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! It’s always nice 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 who 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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Gifts for the hostess, Erin Busbee, Busbee Style

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Breakfast Is Served!

If you are staying at a friend's house for the weekend or need a more substantial hostess gift, this Sunday Morning gift set would make any hostess happy. It includes gourmet breakfast treats, a pretty candle and tea towel, and the packaging is REALLY pretty!

Who Doesn't Love Macarons?!

Macarons are such a pretty and indulgent treat! This variety pack of Almond, Chocolate, and Salted Caramel French cookies look amazing and taste even better. This might be one of those buy one, keep one situations!

Perfect For Treats

One of our favorite tips is to grab holiday-themed plates each season and then use them for baked goods or cookies that you can either bring to a party or deliver to neighbors/friends. This is a set of 4 so's 4 gifts in one! So much better than a paper plate or plastic baggie!

Pretty Side Dish

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

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!

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!

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. She'll love the unique and modern monogram and wood and marble on this one! It would also make a great housewarming gift.

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.

BEST Holiday Scent!

This cult-favorite Thymes 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!

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!

Pop The Bubbly

These Sugarfina Dom Pérignon vintage champagne flavored gummy 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!

Just Add Bread

This olive oil gift set makes a lovely hostess gift. You could add a loaf of French bread or some gourmet crackers for dipping!

Cozy Conversation Starter!

This is a cool game for a smaller dinner party or family dinner. The Hygge Game is all about bringing people together by encouraging friends and family to share their stories and bond over discussions of the big and small things in life. This might be handy to keep around if the dinner topic turns to something like.... politics or the weather ;)

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.

For The Home Cook

If your hostess loves to cook, she’ll love this new cookbook from Alex Guarnaschelli. It includes 300 recipes for the home cook with everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to delish deserts and cocktails.
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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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