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There's so much more to hostess gifts than a bottle of wine or a bouquet of deli flowers. If you take a little extra time to search for a unique present for your host, you'll be sure to make a real impression. Score major brownie points by showing friends, parents, and in-laws that you’ve spent the time and effort to find a personalized way to thank them.
Even if you’re planning to help your host cook up a storm or be the star conversationalist at the gathering, it’s still nice to come with something thoughtful in hand, and that’s where we come in. Think about grabbing a spice set for your favorite gourmand, a cozy scarf that your best friend will love, or a cool new personalized bowl for the proud dog parent. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite finds that show your thanks and are guaranteed to get you an invite to the next party.
Here, the best hostess gifts.
Salt by Hendrix Clean Rose Soak
Flowers are a great gift for any occasion, but you know what lasts longer? Floral bath accessories. This beautiful bottle is filled with pretty petals and pink French clay so your host can enjoy a relaxing soak after they've finished entertaining. If you want to create the ultimate spa gift, pair the salts with a patterned hand towel or a cedar handled brush.
Williams Sonoma Dipping Oils Gift Set
The quintessential gift for people who love to entertain, this set includes two delicious dipping oils—toasted garlic with red chile and a Mediterranean herb blend with aged balsamic—along with petite ceramic plates. Just add a crusty loaf of fresh bread and they'll be good to go.
Leather Photo Frame
This personalized Italian leather frame will inspire your host reason to go through their iPhone photos and choose a favorite one to print. If you’re feeling nostalgic, go find a great photo of the two (or three or four) of you and place it in the frame before you wrap it up.
Looking for more great photo gifts? Take a peek at our round-up of best photo gifts.
Tique Stone Elderflower Vetiver Onyx Brass Candle
Candles are a go-to gift for any host, but because of this sometimes they can feel a little impersonal. This one, however, is going to be the talk of any party thanks to its sophisticated brass and onyx design and earthy woody scent.
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Metrokane Rabbit Clear Ice Cube Tray
For serious mixologists, consider a specialty ice tray. It makes four crystal-clear cubes to create a professional-looking drink. Pair the gift with a bottle of special bourbon or a set of cool double old fashioned glasses.
Want more products to help make a great cocktail? Take a look at the best products you need for the perfect bar cart.
Binging with Babish by Andrew Rea
This entertaining book, based on the wildly-popular Youtube channel, features favorite movie and television-inspired recipes. Gift your host the chance to try the iconic chocolate babka from Seinfeld or Bubba’s shrimp from Forrest Gump.
For more must-have cookbooks that make great gifts, check out at our list of best cookbooks for newlyweds.
City of Saints Whole Bean Single Origin Coffee
The green packaging is eye-catching but these roasts are more than just a pretty bag—one is filled with fragrant Arabica coffee ground in Brooklyn. Choose from the malt, cranberry and pumpkin-infused Shyira blend or the Hambela bag with blueberry, cream and cotton candy notes.
Picnic Time Insulated Potluck Casserole Tote
We love the idea of baking something to bring to a dinner or party and placing it in this tote to bring with you. When you get there, you can gift your host the whole thing— along with a cute casserole or pie dish inside. They’ll think of you every time they use it (which will be a ton).