‘Tis the season — to stop giving basic hostess gifts. While most can agree just about anything is better than showing up empty-handed, here are some gifts that will guarantee an invite back.
Skip the wine, bring the glasses. According to Martha Stewart’s website, an aesthetically pleasing set of cocktail or wine glasses is the way to go this holiday season. These glass sets come in various shapes and styles and can be found at most home supply stores and online retailers.
To go along with those new glasses, surprise the host with a set of decorative coasters to put them on. Not only will they be a table-saver during the event, but the host will also be able to add them to their collection for years to come. Skylar Harvey, human development and family science major at Auburn, says that cute coaster sets are her go-to hostess gift. To support small business owners this holiday season, check out Etsy for dozens of handmade options.
Party lags: every guest knows it, and every host fears it. Save the host some of the stress this holiday season by bringing a party game. And no, these are nothing like Monopoly. From themed games to general questions, buyers can find a game that will entertain any audience. While there are hundreds of options on the market, Cards Against Humanity is renowned as the classic, according to its 115,000 reviews on Amazon.
Flowers, but not your average bouquet
For the host that has it all, look no further than Venus et Fleur. According to their website, these real roses will last an entire year, no water necessary. While arrangements from this site can reach well into the hundreds mark, the company offers a single rose for 44 dollars.
"I've given and received Venus et Fleur flowers, and it's one of my favorite gift ideas," said Auburn junior and fashion merchandising major Sydney Hansen.
Wine, but better
Why bring one bottle when it’s possible to bring six? A wine tasting kit gives the host options, and a conversation starter, without breaking the bank. Starting at 30 dollars, California vineyard ONX offers a hands-off, mini tasting set on their website. For the crafty guest, DIY it for a more personal touch.
Last-minute invite? Don't sweat it. A bottle of their favorite will always be in style.
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Sabina Crisitello, junior in journalism, is the assistant culture editor at The Auburn Plainsman.