10 hostess gifts for a weekend away
You’ve packed your bags for a weekend away, but make sure not to show up empty-handed! Our list of gift ideas is sure to help you pick out the perfect present for your hardworking host. They’ll not only love the thought, but you might just get invited back again next summer.
1 Pancake and waffle mix
A weekend getaway almost always includes a delicious brunch. If you’re visiting a friend or family member, a simple pancake or waffle mix is a great gift. Pair the mix with jam or maple syrup and wrap it up in a stylish tea towel. It saves them from buying lots of ingredients and makes prep so simple, you’ll have more time to spend together. Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix, Williams-Sonoma, $15.88.
2 Cocktail syrup
If your hostess loves mixing up tasty summer drinks, then these delicious cocktail syrups are a great gift idea. With flavours like Tart Cherry and Lime-Cucumber the possibilities are endless. Pair the syrups with some fun mason jar glasses or paper straws and get ready for a weekend of fun. Quince & Apple’s cocktail syrup, BRIKA, $26.
3 Monogram throw blanket
Spending the weekend at a family cottage? Why not say thank you with a cozy monogrammed throw blanket. Add the initials of your host or their family name, they’ll love cozying up with it for evenings on the dock or by the fire. Monogrammable throw, Pottery Barn, $41.54 - $81.72.
4 Chip and dip set
A great chip and dip set is a must-have for any frequent host. Thoughfully designed and easy to use, your expert party planner will be able to serve their famous crab and avocado dip or three-cheese spread time and time again. Universal Expert Chip + Dip Set, West Elm, $64.64.
5 Drink tumblers
Great for poolside parties, picnics or everyday outdoor use, these drink tumblers are perfect for a variety of beverages from wine and cocktails to ice tea and lemonade. Any host who loves to serve tasty drinks with their menu items will love these BPA-free, shatterproof glasses, especially if they have young children. Swirl Outdoor Tumblers, Indigo, $18 (set of 3).
6 Barbecue dry spice rub
Warm weather means lots of backyard barbecues. A true griller knows second to a good cut of meat, a delicious rub makes all the difference. With its savoury blend of herbs, spices and salts these dry spice rubs from Afire are sure to make any grill master happy. Afire BBQ Rubs, Crate & Barrel, $13.78 each.
7 Handsoap and lotion
Give your host the chance to feel pampered, even while in the kitchen with this must-have lemon scented handsoap and lotion duo from Bath and Body Works. With its fresh blend of zesty lemon, sparkling citrus and pretty floral carrier it makes the perfect summertime gift. Kitchen Lemon, Bath and Body Works, $12.50.
8 Picnic basket
A weekend at the beach means lots of picnic essentials. While your host prepares tasty summer meals to enjoy in the sun, give them a gift they’ll be able to use all summer long. A stylish thermo insolated carry bag means they can pack treats for a full day of fun at the park, cottage, or on the beach. Fill the bag with colourful napkins or plastic plates and wrap it up with a bow as a thank you for a great weekend. Orange Polka Dot Carry Bag, Hudson’s Bay, $49.99.
9 Berry bowls
These adorable ceramic berry bowls are definitely a trendy kitchenware item. The wash-and-serve style ceramic colanders are perfect for serving up fresh fruit with breakfast or lunch. With a variety of colours to choose from, they’ll match any kitchen decor. Farmers Market Baskets, Anthropologie, $14 each.
10 Beverage dispenser
Every great backyard bash needs a beverage dispenser. Perfect for everything from flavoured water to sangria your host will be able to serve guests delicious drinks in style. Glass beverage dispenser, CB2, $49.95.