How To Say “Thank You” With Hostess Gifts That Aren’t Boring

Gifts For The Hostess

Do you have holiday parties to attend this year but don’t want to show up empty-handed? The season for get-togethers and celebrations is nearly upon us! I love to thank the hostess of any size gathering with a little something special. Now’s a great time to have a few hostess gifts handy for those inevitable invites. OR to find something personal for the woman that loves to entertain and throws a chic soiree! These gifts range from something you can bring for a last-minute dinner invite to more substantial hostess gifts for a weekend stay with friends. Oh, and our picks are perfect for white elephant parties, gift exchanges, friends, co-workers, and teachers too!

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Cheese Board Favorites

If you are staying at a friend's house for the weekend or need a more substantial hostess gift, this cheese board gift set with specialty honey, mustard, bruschetta, and tapenade would make any hostess happy. You could even include a loaf of fresh bread. The packaging is pretty too!

Perfect For Treats

I usually grab holiday plates each season and then use them for baked goods or cookies that I either bring to a party or deliver to neighbors/friends. This is a set of 4 so's 4 gifts in one!

Coast In With Coasters

Coast into a party with these modern monogrammed coasters and your hostess will be thrilled you took the time to think ahead!

Pretty Side Dish

You could fill this oven-safe casserole snowflake dish and wood trivet set with your favorite side dish, nuts, or chocolate. Just add a pretty ribbon and you're good to go.

Who Doesn't Love Macarons?!

Macarons are such a pretty and indulgent treat! These salted caramel French cookies look amazing and taste even better! Truth be told, I order one box every year, but they rarely make it out of the house.

Keep It Clean

This set of triple-milled soaps comes with a single initial or three-letter monogram of your choice...and they're under $30!

Wine Please

If you want to bring something other than your favorite bottle of wine, this decanter would be a lovely gift for any host or hostess.

Sweet Tooth

These Sugarfina strawberry champagne bears are perfect for the hostess with a sweet tooth. The set comes with 4 individually wrapped boxes so you can spread the joy and even keep one for yourself. A great stocking stuffer too!

More Than Just Pretty

Pie is especially popular over the holidays and bringing one to a party in this ruffled pie dish is doubly sweet. The unique design distributes and retains heat evenly (so it's not JUST pretty) and the ruffled edge actually simplifies cutting and removing a slice.

Tried & True Towels

William Sonoma makes the best kitchen towels. They last forever and wash really well. You could wrap one around a bottle of wine and add a ribbon for a hostess gift. This set of 2 has you covered for 2 parties!

Personal Touch

A cheese board is not only a thoughtful gift, but you can bring it to your gathering loaded up with fruits, crackers, cheese or pumpkin bread and leave it behind as a sweet surprise for the host. I love the unique and modern monogram and wood and marble on this one! It would also make a great housewarming gift.

BEST Holiday Scent!

This cult-favorite Tymes Frazier Fir scent is amazing! It doesn't have that super strong pine's just clean and lovely. The diffuser or candle would be beautiful gifts. Linked both!

For The Charcuterie Connoisseur

If you know someone who loves a good charcuterie board, this deck of 50 styling cards has unique and unexpected suggestions for creatively arranging food platters. This would be cool to pull out in a pinch when you need some appetizer inspo!

Conversation Starter!

This is a cool game for a smaller dinner party or family dinner. The 135 thought-provoking questions encourage thoughtful conversations AND make for a great icebreaker! This might be handy to keep around if the dinner topic turns to something like.... politics or the weather ; )

Dog Lovers Delight

Is your hostess a dog lover? This coffee table book has the most unique, elevated and artistic photography of man's (or woman's!) best friend. The cover image says it all!
Meet the writer's series, home writer, Susan Harold
Susan Harold
Susan is the Busbee Style Digital Content Editor and a contributing writer. She has spent the last 25 years working in the magazine publishing industry as a content, circulation, and marketing consultant. Susan resides in sunny San Diego, CA with her husband and pathetically perfect pup, Rusty, and loves visiting with her 2 sons when they're home from college. With a passion for pretty things, witty words, travel, and all things family, writing HOME content comes naturally because, truth be told, her homebody game is strong! There’s no place like home!
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17 thoughts on “How To Say “Thank You” With Hostess Gifts That Aren’t Boring

  1. Susan, I purchased some cheese board gift sets with specialty honey, mustard, bruschetta, and tapenade for friends, and they loved this gift. They did comment on the pretty packaging too! One said she couldn’t wait to try the honey and walnuts on Brie and the bruschetta on garlic toast.

    1. Hi Rachel, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m SO glad your friends enjoyed the cheese board sets. Your friends sound like my kind of people : ) Happy Holidays to you!! ~Susan

  2. OH, also love the Dogs coffee table book. I have the “Chanel” book from that series and it’s gorgeous.

    1. You are the sweetest, Julie! Can’t go wrong with a beautiful coffee table book, right? Thanks again! xx Susan

  3. These are such great ideas. I usually only see one or two things I like from any particular gift guide, but I really like a lot of these ideas and I think I’ll use some of these for relatives. I love the Cheese Board Deck, cheese board favorites, the coasters and more. I think I’ll get the conversation starters for myself. Those would be really fun for a holiday gathering.

    1. Thank you, Julie! So glad you found this gift guide helpful. We SO appreciate your sweet comment. The cheese board deck is great to pull out when trying to find some appetizer inspo for sure! Have a fabulous week! xx Susan

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