houses’ you made for our clients. They were wrapped so nicely, I didn’t want to open them! I love your work!
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Our team of concierge gift shoppers and gift designers will select the perfect gift for your loved one, family member, friend, colleague or client. We will take personal pride and care in selecting a gift that will help you shine and impress the receiver. We’ll save you time by shopping for you, creating a custom gift basket for you or wrapping a gift you have already purchased to make it look amazing with beautiful embellishments.

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