On another thread, someone commented that they would not buy a hostess gift of the magnitude that many people were describing for a dinner party; it was the sort of gift suitable for a weekend at the beach house or similar event. Which got me to thinking..... I have a relatively complicated life, I live in one country, but spend large amounts of time in the States, mostly at the home of my best friend and her husband. While I am there, they feed me, lend me a car, and generally let me use their home as a very nice and comfortable B&B, where I am always welcome to put my feet on the couch, and where I can come and go as I please.
They would be horrified if I offered them money, although of course I fill the gas tank whenever I have the car, and grab the check from the delivery guy when he shows up with the Indian food. But it doesn't seem enough. In the past I have bought high-end gin, filled the house with flowers, stocked the house with micro brews and sausages, taken them to dinner....but I am running out of ideas.
They are serious chowhounds, know all the vendors at the farmers' market by name, order wine futures, have cooked their way through stacks of cookbooks. They indulge themselves, but at the same time are pretty practical people, so nothing completely frivolous.
I'll be there for three weeks in December, any ideas?