Holiday Hint: Remember Your Host/Hostess !

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

We have a closet in our house we call "The Secret Gift Shop".One just never knows what you will find there.  It is a collection of things that may have been on sale...would be appropriate for someone who enjoyed..., could be an added surprise for a buyer or seller.  There are a collection of gift bags, shred, tissue and trimmings as well. Present

   We turn to the gift shop inventory when we are invited to someone's home and are in search of a host/hostess gift. No matter how informal the gathering, it required clean, cook and prepare for guests. My parents instilled this "tradition" of showing an attitude ofChristmas Basket.  I don't remember ever going to someone's house without a gift in hand.  It need not be a BIG thing...just something to show you appreciated the thoughtful invitation to their  home.  Some things we use are we enjoy going to the sample size section of places like World Market and designing a theme around things you find in that department.  You may know the host/hostess enjoys tea, coffee, a certain flavor...(chocolate ?), guest soaps and towels, coasters and napkins,  candles.....let your imagination be your guide.  Here is one that has a variety of kinds of tea with cookies...candy and mugs to thank the hosting family for their kind invitation to their home.

     A little thanks is soooo appreciated...a good imagination exercise and fun to put together when you show your attitude of gratitude.

      This  has been a holiday hint brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP  Realty, honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

I was taught the same thing! Maybe our mothers were friends:). It's always fun to think of something to bring to a hostess/host who went out of their way to include you in some festivities!

Dec 04, 2018 06:05 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Sally and David.  I have to invite you to some events at my house.  My wife and I love gifts.  

Dec 04, 2018 06:29 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Sally K. & David L. Hanson - This is a wonderful tradition that your parents instilled in you. In the west and southwest, we tend to bring a bottle of wine as a gift to the hosting party. I always try to make sure it is a special bottle and one of my favorites. I also bring custom vinegars and olive oil sets in fancy bottles. 

Dec 04, 2018 06:36 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sally and David - what a great idea.  I should have one of those closets. 

Dec 04, 2018 07:55 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Chef Dolores just purchased some extra gifts to have available during the holiday season. 

Yesterday, I gave a box of cookies to the the father and son team who were doing some repairs on our garage.

Dec 04, 2018 10:18 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I was thought it is rude, uncouth, and downright ungrateful to be invited to someone's home, and not have a gift in hand...We too have a gift closet.  A

Dec 04, 2018 11:23 AM #6
Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida Real Estate
Daytona Beach Area Coastal Homes and Lifestyles

I also have a gift closet filled with an assortment of lovely gifts to give out for special favors or as a host/hostess gift. I was taught the same thing, always bring something that would be appreciated as a thank you for their thoughtfulness 

Dec 04, 2018 01:30 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Sally and David- your mother taught you well!!! I learned the same and have a similar Secret Gift Shop in my own home. Even a bottle of wine and/ or nice candles are a nice gift. 

Dec 04, 2018 06:20 PM #8
Jackie Adams
ERA Archibald Real Estate - Idaho Falls, ID

I have an assortment of gifts for just such occasions.  Now all I need is a closet for them.  That would make it a lot more organized and fun.  I don't have a closet.  :)


Dec 04, 2018 06:46 PM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That reminds me that I need to pick up a little something for an event I'm attending on Friday.  My closet is running low because I don't shop as much as I used to, but I do have a section in my closet for the same kind of thing.

Dec 04, 2018 07:36 PM #10
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

For sure! I had a basket like that and I probably need to check it, as I believe it is getting low and needs to be restocked.

Dec 05, 2018 06:11 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sally and David:

We don't have a gift closet but we do keep a collection of gift items for all sorts of occasions, including wine for wine-loving friends. A thoughtful gift, no matter how small, is always appreciated as a thank you!!


Dec 05, 2018 07:24 AM #12
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I always try to bring something for the host--home baked goodie or wine or whatever I think they will like.  It's always appreciated!

Dec 05, 2018 09:37 AM #13
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Custom Home Design

Great holiday hint and well deserved.  It shows a real appreciation for all the effort made by the host.  Good post.

Dec 05, 2018 04:49 PM #14
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