30 Gifts for Hosts That Actually Feel Special
When it comes to thanking a party host for their efforts, the problem with most presents is that they feel a bit impersonal. These unique gift ideas, however, are handpicked for the host with the perfectly decorated home, the best baking skills, and every host in between. From party games to cake stands, show up to your next soirée with one of these gifts to guarantee a future invite.
Crafthouse Stainless Steel Cocktail Set
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.
Estelle Cake Stand
Give your host a wow-worthy cake stand that's (almost) as pretty as the dessert they'll serve on it.
Accordion Paper Vase Light
Add a warm glow to your host's home with this gorgeous foldable vase with an LED light tucked inside.
Skye McAlpine Cannaregio Pitcher
This charming pitcher can serve double duty—as a pitcher for their favorite cocktails, or a gorgeous vase for a bouquet of blooms.
La Marais Parisian Croissants and Jam Box
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.
Marguerite Rectangle Bent Ply Tray
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.
Cyril Waffle Weave Throw Blanket
Help a host stay cozy at outdoor gatherings with a stylish lightweight throw—the subtle, natural hues will look great with any outdoor setup.
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 the 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 the future.
Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker
This compact, high-powered smart speaker will fill any party space with high-quality music—without a lengthy, challenging set-up process or space-hogging equipment. Set up a host with one of these, and their pre-gathering prep will have great background sound to go with it.
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 your host gets to have some part in making, give them a Siblings candle. The gift includes eco-friendly, scented wax in plant-based packaging and a reusable, handcrafted vessel. They 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 them help you eat more cookies at their house with this genius cookie tool. They 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 they can always have a fresh tray of cookies awaiting 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 host gift by adding a little personalization, as with this color-block vase. You can pick their preferred color, go large or small (pro tip: small vases make bouquets look bigger and fuller), and add initials or monogram to make this present truly theirs. For even better guest brownie points, fill the vase with their favorite flowers (or bring a bouquet for them to arrange, if they're so inclined).
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 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 host gift that keeps on giving.
Hudson Grace Kitchen Speaker
If your party planner loves playing music—while cooking, cleaning, hosting, reading, whatever—but doesn't love the look of techie speakers, gift this beautiful ceramic speaker, which can fit in nicely among other tabletop decor. You just set a 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.
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; they 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.
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 your host's fantastic party outfit will be unaffected with this sturdy apron, which has tons of smart features that will help the host or 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 host can enjoy a warm, white glow at any time of day—especially once all the guests are gone and they have a second to relax.