I have some trouble, even as a professional shopper, figuring out exactly what to bring as a "hostess gift." Take this past weekend for example, Greg and I went down to San Diego to visit a friend and meet her baby while she was visiting her mom (otherwise she lives very far away) and I had no idea what to bring them beyond the baby gift. I think something like this cute measuring cup set would make a lovely gift for a house you are visiting:
They come in several colors so you can choose according to the recipient's taste.
A beautiful cookbook is also a great gift idea, something special like one of these -
Of course if you can plan in advance, homemade jam, cookies or bread (or anything else you'd want to prepare) would make a perfect gift.