Kiss the Barbecue Chef: Host & Hostess Gifts

Because Memorial Day kicks off the summer barbecue season….

Barbecue season is awesome.  It’s warm and everyone is able to enjoy a season of really great food.  So when someone opens up their home, try to remember to thank them.

Here are some thoughts:

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Photo from Etsy Seller: Embroidered Stitches

BRING THE BEVERAGES

A case of water or a couple of bottles of soda will do.  You can also go a little upscale and bring a bottle of wine or a case of beer (points for the hosts’ favorites).

If you want to be their favorite guest, bring two bottles or cases – one to enjoy at the cookout and one for the host/hostess to enjoy later.

A GREAT APRON

I don’t know why I love this idea so much, but I do.  There’s nothing like seeing someone at the grill with a great apron on.  It’s handy and fun.  My favorite type of gift.

A couple of sites to consider:

  1. The Apron Place.  Has it ALL including a section just for men.
  2. Chef’s Closet.  Has the cheapest aprons that I found.  You can also embroider them.  If aprons are going to be your go-to gift for summer events, I suggest you buy in bulk.  If you’re crafty and handy with clothing paint, purchasing from this site also allows you to do your own thing with minimal investment.
  3. Etsy.  Etsy never fails.  

A POST-EVENT ACTIVITY

Because the hosts are typically running around – sometimes weeks before the event – all other activities often get put on the back burner.  So I suggest a gift card for dinner at their favorite restaurant or a movie gift card.  Something that can be enjoyed after everyone has gone home.

Be Inspired.

 

 

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The “Apres Holiday” Stock Up – Wine Covers

PART II – WINE TOTES & COVERS

Now that I’m a little older, gifts of wine are great hostess gifts, Christmas gifts…. drop in gifts… you name it, wine works.  But part of the gift is the packaging and after the holidays is a great time to stock up on festive (and not so festive) wine covers.

PIER 1 IMPORTS

Pier 1 never fails.  Although I prefer heading into the store than shopping on line because  I always see something that strikes my gifting fancy.

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TARGET

My go to for all things, but their Threshold line is especially classic and always appropriate.

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KOHL’S

Don’t sleep on Kohl’s – especially for holiday decor.  And their post holiday prices really cannot be beat.

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