33 Thoughtful Hostess Gifts That Go Beyond Wine
If you've ever been a party host, you know pulling off a successful holiday party is no small feat. So when it comes to choosing a hostess gift, give your host what they deserve for the entertaining efforts. Sure, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers are nice gestures, but you can get more inventive. Give a gift that shows you're truly thankful to your host for opening their home, and trust that when it's your turn to host, they'll return the favor. There's a unique hostess gift on this list for every host, event, and budget.
This clever serving bowl is sure to make everyone at the party smile. "I gave this as a hostess gift for a friend who makes outstanding salsa at every gathering at her house," says one 5-star reviewer on Amazon.
No Place Like Home
Help your guest show their state pride — or help remind them of home even when they're far away — with these hand-sculpted pottery spoon rests.
This Vermont maple syrup is flavored like everyone's favorite holiday confection: peppermint bark. All of the maple syrup from Maple Craft Foods is sourced from local, family-owned farms.
Wine and Dine
This set of hand-painted, stemless wine glasses adds a sparkle to any occasion — and they're sure to inspire many wine nights in the future.
Maximize your charcuterie makings with this multi-level, bamboo cheese board. The board even incorporates a pull-out storage shelf for serving utensils. It's a gift any entertainer will put to good use.
Diffuse the Situation
Your favorite host or hostess can fill their home with lovely scents and beautiful colors thanks to this Ceramic Color-Changing Oil Diffuser. This helpful little tool can run for up to eight hours, with an automatic shut off for safety, and shuffles between six different colors.
Spread the Love
Three of Stonewall Kitchen's best-selling spreads come packaged in a festive box that's perfect for gifting. All products in this holiday sampler are made in the U.S. by the award-winning gourmet food producers.
For the frequent traveler or anyone with a not-so-green thumb, this self-watering pot is sure to be appreciated. Simply fill the handblown glass reservoir with water, and the roots will absorb as much water as they need through the terracotta planter.
Oil Be There
Stock your host's kitchen with this set of best-selling olive oils and vinegars, all of which are made with ingredients sourced from family-run farms in California.
Gouda As It Gets
For the entertainer who loves a good cheese board, this is the perfect storage solution. Drawing from both ancient tradition and modern technology, the Cheese Grotto provides a humidity-controlled environment for storing cheese longterm.
Ice Ice Baby
Get bar-quality cocktail ice at home with this ice tray from W&P design. The tray makes 12 cubes of ice, but is small enough to take on the go. The provided lid helps to block out odors and flavors from your freezer.
Why spend upwards of $100 on a fresh flower arrangement that will last less than a week? This dried bouquet provides all the beauty of a traditional arrangement, but with the longevity you want in a gift. Urban Stems offers next-day delivery anywhere in the U.S., and same-day delivery in New York and D.C.
Stick With It
From the gourmet salt makers at Jacobsen Salt Co., these salted caramels are pure bliss in every chewy bite. The golden-brown caramel meets a subtle hint of sea salt to make one indulgent treat.
Deck the Halls
The intricate embroidery of this cardinal ornament makes it a gift your recipient will treasure for years to come. You can also purchase the corresponding Christmas Lady Cardinal Ornament to make it a set.
The sleek, modern style of this glass water filter is exactly what your host or hostess needs when serving guests. And it filters five times faster than the competition, so no one will be left waiting.
Stir the Pot
A quality set of wooden utensils is a kitchen essential that will last for years. Treat the home cook on your list to this luxurious set of olivewood utensils — they're hand crafted from a dense hardwood with a beautiful swirling design.
Paddywax's assortment features a variety of festive candles with colored wax and sentimental scents. Best of all, the food-safe containers can be repurposed for all your holiday cocktail drinking.
Bring out the bubbly! For a party host, keeping wine bottles chilled throughout the duration of the gathering can be a tricky task. Make life easier for them by gifting them this wine chiller made with marble, which helps to naturally cool wine.
For the entertainer who is all about brunch, this Bloody Mary cocktail kit will save them money and time at their next Sunday morning gathering. This curated kit from Mouth includes two different Bloody Mary mixes, vegan Worcestershire sauce, Bloody Mary salt, and spicy dill pickle green beans.
Any foodie or party host will appreciate this spreader set engraved with witty food puns. You butter buy it.
Find out why these plush throws from Barefoot Dreams have developed a cult following. Available in a variety of colors, they make any house feel homey.
In a Nutshell
Handcrafted in small batches from lightly-roasted California almonds, this chocolate almond butter from Enzo's table is not your run-of-the-mill nut butter. Made with cocoa powder from the Guittard Chocolate Company, you'll want to spread it on everything from toast to apples — or enjoy it straight from the jar with a spoon.
Don't Keeps Things Bottled Up
As all the bottles of wine pile up, your party host will thank you for this unique hostess gift. Üllo's wine purifying system filters sulfites and sediments to bring wine back to its natural state.
Sip in Style
Although Corkcicle's stemless insulated cup was made with wine in mind, it can keep any drink cold for 9+ hours, or hot for 3 hours.
Choc Full of Cheer
Inspired by Parisian patisseries, this decadent drinking chocolate mix is infused with Madagascan vanilla bean and dark chocolate. It can be mixed with milk, oat milk, or water.
You can never have too many tea towels. This set of All-Clad kitchen towels combines function with elegance. One side is made of absorbent terry cloth for soaking up spills and drying dishes, while the other side is made from woven-weave cotton for polishing glassware.
Who wouldn't want to cozy up by the fire with a cup of this Hot Cinnamon Spice tea? It's no wonder this is the most popular flavored tea from Harney & Sons worldwide.
Call Me Old Fashioned
For the Old Fashioned enthusiast, this syrup is the perfect balance of tart cherries, fresh orange peel, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and bitter herbs needed to make this classic drink. Simply add your favorite whiskey, bourbon, or rye.
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Make entertaining easy with this insulated water bottle and portable speaker duo. The 16-ounce water bottle keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours, and hot for up to 14 hours. The Bluetooth detachable Bluetooth speaker on this bottle makes it ideal for the person who's always hosting, no matter the location.
Have a Sweet Holiday
When the party's over, the host will be glad to indulge in Godiva's limited-edition holiday truffles. This collection features seasonal flavors including salted caramel, Christmas cookie, and cranberry.
Just Brew It
Whether you're gifting to a coffee expert or novice, this ceramic coffee dripper is the perfect introduction to the world of pour-over coffee.
You Hold Us Together
A ceramic utensil crock is one of the best gifts you can give, since the recipient will be reminded of your gift every time they reach for a kitchen spoon. This handmade utensil holder is made with a perforated bottom for drying and storing tall kitchen utensils.
Sip in Style
This chic whiskey decanter is the perfect gift for anyone looking to up their entertainment chops.
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