Host & Hostess / Hospitality
Whether our new neighbours have invited us over for a small get-together, our boss is throwing a dinner party or there is a new gallery opening in town - there are endless occasions that require us to come up with a "hospitality" gift for a host or hostess.
Whilst some invitations might be more formal than others, it is universally acknowledged that etiquette demands for at least a small token to be given as an expression of our gratitude and appreciation, regardless of the occasion.
Home Gifts: Hand care
Give your host a hand with a luxurious hand cream, a soap dispenser with moisturizing soap and a couple of rubber gloves and a note saying "Entertaining guests like us can be a handful - thank you for having us!".
A simple yet meaningful gift idea for a host or hostess is a fresh pineapple. This tropical fruit is the ultimate symbol of hospitality. Mark down your best wishes on little labels ("Health", "Happiness", etc.) and attach them to the fruit. Alternatively, you could opt for pineapple-themed home accessories, like napkins with a pineapple print or a pineapple-shaped cookie jar.
Gift Basket "Breakfast"
What better way to start a new day than with a great breakfast - especially after a long and stressful evening of entertaining guests! Why not reward your host with a luxurious breakfast basket, to help them "recover" and to say thank you? It also makes a great housewarming present, as the fridge is most likely going to be empty after the first celebration in the new home.
Wine bottle candle holder
It is not something I would every use and is very tacky.
Germanic legend tells that Thor, the god of thunder, created thunder by flinging his hammer throughout the heavens whenever he was angry. The Norsemen believed that the oak tree which grows from a tiny acorn is the tree of heaven and could protect them from Thor's rage, so they placed acorns on their windowsills, thereby warding off all the dangers associated with thunder and lightning.
Holly & Ivy
Early Christians used to display evergreen plants in their homes to symbolise everlasting life. Holly (representing the masculine) and Ivy (the feminine) were the most popular combination.
According to English legend, both plants together protect a house against evil spirits.
In China, peach blossoms are believed to ward off illness and danger. Branches of the blossoms are hung on the outside of their homes, thereby preventing guests from bringing in any unwanted influences.
To order and conduct a dinner is given only to fine gastronomes, of delicate and cultivated tastes; an able host is as rare as a good cook.
For a rich man the finest role in the world is that of host.
Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.
May your troubles be less, And your blessing be more. And nothing but happiness, Come through your door.