Ensure your spot as the favourite guest with one of these simple, but thoughtful, gifts
Whether you’re staying with friends for the holidays, or just popping around for dinner, a host gift is always welcome. It shows your hosts that you appreciate their efforts and truly want to thank them for their hospitality. After all, they could have invited literally anyone they know, and they chose you – that’s pretty special!
So read on to find a few of our favourite host gifts, which will make sure you’re always welcomed back.
A Beautiful Bouquet
Some people are wary against bringing flowers to a party, because the host might have to scramble to find a vase. But we say that beautiful blooms are never a bad idea, especially when they don’t require any work from your host. That’s where Bydeau comes in. This easy to use website has some of the most amazing bouquets we’ve seen, many available in vases or stylish boxes— and you can pair them with thoughtfully curated gift sets as well.
An Exciting Wine
If your hosts are oenophiles, don’t bore them with any old bottle. Instead, wow them with something truly special. Toasst has you covered. The newly launched wine subscription service hand-picks unique bottles from lesser-known producers and delivers them straight to your door. If you want to be lavish, you can send a whole order to your hosts (perhaps to restore their cellars after a wild party!) or you can be cheeky and just bring a bottle from one of your orders (each delivery includes six bottles, so there’s plenty to share). Every bottle comes with tasting notes and pairing recommendations, so you can even use that to make a little hamper. This wine, for example, is especially delicious with briny olives and aged Manchego cheese!
A Quirky House Gift
Turns out, everyone gets pretty excited about tea towels, especially when they’re as cute as the ones from Pinyin Press. Their hand-drawn, Asian-inspired designs are whimsical enough to stand out, but minimalist enough to still work with almost any decor. Grab a few in cute prints like Lucky Cat, Jiaozi and Baozi, and you’ll be guaranteed a return invite. They also make tote bags, aprons, oven mitts and more. Bring them on your international travels too, it’s a sweet reminder that someone in Hong Kong loves them, and a great conversation starter.
A Cosy Candle
Nothing says ‘hygge’ quite like a candle. More traditional hosts may love the instantly recognisable scents from the big labels, but if you want something a bit more unique, check out BeCandle. This home-grown company hand-makes candles with simple, beautiful scents like Peony & Rose, Firewood and Sandalwood. They also craft their candles into incredible shapes like dim sum and even leather-bound books, which make a perfect gift option.
8 Wang Street, Saii Kung; + 852 3586 0320
Some Light Reading
If your friends are constantly the ‘hosts with the mosts’, the type of people who love to entertain and take great pride in their hospitality, then they’ll probably love The Savoy Cocktail Book. Because, like them, the Savoy Cocktail Book isn’t about tricks or gimmicks – there’s no illusion here. Just honest, classic cocktails that will certainly be a welcome addition to any of their future soirees. This has been a classic reference for cocktail lovers since 1930, find it at your favourite Hong Kong bookstores, or order it online.
Kelly and Walsh
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central; +852 2522 5744
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