Thoughtful Gifts for Thoughtful People
Fall is upon us. My family is gearing up for a new season of visiting friends and family. We are lucky – the upcoming months will bring visits to New England, to Australian beaches, and to San Francisco. Nice to have family and friends in nice places. As always, as guests, we will bring wine, flowers or dessert to compliment the event. But how about some specifically thoughtful gifts for our thoughtful hosts?
Periodically I collect ideas for gifts to have ready as needed. While at times the exact piece is no longer available when it's time to purchase, it’s always handy to have inspirations on hand. Think of items that will “spark joy” for your host (channeling home organizer Marie Kondo). Part of being thoughtful is remembering this: what is one person’s pleasure is another’s clutter.
Of course, I often turn to home décor accessories, especially if I am familiar with the home and the host. But I also love fashion, books, function and, of course, fun. Here are a few of the inspirations I’ve collected in recent months.
I’m a sucker for most things from Heath Ceramics.
Don’t forget the kids.
Especially, don’t forget the fur covered kids.
Unique ornaments for a tree trimming party.
Something small and vintage is lovely.
Something small for the kitchen is also lovely.
A coffee table book
Something I always love but rarely buy for myself. This one highlights the Hamptons and the North Fork of Long Island (one of my favorite places, as you may have read on previous posts).
Small and colorful, functional but unnecessary
Pinwheel push pins – especially these which will bring a hit of color, texture and fun to a home office space or homework desk.
What would you like to receive as a host? What sparks joy for you? Do you have a favorite host gift when visiting family and friends? Send me a comment and for more inspirations check out my Gifts for My Hosts Pinterest board.