What do you bring when you go to someone's house for dinner? A bottle of wine? Some flowers? Yourself?
Unless someone wants me to bring something specific, I usually go the wine or flowers route. It's not that creative, but I really love getting either thing when people come over, so I tend to do the same. And because I like any reason to buy flowers.
If you want to branch out a bit in the gifting department, here are a few ideas for hostess/host gifts:
The NYT's Moment blog has some good gift ideas: sparkling wine, good bread, pretty Mast Brothers chocolate, or a giant jar of nutella. [via the NYT]
Bon Appetit's shopping guide is a reliable source for cool gifts. I am coveting the wooden ice bucket in this month's issue. [via BA]
If you're going the fancy tea route, Mariage Frères tea can't be beat. My mother-in-law gave us some after a trip to Paris and it is so fragrant and delicious. [via The Kitchn]
If you do play it safe and bring wine, The Kitchn also has some advice on choosing good, cheap labels from the big brands. [via The Kitchn]
The next time I make something edible, I am going with The Single Gal's homemade herb crackers or Smitten Kitchen's cheese straws. Who wouldn't want those? [via TSG, Smitten Kitchen]
What do you like to give? And get?