33 Hostess Gifts That Actually Feel Special
Any good host or hostess knows how to make the most of the unexpected—and any guest knows not to arrive without a hostess gift in hand, especially when hosting right now comes with its own risks and health concerns. Virtual gatherings may have replaced in-person ones a lot this year, but even as the number of people vaccinated rises and COVID case numbers decline, outdoor gatherings are the safest way to gather in person during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hopefully, you’re prepared for any invitation 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 with a handy hostess gift tucked neatly under your arm.
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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 even without the added health concerns (and need for individual portions) we’re all facing right now, 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's famous for her baking prowess, 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.
So before your next outdoor party (or any type of party) gets here, stock up on some trusty 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 spirit-boosting events to come.
Aaron Probyn Edison Bar Tools
For the host who's upped their cocktail game during the pandemic, this sleek set of tools will look stylish set up on their home bar.
This charming textured pitcher can serve double duty—as a pitcher for her favorite cocktails and drinks, or a gorgeous vase for a bouquet of blooms.
Cyril Waffle Weave Throw Blanket
Help your hostess stay cozy at her outdoor gatherings with a stylish lightweight throw—the subtle, natural hues will look great with any outdoor setup.
Book Club Mug
For the hostess who makes book club nights fabulous (or your voracious reader hostess), this mug is perfect for curling up with a post-party cup of tea and a good read.
Megan Carn Cat Playing Cards
A charming, kitty-adorned set of cards makes a purr-fect hostess gift for your favorite cat mom.
This dramatic wine decanter aerates wine twice—when it's poured in, and when it's poured out into the glass. (Plus, it's a beautiful addition to their dinner table!)
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas of the World Set
The baking aficionado will adore this set of high quality vanillas from the world's best vanilla producers—we see a taste test party in her future.
Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker
This compact, high-powered smart speaker will fill her space with high-quality music—without a lengthy, challenging set-up process or space-hogging equipment. Set her up with one of these, and her pre-gathering prep will have great background sound to go with it.
Smeg Creme 7-Piece Knife Block
Chances are good that her knife set has seen better days. Set her up with a new set—housed inside this gorgeous retro powdercoated block—and she’ll be a happy chopper for years to come.
Women’s La Sirena Kimono
If her hosting tends to take place by the pool or oceanside, give her a casual cover-up that suits the setting with this vintage-inspired robe, which has a ’70s look and feel with smart, hosting-friendly features including a dry pocket for her phone, a back pocket large enough for a champagne bottle, and stay-put loops to keep everything in place.
Tineco Pure ONE S12 Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If part of their hosting routine is a solid stress-clean in the hours and days before the first guest arrives, help lower some of that stress and give them the tools to success with this high-powered, efficient vacuum. The powerful motor works on all surfaces, and a smart assortment of tools—it functions as a hand vac, too—will let them clean every surface and nook in their home with less effort and in less time, so they’ll be able to sit back and relax a little before the party starts.
Siblings Scent No 01 and Forever Vessel
For a cleaner candle that she gets to have some part in making, give your hostess with the mostest a Siblings candle. Her gift includes eco-friendly, scented wax in plant-based packaging and a reusable, handcrafted vessel. She can heat up the wax and pour it into the vessel for an almost-homemade candle that is less single-use and smells as good as any premade luxury candle: It’s an activity, decor, and a great scent-booster all in one.
Shape + Store Smart Cookie Innovative Cookie Cutter and Freezer Container
Help her help you eat more cookies at her house with this genius cookie tool. She can make cookies more quickly thanks to the molding feature, which perfectly portions and shapes dough, and even bake a double batch and freeze half in ready-to-bake form in this freezer-safe mold so she can always have a fresh tray of cookies awaiting her visitors.
Breville Die-Cast Citrus Press
Whether they’re making lemonade from scratch or juicing limes for their signature cocktail, every host or hostess will love having a powerful, easy-to-use juicer. This one can be used one-handed, so there’s some possibility for multi-tasking (and minimal effort), and it even has a no-drip spout so the counter stays clean.
Mark & Graham Dipped Ceramic Pitcher
Upgrade the most classic hostess gift by adding a little personalization, as with this color-block vase. You can pick her preferred color, go large or small (pro tip: small vases make bouquets look bigger and fuller), and add her initials or her monogram to make this present truly hers. For even better guest brownie points, fill the vase with her favorite flowers (or bring a bouquet for her to arrange, if she’s so inclined).
Richer Poorer Robe Coat
Give them permission to wear a robe all day—yes, even if guests are over—with this cozy, flowy pick. Left open, it dresses up basic leggings and a t-shirt underneath to look gathering-ready, and tied shut over leggings or jeans, it looks like a pretty wrap: a wardrobe win-win for your host.
KonMari Kuroneko-Sama Candle With Reusable Ceramic Jar
This black candle has notes of maple sap, incense, and agarwood, perfect for unwinding after an evening of hosting—and even better, it comes in a reusable ceramic jar, so once they’ve burned it down they can reuse the jar to hold rings, jewelry, notes, pencils, or whatever else they need to keep together.
Personalized Peg Game
Make your hostess gift personal with this custom table game: Get the host family’s last name engraved in the base, and they’ll have a fun tchotchke to leave on the coffee table or bookshelf for guests to enjoy in every subsequent gathering.
KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Set
They might have every baking tool under the sun, but do they have the tools to make pasta at home? Help them boost their pasta game—and give them a new way to shine as a host—with this pasta roller and cutter set, which uses their beloved stand mixer to make top-grade homemade noodles.
Pottery Barn Airstream Party Cooler
If it’s an outdoor party, bring a gift suited to the setting. This precious Airstream-shaped cooler will give their space wanderlust, road-warrior vibes whether it’s filled with ice or not, and they’ll be able to reuse the hand-cast aluminum cooler for plenty of outdoor summer parties to come.
Give the gift of a smell-tastic home with a subscription to Vellabox, which delivers a fresh artisan candle or two every month. They’ll go crazy over the unique, amazing scents and high-quality candles, and you’ll get a feel-good thank you text each month when their new scent arrives.
Open Spaces Nesting Trays
Whether they’re all about keeping things corralled—even guests’ keys—or they’re trying to craft the perfect side-table vignette, these streamlined nesting trays will give them a hand. They’ll be able to move them around and use them as they like, so it’s the hostess gift that keeps on giving.
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.
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.
Tommy John Lounge Jogger
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 comfy pants on a cold winter day. The winetasting color is fitting for the season, too.
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.
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!
Pink House Alchemy Dark Cherry Grenadine Syrup
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.