If you’re invited to a cocktail party, dinner party, or open house this holiday season, one of the things you’ll think about, other than what to wear, is what to bring as a hostess gift. Make a good impression by keeping these hostess gift basics in mind:
- Think ahead and purchase hostess gifts when you see them. I like to keep a small stash of lovely gifts at the ready.
- Bring a gift they can use at this party or at future parties
- Wrap your gift or put it in a nice gift bag.
- Wait to the last-minute. There is nothing worse than scrambling at the last-minute to try to find something – anything! – that will do
- Bring cut flowers. Your hostess will likely have her hands full and finding a vase and arranging flowers is just one more thing to do
- Break the bank. Gift something too elaborate, and you risk embarrassing your hostess
- Bring live animals. I’m not kidding. A friend of mine once received a gold-fish as a hostess gift.
Here are some lovely options in a variety of price points that any hostess would love. (Tip! I won’t tell if you pick one up for yourself too while you’re shopping.)
If the hostess is the ultimate entertainer, she’ll love this “Host” book which is a modern guide to eating, drinking and entertaining. From intimate weeknight dinners to festive large-scale gatherings, this book shows how to be a better host with inspired-yet-approachable recipes and advice for creating delicious meals and unforgettable experiences all with an eye towards how people eat and drink in today’s busy, modern world.
Candles are an inexpensive luxury. I often light one on a winter night when I’m reading or relaxing with family. It creates a lovely, cozy atmosphere at the end of a long day.
This limited-edition Diptyque candle carries a wish for the new year, covering those who light it with its protective aura. I’m planning to buy of these for myself (hey, I host parties too! LOL!).
3. Marble Stemless Wine Glasses
Not only are stemless wine glasses easier to handle than their more traditional stemmed counterparts, but they’re also more versatile; you can use them for most any other cocktail or non-alcoholic drink.
I’ve fallen in love with these marble stemless wine glasses (they come in a set of four) because the pretty Marble-like swirls look feel so right for holiday celebrations and ringing in the New Year.
4. Faux Fur Throw
This plush faux fur throw is an ideal weight and incredibly soft, perfect for your hostess to snuggle up underneath with a cup of tea and enjoy a well-deserved break once her party is over. Brushed striped print faux fur is a nice neutral that will go with your hostess’ decor.
5. Tortoise Shell Salad Servers
These tapered resin salad servers make a hostess gift that is as lovely as it is practical. It’s something she will use often (and think of you each time!) I want these!
6. Agate Cheese Board
Crafted from shards of natural agate, this stunning serving board is a colorful perch for charcuterie, hors d’oeuvres, and more. This interesting board will definitely be a conversation piece at the next party.
7. Floral Bouquet Soap Petals
We all know one (or two or three), the perfect hostess who pays attention to every little detail, always making you feel at home. What better way to tell her how much you admire her (and sometimes secretly wish you had her way when it comes to entertaining) than with this 20-piece set of pretty realistic rosebud soaps. They are sure to look lovely in any guest bathroom.
8. Ice Bucket and Tongs Set
You can never have enough ice at a party. Whether your hostess needs to chill a bottle or serve ice with the stainless steel tong, this ice bucket and tong set will be a welcome addition to any bar. Your host and hostess will thank you, trust me.
9. Wine Stopper
An elegant way to cap any bottle of wine, this agate wine stopper features a multifaceted design inspired by quartz gemstones. Just like jewelry, let this piece adorn your hostess’ favorite bottle of wine.
10. Set of Chocolates
If your hostess has a playful side and doesn’t take herself too seriously, then this sweet tooth-satisfying chocolate box featuring decadent flavors will make the perfect hostess gift or even a stocking stuffer for adults.
What’s your favorite hostess gift to give? Do you keep a stash at the ready or pick one up as needed? I’m curious to hear your tips.
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