Dinner parties, holiday get-togethers, and housewarmings are, in a word, fun. They give us the perfect excuse to celebrate and reconnect with friends and family.
But as you likely know, putting on such an affair—whether it’s an intimate dinner party with your family or a 20-person engagement party for your college roommate—is no easy feat. From cleaning the house to preparing food and drinks, your host or hostess put in a lot of elbow grease to make it possible.
Show your appreciation for their efforts by greeting them at the door with a thoughtful hostess gift—one that’s far more unique than a candle.
For your old-fashioned-loving host, a jar of cocktail cherries from Traverse City Whiskey Co. is a thoughtful (tasty!) treat that will take their drink of choice to the next level.
Pair these cocktail cherries with a nice bottle of bourbon or one of Traverse City Whiskey Co.'s signature syrup to make the gift especially memorable.
If you're going over to someone's house, it's always nice to leave it cleaner than the way you found it. That means helping with the dishes and making sure you don't leave any watermark stains with your glasses. It also means you'll kill two birds with one stone if you bring these modern wood and gold leaf coasters as a hostess gift.
Created with beautifully vibrant dried flowers, this smudge stick is the thoughtful but affordable gift you've been looking for. Write a nice note to go along with it and call it a day.
Who wouldn't want a chocolate bar as a hostess gift? Especially one that looks as beautiful as it tastes, thanks to the edible dried rosebud petals in it.
Anything that encourages a little rest and relaxation will be well received, which is why these suede, faux fur-lined moccasin-style slippers are a great hostess gift idea.
This gorgeous glass coffee press will give any kitchen extra style points and make that morning grind a little more exciting. Your coffee-loving host will be sure to approve.
Aside from candles, wine is probably the most common hostess gift. Up the game a little and make your gift stand out by also pairing your bottle with a cool wine bottle key.
This beautiful collection of mini hand soaps is a great gift for anyone who hosts frequently. Plus, it comes in a totally giftable tin, so all you’ll need to do is add a bow on top.
If you do end up going the candle route, supplement your gift with an elevated lighter so the receiver can stylishly strike the mood. This sleek gold stick lighter is so pretty, your host will want to leave it out on the coffee table permanently.
The perfect tiny treat for the "hostess with the mostess," a package of Blanton’s Single Barrel-infused gummy bears—made by Sugarfina and sold by Knack Shops—is equal parts sassy and sweet.
If you’re not too familiar with your host and are looking for something that’s simple yet classic, a gift of trendy shalt and pepper shakers will make a great impression. Pick a design that speaks to what you do know about them if you can.
After a long evening of entertaining guests, your hostess will love being able to unwind with a relaxing bath—complete with a pain-relieving 50mg CBD bath bomb from Life Elements. Her aching muscles and tired feet will be soothed and rejuvenated in 20 minutes!
A classic slate cheese board is an iconic hostess gift idea. Write their name on the board in chalk before tying on a bow to make it even more personalized.
Pretty yet practical hostessing gifts from Kate Spade are almost always a win. So if your host loves entertaining, a 2-piece polka dot gift set, including a towel and oven mitt, is a present they’ll use often.
Pairing the standard hostessing gift of a flower bouquet with a gorgeous hand-painted vase from Anthropologie will surely make your host smile. Or, just gift the vase alone—since another guest may have already come with a bouquet of fresh flowers in tow.
For a delightful twist on a candle, gift your host an oil diffuser instead! This stunning lotus-designed one is anything but ordinary. You can include a few of your favorite scented oils, too.
Any game-loving host will approve of this colorful set of playing cards by Fredericks & Mae. They’ll bust them out time and time again for a monthly poker night or drinking game festivities.
For another spin on the candle gift idea, a decadent box of pretty potpourri in a generally pleasing scent, like lemon, will do the trick. Just stick a bow on top and you’re good to go!