90 Great Hostess Gifts
Every good guest knows the golden rule: never show up empty-handed. But finding just the right thing for your gracious host can feel like an insurmountable task—particularly if you’re traveling or trying to complete a lengthy to-do list before leaving for your trip. And although a bottle of wine is always a nice gesture, you need not resort to the old standby just because you’re short on time. There are plenty of creative options out there. And our editors are here to save you hours of time scouring the Internet or browsing the mall. Here, you’ll find 90 carefully curated gifts. There’s something for everyone, too. Yes, we have something for the wine lover (but no, it’s not a bottle of their favorite red or white). We also have something special for the reader, the gardener, the baker, and the decorator. Know someone who could really just use a moment of zen after all of her guests leave? We’ve got some great ideas to help her kick her feet up and relax, too. See more than a few things you love on this list, but only visiting one person this spring? Go ahead and splurge on a few things now—stockpiling a handful of items will save you both time and sanity the next time you need a hostess gift in a pinch. No matter what you choose (and how many gifts you choose!), we’re sure these seasonal picks will show your gratitude—and maybe (probably!) even snag you another invitation.
Koval Mini Gin Set
A pretty pair of bottles for the gin lover on your list: One dry and one aged in oak barrels. Floral and citrus notes make the peppery liquor delicious enough to drink straight.
To buy: $45; mouth.com.
Grace Apron With Flounce
Adjustable cross-back straps make this linen apron easy to get into and out of while a detachable dishtowel adds ultimate efficiency.
To buy: $125; threadandwhisk.com.
Claus Porto Guest Soap
A rainbow set of Shea butter soaps that look good enough to eat. A great hostess gift any time of year.
To buy: $22; clausporto.com.
Olive Tree Adoption
Adopt an olive tree in Calabria, Italy for a year and receive a certificate of adoption and a trio of olive oil from the same grove.
To buy: From $80; treolive.com.
Mamselli Cake Stand
A beaded birch wood base and porcelain plate combine to form the prettiest pedestal for her baked goods.
To buy: $120; gretelhome.com.
The Art of the Bar Cart
This teachable tome offers inspiration and how-to tips for creating a next-level bar setup at home, along with a cocktail recipe for each style.
To buy: $23; chroniclebooks.com.
Plat Culinary Tote
This washable canvas carrier forever eliminates the hassle of transporting casseroles or baked goods. Choose from nine lining options.
To buy: $46; aplatsf.com.
Utility Tapas Set
Wood, leather, and enamel combine to create a chic serving piece, perfect for everything from movie snacks to taco toppings.
To buy: $114; jungleeny.com.
Adirondack Fire Starter Set
A handy solution for starting fires in the hearth: Simply soak the rod’s stone tip in the vessel, roll it in the fireplace ashes, light it, and place under the fresh firewood. The oil on the stone will burn for about 15 minutes—just the right amount of time to get the flames going.
To buy: $125; adkfirestone.com.
In addition to offering some serious heat, each bottle of this zesty condiment is packed with gut-friendly probiotics. Choose from four different varieties, ranked on a hotness scale from one to five.
To buy: Burn hot sauce, from $9; burnhotsauce.com.
Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits
For the cocktail connoisseur wanting to explore other drink options or the frequent hostess, these sophisticated elixirs will be the ultimate hostess gift this year. Choose from one floral and one spicier spirit.
To buy: $40; food52.com.
Whiskey lovers will fall for these award-winning clear corn whiskeys, which come in six unique flavors (like apple crisp and red hot). A gift-able tin that will become their new drink of choice.
To buy: $29; stillhouse.com.
Ebru Marble Ceramic Cylinder Vases
The go-to gift for any host is usually a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine, but, instead of going the traditional route, mix it up with these eye-catching creations. These vases, made in Istanbul, serve as a beautiful centerpiece for any room—and can always be used to hold those traditional flowers.
To buy: $105 (medium) and $95 (small); bazaarwest.com.
From a company renowned for its handcrafted and universally loved aprons come these linen-cotton beauties for your table. These unique napkins make the perfect gift for the host who entertains often, as they provide a simple way to take a table setting from normal to formal. The napkins come in a range of colors, so feel free to mix and match.
To buy: $12.50 each; hedleyandbennett.com.
Links in Resin and Wood
When your host goes above and beyond, a sleek, sculptural accent conveys extreme gratitude—and ensures a repeat invite. Handmade in Brooklyn, these links provide an out-of-the-box way to decorate a room. Serving as a work of art, this item can be placed anywhere throughout a home as a unique statement.
To buy: $365; noblegoods.com.
If you’re feeling stuck and have no idea what to bring to the next dinner party, no need to look further—this coffee table book is the perfect choice. It's filled with satellite photos of our planet, revealing mesmerizing patterns from above that will interest all members of the family.
To buy: $40; dailyoverview.com.
Woven Bread Basket
Add warmth to your host’s brunches and more with this handwoven serving piece, made of organic-dyed sisal and sweetgrass. This simple piece will go with any décor and add something decorative to their dinner table. You can feel ethically content about your choice, too, as all products available on The Little Market are fair trade.
To buy: $64; thelittlemarket.com.
Market Tote Small
If you still want to go with the go-to gift of wine, add a sophisticated twist and present a bottle in this chic carrier. Not only will it make your gift stand out, it will also give the host a gift they can reuse for a picnic in the park or a trip to the beach.
To buy: $95; maharam.com.
Pastel Palette Pot
A succulent or a cactus is a great hostess gift—it adds greenery to her home, but doesn’t require much effort in terms of care. Rather than gift the plant in the plastic container it comes in, go the extra mile by potting it in a pretty and colorful vessel for her.
To buy: From $14, anthropologie.com.
Mixed Herbs Wreath
A plant is always a nice gesture, but one that doubles as functional dÃ©cor is even better. This wreath, which comes in two sizes (14 or 18 inches), is woven with fresh bay leaf, sage, purple oregano, dill, lavender, and chile de arbol. Her cooking doesn’t need much help, but the freshness of the herbs in this unique gift will bring even her signature dish up a notch.
To buy: $50, surlatable.com.
Fruit Slice Glasses
Nothing says summer quite like a pool party. And the best complement to said party is some fresh fruit and an ice cold cocktail. Give your hostess a combination of the two summer favorites with these tumblers. Each 13-ounce glass highlights a different fruit—watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and papaya. The glass vessels are dishwasher safe, too.
To buy: $45 for six, uncommongoods.com.
Whino Stemless Wine Glasses
When she comes over, you always have an extra bottle of wine on hand. Poke fun at your playful (and sometimes indulgent) friendship with this silly set of stemless wine glasses. Each one is painted with the image of a rhino, but, instead of being labeled as such, features a little play on words with “whino.” All four glasses come nestled in a gift box.
To buy: $56 for four, domino.com.
Cocktails and Caviar Chocolate Box
Caviar might not seem like the most practical hostess gift and she’ll probably receive dozens of bottles of wine or champagne. Instead, try these delicious and supremely artful chocolates. Each one is handpainted to look like, well, cocktails and caviar. Each box includes five different flavors, from dark to white chocolate.
To buy: $38, domino.com.
We Hope You Brought Wine Doormat
If you add this to your cart, you probably won’t be bringing wine this time around. But think of this comical doormat as an extra generous gift to the best hostess you know. With this on her front step, all future guests will know exactly what’s expected of them. If anything, it’s an instant conversation starter.
To buy: $35, domino.com.
Grass Skirt Wine Tutu
There’s nothing wrong with treating a bottle of vino as your go-to hostess gift. But with a little effort you can make your contribution stand out from the pack. No, you don’t need to spend a fortune on the nicest old-world Cabernet. Instead, stock up on a few of these tiny reusable grass skirts. It slips right on and, thanks to an elastic band, can stretch or shrink to fit any number of glasses or bottles.
To buy: $12, francescas.com.
Blue Apron Meal Delivery Service
He just spent all weekend cooking for you. You may not be able to come back next week and return the favor, but you can make mealtime a little easier on him. Send your five-star host a meal kit. Each box comes with recipe cards and all the ingredients he needs to create more winning dinners.
To buy: From $28, blueapron.com.
Floral Bouquet Soap Petals
Flowers are always a nice gesture, but this pretty ombre “bouquet” will outlast any blooms you pick up at your local market. The 20-piece soap set features an array of bar soap that’s crafted to look just like blooming roses—a definite upgrade to the rectangular version that currently occupies her guest bathroom.
To buy: $8, worldmarket.com.
Tulip Taper Holder
She may love flowers, but you don’t love that she can’t keep the gift forever. Find a happy medium with this gorgeous taper holder. The tin is shaped and colored to look just like a real tulip, iris, scilla, or poppy. If you’re feeling extra generous, an assortment makes for a striking display.
To buy: $48, shopterrain.com.
The Southerner’s Cookbook
Everyone knows the best hostesses have one thing in common: They’re Southern! Though you can’t change her geographical location, you can arm her with all the secrets to throwing the best parties and events. This pretty cookbook, from the editors of Garden & Gun, includes a guide to Southern traditions, cooking terms, essays, and, of course, 100 recipes complete with rich color photography.
To buy: $21, amazon.com.
Chic and Chilly Eye Mask
She worked really hard all weekend. She made sure your room had all of the essentials, made breakfast, hosted an afternoon of activities followed by a homemade dinner, and then did it all over again the next day. What your hostess really needs now is a long, relaxing nap. This soft terrycloth eye mask, which features a freezable removable insert, helps soothe those tired eyes.
To buy: $41, henribendel.com.
Havana Beach and Picnic Blanket
Thank her for the beautiful afternoon with a gift that encourages her to get outside. A brightly colored picnic blanket only adds joy to a sunshine-filled summer day. This version, which folds into a zippered carrying case, is both abrasion- and water-resistant.
To buy: $62, shopbop.com.
Beaches, by Gray Malin
Shore up a repeat invitation to a seaside home with this dreamy book of aerial beach shots taken around the world by famed photographer, Gray Malin. The book transports readers to beautiful coasts all over the world—20 cities in six continents—and will add a bit of dÃ©cor to any coffee table.
To buy: $22, amazon.com.
Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Who doesn’t love a tasty and refreshing ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day? This silicone tool makes the “bread” for ice cream sandwiches using your own brownie or cookie recipe. Pair it with a pint from cult-favorite creamery, McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, and get creative mixing and matching different flavors.
To buy: Chef’n Ice Cream Sandwich Maker, $20, williams-sonoma.com. McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, $10 a pint, mcconnells.com.
Mint Grapefruit & Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Bars
Small-batch bars with exciting add-ins (like pretzels with salted peanuts and potato chips or grapefruit and fresh mint) are always in good taste. Plus, they make the perfect gift for hosts with a sweet tooth. Because presentation is key, each bar is comes packed in sleek clear packaging. Add a bow, and you’re good to go.
To buy: $26 for four, food52.com.
Linen Chambray Napkins
These super-soft napkins, made with 100 percent European linen, come in beautiful neutrals (blue, blue grey, rose, and grey) that suit nearly any space. Before weaving, each yarn is dyed separately for a chic multi-tone effect. The set is a must-have for alfresco dining. (And, yes, you can put them in the laundry machine!)
To buy: $48 for four, food52.com.
A brass-coated aluminum drinking glass that’s so beautiful it can easily double as a statement piece on her bookshelf or side table. When cocktail hour comes around, simply remove the top. Or rest the tumbler base atop the lid to create a display for candy or nuts.
To buy: $35, uncommongoods.com.
Mini Copper Watering Can
It’s not easy keeping her home garden looking beautiful, but that doesn’t mean the chore can’t be a little more fun. With its sleek lines and shiny hue, this gorgeous stainless steel watering can makes the mundane task of watering the plants just a little more glamorous. Holds 12 ounces.
To buy: $40, williams-sonoma.com.
Strawberry Windowsill Box
Plant the seed for a repeat invitation with this grow-your-own-berries patch—a fruitful gift for novice gardeners. (No more fibrous, tasteless supermarket berries.) In addition to an 18-inch recycled steel planter that fits comfortably on the windowsill, the set comes with organic seeds, soil, and easy-to-follow growing instructions.
To buy: $54, uncommongoods.com.
Everyday Glass Bedside Carafe
If you feel uncomfortable tiptoeing down to your hostess’s kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water, consider this a gift to yourself as well. A handmade glass carafe with a cover that doubles as a cup makes for a practical bedside piece—especially in a guest room. Available in three colors, with or without personalization.
To buy: $45, markandgraham.com.
Bottle of Red, Bottle of White
Does he go wild for white—or wait, is he more of a red wine drinker? When you don’t quite know (or his household is split into two camps), this duo makes for the perfect version of the traditional hostess gift.
To buy: $41, mouth.com.
Himalayan Salt Mortar and Pestle
Gourmands will crush on this mortar and pestle hand-carved from a solid block of exotic Himalayan salt, considered healthier (and certainly prettier) than ordinary table salt. The soft-pink vessel enhances the flavor of food (think guacamole, pesto, or salad dressing)—and the personality of any kitchen.
To buy: $36, uncommongoods.com.
Geometric Place Card Holders
If she loves to host seated dinner parties (lucky you!), these mod place card holders will save her a trip to the store to pick up blank seating cards whenever company is due. Plus they make great photo holders in between events. Available in three designs: white-dipped cedar, gold-dipped beechwood, and marbleized cedar.
To buy: $30 for six, food52.com.
Ample Hills Signature Flavors
Something extra sweet for the person who gave you a place to stay. This quartet features the Brooklyn-based creamery’s signature flavors of frozen custard—chocolate milk and cookies, ooey gooey butter cake, peppermint pattie, and the munchies. You may want to buy a pint for yourself, too—this frozen treat is so good, we can’t guarantee they’ll share.
To buy: $45 for four, amazon.com.
Good Karma Candle
Send good vibes to the friend who always has your back when you need a place to stay—or even just a fun girl’s night in. The patchouli and jasmine scented soy candle has a subtle yet calming scent, and will burn for approximately 80 hours (that’s a lot of good karma).
To buy: $16, campyhome.etsy.com.
Thirsty Camel Cocktail Napkins
Prodyne Bar Birds Swizzle Sticks
For the woman who throws gatherings like no other, give her party dÃ©cor even she hasn’t seen before. Each of the six swizzle sticks in this playful set features a shiny silver bird, from flamingos to parrots. They’re reusable, so they can make an appearance at all of her upcoming soirees.
To buy: $16 for six, amazon.com.
Jardin Des Plantes Pedestal Bowl
Modern Matcha Tea Set
Introduce your host to the energy-boosting ancient Japanese drink that’s currently getting lots of attention in coffee bars and juice shops. This sleek set comes with everything he needs—including the specially designed bamboo whisk—to whip up (and impress other guests with) the concentrated green tea at home.
To buy: $69, amazon.com.
Pollock Chocolate Bar
When just a small token of thanks will do the trick, try an unexpected version of something you know she loves—chocolate. Miles above the ordinary drugstore version, this chocolate bar features a splattering of vibrant (and edible) colors that make it look more like of a work of art than a snack.
To buy: $13, colossalshop.com.
Marbled Blue Hanging Planter
This marbleized planting pot harks back to the 70s. (Remember fern bars?) Fill it with tiny succulents—or ferns, if you’re old enough to feel nostalgic for the Me Decade—and use the sturdy, stylish rope to hang it inside or out. Available in a variety of colors and designs.
To buy: $20, jolanapinedaceramics.etsy.com.
Tom Dixon Form Bowls
This five-piece collection of luminous nesting dishes, made from brass that’s been hand-sculpted and dipped in a metallic wash, sets the gold standard for any future houseguests. Best of all, the sleek, distinctively gilded vessels go with any dÃ©cor or color scheme. Available in two sizes.
To buy: $100 for five, abchome.com.
Original Baba Breakfast Mug
Your daily wake-up brew deserves something better than an old, stained coffee cup—like these limited-edition porcelain mugs. Sure, they’re handmade, but they’re microwave and dishwasher safe, too. (Though hand-washing is recommended.) Mix and match the different shades to create a colorful, one-of-a-kind set.
To buy: $48, shopspring.com.
Gold Cheese Knives Set
If she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth—well, even if she wasn’t—help her graduate to gold (plate, that is) with these gilded cheese knives. They particularly shine when paired with slate, wood, or marble serving boards. Now all you have to do is choose the cheese.
To buy: $43, macys.com.
Assorted Letterpress Set
Help a far-flung pal bring a personal (ie, not emailed) touch to her correspondence with a sweet set of letterpress notes. Each includes a mixture of six greetings and sentiments in assorted colors and designs, so—no matter what the occasion—she can go the extra mile.
To buy: $16, amazon.com.
Pendleton Jacquard Towel
Even a plain-Jane bathing suit looks distinctive when paired with this bold, graphic beach towel that makes going to the shore a style statement. And the large size (40 by 70 inches) means she’ll have plenty of room to sprawl in the sun—without getting covered in sand.
To buy: $49.50, urbanoutfitters.com.
West Coaster Coasters
Ideal for bi-coastal friendships, these clever geography-inspired drink rests will let her show off her preferred coast—and sense of humor. (Well, we hope.) Made of Baltic birch, they are 4-inch by 4.5-inch square and come in a set of four. They’re also available in an East Coast design. Consider them coast-to-coasters.
To buy: $37, amazon.com.
Texas Tamale Meat Lovers A La Carte Sampler
Go too far north of the Mason Dixon line, and what is a tamale? A dry, frozen husk of a thing. But Texas Tamale (based in, you guessed it, Texas) offers the real deal. Give your hostess the meat sampler—beef, chicken, and pork—so that she and her family can take a bite out of this satisfying, savory classic... no matter where they live.
To buy: $48 for eight tamales, tucsontamale.com.
Magnolia Tree by Real Simple
Channel your inner Scarlett O’Hara by offering your host this Southern classic. Shipped at nearly four feet tall, this small tree yields white blooms and grows up to 50 feet, so it will never be gone with the wind. The gift includes planting instructions and a watering tool. It can also be personalized with a special message.
To buy: From $114, 1800flowers.com.
Paloma Backgammon Set
Bring your A game—and inspire a little friendly competition—in the form of this gorgeously graphic take on an old favorite. The beautiful Baltic birch game folds up into a convenient storage box that looks great on the shelf. Other vintage games, like dominos, are also available.
To buy: $120, uncommongoods.com.
Littledeer Cooking-Utensil Set
Inspired by canoe paddles and created by designer Tom Littledeer, this deliciously tactile set of hand-carved North American maple kitchen tools—a spreader, tongs, a paddle, a pot scoop, and a serving scoop—can be monogrammed.
To buy: $100 (monogram, $9), williams-sonoma.com.
Driftwood Knife Block
Why stuff your Shun in a drawer when you can proudly display it? Handmade from Icelandic driftwood, this natural exposed-wood and white- or blue-painted block merges the modern with the rustic. And it safely and securely holds your favorite knife while standing handsomely on the kitchen counter.
To buy: $89, railis.etsy.com.
Rectangular Acrylic Tray
A minimalist modern twist on the typical serving tray, this hand-washable acrylic piece, built with easy-to-grip cutout handles, can also double as a stylish bathroom towel holder. Personalize it with a laser-etched name, address, or favorite summertime saying. (Yep, that includes Surf’s Up!) Available in two sizes.
To buy: $59, markandgraham.com.
Angler Fish Spatula
Nothing says summer cookout—not to mention fish fry—quite like this catch, a 22-inch stainless steel spatula that resembles a fishing rod. The soft-grip foam handle makes it a cinch to flip all of your favorite barbecue fare. Or you can use it as a serving piece.
To buy: $15, homedepot.com.
Wine Bottle Candle
What’s better than a classic gift? Two classic gifts in one. (Well, sort of.) This salvaged, reusable, hand-cut wine bottle contains a handmade soy-wax candle that smells like—what else?—your favorite varietal. Choose from Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot. Corkscrew not included.
To buy: $15, worldmarket.com.
Pineapple Serving Tray
This durable piece is fantastic for the host who likes to entertain. It’s broad enough to fit hors d’oeuvres for a party and it is rounded like a bowl, so it can also hold different dishes, like salad platters or soups for a crowd. Though functional, the white pineapple with its metallic gold stem is almost too cute to eat off of—and can also be used as a decorative tray for stacking books, catching desk supplies, or corralling jewelry and makeup. A convenient storage box is included so it doesn’t gather dust while she’s not using it.
To buy: $38, nordstrom.com.
Bee Raw Wildflower Honey Flight
Here’s a gift your foodie friend can’t pick up from the supermarket: four 1-ounce vials of raw wildflower honey. Each variety comes from a different wildflower, varies in amber color, and contains a detailed description of its source. Sealed in glass bottles with cork and beeswax, the honey comes with a handcrafted display block made from American oak. The tasty, beautiful gift also gives back. Every purchase supports small beekeepers to help save endangered bees. For an over-the-top gift, pair the honey with several hard and soft cheeses so your hostess can sample how the honey complements each.
To buy: $48, shopterrain.com.
Copper Cheese Knife Set
Modern, thanks to a copper finish, and slightly playful, thanks to the energetic squiggly carvings, this set is sure to become a permanent player in your host’s kitchen. It contains four distinctly shaped tools for different varieties of cheese. The small spade is for cutting wedges or chunks of hard cheese. The fork-tipped knife is for slicing firm cheeses, and its tip can be used for spearing pieces of cheese. The flat cheese knife is used for cutting soft crumbly cheese. And finally, the tool that looks like a butter knife is for slicing and spreading soft cheese. The set should be hand washed.
To buy: $28, shopterrain.com.