34 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 or a bouquet of flowers are nice gestures. But nice can also be a bit generic. 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. Here are our picks for the best hostess gifts that go beyond a basic bottle of wine.
Flowers are a universal language for a lot of sentiments — thank you, thinking of you, love you, etc. But if you want to truly share your appreciation for your host or hostess, why not gift them a personalized vase to go with it? This dipped ceramic pitcher with a monogram is the ideal way to show your gratitude. Use it to hold flowers, utensils, serve beverages, and more.
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!
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.
Maximize your charcuterie makings with this multi-level, bamboo cheese board. This 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 entertainer 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.
Key to Healthiness
There's more to this stylish keychain that meets the eye. Use it to avoid touching dirty surfaces like pin pads or touch screens. It also doubles as a hook for opening germy doors and handles. It's sure to get lots of use no matter who you give it to.
Oil Be There
Bring a bottle of something that stands out. Any food lover will put this extra virgin olive oil to good use. The Governor EVOO is award-winning for its flavor and high-phenolic content, which is a compound that's directly related to the many health benefits of olive oil.
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, making it 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 addicting treat. Believe me when I say, they won't last long — savor every bite!
Drinks on Me
For the party host who is always trying to save their coffee table, this set of monogrammed coasters from Fleur De Lis Living is the gift they need. The coasters are crafted from sandstone with a cork backing for a naturally absorbent coaster with a personalized touch.
Give the gift that keeps on giving with this reusable infusion bottle from One Savvy Girl. This sleek and slim bottle is made with shatterproof and BPA-free Tritan plastic, and it's perfectly sized to fit in cup holders. Simply add fresh or frozen fruits and quench your thirst in style.
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 — hand crafted from a dense, hardwood with a beautiful swirling design.
This Nashville-based candle company recently released their Wonder collection, which 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.
Spread the Love
Sweet jams, zesty mustards, and savory spreads come perfectly packaged in a festive box that's perfect for gifting. All products in this holiday sampler collection are made in the U.S. by the award-winning gourmet food producers at Stonewall Kitchen.
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 Mud Pie circa spreader set engraved with witty food puns. You butter buy it.
Find out why these plush throws from Barefoot Dreams have somewhat of a cult following. Available in a variety of colors, this throw will make any house feel homey. Take it from one five-star reviewer who says, "I've grown to believe this is the standard in casual throws. The hand of the knitted material is without parallel."
In a Nutshell
Handcrafted in small batches from lightly-roasted California almonds, this almond butter from Enzo's table is not your run-of-the-mill nut butter. Treat your host to this gourmet spread for use on anything from apples to pancakes.
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.
For the hostess who's always sharing horoscopes, this trinket box features a display of each astrological sign's constellation on the lid, with astrological traits on the inside.
No Place Like Home
Every hostess needs a bottle opener on hand, and this wall-mounted opener doubles as state pride decor. Each piece is hand cut from birth plywood and stained chestnut brown, with a rustic cast-iron bottle opener.
Sip in Style
These classic monogram mugs from Anthropolgie are a fan favorite. The mug features a letter of the alphabet in traditional typeface, each with a unique, intricate design. Plus, they're just $10 each.
Home Happy Hour
Hosting happy hour might not look the same this year, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Make the most of your virtual happy hours with this travel-sized cocktail kit that includes aromatic bitters, cane sugar, a desk-size bar spoon and muddler, a recipe card, and a linen coaster.