Whether you’re visiting someone’s home for a dinner party, attending a holiday event, or staying with someone for an extended period of time, you should always give a hostess gift to show your appreciation. However, picking out something to bring can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the host or hostess very well. That’s why we’ve gathered up some of the very best hostess gifts around.
How to Choose a Hostess Gift
If you’re attending a dinner party, you might consider bringing a food or drink item, such as a tray of appetizers or a delicious dessert. Be sure to ask beforehand what your hosts are planning to serve and if they would like you to bring anything. You want to ensure that there are no duplicates. Also, don’t be offended if the host decides not to serve the item you brought. After all, it’s intended to be a gift and not something that has to be enjoyed by all.
A holiday party, on the other hand, is a great excuse for a wrapped gift just for the host or hostess. Gift giving is the spirit of the occasion, so feel free to spring for something like a candle or a set of coasters.
If you’re staying at someone’s home for an extended period of time, your gift should be a step up from what you would bring for a dinner party or holiday event. You want to give a gift that shows how grateful you are to them for opening their home up to you. Choose a larger ticket item, like a spa basket or a serving dish the hostess can use again and again.
For more fabulous hostess gift ideas she’ll absolutely love, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about the best hostess gift ideas.
Liz Bryant, president and founder of Liz Bryant Business Etiquette, is trained and licensed by The Protocol School of Washington as an intercultural etiquette and protocol trainer. She shares her life’s knowledge of best etiquette practices to help others gain the confidence to be successful in their professional endeavors, for themselves, and for the companies or organizations they represent.
“The best hostess gift is a gift that is essentially that – for the hostess. We’re not talking about something to be consumed during the event you are attending, but rather something that your hostess may enjoy later. And it doesn’t have to be – and really shouldn’t be – expensive. Items like breakfast pastry for the morning following the party, a cute tea towel for the kitchen, or a bottle of her favorite wine are all good choices that will be most appreciated by any hostess.”
Shelly Peel is one of the founders of SocialMum.com, a lifestyle blog that explores social media.
“If I am to give a hostess a gift, it would be something she could use at work or anywhere. I’ll sponsor her next makeup set! Since they must look presentable while ushering, they can’t go without their beauty kit. But buying makeup could sometimes go to waste if she can’t use them due to skin concerns. So, I’ll have someone check on her favorite beauty products first before I make the purchase.”
Gina Harper runs Harper’s Nurseries, a site that’s all about urban gardening.
“My top recommendation would be indoor or ornamental plants. They help boost your mood and creativity and maintain clean indoor air. These plants will give your workstation a pleasant vibe, therefore, reducing stress levels.”
Aleka Shunk is a party food blogger at Bite Sized Kitchen. She is a self-proclaimed bite-sized foodie who enjoys hosting parties where easy and delicious finger foods are the focus. Her happy place is in front of a large spread of appetizers with a glass of Cabernet.
“I have hosted many parties over the years, from large soirees to small get-togethers, and understand how much effort goes into hosting any party. Bringing a gift for the hostess of the party is an easy way to say thank you and show your appreciation. I have found the most raved about and most appreciated gifts are the ones that are unique and useful at the same time!
Gifts like automatic wine openers, fancy trivets, fresh dish towels, or expensive/high-end ingredients like saffron, quality oils like truffle oil, and fancy cheese are always welcomed with much gratitude. Tie everything up with a bow along with a dish towel and cutting board and I can guarantee you will be invited back!”
Stephen Light is the Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer at Nolah Mattress.
“Fresh aromatic flowers are the best gifts you can give your hostess or host. You can choose from lavender, ylang-ylang, jasmine, or hyacinth. Make sure that the stems are clumped together nicely in a knot, so it’s easier for your host to put them in a vase. The scent of fresh aromatic flowers gives any indoor space a refreshing mood that helps transform a room into a field of flowers.”
Rachel Geicke is the Founder and CEO of Snow Monkey. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration, where she first created Snow Monkey in her college apartment. Rachel has led Snow Monkey to secure a spot in the prestigious Chobani Food Incubator and expand distribution from 0 to 1,200 retail locations in only 2 years, rightfully landing her a spot on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
“I know that after I host a big event, all I want to do is curl up on the couch with a pint of ice cream. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, but as I got older, I realized that this indulgence made me feel physically bad. After being diagnosed with Celiac disease while playing D1 sports at Boston University, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I had been forced to cut nearly every indulgence from my diet, but my newfound interest in nutrition stemming from my time on BU’s rowing team gave me the tools I needed to churn my own plant-based ‘ice cream’ using ingredients I could find in my college apartment like banana, seeds, and other fruits.
My roommates, teammates, and friends were all obsessed with Snow Monkey, and they used to steal my batches faster than I could make them. Now, they can buy Snow Monkey in their local grocery store. I love to give hostesses the gift of Snow Monkey because it will leave them feeling great while they congratulate themselves for a party well thrown. It’s a sweet treat your body will thank you for, and the self-care any hostess needs.”
Caroline is the growth marketer and co-founder of CocoSign.
“Here are a few of the best hostess gift ideas that I personally love:
- Bouquet of flowers in a vase. There is nothing more soothing to the soul than the sight of lovely fresh flowers.
- Boxed candies. Everyone loves candies, and no one can have enough of them. This is an evergreen gift everyone enjoys.
- Potted plant. I feel gifting a potted plant is like gifting life to someone, nurturing the feeling of love and care.
- Bottles of wine. Wine is never kept on a shelf for dust. Pick a perfect bottle of wine and give your hosts another reason to celebrate.
- Decorator candles. Candles are another amazing gift option that gives the receiver a hint to slow down in the busy hustle-bustle of life and embrace the small joys in life, relax and refocus your aim.”
Grace Woinicz is the CEO at The Brilliant Kitchen.
“I got this gift set from one of my friends as a housewarming present and I absolutely loved it, especially considering that I love to bake.
The fun phrases printed on the spatulas make the gift even more considerate and wholesome. I’ve been using them each time for my baking recipes and they’re extremely easy to use. When I was given this set by my friend, it came with a small personalized card as well, and it brought a smile to my face. I highly recommend it as a hostess gift.”
Elizabeth is a Cofounder & Store Manager of ParentingNerd, a place where we promote parents and kids-friendly products that make your life easier as a parent.
“A Smart Cookie Cutter is an excellent hostess gift. Whenever someone is hosting you at their home, it is your ethical responsibility to bring a gift for them. A gift that helps your hostess in the kitchen could prove to be a great choice as they are in the kitchen preparing a meal for you. I suggest you bring cookie cutters of different shapes and sizes that would help your hostess cut cookies and store them to bake later. It is a great and smart choice because it compliments cooking and baking. Get this gift and receive appreciation.”
Leo Young is first and foremost the father of two young boys. He created and continues to grow his Optimized Family website to document and share the best parenting skills and tips, guides, and gadgets to help parents, grandparents, and kids to become strong and capable both mentally and physically.
“A thoughtful gift for a hostess in these work-from-home times is something appropriate for easing the time sitting in front of a computer screen.
Consider a novelty, portable, cableless desk light that can be folded away and used anywhere. It’s even rechargeable through your laptop. There is a high-end model from LUMIO on Amazon, the Mini-Lumio-Book-Lamp. But there are plenty of other, cheaper, and very attractive options here on Amazon.”
Jessica is a Creator of SOMMIFY, a blind wine tasting game.
“Sommify: A Wine Tasting Board Game makes an excellent hostess gift. Whether you are new to wine or a seasoned wine professional, Sommify will teach you how to blind taste like a Sommelier.
The host can provide the wine or ask everyone to bring a bottle from the Sommify Playable List. Sommify was started by Conner Taylor and Jessica Bush (me!) who were studying for the Sommelier Level II exam and wanted to find a better way to learn than stuffy wine groups. Games are available for order at www.sommify.com for $49.99 as well as on Amazon.”
Lisa Torelli-Sauer is the Editor at Sensible Digs.
“Infusion water pitchers make the perfect hostess gift. They can be unboxed and enjoyed right away and will help your hostess whip up an easy and refreshing drink for future guests.
Their simple design is guaranteed to fit any kitchen. They are also great for daily use and can help encourage the whole family to drink more water. My kids love experimenting with new water flavors.”
Dwight Zahringer is the President of Pure Cabo LLC.
“Hostesses are so used to putting the needs of others first — get them a gift that makes them the star for a day.
A spa package is a great idea to let them pamper themselves in relaxation. Better yet, you can invest in business class or first class tickets to a destination of their choice. It doesn’t have to be too far or too exotic — the experience of being waited on, for once, is what hostesses really love most.”
Meg Marrs is the founder of Safer Senior Care, a website dedicated to helping caregivers find the best resources for elderly friends and relatives to allow them to age in place safely and comfortably.
“One of the most thoughtful hostess gifts I’ve received was a set of personalized coasters.
I’m a huge dog lover and run a website dedicated to all things canine, and the coasters – made out of slate – had the images of some of my favorite breeds engraved on them. The gift showed great thoughtfulness and pre-planning and was very much appreciated – and the coasters are used with pleasure. Such coasters can be tailored to any occasion or recipient – the possibilities are endless! That means they’re unique to each hostess. I used the idea several times myself!”
Jonathan Frey is the CMO of Urban Bikes Direct.
“Here’s one of my favorite gifts to get the hosts and hostesses in both my personal and professional lives. (It’s also an item I love to break out myself wherever I’m the one
doing the hosting): Bread Warming Blanket.
An elegant bread warming bag can help your favorite hostess take their freshly baked bread to the next level. Bread warming bags and blankets come in snazzy patterns and simple fabric-like textures to complement any decor or dinnertime ambiance. Remove and heat the included pack or terra-cotta stone to keep fresh bread toasty and aromatic for the better part of an hour. We all know how fast bread can cool. This gift will allow your hostess to relax a little, knowing their homemade bread will stay perfectly tasty until everyone gets a piece.”
Julien Raby is the Founder & Owner of Coffee-Work.
“The PrestigeHaus Glass Octopus Wine Stopper is one of the best hostess gift ideas. I’m someone who loves throwing get-togethers at my place. My house is the first place my friends think of every time we’re planning a get-together.
Considering this, one of the best hostess gifts I’ve received is this octopus wine stopper. All my friends and family are more of wine-lovers than whiskey or any other alcoholic drinks. What I love the most about this wine glass stopper is that it’s perfect for any formal gatherings as well. I can simply pour some wine into a classy, sleek glass bottle and enclose it with this glass stopper to give a chic look. It has a decorative element to it and is perfect for all kinds of gatherings.”
Donna McCafferty is the Owner of The Tea Can Company.
“The Tea Can Company offers a wide array of gift options for any host or hostess, including themed teas, health and wellness teas, holiday teas, specially curated candle & tea gift sets, tea accessories, and much more.
We sell all-natural premium tea in our customizable tea cans. With more than 40 flavors, you are sure to find a tea blend that will please anyone – from Rose Petals Black Tea to Caffeine-Free Serene Herbal Blend – and everything in between. View all our flavors here.
Since our tea cans can be customized, your host will think of you every time he or she goes to brew a cup of tea!”
David Cusick is the CSO of House Method. They provide comprehensive research on home services, and they also include content on real estate and lifestyle.
“Let me share a few hostess gift ideas.
Tea towels are quite useful for the hostess because they’re multipurpose. You can gift them a new set that they can use to dry utensils or cover the muffins or decorate their tables.
A large cutting board is also another useful gift for the hostess. It can double as a cheese board that your hostess can use for another event in the future.
Live plants make for a good gift if your hostess has a green thumb. You can choose a snake plant or peace lily, which don’t require much maintenance. Plus, live plants help clean the air and freshen up their home.”
Ben is the CEO and Founder of Sure Dividend.
“Deciding on the best hostess gift starts with how well you know your hostess and your budget.
When you know your hostess likes having appetizers or hors d’oeuvres, it can come in handy when you’re deciding on a thoughtful gift. A marble cheese slicer is both an affordable and convenient gift for your hostess.
It won’t hurt your bank account if you’re trying to sustain a budget, and they can use it to slice cheese for hors d’oeuvres.
You usually can’t go wrong with soy candles as a hostess gift with their easy affordability, plus they’re a healthier alternative. You can choose their favorite scents or select popular ones when you aren’t familiar with their tastes. Soy candles can be beneficial for your hostess since they can light them up during your meal and future house party events.
A delicious bottle of non-alcoholic champagne wine can be an excellent addition to the meal without worrying if your hostess drinks alcohol or not. It can help complement your dinner when you know what you’re having for dinner, or your hostess can still use it for another dinner party. With various price range options available online, you can buy what you can easily afford.”
Mika Kujapelto is the CEO & Founder at LaptopUnboxed.
“Here are a few great hostess gift ideas:
An Echo Show 5 can be a thoughtful gift for your hostess. They can listen to soothing cooking music, voice search recipes, or set specific timers with this device. It also allows them to use Alexa to go through each step of the recipe process with voice activation, which can be convenient when they’re too busy cooking to touch the device.
A new potted plant might be an excellent addition your hostess might like inside or outside their home, but adding a smart plant-soil monitor can help them care for it. They can link it to their phone using Bluetooth to help them figure out how to best care for their new plant by ensuring it gets proper sunlight, temperature, watering, and more.
An automatic touchless soap dispenser can be a very thoughtful gift since it enables your hostess to prepare meals without touching the soap dispensers. Plus, it helps keep germs from spreading throughout their home during big house parties.”
Top 10 Hostess Gift Ideas
If you’re still unsure what to get the hostess for your next dinner party or holiday event, don’t worry. We’ve gathered up ten hostess gifts that are sure to make an impact:
This gift box is packed with decadent flavor. It includes four pineapple cakes covered in chocolate and topped with colorful glaze, and two fresh, plump strawberries dipped in chocolate and topped with white chocolate drizzle.
This delightful arrangement has everything your hostess could want. It’s packed with pineapple hearts, cantaloupe, honey dew, and strawberries dipped in gourmet semisweet chocolate.
This lotus-shaped bamboo server is perfect for a hostess who throws great parties. The petals can hold cheese, crackers, veggie sticks, and more, while the middle is just the right size for a bowl of dip.
This recipe journal is perfect so someone who’s passionate about cooking. It will help your hostess record of all the sweet and savory recipes she wants to prepare again and again for her guests.
Perfect for a hostess who likes to enjoy a glass of iced tea, this gadget lets you steep, ice, and sip your tea all in one convenient mug. Just add your tea and hot water, and fill the inner compartment with ice. After it has steeped, release the ice to instantly chill the tea.
Made with real agate stone, these coasters add an element of style to your hostess’s home and protect her tabletops. They’re the perfect choice to ensure you’ll be invited back for her next event.
This gift reminds your hostess to take a little time for herself. It includes a mason jar candle in your choice of scent, sugar scrub, peppermint lip balm, and a bar of goat milk soap.
This apron will have your hostess itching for her next foray in the kitchen. It’s bursting with bold and beautiful blooms that practically pop off the luxurious cotton.
This salt set sends your hostess on a journey of eight different regions, each known for their unique salts. It’s a great sampler of different salts from around the globe.
These macrons have meringue shells with rich, decadent fillings. With out-of-this-world flavors, like mint, red velvet, orange creamsicle, cookie dough, birthday cake, and more, they’re absolutely irresistible. Trust us; she won’t be putting this gift out for the guests to enjoy.
If you’re stumped on what to get for the hostess at your next dinner party or event, any of these gifts is sure to please.