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Gifts for the Hostess

gifts for the hostess

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends. I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and that your week is already off to a wonderful start. Today, I am so excited to share a fun gift guide for you! One of the things I absolutely love doing is planning events and meet-ups, but what I love even more is just going to them. For all the party planners out there, am I right? It’s always so fun to get together with your closest friends, grab a drink and just enjoy your time together. However, I never want to forget the large amount of work it takes to put together events, no matter the size, especially for one person to do alone. So, one of the things I started doing not too long ago was picking up a small gift or item for the hostess. Why? Because it’s a really awesome feeling when people appreciate your hard work and also, sometimes as the host, you forget things and don’t have time to grab items last minute. 

With any gift bags or gift ideas post, I have 3 tips:

  1. Make it personal – Handwritten cards thanking the hostess for putting together this event is such a sweet gesture that they will cherish. Seriously, a “Thank You” can sometimes make someones day, so be the person if you can.
  2. Make it reusable – This is a tip I have always had for giving gifts of any kind. It’s wonderful when someone gives you a gift of your favorite candy or monogrammed styrofoam cups, but, it’s even better to give a gift that someone can use over and over again. And let’s be real, a lot of those weird gifts you get from family that you can’t reuse usually go into the trash or the junk drawer to never be seen again, right? Also, reusable gifts are lovely because everytime the hostess uses your gift, they will remember all the fun times you had together. How sweet is that?
  3. Make is fun – Seriously, most people loving receiving gifts, especially gifts that make them chuckle or smile. So, just like the photo prop below or the margarita notepad, gifts should be a fun thing for the other person to open.

Photo prop // Koozie // Notepad // Notebook // Card // Cocktail napkins // Bags

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So, my first go-to gifts are party favors. How adorable is this photo prop? Props totally aren’t necessary for your party, but they are a fun addition to make the night even more memorable. If you’re feeling really crafty, you could always create a fun photo backdrop on a blank wall/space. Not only are backdrops and photo props very inexpensive, they are one of the items that people tend to forget about. Most host are concerned about food, where guests will sit, parking, etc., so I am sure fun party props would be a fun surprise for any hostess.

Second, koozies! Who doesn’t love Koozies, I mean seriously? This one is seriously so adorable and would be the perfect surprise gift. Since koozies can be reused over and over again, this is the perfect gift for your friends that love to tailgate or pregame. 

Next, personalized small gifts. This notepad is my absolutely favorite thing ever! I added a magnet to the back and stuck this on my fridge to use for my grocery list. This fun “Hustle Hard Girl” mini notebook is just as adorable! I mean seriously, I can’t be the only one obsessed with mini notebooks. I keep this one my work desk for motivation to get through the day #NoShame

So, if you guys ever watch my snapchats or IG stories, you know my heart melts a little when I receive a handwritten note from anyone. I am also a firm believer in letter writing, so if you have time, write your hostess a thank you note/card for all their hard work. I can promise you they will be 110% appreciative that you took the time out to do such a sweet thing.

Next, cocktail napkins. Do y’all want to know the one thing that most people forget for any type of part or gathering? Napkins, paper towels and hand wipes. I never noticed that until early last year when I went to 3 parties back to back where either people ran out of these items or forgot to ask someone else to get them. I suggest, especially for a fun girls night, to grab a pack of funny cocktail napkins. Not only will everyone love them, but they may be the perfect thing to get conversations rolling. 

Lastly, I always like to grab a gift that the hostess can use as gifts for their next party. This is where these cute wine bags come in. They are sold in packs of 6, which is perfect! The hostess now has something cute to bring their wine/champagne another time or use as gift bags. Totally a win/win. 

Well, that’s all that I have for you today friends. Do you have your go-to hostess gifts? If so, let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your ideas <3

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74 Comments

  • Reply Lee

    Great idea’s on a Hostess gift or party favor! It has been a while since I needed a hostess gift, but I will keep your suggestions in mind the next time I do.

    May 30, 2017 at 11:36 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much girl!

      June 2, 2017 at 12:04 am
  • Reply Kate

    These are all such cute ideas! Whenever I hear “hostess gift” I think of a bottle of wine, but smaller things like this are almost always better as they suit a wider range of people; picking out wine can be stressful. I’ll be keeping your suggestions in mind next time I’m invited to an event.

    May 30, 2017 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Picking out wine can be stressful forreal! There are so many options haha

      June 2, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Tsvetelina

    Such a great post and tips, thank you for sharing!
    http://www.cecilfashion.com

    May 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks babe

      June 2, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Traci

    Ahh love your choices! These are so fun and go together perfectly! I think my favorite is the Hustle Hard mini notebook! 🙂

    May 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much girl! I love that notebook

      June 2, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Alysse

    Great tips here and I love how colorful everything is. The tip about make things reusable is the best, I love when I can repurpose things for other reasons!

    Alysse
    lysseonlife.com

    May 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks girl! I think making it reusable is probably the main tip I give people

      June 2, 2017 at 12:06 am
  • Reply laurajaneatelier

    These are all so cute, I love the flamingo theme
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    May 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks sweet friend <3

      June 2, 2017 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Nikki Arnold

    These are so cute and this is such a great idea!!
    Xo, Nikki | http://www.thefashionableaccountant.com

    May 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much!

      June 2, 2017 at 12:07 am
  • Reply FASHION TALES

    How fun! These are great gifts. I love planning parties quite a bit so I definitely enjoyed this post. /Madison
    FASHION TALES

    May 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much love

      June 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply cutebrandik

    What fun stuff! I am obsessed with flamingos this season. Love your ideas.

    -Brandi Kimberly
    http://www.cutebrandik.com

    May 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Me too, babe! I love it

      June 2, 2017 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Samantha Deviney

    So many great tips! Love all of these goodies, too <3

    Sam
    http://www.lifeandmessyhair.com/

    May 30, 2017 at 9:55 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks babe <3

      June 2, 2017 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Jen Busfield (@jabsplethora)

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea of reusable gifts. I am totally that person with “items” lost in drawers and never used again…appreciating the thought, but not really having a place for said item. Cheers to things that you can use again…although, I will admit…I am not opposed to chocolate.

    May 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Ha! Girl, you’re hilarious. I am also guilty of having a few junk bins with stuff that I haven’t seen since the day I received it as a gift. I need to dig through and get rid of it honestly. Reusable and useful items are always best. Some candy wouldn’t hurt though

      June 2, 2017 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Afton P.

    These are great ideas! Definitely need to try these!
    xoxo, Afton
    ncprepster.com

    May 31, 2017 at 9:44 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks doll

      June 2, 2017 at 12:12 am
  • Reply LaToya C

    These are great ideas! And so thoughtful!

    May 31, 2017 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much!

      June 2, 2017 at 12:13 am
  • Reply Debbie Savage

    This is such a fun post! I love love your gift ideas. When I host dinner parties it is so thoughtful when someone brings me a small token of appreciation! I love what you are sharing today!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylbetrue.com

    June 2, 2017 at 1:32 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much for your sweet words babe 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply annaefox01

    These gifts are such a great idea!

    June 2, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks doll

      June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Haleigh

    All of this stuff is super cute! Love this post!

    xo, Hales | http://www.sincerelyhales.com

    June 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much love 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Smith

    I love how creative this is – if someone came over to my house for a party & brought me a gift like this, we’d be lifelong friends! 🙂

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

    June 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks babe!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Sydney Power

    What cute ideas! i think this is perfect for a hostess gift!

    June 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks girl!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks love!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Adaleta Avdić

    Well this is so awesome! I really love this idea

    June 2, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Lily A. (Beauty With Lily)

    It can be kinda hard to buy a gift for a hostess…so this is brilliant!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    June 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks doll

      June 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I love so many tips!! The thank you card is always over looked but I think it is probably the most appreciated! And the cute napkins I love using so they would be a perfect gift too!

    June 3, 2017 at 12:53 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      I agree! I love getting cards

      June 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Kendall

    I am a firm believer in hand-written notes too! More people need to start writing them again!

    xx Kendall | mystyledlife.com

    June 3, 2017 at 2:19 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      I totally agree! I absolutely love had written notes

      June 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Liz

    These are such fun ideas! Super cute!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

    June 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks sweet friend 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Jenna at Boston Chic Party

    Love all these party supplies, especially the flamingos!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Bostonchicparty.com

    June 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Me too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    This is the cutest gift basket! Perfect for summer

    June 3, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks doll

      June 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Whitman

    These are such cute hostess gifts! I’ve never thought to put together little gifts like this, but it’s such a great idea!

    June 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq)

    These are all such cute hostess gift ideas. Love the fun cocktail napkins!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    June 4, 2017 at 10:33 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks babe 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    Omg these are the cutest! I love!

    June 4, 2017 at 11:34 am
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much!

      June 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply absolutelyannie

    This is the cutest little gift basket I’ve ever seen! Love it all!

    June 4, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    These cards are amazing!! I need them – I can think of a bunch of people who would love to get that!

    xoxo
    Victoria
    agallonofglitter.com

    June 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Right?! So many people would appreciate them

      June 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply jcrewismyfavstore

    I love all of these ideas!!!! That photo prop is SO cute!!!

    June 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Jaime

    I love this! And hand written cards and notes really are the sweetest gesture in this day and age!! xo, Jaime Sunflowers and Stilettos

    June 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      I totally agree! Thanks for stopping by love

      June 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Style Beacon

    Such fun ideas!! I love these! And those flamingo glasses ❤️

    June 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks girl!

      June 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Such great gift ideas. I love giving cheeky cocktail napkins!

    June 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Aren’t they so cute? Thanks for stopping by

      June 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Taylor Ann

    This is such a great idea for a gift! Love the details and thought that went into it all.

    June 4, 2017 at 6:21 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much love

      June 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Margaret S Skaggs

    this is such a cute gift idea!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

    June 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much!

      June 13, 2017 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Nina

    Such a cute basket idea!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    June 4, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      Thanks so much!

      June 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply candacemichelleread

    I’m a firm believer in hand written notes! It’s a personal touch that goes a long wayyyy.

    Best,

    Candace

    June 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm
    • Reply Azanique Rawl

      I agree! I love them

      June 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

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