It’s party time! We have so many reasons to celebrate as we close out this year. One of the best ways to show appreciation to the gracious hosts and hostesses is to arrive with a gift. It is a lot of work to plan and execute a dinner or a party! You can show your gratitude by not arriving empty-handed. Start now by collecting hostess gifts so that even if you get a last minute invite you are prepared. And if you happen to be hosting? Overnight guests feel much more welcome with a special gift. You can reduce a lot of hosting stress by preparing the guest room in advance. I love telling my family and friends “the room is already ready!”
We’ve got a few ideas for you and a giveaway at the end! [EDIT: The Giveaway is now closed.]
Nielsen-Massey specializes in fine vanillas and flavors, and in this collection we feature a pure coffee extract and a Madagascar bourbon pure vanilla sugar. Nielsen-Massey products are certified Kosher, gluten-free, and GMO-free. Vanilla sugar is perfect for adding oomph and sophistication to baked goods. Flavor extracts keep their flavor well and are a fantastic addition to baked goods, cocoa, as well as savory cooking. Let your imagination run wild!
McCrea’s award-winning candies are crafted from the finest locally-sourced ingredients and packaged in beautiful biodegradable packaging. They are also gluten, nut, and soy free. You’ll want several of these on hand for gift giving because you’ll most certainly dig into a few yourself. The Classic Vanilla caramels are for the purist, a perfect caramel. Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels, by contrast, combine a little crunch and a little salt to the sweet.
Now let’s talk about gift baskets. We all love to receive them as well as to give them! We’ve got several ideas for how to create personalized baskets with these yummy goodies.
I’ve assembled a Guest Basket in anticipation of our out-of-town guests. It’s a small gesture that makes such a big difference in making your guests feel welcome. I think it’s important to try to anticipate anything your guests may need. In my basket I’ve got basic toiletries, things you’d expect to find at a nice hotel: towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, travel-size shampoos, conditioners, and lotions. In addition to the yummies from Nielsen-Massey and McCrea’s, I round out the collection with some reading material to educate my guests about Dallas, a couple of water bottles, kleenex, and the wifi password. The basket combines functional items with special treats, and I hope my guests will feel special. The day they arrive I will fill the milk jug in the windowsill with fresh flowers.
Home Chef Basket
Add a potted herb to the goodies for a gift basket that is beautiful, delicious, and useful.
Traveling Foodie Basket
If you’re inspired by the Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels you could add some macadamia nuts to keep the Hawaiian theme going. If you’re concerned about nut allergies try an exotic plant like an orchid, a hibiscus, or an anthurium. You could alternatively include a cute travel-themed journal.
Pampered Right Basket
You can give a luxurious spa treatment when you add a scented candle and some bath salts to the goodies above. Or, for a simpler approach, you can simply include a spa gift card.
Hostess Gift Basket
These luxurious products stand on their own. They don’t need to be paired with anything to make an impact. Thank your hostess with these sumptuous goodies to demonstrate your gratitude.
One lucky reader will win a box of these amazing treats for your holiday gift-giving (or for yourself.) The box includes all four goodies from Nielsen-Massey and McCrea’s highlighted above.
Enter after the jump!
*** EDIT: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.***
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