Day 24. Appreciation. Hostess Gifts.


Appreciating what you’ve been given.

Approaching each day with an attitude of gratitude.

Especially this time of year when we’re harvesting our garden, getting back into the swing of a busy schedule. I’m appreciating the cooler mornings and nights. The natural light that’s taking on a golden glow.

Inside, my heart says thank you for so much.

I’m thankful for gifts and cards that come in the mail.

Hostess gifts given when we’ve entertaining.

A small gift goes a long way.

A simple {heirloom} tomato brings joy to my heart.

Home-raised honey is devoured by my children.

A loaf of bread says nourishment and love.

A home-canned jar says “special.” (My favorite gift to give along with a package of IKEA dinner napkins.)

Trying new foods, breads, jellies.

A fresh new towel brightens the kitchen.

A thank you card signed by 14 guests!

I appreciate the effort of my friend who gathered the teenagers who enjoyed a meal in our home, then had them all write a note of thanks afterward. May their lives be changed and cued to appreciating and thanking others for what they’ve been given.

It’s nice to say “thank you.”

It’s nice to be thanked.

It does something inside of us when we learn to appreciate.

Less about us. More about others.


What’s a simple “thank you” that you really appreciate receiving, or giving?

Catch up on my first 23 Days, HERE. :)

10 comments on “Day 24. Appreciation. Hostess Gifts.”

  1. A selection, in a little basket, of taster jams and jellies, wrapped with a colourful dish towel or napkin. You can get as big or small as is appropriate and also tie on a spreader or accompany it with a loaf of homemade bread or muffins. Love the jam recipes available now with blended fruits, or non traditional ingredients, and often they are truly a new taste treat for the hostess.

  2. Favorite post ever, love it.

  3. Sandy, I love getting a simple thank you card or a loaf of homemade quick bread. My favorite gift to bring is a pair of kitchen towels nestled in a basket with homemade coffeecake or a quick bread for the hosts to enjoy the next morning. I love those IKEA napkins too!

  4. Lovely post and photos. I love giving gifts and little notes of appreciation.

  5. I love giving gifts of all kinds, it truly is so rewarding to give back. And I love to give seasonal gifts. That salsa is a great idea!

  6. I love small gestures like this. I think it’s a forgotten art, the art of appreciating people. My simple faves are small cards that I can give saying thanks. they don’t cost a lot of money and are the easiest thing to give.

  7. Great post Sandy and so true! We have all gotten away from the hostess gifts and thank yous. Thank you for reminding us how important it is. Now to figure out what to get YOU for next month. :)

  8. Saturday we hosted a large event at our house; someone gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a hostess gift.

    Yesterday I was given 3 little rice bowls from Marshalls. I love them. I guess my favorite gift is something for the kitchen. I just love anything kitchen-related. :)

  9. I love to receive a hand written thank you note. It’s so rarely done these days, and it’s so appreciated!

  10. Sandy! :) Hello! :)

    For the past couple of months or so, I have not been able to keep up with the blogs I normally follow. I haven’t gotten to relax in that way and get inspired, etc., and frankly, I’ve missed them/you! Just wanted to say “Hi!” and that I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of things and taking in the RE blog. You always have such good stuff to share! :)

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