My mother cautioned me to never take cut flowers to a hostess because she will have to stop what she is doing to put them in water. I learned the hard way recently that wine too can be a tricky gift- our host blatantly looked down his nose at my choice. Unbeknownst to me, his wine cellar is his pride and joy and I suspect he will regift my bottles to his staff.
So here is my tried and true hostess gift list made up of items I would like to receive myself.
Bulbs in terracotta pots image courtesy of That’s not my age.com
Pocket Bandoleer bag
Lace-up corduroy shirt
Printed silk dress