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Hosting an event is no easy task, so when you are invited to a party, it’s nice to bring a gift for the hostess to say thank you for all their hard work. The best hostess gifts don’t have to be expensive or elaborate but should be original and personal. Consider a gift they will enjoy using in their home to entertain guests or for personal use.
Whether attending a dinner party, holiday party, or another type of get-together, finding the perfect hostess gift can be a challenge. Our gift guide includes unique hostess gift ideas appropriate for all types of events. Don’t show up to a party empty-handed. Show your hostess how much you appreciate them with a thoughtful gift they will love.
By Amanda Horner • Published Apr 18 2022
Tell her she’s the “Hostess with the Mostest” with a beautiful bamboo cutting board. Available on Etsy, these cutting boards come in different shapes and sizes, and custom options are available. This paddle shaped cutting board will look equally great serving appetizers or as kitchen decor.
The Williams Sonoma Infused Olive Oil Gift Set makes a perfect hostess gift for a foodie friend or family member! Handcrafted by a small, family-owned company in Northern California, this set includes four award winning blends of extra-virgin olive oil and savory seasonings to enjoy.
This cute cheese board set is the perfect gift for a hostess. The unique slate board provides a rustic look for serving a selection of cheeses. The included sign-post shaped markers can be labeled with the type of cheese, so guests know what kind they are enjoying. Any hostess, from friends to in-laws will enjoy this gift set!
Who doesn’t love sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and chatting with friends? This indoor smore’s fire pit the perfect hostess gift for a friend who loves to entertain in unique ways. Enjoy a gooey s’more and make fun memories any time of year with a mini version of a classic firepit.
This set of agate crystal bookends will add a unique look to your favorite host’s book collection. Made of natural agate from Brazil and available at Anthropologie, they are high quality and are the perfect complement to any decor. Whether displayed on a nightstand, coffee table, or bookshelf, these bookends will be used for years to come.
With this unique bread warming blanket, you can keep that fresh-out-of-the-oven warmth longer when serving your favorite loaf at a dinner party. Just heat the removable pack in the microwave, place it in the blanket’s pouch with your bread, and wrap it all up. This unique gift idea from Uncommon Goods is easy to use and great for gifting.
You can’t go wrong with a classic. Every host or hostess appreciates the gift of a bottle of wine. Take the classic hostess gift idea up a notch and make a “toast to the host” by gifting their favorite bottle in a cute reusable wine gift bag. Conveniently available at Amazon, keep a few of these on hand for the perfect last-minute hostess gift idea.
Tell your hostess how much you appreciate her by gifting a relaxing spa gift box. This beautiful set is available on Etsy and includes a scented candle, sugar scrub, lip balm, and soap. She will appreciate this thoughtful gift to help her unwind after hosting a stressful event and will be reminded of your thanks every time she uses it.
Perfect to bring along as a hostess gift for a game night, this little game is designed to spark fun conversations between family and friends. The cute and portable tin is packed with 50 hilarious thought-provoking questions asking players to choose between two different scenarios. This game is sure to bring lots of laughs and lively conversation.
Decorative napkins can be a fun and festive way to dress up a table for a dinner party, so a unique set of napkin rings makes a great gift idea for a hostess. This set is made from hand painted Ecuadorian toquilla straw, giving an island vibe that would be a perfect hostess gift for a summer soiree. They also come in a beautiful box ideal for gifting and storing.
A hostess can never have enough coasters. They are an easy and fun way to change up your tabletop for different occasions and provide protection for your furniture. A unique twist is to gift personalized coasters, like this floral farmhouse style set made of tumbled stone. These are sure to be your hostess’s go-to coasters for any occasion!
Perfect for entertaining outdoors, these fun multi-colored wine glasses from Williams Sonoma are made from a high-quality shatter-proof plastic. The vibrant colors bring a fun yet sophisticated vibe and make it easy for guests to locate their drink among others. This is a great gift for the frequent outdoor host!
For the foodie host who loves to experiment in the kitchen, this set of seasonally inspired sea salt blends is the perfect gift. This gift set includes one artisanal seasoning inspired by each of the four seasons, plus a classic sea salt. This gift is sure to be a favorite, and you might even score a future dinner invite!
For the hostess with a green thumb, this succulent garden pot set is a great gift idea! The set includes seven small pots with a unique hexagonal design arranged on a cute bamboo tray. Stylish and beautiful, this set makes a great decor item she can make her own with her favorite succulent plants.
An essential oil diffuser is perfect for gifting to a hostess who loves to entertain at home. Available at Nordstrom, this Bamboo Reed Diffuser by NEST New York continuously releases fragrance slowly and evenly. The bamboo oil includes white florals, green notes, and citrus, for a clean, inviting fragrance.
Charcuterie boards are the ultimate trendy appetizer for any get-together. Give the best host the best hostess gift with this beautiful bamboo cheese board and cheese knife set. This sizeable board with magnetic knife storage will be a go-to to service delicious charcuterie for any occasion.
This glass fruit infuser water pitcher is perfect for serving flavor-infused beverages for a crowd or by the glass. The durable glass pitcher has a high heat resistance, so it works great for hot or cold beverages. Your hostess will enjoy creating special fruit-infused drinks for different occasions, whether for an outdoor gathering or holiday party.
Hand washing will be a treat for the host and guests when you gift a collection of luxurious French hand soap, like this pretty gift set found on Amazon. Plant-based and made with organic shea butter, these soaps will moisturize, nourish, and clean, leaving you feeling pampered and smelling wonderful.
This crowd-pleasing assortment of teas is a great hostess gift idea suitable for many different occasions. This beautifully packaged tea wheel includes ready-to-steep sachets of 12 different varieties, from traditional to relaxing to fruity blends. Whether your hostess chooses to share with guests or enjoy on her own, this makes a great gift.
These fun serving spoons would be a great hostess gift for a Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo holiday party. Vintage silverware is hand-stamped with “nacho ordinary salsa” and “it’s five o’guac somewhere to add extra fun and flair to your next fiesta.
A great hostess gift for a happy hour get-together, these clever bar towels will be the hit of the party. With fun sayings like “you had me at merlot” and “whiskey business” these alcohol-themed towels bring lots of personality and are perfect for the kitchen or bar area.
Treat your host or hostess to a decadent treat with indulgent chocolate, like this special gift box of Godiva Patisserie Dessert Truffles. Inspired by classic bakery treats, this collection includes rich flavors like tiramisu, black forest cake, and dulce de leche. This is one treat your hostess won’t want to share!
After the party is over and the guests have gone, all a hostess wants to do is curl up on the couch to relax and reflect on a fun evening. A thoughtful hostess gift is a cozy throw blanket, like this blank and white handwoven throw. This lightweight yet warm blanket is super soft and will fit great with any decor.
Make serving and entertaining easier (and cuter) by gifting this adorable cream and sugar set. Featuring a classic wooden tray and spoon, this set also includes a beautiful white ceramic cream pitcher, sugar packet caddy and sugar pot with wooden top. Your favorite hostess will love having this set to easily serve coffee or tea any time of day.
These DIY specialty cocktails kits are the perfect hostess gift for a cocktail-loving friend! Beautifully presented, the sampler pack includes four popular cocktail mixes in cute plastic mason jars. Just add alcohol and water and enjoy a delicious craft cocktail anywhere!
Heading to a movie or game night and don’t want to show up empty-handed? You’ll be the host’s favorite guest when you bring this popcorn maker to the party! This easy-to-use tabletop appliance is loaded with cool features and makes enough movie-theater style popcorn to feed a crowd.
This beautiful hand-crafted dominoes set is perfect for gifting to a special host or hostess. Made with luxe Torrento marble, this unique set will be enjoyed for many years to come, whether played at a game night with friends and family, or as a gorgeous display for the home.
Help your favorite hostess keep track of her busy schedule by gifting her a pretty planner. This bright and cheery monthly planner can be easily stored in a tote to take on the go, so whether planning a dinner party or fitting in a last-minute appointment, she won’t miss a thing.
Many people bring their hostess fresh flowers to say thanks for hosting a party or event. A more unique hostess gift idea is a decorative vase to put the flowers in. Vases will be used over and over again, and a hostess will appreciate having a variety of types and sizes on hands to choose from to coordinate with her decor.
Why choose between a pretty sculpture or a scented candle when you can have both? This ceramic, floral textured Sculpture Garden Candle available at Anthropologie has a fresh and fruity scent sure to please your hostess and her guests.