The beginning of the holiday season almost always means that it is party season once again. If you want to attend the hottest parties in town, you may want to make sure that you are known not only for your amazing personality, but also your uncanny gift-giving skills.
Before you can select the perfect gift, you have to get to know the host of the party first. If you don’t know the host too well, think of him or her as a puzzle that needs to be solved. Do your research. Find out if the party has an overall theme and ask people about the host’s interests. Just to get you started, here are a few fabulous gift ideas that will make a lasting impression:
Lovers of Fine Brew
If you know that the host of the party has a taste for beer, a personalized beer mug is a safe bet. Have his or her name engraved on the mug, or have one specially designed to reflect the host’s personality. If the host appreciates a good laugh, you can even have his or her picture incorporated into the design. If you want to go the extra mile, you can purchase a beer brewing kit so that the host can experiment making his or her own recipe.
If wine or champagne is preferred over beer, you can give the host a pair or set of crystal wine or champagne glasses. Everyone will surely raise a toast in your direction every time your gift is used.
The Other Kind of Brew
If the host of the party is known for his or her love of caffeine, you can give coffee-related gifts. Have the host’s favorite blend of coffee specially packaged and wrapped. You can even include a coffee grinder to make enjoying a fresh cup of coffee from freshly ground beans even easier.
If the host has a notorious sweet tooth, bring a box of pastries for them to enjoy after the party. However, if the host has a knack for baking or preparing their own party food, give them something useful instead. A nice set of utensils or serving platters make great gifts. If you really have no idea what they already have or which utensil would be useful, you can opt to purchase a gift card so they can choose for themselves.
When you have run out of ideas or simply don’t have that much time to find a gift, a nice flower basket is always a safe choice. Try to avoid giving the host a bouquet of cut flowers, since the host would then have to search for a vase when he or she should be greeting the other guests. You also have to make sure that the flowers you choose do not clash with the theme of the party. If you have doubts, you can always contact the host before the party, ask whether or not more flowers are needed to decorate the venue, and volunteer to purchase them.
As the old saying goes “It is the thought that counts.” Make this adage your guide for gift-giving by really pouring your thoughts into your presents. Remember that the perfect gift is not always the most expensive – it is usually the most well thought out.