31 Hostess Gifts That Actually Feel Special
’Tis the season to party. From festive cocktail events and Friendsgiving gatherings to Christmas parties, white elephant gift exchanges, and New Year’s celebrations, the house party invitations will be flowing in the next few months. Hopefully, you’re prepared with a stack of host and hostess gifts wrapped and ready to give your friends and family along the way. If you’re not, it’s never too late—a belated, mailed hostess gift is better than nothing at all. With a little planning, though, you could easily become the type of person who shows up at the party or holiday feast with a handy hostess gift tucked neatly under your arm.
This year, why not give your hostess a gift that’s not just nice—one that’s truly special, too? The problem with a lot of hostess gift ideas is that the presents can feel a bit impersonal. Rather than giving a generic this is nice gift this year, we want to help you give a this is nice for her gift, no matter your budget.
Hosting a party is a lot of work, so show your friends and family members how much you appreciate their graciousness, generosity, and hosting know-how with a thoughtful and unique gift. From the hostess who loves to dazzle with bold decorative touches to the hostess who unwinds after throwing a bash with tea and a sweet treat, this list of hostess gift ideas has the perfect present to thank her for her effort. And if you’re the one hosting some parties this year, don’t forget to grab a little something for yourself—there’s nothing wrong with a little self-appreciation, especially when it’s the season of giving. (Speaking of season of giving, while you’re shopping around, check out these top Christmas gifts, too.)
So before your next holiday party (or any type of party) gets here, stock up on some trusty hostess gifts. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the year’s best host and hostess gifts. These finds will wow the party thrower (and their guests) for plenty of merry events to come.
Hudson Grace Kitchen Speaker
If she loves playing music—while cooking, cleaning, hosting, reading, whatever—but doesn’t love the look of techie speakers, give her this beautiful ceramic speaker, which can fit in nicely among her other tabletop decor. She just needs to set her phone in the opening to make it loud enough to fill the room, no outlets required.
To buy: $75; hudsongracesf.com.
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.
To buy: $78; anthropologie.com.
Help the host serve up the perfect toast points by gifting him or her a Smeg toaster this season. The toaster, which comes in a variety of colors to match any kitchen, allows for six different browning levels and comes with two wide-mouthed slots to fit the thickest bread you can think of. So bring on that brunch party Texas toast.
To buy: $168; bloomingdales.com.
Ullo Wine Purifier
Get ready to pop open a few bottles of vino and pour the perfect glass thanks to this hostess gift idea. The Ullo Wine Purifier uses what it calls “Selective Sulfite Capture technology” and an adjustable wine aerator to give each glass its fullest, most robust taste.
Buy it: $80; bloomingdales.com.
Jonathan Adler Eyes Coaster Set
Help your host keep an eye on everyone’s glasses with this gorgeous Jonathan Adler Eyes Coaster Set. The set of four coasters is made from high-fired porcelain and comes with real gold accents. Each set also comes in a lovely gift box, so no wrapping needed with this hostess gift.
To buy: $78; neimanmarcus.com.
Tommy John Lounge Jogger and Henley
After a long day (or week) of prepping, hosting, and cleaning, there’s probably nothing your hostess wants more than to kick back and relax—and there’s nothing more comfy to relax in than Tommy John’s loungewear, which comes in five colors. The fabric is some of the softest out there, and there’s something extremely cozy about curling up in a matching set on a cold winter day. The winetasting color is fitting for the season, too.
Honey Dipper and Tea Measure
Truly special host and hostess gifts don’t have to be expensive. Take, for example, this honey dipper and tea measuring set from Ikea that will only set you back $3, but it's a gift that looks like a million bucks. Made from high-quality stainless steel, the pieces will stand the test of time holiday season after holiday season.
To buy: $3; ikea.com.
Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Feeding Your Friends
Though your hostess or host is likely already an expert in entertaining, he or she may want a few more tips. Give the hostess gift that keeps on giving: a book. Inside the pages of Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Feeding Your Friends, your friend will find endless ideas for the next soiree.
To buy: $21; amazon.com.
Which Would You Choose?: 50 Amusing Dilemmas
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 well into 2020.
To buy: $9; amazon.com.
Lettuceware Green Fish Platter
Don’t just give a hostess any old platter. Give a fish platter by potter Dodie Thayer, instead. The adorable hand-detailed design is crafted from high-end ceramic stoneware. Because the piece is hand detailed, color and brushstroke variations make each and every piece unique.
To buy: $228; toryburch.com.
Gris Rubber Coasters
The unique oval shape of these sophisticated coasters will make a statement atop any hostess' coffee table. The rubber interior mimics the look of terrazzo while the brass border makes the functional piece feel elevated.
To buy: $78 for four; slashobjects.com.
The Nacho Grater
This is a fun and unexpected hostess gift idea. She can use this pretty pyramid to shred, slice, and grate with ease.
To buy: $25; wandpdesign.com.
Let’s Eat France!
Foodies will savor this stunning coffee-table book about all things French food—from recipes to guides to oysters and frites. Bon appetit!
To buy: $24; amazon.com.
Heilala Vanilla Bundle
Made with beans sustainably grown in the Kingdom of Tonga, this bundle of pure vanilla extract and paste makes the perfect gift for the hostess who loves desserts with a little extra wow-factor.
To buy: $26; amazon.com.
Dolce & Gabbana Pasta Rolls
This hostess gift idea combines dinner and high fashion in the form of Dolce & Gabbana spaghetti. It's the chic pantry staple she never knew she needed.
To buy: $15 each; neimanmarcus.com.
Biscoche Box of 12
Each pillowy bite of these coconut macaroons is rich and moist. Choose from flavors like pistachio, tart cherry, and chocolate chip based on your hostess' favorite flavors.
To buy: $44; biscoche.com.
Verve Tortilleria Kit
Your hostess will be able to make the tortillas from scratch next time she decides to have friends over for taco night. All she needs is this cast-iron press, masa cornflower, and water.
To buy: $48; uncommongoods.com.
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.
To buy: $13 for 16 fl. oz.; pinkhousealchemy.com.
CB2 Stone Cold Marble Wine Chiller
Ideally, you’ll arrive at the party with this wine chiller and a bottle of wine ready for drinking; she can pop the chiller in the freezer and use it at the next party when the chilled bottles are all gone.
To buy: $40; cb2.com.
Birdies The Starling in Black Velvet
Your hostess has likely been on her feet all day preparing, and she’s not likely to get a break until the party begins to wind down. Gift these super-comfy, elegant slippers, and she can get the support (literally) she needs to get through the evening without aching toes.
To buy: $95; birdies.com.
Rabbit Clear Ice Sphere Mold Tray
If she’s known for her irresistible cocktail concoctions, bring this ice maker to the next party. The spheres melt slowly, so drinks won’t get watered down.
To buy: $40; amazon.com.
Privy by Poo-Pourri Starter Set
For the hostess with a sense of humor (and maybe only one bathroom), this sandalwood-scented spray will subtly obscure any lingering bathroom odors, and the bottle is pretty enough to be displayed, so she can leave it on the counter for guests to use as needed.
To buy: $60; poopourri.com.
Riley Kitchen Towels
Stop gifting kitschy holiday towels—instead, try these simple, practical kitchen towels as a hostess gift. She’ll be relieved to have clean towels ready to be used, and it’s practically guaranteed that she’ll be putting them to work in the near future.
To buy: $22 for three; rileyhome.com.
CB2 Column Stainless Steel Pitcher
This classic pitcher can hold water, coffee, tea, and even mixed drinks. It’s sleek, modern, and subtle—perfect for fitting into whatever party your favorite hostess has planned next.
To buy: $35; cb2.com.
Food52 Five Two Ultimate Apron
At any dinner party or cocktail situation, there’s bound to be some running back and forth between the kitchen and the party. Carrying trays of food may be involved, spills may happen—but her fantastic party outfit will be unaffected with this sturdy apron, which looks more efficient than matronly and has tons of smart features that will help the hostess pull off a great party.
To buy: $45; food52.com.
T2 Loose Leaf Tea Gift Box
If she’s a tea-drinker (or striving to become one), gift this sampler set, which includes 10 popular tea varieties, so she can have a cup and unwind once the last guest leaves.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Riley Chevron Throw
This cozy throw can fit into any style home. The recipient of this hostess gift can put it on display—and let guests wrap up in it if they get chilly—or keep it to herself for relaxing post-party.
To buy: $89; rileyhome.com.
Hygge Life Alabaster Stone Candleholder
Add a tall candle to one of these beautifully carved stone candleholders, and your dear hostess can enjoy a warm, white glow at any time of day—especially once all the guests are gone and she has a second to relax.
To buy: From $50; hyggelife.com.
CB2 Crosshatch Wood Salad Servers
Made of reclaimed teak, these pretty servers offer a warm, welcoming vibe and can be put to work dishing out almost anything.
To buy: $40 for two; cb2.com.
Hygge Life Hand Towel
This lightweight (and super soft) Turkish towel is nice enough to go in the guest bathroom but durable enough to withstand kitchen work. In other words, it’s a hostess gift she can use many times over.
To buy: $16; hyggelife.com.