Visiting Gifts

on Dec 07, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

Since I won't be going back home for Christmas this year, a few of my friends have graciously invited me to spend the holidays with them. 

I don't want to go empty handed, so I was just wondering what sort of favours you guys usually bring to holiday parties and what not.

Thanks for your help, ladies!

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hmm.... on Dec 07, 2010 @ 01:24 pm

Maybe deserts or drinks? Depending on how close friends they are, you can ask them to suggest an item you can make and bring it with you? I know in our holidays there is SO MUCH cooking done and it's a relief if someone takes over the responsibility of one item (at least it's a relief for ME personally lol)!!


Wine or desert on Dec 07, 2010 @ 01:26 pm

Usually I bring a $20-$25 bottle of wine or desert

my two cents... on Dec 07, 2010 @ 01:31 pm

I like to bring consumables as opposed to more personal gifts, especially if you're only a casual friend of the host.

Wine is always a safe bet, so long as you're bringing a bottle you know is good (and hint: it doesn't need to be expensive! Ask for advice from the sales people).

Homemade fudge is super easy to make and always a hit! For that matter, any kind of food to share BUT you might want to double check what the hostess is planning to serve so you don't bring the wrong item.

A fun party game to add to the evening's festivities. I like Apples to Apples or good ole Mad Gab. There is only one criterion, and that is it must be a game that the whole group can participate in (as opposed to a board game).

You might also simply ask the host/ess if there's something he/she would like you to contribute, and have a suggestion ready to go - dessert plate, appetizer, salad, or special beverage ingredients (like those for apple cider), etc. If you only offer vague help, the host/ess might just let you off the hook even though he/she would really like to take you up on the offer.

Ali de Bold
My wine picks on Dec 07, 2010 @ 03:12 pm

Great suggestions, everyone! I always go for the wine. If you pop into the Vintages section you can find some amazing wines for around the $15 - $20 range. A few I'd recommend:

Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz

Cline Zinfandel (if you can get your hands on their Ancient Vines Zinfandel it's even better):

Luigi Bosca Malbec (guaranteed crowd pleaser!):

J Lohr Chardonnay:

If you can spring for a lovely local bubby, the Ice Cuvee Rose from Peller Estates is lovely and well worth the $35:

Thanks! on Dec 08, 2010 @ 04:34 pm

I think I'll prob ask first :)
But I think a nice wine would be my 2nd choice!

@Ali, I've been looking for the PE Rose Cuvee EVERYWHERE. No joke. I've been to like, 5 LCBO's that all said they don't have it. It makes me sad :(

I think... on Dec 08, 2010 @ 04:39 pm

If you are thinking of making something to be eaten at the party, it's best to ask the host first to avoid muddling up any special plans they may have had.

Otherwise wine or chocolates are always great. And I love getting homemade treats!

Ali de Bold
It must be because I made it so popular on Dec 08, 2010 @ 04:41 pm

Sorry 'bout that! ;)

I'm kidding. I've talked about that one a lot. You can definitely find it at their private stores called Vineyard Estates. There is one at Queens Quay near York that is great and always has a nice selection. The staff are really helpful too!

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