Kitchen towels - especially some that really jump out at you like these from World Market:
Indoor House Plant (if the recipient is in a house or apartment with balcony/natural light)
Gourmet Coffee/Tea (maybe from a local shop like Breads 'n Cheese of Hershey, Pennsylvania)
|If you are not sure if the person drinks flavored coffees, go with something safe like a Breakfast Blend (light roast) or perhaps beans form an exotic place. Breads 'n Cheese carries a dark roast called Malawi Mapanga.|
Something unique from where you live - for example if living in DC, bring some Cowgirl Creamery cheese or Baked 'n Wired treats.
Cowgirl Creamery on F Street
Real Simple chimes in on this quandry with some great ideas, even broken down by season. How about some nautical soap when you visit a friend or family member's beach house?
To show some TN love...local picks!
|Put together a basket of breakfast goodies like biscuit mix and jam.|
and of course...
And when all else fails, you get a last minute invite, you do not plan ahead, the week escapes you, don't go empty handed - for the classic and reliable.
|My personal favorite, Chateau St. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc|
|A Clark Family staple, Red Diamond Merlot.|
|Rosemont Pinot - if you are not sure if the host/hostess likes red, this is a nice light option.|