Personally, if someone extends their hospitality to me and saves me $100+ dollars on the hotel room, I show my appreciation in the form of dinner out, helping around the house, a round of cocktails, a sweet treat, & etc. I usually don’t mention out loud, “Thanks for letting me crash at your place, here’s a martini“. I just do it. The one thing I always make sure to pack is a stack of blank thank you cards to leave on the dining room table at the end of my trip.
When friends crash at my place, I do not expect a gift at all. It gives me pleasure to make sure they’re comfortable and show them a good time. Their company and the time they put aside from their busy schedule to visit me is all the gift I need. (cheesy but true)
If you had to get a hostess gift, what would you purchase?
A bouquet of flowers? – Personally I hate receiving flowers but most folk like it
A box of chocolates? –Not every one like chocolate. I, myself, am a picky chocolate eater.
A Starbucks gift card? – No wrong here. But then again, there some folks that don’t like coffee.
A picture frame? – Personally, no wrong here in my book.
A sweet treat from your hometown? –Depends on where home is. My DC folks know its a good idea to board the plane with a bag from Potbellys. Buffalo folks betta have some Sahlens hotdogs in their luggage.
Dishtowels? – WTH? I read that on a website somewhere? Umm… ok.
A bottle of wine? – Oh yea, that’s what I’m talking about. You can go wrong here.
Gift basket? – Can’t go wrong there either
A little appreciation goes a long way. You don’t have to break the bank doing it. Just make sure your gift is personal and thoughtful.
Any other suggestions?? Sista could use the help here…