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hostess gift rule to live by.

a sweet friend came to visit last weekend & when she arrived, she presented me with a bottle of mrs. meyer's dish soap. i told her it was the PERFECT hostess gift & she said she tried to follow her mother in law's rule -- bring gifts that go away. instead of more stuff to clutter their homes, she tries to bring something her hosts will use & then it will go away -- i LOVE that. it is officially is a yonkman family rule for hostess gifts! i'm going to go out on a limb & say people from the south just get hospitality/generosity SO right (my friend is from birmingham & her MIL is from louisiana).

i started thinking back on some of my favorite hostess gifts i've received -- the four above took the cake! it's always helpful to have these around for last minute visits, dinners, etc. my mom has a shelf of thoughtful gifts at the ready & i've tried to do the same. so, if you're looking to stock up, here are my recommendations:

1. lovely notecards

2. fancy dish soap (the honeysuckle scent is so wonderful!)

3. gourmet baking (thanks ash!)

4. a fabulous candle

i'd love to hear your favorite hostess gifts! aren't we so glad when we get to do life with others & be welcomed into their home?

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Reader Comments (6)

Love this Mary! Such a good idea and rule :)

08.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

this is a great rule!

08.22.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen

I'm guessing this was Ila!

Had not thought it through to put that rule into words, but it's so right!

08.22.2012 | Unregistered Commentertellmeastoryjosie

Love that rule! I am addicted to coffee and wine. My friends know that so they always bring either nice coffee or wine. Ones that I would never splurge on for myself

08.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

My new rule, thank you!! Here's the only rule I had until I read your post: while a bouquet flowers is always nice to receive, that means the hostess has to stop everything, find a vase and get them on water. In the middle of a party (or dinner, whatever). LOVE flowers, but if I bring them, I bring something potted like orchids. Which do eventually go way, after many weeks (or months!) of some beautiful joy. XO

08.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

This is SO true! I never thought about that. I love love love the Meyer cleaning soap, so fresh!

08.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

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