Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
Hosting a party is no small feat. That's why it's ever so important to celebrate your generous host with a thoughtful and distinctive gift. It's poor form to show up empty handed. Having been on the receiving end of a hostess gift or two (what can we say? we love to entertain) we've acquired some notes on our very favorite presents to make a cameo at any given party. If it's really the thought that counts, consider this the thinking person's guide to gifting. These inspired and imaginative gifts are all you need to contribute to the party vibe—and get invited back.
From showing up with fresh vinyl to kick off a dance party to artful coffee table books, these impeccable accessories promise to deliver some serious eye candy to any space. The best gifts are always tailor cut to fit your hosts' individual tastes and lifestyle. Consider this list a jumping off point for some creative thinking. There's something here for everyone.
Entertaining cookbooks are ideal for those who love to be the center of the foodie friend circle.
Going to a Halloween party? Bring a themed vinyl record like a creepy (or in this case magical) soundtrack from a favorite film.
Instant Karaoke is one favor the whole party can enjoy. This portable mic lets you belt it out from any room in the house.
A Drizzy coloring book is a fitting conversation piece they may not think to score on their own volition. It's also perfect for some after party de-stressing activity.
Nostalgic throwback accessories are the ultimate in affordable cool. Find a favorite cassette and pair with a handwritten note.
If your host just moved into a new place, new kitchen accessories are always appreciated. Pick one that pairs with their favorite dish. Burger fanatic? Go for a grilling pan.
One can truly never have enough art books. Add to the collection with soulful contemporary or vintage additions.
What's the best host gift you ever received? Shout it out so we can pay it forward in the comments.