7 Gift ideas for a Host or Hostess

Updated: Jul 20, 2018

and how to wrap them up in a tea towel

Over the weekend I went to our friends’ dinner party. I asked what they wanted us to bring to which they replied ‘just your lively selves’. I took this as a massive compliment, obviously, but certainly didn’t want to go empty-handed. The thing  was, we did not have the budget for a big gift, but I did want our host to know that we very much appreciated their invite – tricky, huh?

Tea towels have been family heirlooms and been passed down and given as gifts  since the 18th century  and, although we may think of it as being a humble gift, there is rarely anyone you couldn’t buy a tea towel for because, let’s face it, they are massively useful.

So I put together this - our first ever blog - to gather ideas about gifts for a host/hostess and how you could wrap them in a tea towel to make even the smallest of gifts look special. 

If you create some ideas of your own and wrap them, we’d love to see - please photograph them and use the #haveabrightday to connect with us at MollyMacLiving.


We all love flowers and I like the fabulous ones from the upmarket florist up the road from my house. Honestly, they are gorgeous, but rarely can I stretch to that so I buy them from cheaper side-of-the-road stand or the garage or the supermarket where they are not packaged. We have a garden so I can add a bit of greenery from there and then, instead of using cellophane,  I wrap them in a tea towel and tie with anything I happen to have lying around.


This works well if you are good at baking. Though you can always cheat and nip to the market and pretend you made it! Wrap up your newly-made bread or banana cake in a tea towel to keep it fresh and warm and give for your hosts to enjoy. All the better if you do actually have soda bread to hand.


 If you fancy giving a book you have enjoyed, how about this wrapping? I used the blue-and-white fish tea towel and a little lavender to add as a trim.  I wrapped it just like I would have wrapped any parcel and then tied with some spare ribbon. It looked so sweet. I’d love to get that gift myself as I always love having a book to read and those recommended by friends are often the best ones.