Holiday parties are back this year, giving the perfect opportunity to show some southern hospitality by bringing “a little something” to the host/hostess. Wine is always safe, but why not get a bit more creative and take a bottle of bourbon from a local distillery instead? Flowers are wonderful as well, but make sure to bring a vase (the south’s beloved mason jar fits the bill) so that your host/hostess doesn’t have to arrange them. For around the home, cocktail napkins, soaps, or scented candles work well. Always sure to please, homemade treats such as cheese straws, jam, or flavored olive oil. If the stay is for more than one night, it is acceptable to send a thank you gift after the fact. The gift need not be elaborate or expensive, but a thoughtfully chosen and prettily wrapped one is a lovely gesture.