After almost two years of Zoom celebrations and drive-by visits, we might finally be able to see loved ones over the holidays. It will be different in varying ways depending on where you live, but possible. Like, you may be able to have and/or attend a small get-together over the holidays providing everyone is double-vaccinated (plus booster if available). Wearing masks and keeping a safe distance is a given but that’s no big deal at this point.
Some of us might feel a little unsure about jumping back into normal’ish activities like this. Covid paranoia aside, you might be a little rusty with social niceties like bringing a gift to the host or hostess which can be stressful at the best of times. You want to give them something that they will appreciate and will not wind up on their re-gift shelf or the trash. To help you find the perfect gift, we are sharing some of the best hostess gift ideas that we would love to receive ourselves.
We included items that cover a wide-range of price points so there is something for all budgets. We also added Gift Bundle Idea suggestions in case you wanted to amp it up a bit (but totally not necessary).
Don’t forget to use one of these holiday gift apps to help keep your lists (and your budget) on track.
Best Hostess Gift Ideas for Any Occasion
Monikers is a party game based on the public domain game Celebrity, where players take turns attempting to get their teammates to guess names by describing or imitating well-known people. In the first round, clue givers can say anything they want, except for the name itself. For the second round, clue givers can only say one word. And in the final round, clue givers can’t say anything at all: they can only use gestures and charades. This game is a blast for both small and larger groups. Perfect for the host or hostess who like to throw a fun party.
Gift Bundle Idea: Well, you can go in so many directions here. You can purchase a few party snacks, a bottle of their favourite wine or alcohol, or another game like Tabletopics (see below).
This dinner party game can be a gracious host’s best friend. It gets every guest talking, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. This card game of fun, inspired conversation starters, is the perfect card game for everyone. Guaranteed to entertain in even the most awkward situations, every question is perfectly appropriate for any combination of friends and acquaintances. Good food, good friends and great conversation. What could be better?
Gift Bundle Idea: Again, you can go in so many directions here. You can purchase a few party snacks, a bottle of their favourite wine or alcohol, or another game like Monikers (see above).
This is a lifestyle guide for the gourmet, the style maven, the armchair traveler, and the art lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesn’t require much spending but makes us feel rich. It focuses on the elegant, the rare, the commonplace, and the delightful. A compendium of style, it merges whimsy, practicality, fine arts and the worlds of fashion, food, travel, home, garden, and beauty. Each entry features several engaging anecdotes, illuminating the curious past of each enduring source of beauty. Perfect for the avid reader and lover of whimsy.
Gift Bundle Idea: I would say a nice bottle of wine or bath salts. Things that put you in the right frame of mind to read.
This is an expensive candle option but if you have the budget and want to get someone something special, this is the candle for you. Elad Yifrach, a former interior designer, introduced L’Objet in 2004. With a collection that blends ancient techniques with a modern sensibility, comes this gorgeous candle handcrafted of Limoges porcelain with a hand-painted finish, 24-kt. gold accents and a lid adorned with a semiprecious stone. It looks like a treasure found when travelling the globe, this beautiful piece of art is filled with paraffin wax in a glorious Fleur d’Or fragrance.
Gift Bundle Idea: You can give them some fancy wooden matches in a jar, or a USB lighter.
A limited-edition set of three candles in vessels speckled with real gold, conveying Diptyque’s interpretation of an emblematic winter scene each in a different gorgeous holiday scent. The set comes in the box perfect for gifting and each individual glass candle container is beautiful and can easily be repurposed once the candle is finished. Diptyque candles never disappoint.
Gift Bundle Idea: You can give them some fancy wooden matches in a jar, or a USB lighter.
With its beautiful wood grain and soft light, this diffuser and night light, will complement any room décor. It will also help you to release your stress after a long day. With some essential oil, this super quiet diffuser will create a calm, relaxing environment anywhere.
Gift Bundle Idea: Buy one or a few pure essential oils to get them started. Lavender, chamomile, and bergamot orange all help with anxiety relief.
This is the ultimate guide to cocktails for every home and host. This definitive cocktail recipe book includes 610 cocktail recipes from 6 continents and 60 countries, with a historical span of more than 500 years. With most cocktails included only requiring three or four ingredients, there is something within its covers for every novice drink-maker and expert bartender alike.
Gift Bundle Idea: If you are unsure of what their favourite alcohol is (that would be a perfect accompaniment gift), you can instead give them mixers (tonic and soda water, juice, cola, etc.) and/or garnishes (oranges, lemons, limes, maraschino cherries, etc.).
Traditionally, it is said that the wishing basket is magical and creates the perfect space/energy for wishes to come true. Gift one to someone and tell them the story behind this beautiful handmade gift – they will love it. Functionally, these baskets are perfect for jewellery and other keepsakes you want to keep safe. This practical piece of art will enliven whatever room you place it in. Woven with elephant grass and recycled plastic.
Gift Bundle Idea: As it’s a functioning basket, the recipient can store any small items in them. You can also print “I wish” strips of paper for them to write their wishes on and place in the basket.
Looking to turn an empty wall into a focal point? A truly remarkable work of art, the Bolga fan is handwoven in Ghana by Baba Tree’s talented artisans who earn a fair wage for their craft. Woven with ethically sourced straws, each Bolga fan makes a captivating and eco-conscious home decor piece when you are not using it to cool yourself down. The fans are hand-woven of vetiver grass and leather and hand-dyed so there may be slight variations in color.
Gift Bundle Idea: The only gift to compliment this unique item would be a 2nd one so one can be used to cool the host/hostess while the other can still grace the wall as a work of art.
Their cult icon scent with notes of zesty orange, mandarin and neroli in a classic hand wash and lotion gift set. Its sunny hue is invigorating and perfect for brightening up any bathroom or kitchen. Housed in a gift box made from 84% recycled material and 16% tree-free paper (made with no forest impact), this set makes a conscious gifting gesture. Formula is also vegan, gluten-free, nut, paraben, and phthalate-free, and cruelty free (no ingredients of animal origin). What more could you ask for?
Gift Bundle Idea: You can add a nice hand towel but really, this gift is good on its own and it even comes in its own gift box.
To make authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate, you need traditionally made chocolate, a hand-carved molinillo, and an artisanal Mexican clay jug. Luckily, they’ve put together this Mexican Hot Chocolate gift set with all three! Cocoa is a key part of the Mexican gastronomy – it’s a legacy food made for sharing. By using everything in this Mexican Hot Chocolate Gift Set, your rich, complex-flavored, smooth hot chocolate drink will retain the unique aroma and nostalgic taste enjoyed for generations.
Gift Bundle Idea: I know this may sound excessive, but the perfect accompaniment is the small Mexican Hot Chcoclate Gift Set in the same line that comes with 2 clay mugs. It’s just perfect and together they make the ultimate gift for the hot chocolate lover.
Wearing masks and washing hands has become the new normal. It has also become increasingly important to sterilize the things we touch the most – like keyboards, remote controls and mouse pads. The MEDIPOP UV Stick can eliminate almost all germs and bacteria on the surface of almost any object in 60 seconds or less with it’s powerful UV light. This versatile stick is small enough to fit in any bag or drawer, so you can be ready to sterilize at any time. Re-chargeable by USB.
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- If your host/hostess love to shop their values, consider getting them an item that represents a cause closest to their heart. There are many to choose from so you can even get them a few items.
- Here is another shop your values list with more great gift options associated with a variety of causes for you to choose from.
We hope this list of some of the best hostess gift ideas helps you find the perfect gift for the host or hostess of your next gathering (whenever that may be). Be sure to order early to avoid disappointment and extended delays. If nothing on this list appeals to you, a good bottle of wine or a nice box of chocolates are always solid go-to gifts.
What do you think of our list of hostess gifts? Do you normally bring a host/hostess gift? If so, what do you usually bring? Share your suggestions with us – we love receiving your feedback.
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