24 Gifts for Hosts That Actually Feel Special

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Composite Agate Cheese Board
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Whether you're thanking your favorite party host—or the kind friend who let you play houseguest for a vacation—finding the right host or hostess gift can be challenging. But these unique gifts for hosts are handpicked to cover pretty much any host personality. From party games to cake stands, show up to your next soirée or visit with one of these gifts to guarantee a future invite.

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Minimal Concrete Bud Vases

Two concrete bud vases in neutral colors
Elemental Design Store/Etsy

These sleek vases are perfect for dried floral arrangements—and their simple, sculptural lines are gorgeous on their own.

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Vosges Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection

Purple box of 16 dark chocolate truffles, beautifully decorated
Vosges Chocolates

Few hosts or hostesses would turn down a box of chocolates—and they're a perfect treat to enjoy during the post-party cleanup. Vosges dark chocolate collection features unique (and super-delicious) flavor combinations like ginger, wasabi, and matcha in the Black Pearl truffle, or cask-aged balsamic vinegar with hazelnuts in the Balsamico.

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Easyplant White Sansevieria

White Sansivieria plant in a soft pink vase

Rather than flowers that will wilt, consider a host gift that's made to last. Even black thumbs can't kill this sansevieria, which comes potted in a planter that only needs to be refilled every few months to provide the perfect amount of water for their plant.

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Garden Tile Pitcher

Anthropologie garden pitcher with a tiled look

This pretty pitcher will brighten your host's party bar—and can serve double duty as a vessel for flowers, too.

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La Chatelaine Sulfate-Free Orange Blossom Hand Wash

Orange blossom hand wash
La Chatelaine

If you're looking for a gift that's both utilitarian and luxe, you can't go wrong with gorgeous hand wash for their guest bathroom. This beloved French soap is infused with organic argan oil and vitamin E that helps keep hands soft—even with frequent washing. (You can pair it with a matching hand lotion if you're feeling extra luxe.)

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Tea Forte Soleil Presentation Box

Tea Forte Soleil tea presentation box
Tea Forte

This special tea collection features teas with a floral, fruit, and botanical bent—in flavors like Darjeeling Quince, Cherry Blossom, Wildflower Honey Citrus, and Wild Berry Hibiscus. It's a special collaboration with the New York Botanical garden, dressed in artwork from its botanical illustration collection—so it'll be worthy of a special place on the counter.

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Basil Pop Candle

Bright green basil-scented candle with a green box
Jonathan Adler

This chic host gift will help clear the air (literally) post party with the fresh, green notes of lime zest, basil fig, and tarragon.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Playing Cards

Frank Lloyd Wright playing cards in bright colors
Room and Board

Make their next round of poker or solitaire a little more stylish with these hostess gift-worthy playing cards decked in Frank Lloyd Wright's inimitable designs.

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French Home 3-Piece Laguiole Cheese Knife Set

Laguiole cheese knives in red, cream, and blue
Sur La Table

Brighten up your host's charcuterie tray with this charming knife set, which comes in several different color options and is built to last by one of France's most beloved flatware makers.

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Scatter Lawn Game

Wooden lawn game with a canvas tote
Uncommon Goods

Bring this fun Danish game, played with wooden pegs, to the next cookout or picnic, and it'll likely get put to use before the day is done.

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Bash Copper Beverage Tub

Bash copper beverage tub
Crate and Barrel

Class up their outdoor bar with a sleek hammered copper beverage tub that'll help chill plenty of beverages. (It comes in other metal finishes, too, for a host who prefers another look.)

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Subu Indoor/Outdoor Slippers

Black puffy slippers

Make the next-day cleanup extra comfy with these puffy, cloudlike slippers that feature durable soles so they can slip them on for trips outside with the trash, too.

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Dessert and Baking Salts

Set of Baking and Cooking Salts
Uncommon Goods

Any cook worth their salt knows that salt is essential to elevating every dish—even the sweet ones. This set of intriguing flavored dessert salts—from vanilla cardamom to hibiscus—will add an extra oomph of flavor to their dessert.

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Moroccan Patterned Coasters

Tiled Blue Tin Coasters

This set of six brightly colored coasters will help keep party cocktails from messing up their coffee table—and are pretty enough to keep out on display.

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The Hygge Conversation Game

The Hygge Game conversation game
Uncommon Goods

For an antidote to party games that create rivalries, the Hygge Game is all about conviviality and connection. With conversation starters that help guests feel closer and more connected, this is the ideal game to break out as guests linger over a candlelit dinner or drink hot cocoa beside the fire.

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The Golden Book of Fortune-Telling

The Golden Book of Fortune-Telling
Jayson Home

This little golden book not only adds some metallic sparkle to a coffee table, but it doubles as entertainment. Based on their star signs, favorite colors, or a recount of their most recent dreams, guests will get personalized predictions about their futures.

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Crafthouse Stainless Steel Cocktail Set

Stainless Steel Bar Set

For the host who's upped their cocktail game over the past couple years, this sleek set of tools will look stylish set up on their home bar.

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Accordion Paper Vase Light

Glowing vase light
Uncommon Goods

Add a warm glow to your host's home with this gorgeous foldable vase with an LED light tucked inside.

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La Marais Parisian Croissants and Jam Box

La Marais Croissants With Butter and Jam

Give your host a decadent breakfast to enjoy post-party with this set, featuring croissants they can bake themselves from the famed Parisian bakery, French butter, and fresh jam.

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Marguerite Rectangle Bent Ply Tray

Floral Tray
Rifle Paper Co.

Pair this festive floral tray with a few muffins or fresh-baked cookies for a special gift that your hostess or host can enjoy after the party.

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Composite Agate Cheese Board

Composite Agate Cheese Board

There are cheese boards, then there are natural agate cheese boards. Gift the party thrower in your life with a gorgeous handcrafted serving board made out of multi-colored agate. The bright colors will help show off all the delicious hors d'oeuvres you'll soon be devouring.

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Which Would You Choose?: 50 Amusing Dilemmas

Best Hostess Gifts: Which Would You Choose?: 50 Amusing Dilemmas
Chronicle Books

Make sure every party you attend this holiday season is the best time ever by giving the gift of laughter. The game "Which Would You Choose" offers up 50 hilarious and family-friendly questions that ask players to choose between two absurd scenarios that will surely keep you laughing.

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Pink House Alchemy Dark Cherry Grenadine Syrup

Best Hostess Gifts: Pink House Alchemy Dark Cherry Grenadine Syrup

Everybody wins with this small batch simple syrup: Use it to flavor Shirley Temples for the kiddos and Pink Ladies for the grown-ups. Unlike most grenadine syrups, this one is made with real pomegranates.

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Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron

Best hostess gifts, ideas – Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron

At any dinner party or cocktail get-together, there's bound to be some running back and forth between the kitchen and the party. Carrying trays of food may be involved and spills may happen—but your host's fantastic party outfit will be saved, thanks to this sturdy (and stylish!) apron.

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