What to Give Your Host

When you’ve been invited for dinner or an event, you should always bring the host a small thank you gift.

A bunch of flowers or a bottle of wine is usually the go-to gift and while those are always well received, I thought I’d compile a list that’s slightly different.

A pretty bouquet of flowers costs anywhere between R100-R200, unless you’ve had time to go to a flower market. I usually haven’t had the time, so I try to find different gifts for that price, or obviously less.

At the end of the day, it’s obviously not about the price, but the thought that counts!

A beautiful bottle of preserves, or olive oil. Tie a bow around it for an extra touch.

A pretty packet of delicious biscuits. Bonus, if you can find them in a reusable tin/ cookie jar.

A pot plant – lasts longer (hoping your host remembers to water it) than flowers, which wilt and need to be thrown away after a week. It’s also a lovely reminder of you when they see it on their table or window sill/shelf.
A potted herb plant. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.


If you’ve been a house guest, a lovely gesture is to give them something for their home, according to their taste. Any of the above mentioned work just as well too.

A handwritten “Thank You” note is a must too.

Here are some ideas:

Scented candles are always appreciated.

A pretty ornament or vase.

A bottle stopper.

What do you usually bring a host?

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  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Lovely suggestions…thanks for sharing 😉

    February 26, 2018 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Siobhan Yeatman

    What a lovely post – it really is such great manners to take something when being hosted at another’s home. xxx

    February 27, 2018 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Stella

    Your post comes at just the right time for me.
    I’m going to visit a friend for a few days next month and I’ve been wondering what gift to get her. thank you for the lovely suggestions:)

    February 27, 2018 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Some lovely ideas 🙂 We usually just take wine.

    February 28, 2018 at 8:10 am
  • Reply nicole

    Such an awesome post, love these ideas.

    March 1, 2018 at 2:21 am
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