How about Hostess gifts?
Ok.. well all know that most people seem to have forgotten how to RSVP, but what about the art of the hostess gift??
I grew up with a mom who was from the old school.. so thus I (happily) follow that path. WHen you go to an event that someone has gone out of their way to organize you bring a small gift for the hostess ( or host!).. same deal if someone brings you a pie in a glass dish ( or cake..whatever) you never return it empty.. you don't have to do the same thing back but you bring it back to them with a thank you and token gift ( include a small bag of baking spices in a cute envelope or some such item)
I keep a special drawer filled with small items that are perfect for such gifts.. I often pick stuff up at Homegoods of the like.. never more than $2-3 dollars each. The drawer is getting low right now after the holidays but it still has in it.. boxes of coasters, wine charms, hand towels, nice candles etc.
Is this a lost art or what?.. people always seem so shocked to get a gift ( all except my close circle, we are all in the groove on this and work to find super cute things for each other.. sort of a silly contest :) I know that Miss Manners says it's optional these days but I find that the more we loose these little grace notes in our lives the more disconected and mechanical everything becomes.
Maddiemom, hostess gift giver