When I entertain I never expect a house gift so when someone arrives without one it doesn’t register at all. But when someone walks in bearing a gift I am pleasantly surprised. Bringing wine is the an easy choice for most people but since I don’t drink, it is enjoyed by others. Flowers are great but high maintenence. I’ll often gift good olive oil to someone who cooks or something that works with the theme of the invitation such as a specialty BBQ sauce to a barbecue. Getting cocktail napkins is always appreciated–I don’t remember to check our supply. But hands down my favorite gift to receive is a scented luxury candle. It elevates my kitchen and house to a delicious level that belie the full sink and greasy countertops. And I will always think of the giver as I light it which is the best gift of all.