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My bf invited me to a dinner party given by some friends of his (a straight couple). I've never met them. What are some safe, yet thoughtful, hostess gift ideas?

by Anonymousreply 71November 18, 2023 6:22 AM

Bring them a hardcover copy of "The Art of the Deal."

It'll be a great icebreaker and conversation starter.

by Anonymousreply 1November 9, 2023 3:21 PM

This LoveHoney strap-on pegging kit is for sale.

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by Anonymousreply 2November 9, 2023 3:21 PM

A very nice box of chocolates.

by Anonymousreply 3November 9, 2023 3:21 PM

Are they drinkers, OP? If so, a decent bottle of wine/champagne will do.

by Anonymousreply 4November 9, 2023 3:36 PM

Something homemade, like jams or banana bread.

by Anonymousreply 5November 9, 2023 4:13 PM

Wine. Make sure they drink, though (not recovering alcoholics).

Price range? I'd say, spend at least $25 on the bottle.

by Anonymousreply 6November 9, 2023 4:33 PM

If you’re the plus one it should be your boyfriend’s responsibility to bring a gift from the two of you, not yours. But I hate the whole concept of hostess gifts for a dinner party. For a weekend stay, yes, but not for a meal.

by Anonymousreply 7November 9, 2023 4:38 PM

A bottle of Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée and a small box of To'ak chocolates.

by Anonymousreply 8November 9, 2023 4:49 PM

Three grams of meth.

by Anonymousreply 9November 9, 2023 5:29 PM

Flowers and/or bottle of wine (a decent bottle).

by Anonymousreply 10November 9, 2023 5:38 PM

Fruit preserves.

by Anonymousreply 11November 9, 2023 5:48 PM

Do not bring flowers, r10, it's a pain in the ass to have to get a vase, cut the stems, arrange and then decide where to display, as there probably is already a centerpiece on the table, all while welcoming arriving guests.

by Anonymousreply 12November 9, 2023 5:48 PM

A fruitcake will be a hit (brought by the fruits)!

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by Anonymousreply 13November 9, 2023 5:51 PM

My help always appreciates a homemade pot of jam for the holidays.

by Anonymousreply 14November 9, 2023 5:51 PM

wine is the best bet imo, just find out if they prefer whites or reds

by Anonymousreply 15November 9, 2023 5:53 PM

^ They will feel compelled to open it and if it clashes with dinner, it's all YOUR fault!

by Anonymousreply 16November 9, 2023 5:57 PM

An 8 ball and a carton of smokes.

by Anonymousreply 17November 9, 2023 5:58 PM

I thought you’re not supposed to bring flowers (you’re giving the host a task to do at the start of the party); wine (you’re telling the host you know better about which wine to pair with dinner); or candles (everyone knows this is the bare minimum).

I think homemade cookies or nice breakfast pastries are preferred.

by Anonymousreply 18November 9, 2023 5:59 PM

Bring a pre-roll, something sativa.

by Anonymousreply 19November 9, 2023 6:08 PM

a small bouquet of fresh flowers for the house

by Anonymousreply 20November 9, 2023 6:13 PM

Bring cupcakes and demand they be served at dessert.

by Anonymousreply 21November 9, 2023 6:13 PM

Poppers and a double-headed dildo.

by Anonymousreply 22November 9, 2023 6:15 PM

It's mega-bourgeois, not to mention awkward for the host, for the invitee to bring a gift to an event of this nature. The demonstration of appreciation is sent to the host/hostess within a few days after the event, and begins with the words, "Thank you so much for the...". The bestowing of objects, booze, and the like are for birthdays and holiday parties, not dinners or luncheons.

by Anonymousreply 23November 9, 2023 7:08 PM

* IS for birthdays...

by Anonymousreply 24November 9, 2023 7:09 PM

You have a choice of a pot of basil or marmalade.

by Anonymousreply 25November 9, 2023 7:53 PM

A flower arrangement delivered the next day is classy.

by Anonymousreply 26November 9, 2023 8:48 PM

Sort of agree with R23, which is why it has to be something that you recently discovered bought and are now buying for everyone as small gifts. Trying to think of what that could be…

A small but useful kitchen implement like sturdy tongs or a ceramic Italian lemon squeezer or….loose Japanese tea like Gen Mai Cha or bergamot earl grey or a reusable Baggu bag set…. Special candy from another country—unusual flavor like lemon or cardamom. Or, echoing the pre-roll suggestion you could get fancy weed sodas and seltzers. They aren’t strong or scary but a little festive.

by Anonymousreply 27November 9, 2023 8:53 PM

^^^ something you bought randomly and love and are now giving to everyone as small gifts.

by Anonymousreply 28November 9, 2023 8:57 PM

A box of chocolates preferably from a local candy store.

by Anonymousreply 29November 9, 2023 9:08 PM

Wine is ridiculously expensive in America.

A box of chocolates is always a good idea, OP.

by Anonymousreply 30November 9, 2023 9:12 PM

A box of chocolates is best.

by Anonymousreply 31November 9, 2023 9:18 PM

No one wants your shitty Whitman’s sampler.

by Anonymousreply 32November 9, 2023 9:26 PM

See's Candies!

by Anonymousreply 33November 9, 2023 9:30 PM

A set of 3 Japanese Midori notebooks in size A6 in a plain box.

by Anonymousreply 34November 9, 2023 9:54 PM

Two by four double-barreled dildo.

by Anonymousreply 35November 9, 2023 9:59 PM

I respectfully disagree with R7.

When someone invites you into their home for dinner, you must bring a gift.

by Anonymousreply 36November 9, 2023 10:00 PM

Something for their dog or cat.

by Anonymousreply 37November 9, 2023 10:23 PM

A game like Apples to Apples or Jenga.

by Anonymousreply 38November 9, 2023 10:24 PM

Paper towels or something else useful.

by Anonymousreply 39November 9, 2023 10:26 PM

A full, healthy bay plant in a 5” plain terracotta pot. They can use fresh bay leaves in cooking or enjoy as an attractive topiary plant.

by Anonymousreply 40November 9, 2023 10:27 PM

Go to Sonic or similiar and buy a bag of their ice and get a six pack of weed seltzers and sodas and glass bottle Cokes.

by Anonymousreply 41November 9, 2023 10:33 PM

An attractive small nightlight. They can plug in the bathroom or hallway or regift to someone else.

by Anonymousreply 42November 9, 2023 10:34 PM

"A New Car!" -- said like the announcer on The Price is Right

by Anonymousreply 43November 9, 2023 11:01 PM

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by Anonymousreply 44November 9, 2023 11:04 PM

If you bring chocolates, make sure you ask for them loudly after dinner, and then say, “Don’t be shy; I’ll go first!” and eat half the box.

If you bring wine, be sure to ask for it back if they don’t serve it with the meal.

Or alt, yell, “I breeng hostess gift!” and go throw mints on all the bed pillows.

by Anonymousreply 45November 9, 2023 11:05 PM

The only hostess gift I would want is a kitten.

by Anonymousreply 46November 9, 2023 11:06 PM

A marble rye from Schnitzer’s

by Anonymousreply 47November 9, 2023 11:16 PM

What R7 said.

by Anonymousreply 48November 9, 2023 11:21 PM

$10 gift card for the most deplorable fast food in town.

by Anonymousreply 49November 9, 2023 11:26 PM

vintage porn magazine in a brown envelope

by Anonymousreply 50November 9, 2023 11:27 PM

2 Miller High Life tall boys.

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by Anonymousreply 51November 9, 2023 11:36 PM

beer pong red plastic cups

by Anonymousreply 52November 9, 2023 11:37 PM

joint. just have it your pocket and take it out and present it with a hand flourish, saying "mi lady"

by Anonymousreply 53November 9, 2023 11:38 PM

If you have to remove your shoes in the host’s house the obligation of a gift is dispensed.

by Anonymousreply 54November 9, 2023 11:54 PM

empty lima bean can filled with live worms.

by Anonymousreply 55November 9, 2023 11:58 PM

[quote] A fruitcake will be a hit

I'm a weirdo who actually LIKES fruit cake.

Excellent suggestion.

by Anonymousreply 56November 10, 2023 12:05 AM

How about a holiday candle?

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by Anonymousreply 57November 10, 2023 12:10 AM

The Holy Bible makes a nice gift. And makes for good after dinner reading.

by Anonymousreply 58November 10, 2023 12:10 AM

Barbie movie merch. Jump up and down, and squeal "Barbie! Barbie!" when you present it.

by Anonymousreply 59November 10, 2023 12:17 AM

Well apparently this is more of a potluck and the bf is bringing a dish, so I guess I'n off the hook

by Anonymousreply 60November 10, 2023 12:41 AM

Actually if it is a pot luck you could then bring wine.

by Anonymousreply 61November 10, 2023 12:44 AM

Definitely bring wine if it’s a potluck because there probably won’t be any otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 62November 10, 2023 12:49 AM

A potluck? You must be lesbians.

by Anonymousreply 63November 10, 2023 6:34 PM

If it's a potluck, I say to hell with a hostess gift. Your dish that you bring is enough.

by Anonymousreply 64November 10, 2023 6:44 PM

A hardcover copy of “The joy of gay sex”.

by Anonymousreply 65November 10, 2023 6:46 PM

Or, a pop-up book of "The Joy of Gay Sex."

by Anonymousreply 66November 14, 2023 10:41 PM

Fuck the book, just hire a couple of whores to act out The Joy of Gay Sex as the evening’s entertainment.

by Anonymousreply 67November 14, 2023 11:01 PM

Guacamole and a bag of chips and/or hummus and a bag of of baby carrots.

by Anonymousreply 68November 15, 2023 2:55 AM

A scented holiday candle would be my suggestion boxed appropriately - autumnal or Christmasy.

by Anonymousreply 69November 15, 2023 3:03 AM

If it's a pot luck, bring them a pot.

by Anonymousreply 70November 15, 2023 3:04 AM

A hooker.

by Anonymousreply 71November 18, 2023 6:22 AM
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