This past weekend we were blessed to have Abby bring some of her Minneapolis friends home to spend the weekend. I was reminded of the sweetness of a hostess gift when I was gifted by our darling house guests. Emily gifted me with her newest note cards, which she designed for Back In The Day Bakery - and a tea towel she designed for the same. My favorite part is the label which reads "Emily Isabella Designs". Lisa gifted me with her favorite gardening tool, which I am ecstatic about! A garden knife / scoop with a serrated edge that I can tell is sturdy as the day is long.
Giving a "favorite thing" or something you made is a great place to start. For favorite thing - think "Oprah's Favorites". Gift something that you would heartily recommend or do not feel you could live without. The handmade or genuinely-love-this-myself gifts will give them a personal and loving flavor... and isn't that what gifts are about?