There’s Nothing Funny About A Hostess Gift For A Child

When I was a child, my parents had friends who, whenever they came over for dinner, would bring a hostess gift for my mom and a small gift for me as well. The gift was always the same – a small white envelope filled with balloons sprinkled in talcum powder (to prevent them from sticking together). This may seem like no big deal, but it delighted me to no end. It made me feel special. They never forgot to bring this little treat for me – not once. So, now I hope to pass on this sweet gesture and have come up with my own small hostess gift for the children of the homes we visit.

A package of bubblegum is wrapped in a page from a comic book to make a small, but fun gift for a child.

A pack of gum and a comic book (both available in the check out area of my supermarket) are all you need for this gift.


  1. Robin  April 3, 2011

    love it! if you don’t mind my asking – what grocery store did you find that comic in? my son’s name is Archie and it would be perfect for his Easter Basket!
    thanks for posting!

    • camilla  April 3, 2011

      Thanks Robin, I picked up that comic book at Dominick’s for $3.99 – it is sold near the magazines at the check out. You could also try searching online if you don’t have a Dominick’s in your area. Good luck – Camilla

  2. Charissa - The Gifted Blog  April 3, 2011

    This is so sweet – both the memory and your interpretation of the gift! And wow, Archie looks a lot different now!

  3. Lia  April 4, 2011

    What a great idea. So sweet and thoughtful.

  4. Peaches  April 8, 2011

    Love this. My mom always said you should bring a little gift the first time you visit someone’s home…I try to keep it up but Im not always good. I’ll have to remember this!

  5. Lindsay  April 20, 2011

    That’s adorable, but what would you do with the balloons and talcum powder? Did they go together or was it just a fun combo?

    • camilla  April 20, 2011

      They would sprinkle the talcum powder into the envelope with the balloons to prevent them from drying out and sticking together – it is pretty old school 🙂
      Probably not an issue with the balloons they make today.