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17th Dec 2015

10 PERFECT gifts to bring your hostess this Christmas

Trine Jensen-Burke

If you have been invited to someone’s home, it is common courtesy to bring something with you as a small token of thank you to the host or hostess for having you over.

Quite often, many of us opt for a bottle of wine in this instance, knowing that it usually is very welcomes, and also, let’s be honest, it’s the easiest thing to grab when you are heading out the door.

But if you want to be a little more creative, hell, personal even, maybe you could try bringing any of these for your hostess? We are certain they will be MUCH appreciated:

1. Beautifully wrapped flowers

Anyone can buy flowers, but taking the time to wrap them in lovely paper and tie and ribbon around them totally takes this gift up a few notches.


2. Helen James Considered Christmas Cookie Mix

Perfect for the hostess who loves to bake, this bag of cookie mix is tres budget friendly, yet totally looks the part. (€4,50 from Dunnes Stores)


3. Yankee Candle 2 Medium Jar Christmas Set

Everyone loves a great scented candle, and when it comes to festive smells, few do it better than Yankee. (€34,95, Arnotts)


4. Godiva Coeur Iconique chocolate

You can NEVER go wrong with chocolate. Especially when it is from Godiva. (€14, Brown Thomas)

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5. The Best Gin Cocktails You’ve Ever Made Cocktail Box

Hostess who is a gin and tonic fan? This kit for gin cocktails will give her everything she needs to make five high-quality, bar-strength drinks at home. (€37,


6. Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur

A little more decadent and festive than a bottle of wine, this creamy liqueur has hints of caramel and sea salt. Perfect on its own, or drizzled over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (€15, Tesco)


7. A new apron

We bet any keen cook would appreciate this very cool Dublin-themed apron. (€20,


8. Nespresso pods

If your hostess is fond of her java, why not buy her a selection of pods from Nespresso (get some of the limited edition ones as a treat), tie a red ribbon around and voila! (from €4,50, Nespresso)

Nespresso coffee pods

9. This Works Deep Sleep bath soak

Let your hostess take some much deserved me-time and relax with a lovely bath once the night is over and her guests have gone home. This bath soak is a thoughtful gift we are sure she will LOVE. (€29,


10. Mindful productivity beeswax candle

This gorgeous Irish-made candle will be a hit with any lady. (€17,95,


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