So it’s old news that my sister Heather and I have five children between us. I have three boys and she has two. Yes, you heard that correctly. We have FIVE boys and in case you weren’t aware, boys are super loud and kind of smelly.
Now, Heather and I may have wanted to tear each other’s hair out when we were growing up but now we’re friends and we hang out often, usually with all the boys. You’ve probably heard faint roaring sounds on the days we get our families together. The cousins are incredibly and loudly ECSTATIC and the adults just steel themselves for the chaos. We’ve found that wine sometimes helps.
Anyway, when we visit each other’s houses, the extra noise and commotion is not a big deal because we’re all used to it. However, when we visit other relatives or friends during the holidays or over a school break, we always leave feeling slightly embarrassed because of all the crazy rambunctiousness.
Sorry We Bulldozed Your House
Part of the reason we feel sheepish at these gatherings is because we don’t do short visits. Listen, it takes a lot of work to get this train moving and once we commit to the effort, we like to make it count.
This is where the hostess gifts come in. We are big believers in rewarding those brave souls that open their doors to us and our offspring who have no idea how to “play the quiet game” or “sit on the couch.”
Give Homemade Hostess Gifts a Try
Check out this list of some of our favorite hostess gifts, all found on Etsy.
- Funny Wine Glass Charms from Pendant Barn. Make sure your hostess has a sense of humor before you decide to gift the charms that say “I’ll quit drinking if you quit talking.” Many other types of wine glass charms are available and it’s fun to give one of a kind hostess gifts.
- Lavender Sachets from Gardenmis. This particular listing has cute baby animals printed on the cotton sachets. Other images and colors are available.
- Monogrammed Mouse Pad from JoyfulMoose. These are super cool and I think most women would be happy with this hostess gift. Because this product is monogrammed, pre-planning is essential. I could pull off something that needs to be planned, but Heather is sometimes allergic to making arrangements in advance.
- Painted Mason Jar Soap Dispenser from MidnightOwlCandleCo. Mason jar products are an instant hit and the painted versions in this shop are especially pretty.
- Rustic Wood Candle Holder from GFTWoodcraft. Even if the hostess’s home isn’t particularly rustic, these gold tipped candle holders are a unique and even elegant addition to any room. We love these and may order of set of these for ourselves.
Any Advice For Us?
Consider keeping hostess gifts on hand so you’ll be ready to thank the next kindly soul that takes on your family. What are some of your favorite ways to thank a host or hostess?