The 36 Best Hostess Gifts

Show your love and appreciation with these thoughtful presents.

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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.

Our Top Picks
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Salt by Hendrix Clean Rose Soak

Salt by Hendrix Clean Rose Soak

 Courtesy of Verishop

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.

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The Painted Press Personalized Dish

painted plate

 Courtesy of Etsy

This pretty little dish is something your host will appreciate, whether it's used to store jewelry, keys or other odds and ends. They'll think of you every time they see it!

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Williams Sonoma Dipping Oils Gift Set

olive oil gift set

 Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

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.

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Trabelsi Wood Design Personalized Wooden Spoons

wooden spoons

 Courtesy of Etsy

If your hosts are avid cooks or bakers, then they'll love this collection of handmade wooden kitchen utensils. The set of five includes a spatula, ladle and three sizes of spoons. Add a monogram or a sweet message for an extra touch.

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Haley Warner Tropical Wishes Personalized Stationery

personalized stationary

 Courtesy of Minted 

One can never have enough personalized stationery—your host will swoon over these cards covered in foil-pressed fronds. They can also use them later to send you a thank you note for the great gift.

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Leather Photo Frame

Leather Photo Frame

 Courtesy of Mark & Graham 

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.

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Tique Stone Elderflower Vetiver Onyx Brass Candle

Tique Stone Elderflower Vetiver Onyx Brass Candle

 Courtesy of Verishop

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.

If you're looking for the best home scents, don't miss our list of amazing home scents you need in your life.

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Di Martino Hand Wrapped Spaghetti Pasta

Di Martino Hand Wrapped Spaghetti Pasta

 Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Spaghetti, but make it fashion. This pasta isn’t your average noodle because it’s wrapped in a custom Dolce & Gabanna print. As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to love carbs.

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The Spicy Goods Gift Set

The Spicy Goods Gift Set

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This cool set of graphic bottles contains two hot sauces and a chili-spiced honey. They'll love drizzling the honey on pizza or adding the garlic habanero sauce to sandwiches.

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Minted Bold Botanical Mitt & Potholder Set

Bold Botanical Mitt & Potholder Set

Courtesy of Minted

Oven mitts and potholders do need to be upgraded, preferably before they tear and become unsafe. Do your host a favor and gift them a new set covered in a Scandinavian-inspired floral pattern— it's both functional and pretty.

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La Boite Mini Spices Set

La Boite Mini Spices Set

 Courtesy of Amazon

Hosts of the world, spice up your life! Lior Lev Sarcarz is a master spice blender based in New York and this set is made up of some of his best work. These versatile blends can be used to augment everything from dinner to desserts and cocktails.

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Pocketed Boucle Scarf

Scarf with Pocket

 Courtesy of Anthropologie

Hostess gifts don't have to be entertaining related! Your friend, MIL and honestly anyone will be psyched to get something fashionable, cozy and just for them. Did we mention it has pockets?

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Acrylic Tic Tac Toe Game Set

Acrylic Tic Tac Toe Game Set

 Courtesy of Mark & Graham

Impress the game-night aficionado with this personalized acrylic set. This glam set is a classy and cool addition to any coffee table.

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Modern Sprout Lavender Indoor Grow Kit

Modern Sprout Lavender Indoor Grow Kit

 Courtesy of Verishop

Your host can start growing their very own pot of lavender this self-watering pot. It's a foolproof way for both people who are getting started and for all the green thumbs out there.

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Wooden Acacia Pet Bowl

Wooden Acacia Pet Bowl

 Courtesy of Mark & Graham

Every pet parent thinks that their baby is the absolute cutest (although we’re sure yours is actually the cutest). Gift your host (and their furry friend) this etched acacia wood set and watch them both race to get their paws on it.

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Metrokane Rabbit Clear Ice Cube Tray

Metrokane Rabbit Clear Ice Cube Tray

 Courtesy of Amazon

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.

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Indigo Diamond Catch All Pouch Set

Indigo Diamond Catch All Pouch Set

 Courtesy of Minted

Who doesn’t love a pouch? They're perfect for keeping purses organized or on their own as a nice clutch. These bold shibori-style ones are made of cotton with contrasting-color zippers and personalized leather tag.

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Shiraleah Agate Coasters

Shiraleah Agate Coasters

Courtesy of Zola

These are no ordinary coasters. Made of gorgeous naturally-veined agate with gold edges, these are showpieces are almost too pretty to cover up with a wine glass.

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Mud Australia Serving Bowl

Mud Australia Serving Bowl

Courtesy of Food 52

You can never have enough pretty serving pieces— gifting a beautiful bowl is an easy way to delight your host. They’ll totally dig this handcrafted porcelain piece because it fits in with any kind of decor and makes a bold statement on their table.

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Dried Magnolia Bouquet

Dried Magnolia Bouquet

 Courtesy of Anthropologie

This bouquet of dried magnolia, salal and ruscus is anything but expected. The gilded leaves will instantly glam up a table and since it’s dried it’s sure to last way longer than your New Year’s resolutions.

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Rabbit Aerating Decanter System

Aerating Decanter System

 Courtesy of Zola

Impress oenophiles with this two-in-one crystal decanter that’s as chic as it is practical. Simply pour a bottle of red through the top—the wine will filter down the side of the glass, picking up oxygen on the way down.

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Binging with Babish by Andrew Rea

Binging with Babish by Andrew Rea

Courtesy of Amazon

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.

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Brooklyn Brew Shop Italian Fresh Cheese Making Kit

Brooklyn Brew Shop Italian Fresh Cheese Making Kit

Courtesy of Zola

This box comes with all the ingredients they’ll need to craft mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, and mascarpone— just add milk.

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Georgia Bosson Screen Printed Tray

Georgia Bosson Screen Printed Tray

 Courtesy of Etsy

You’ll feel confident about showing up for any shindig with a tray that’s tres chic (see what we did there?). Mid-century modern buffs will love the modern design, which is screen printed by hand on every birchwood piece.

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Areaware Little Puzzle Thing

Areaware Little Puzzle Thing

 Courtesy of Amazon

When you’ve been invited to spend the weekend at someone’s house, it’s nice to show up with something entertaining. This larger-than-life cocktail puzzle has 70+ pieces, so it’s probably smart to get it started before you’ve imbibed too much.

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City of Saints Whole Bean Single Origin Coffee

City of Saints Whole Bean Single Origin Coffee

 Courtesy of Food52

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.

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Aerin Leon Cheese Knives

Leon Cheese Knives

 Courtesy of Zola

Cheese lovers will totally melt when they open up this beautiful knife set designed by Aerin Lauder. We love the luxe brass finish and the sculptural twisted handles.

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Picnic Time Insulated Potluck Casserole Tote

Insulated Potluck Casserole Tote

 Courtesy of Food52

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).

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Scout Berry Shop Eco-Friendly Turkish Tea Towels

Eco-Friendly Turkish Tea Towels

 Courtesy of Etsy

A dainty floral tea towel is a nice little reminder of home—it may even encourage your hosts to to cook up some of their home state’s iconic dishes.

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Le Labo Santal 33 Hand and Body Lotion

Santal 33 Hand and Body Lotion

 Courtesy of Nordstrom 

This warm cardamom and violet accord scent is a cult favorite of beauty bloggers. The lotion not only smells amazing but is enriched with vitamin E, vitamin A, aloe vera and olive oil for super soft skin.

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Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist

 Courtesy of Verishop

Chances are, it’ll be hard to fall asleep after a long day (or weekend) of entertaining, so give your host a hand. This mist spray is packed with essential oils to help them achieve sweet dreams with a few spritzes.

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Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

 Courtesy of Amazon

We can think of no better way to celebrate any gathering. Great memories are saved instantly with a click and then printed on the spot for friends to take home with them as a little parting gift.

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Pyramid Cheese Grater

Pyramid Cheese Grater

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Can we all pause for a minute to appreciate how a cheese grater could be this beautiful? This shiny stainless design has four shredding options for all of your cheesy needs.

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Artifact Uprising Brass and Wood Display Box

Brass and Wood Display Box

 Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

Photo gifts have come a long way since the face-printed mugs of the 2000’s. Fill this elegant brass and wood box with photos you’ve printed of you and your host for a gift that will give them the full picture of your gratitude.

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Little Legends Alphabet Book

Little Legends Alphabet Book

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Hostess gifts are all about making life easier or better for the host, and that definitely means bringing something that will delight and distract the kids. The pages are packed with tiny titans who are sure to inspire little ones and grownups alike.

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Mark and Graham Leather Charger Rollup

Leather Charger Rollup

Courtesy of Mark & Graham 

This stylish and durable cord cover will keep all of their chargers in check. It’s the perfect gift for frequent flyers.

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