Our Top Host and Hostess Gifts to Secure an Invite Every Year

November 07, 2018

Our Top Host and Hostess Gifts to Secure an Invite Every Year

You’ve been invited to a party and you don’t want to show up empty-handed.

Bring your host a gift that won’t gather dust in some forgotten cabinet but, instead will be a gift that your host will truly appreciate. A gift from A Taste of Olive will secure your reputation as a thoughtful guest, and ensure that you are on the A-list of invitees for future soirees.

Here are some of our favorite ideas sure to please any host (and fit any budget):

Go with what we’re known for.

Spending an entire afternoon meandering around the shop, taste-testing to your heart’s content, is our idea of paradise. However, if you are pressed for time and want to gift your host some of the store’s signature liquids, we have you covered. 

We have pre-selected oil and vinegar combinations grouped together according to their flavor profile or a suggested usage (such as “Grilling”, “Cheese Complements”, or our “Italian Sampler”). These foolproof gift sets are a great introduction to what our stores offer. Each set contains five gift-sized bottles housed in a wooden display box and branded with A Taste of Olive’s logo—no wrapping required! Available online and in-store. $30-$46


Form & Function

What host or hostess could refuse a splash of color to dress their countertop or table? Made in France since 1850 from high-fired Burgundy clay, these Emile Henry oil cruets offer form and function. The cruets in typical French colors of Flour, Flint, Blue Flame and Burgundy Red preserve oils from sunlight and regulate the pour with no dripping. For a more contemporary addition to a gourmet kitchen, stylish Bella Vita oil and vinegar sets in glass and stainless steel offer all the yum without the mess. And for just the right mix, consider Leukue’s Dressing Shaker for a fun and original option for your table. Pair with any oil and vinegar for the ultimate host or hostess gift. Available in-store. Emily Henry $45, Leuke $15.00 & Bella Vita $16.95

Bringing wine?

Let’s be honest, no host is going to scoff when you show up with your favorite bottle. To step it up a notch, consider ditching the paper gift bag in favor of a hand-painted, stoneware wine chiller. These beautiful containers keep bottles of white cold throughout dinner or display a bottle of red for later. When all the wine has been sipped, they easily double as a utensil holder. With a selection of gorgeous designs, these pieces offer your host a gift they can enjoy for years to come. Available in-store only. $28


Give them a taste of… olives!

While our oils may take center stage, we cannot overlook the source—olives! Whether your host loves them as a briny snack or in a dry martini, it’s all here. To make a perfect gift set, pick up a painted terracotta olive bowl, a wooden olive pick, and choose from a large assortment of olives stuffed with nuts, cheese... or even habaneros if your host likes it spicy! Available in-store only. $5.95 - $49.95

Whatever you choose, bringing your host a gift, especially one they can use to entertain at future events, lets them know you appreciate their ability to throw a fabulous party, and secures you an invite for next year’s festivities.