How To: A Guide to Selecting the Best Gift for Your Holiday Hostess

We’ve all heard the saying “it’s the thought that counts.” And good manners dictate that we should put our very best thoughts into our thank yous to the kind hostesses who open up their homes and hearts to us during the holiday season. Follow our guide below to select the perfect gift for your next holiday party.

1.  What should you spend on a gift? A hostess gift is meant to be a token of your appreciation — it should be well within your budget. No good hostess wants you to spend more than you can afford, or spend more on her than she could afford to reciprocate if she came to an event at your invitation!

2. Is the gift you chose something the hostess can actually use, and more than once? So many of the quick holiday choices on easy-to-reach store shelves end up being things that no one really needs another one of. Funny ornaments and other small trinkets will likely have a brief life before hitting the trash or the donation bin. Consider selecting a gift the host or hostess is likely to actually use — ideally more than once!

3. Is your gift choice something the hostess actually enjoys or has a preference for?A gourmet sampler of coffee is a great gift . . . unless the recipient doesn’t drink coffee! While you may not know every hostess well enough to pick her favorite color out of a line up, it’s usually best to limit your gift selection to the things you do know about her. Consider asking friends of the hostess for ideas if you aren’t sure yourself!

4. Is the item you chose something that everyone is likely to be able to use? Sometimes it’s unavoidable and you don’t know much about your hostess. If so, ask yourself if the gift you’ve chosen is one that most people you know would use or like. This is a safe bet when selecting an appropriate hostess gift if you’re only passing acquaintances with the hostess (or just meeting her for the first time).

5. In addition to being functional, is there a “good thought” behind the gift itself? With all the options for holiday gifts available, why not embrace the spirit of the holiday season and choose one that’s sustainable, supports a good cause, and is meaningful? Purchase something environmentally friendly, fair trade, empowering to those who create it, or in support of your local artisans. In other words . . . consider giving her a Prosperity Candle gift!


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Amber & Bergamot

Warm and inviting, amber and bergamot combined with subtle notes of geranium, black cardamom, sandalwood and eucalyptus.

Balsam & Juniper Berry

Wonderfully fresh and seasonally-inspired, this woodland blend of balsam fir, cedarwood and juniper berry radiates the feeling of joy that comes with the holidays. 

Chai Tea

Green tea mixed with a cozy blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and peppermint reminds you of your favorite tea spot. A perennial fall favorite! 

Clementine & Lavender

A bright, fresh citrus scent of clementine, tangerine, bergamot and lemon… nicely balanced with French lavender. If you love citrus with a subtle twist, this is for you.

Coastal Seagrass

Clean and aromatic, gentle notes of salty seagrass and ocean water mingle with a hint of sweet coastal air… a blend that will transport you to a faraway shore with calming lapping waves.

Fig & Cedar

An aromatic blend of fresh fig, cedar and oakmoss brightened with grapefruit, lemon zest and a hint of orange. Wonderfully nuanced and just slightly sweet, it’s our new favorite fig scent.

French Lavender & Vanilla

Sweet and refreshing, French lavender and classic vanilla bean are paired to create this deeply comforting and indulgent scent. The perfect balance of two soothing favorites.

Pear & Freesia

Fresh pear mingles with floral notes of freesia and just a touch of patchouli. A joyful fragrance to evoke the freshness of your favorite garden and remind you of the beauty of nature.

Tobacco & Spice 

Dried tobacco leaves blended with teak, cedar and amber with a touch of spice and pimento berry essential oils... a nuanced scent to bring warmth inside.

Tonka & Oud

Wonderfully rich and earthy, tonka beans are paired with oud wood and topped with hints of balsam, rum, amaretto and musk. A restful scent with a captivating twist.

White Tea & Citrus 

An uplifting blend of white tea, bergamot, fig and fresh jasmine combined with a subtle hint of soft sandalwood. This is delightfully light and elegant.

Unscented

Completely fragrance-free.
Perfect for centerpieces, dinner candles and those who prefer no scent.

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