12 Hostess Gifts to Make a Big Impression When You're Short on Cash


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.

What's the best host gift you ever received? Shout it out so we can pay it forward in the comments.