Holiday party season is officially upon us, and one thing I have on my list is to purchase a few holiday hostess gifts!
With calendars filling up with holiday parties and events, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of party hopping. But don’t forget to show your appreciation for the person hosting the actual parties and holidays!
Hosting is. alot of fun, but it’s also a ton of work. A thoughtful hostess gift is always appreciated.
A little trick I learned from my mom: Purchase a few of these just to have them on hand. Then, when you’re invited to a holiday dinner party, you don’t even have to blink. You’re already covered and can grab your hostess’ gift on your way out the door!
If you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift, look no further! In this blog post, I’m sharing a holiday gift guide full of unique ideas that are sure to please your favorite hostess.
Whether she loves cooking or you know she could use a little indulgence and self-care this holiday season, we have something for her! So sit back, relax, and let me help you find the perfect gift.
Let’s get into my top hostess gift ideas this season!
Shop my holiday hostess gift picks below:
13 Holiday Hostess Gifts
Estelle Colored Glasses
Estelle Colored Glass is a great gift for the hostess who loves entertaining. I’ve been following their account on Instagram for years, and I’m absolutely obsessed with their aesthetic. My dream would be to have our entire wet bar filled with their beautifully colored glasses.
The glasses come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find something that fits your host’s taste perfectly. They’re hand-blown and made in France, so they make an elegant addition to any home. I’m currently drooling over the blush pink coupes.
When I’m hosting, I always appreciate receiving a nice bottle of wine! As a host, you can never have too much wine on hand. And whether the host wants to pop it open with dinner or keep it for themselves to enjoy after all the guests have gone home is up to them!
This season, I’m featuring family-owned Ehret Wine for my holiday hostess gift guide! They’ve been farming top-quality Bordeaux varietals since 1996, with many prestigious wineries in the Napa Valley using their grapes. In 2005, they decided to reserve their highest-quality grapes for their own brand, Ehret.
Both of these Cabs pair well with your usual holiday meals like a roast, rack of lamb, or stuffed portobello mushroom (for my vegetarians). You can read more about each wine’s tasting notes below.
P.S. Print out and add this Hostess with the Mostest tag to the bottle for a fun touch.
98 points – Best of Class – 2022 International Women`s Wine Competition
I just opened up the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon last night and really enjoyed its richness. This wine brings you in with a nose of freshly muddled blueberries and huckleberries. A slight sweetness evolves on the palate and gives way to some decent density. With notes of wet cedar, the wine reveals an interesting mix of flavors such as cranberries, cereal grains, and cocoa powder. She’s giving Bûche de Noël vibes, ready for the festivities of the holidays.
94 points – Beverage Testing Institute
I’m saving this one to pair with a roast on Christmas Eve and I cannot WAIT. Here’s what the winemaker has to say about their Hillside Reserve Cab:
The 2018 Hillside Reserve opens with a jolt of salinity that centers its core and allows the rest of its rich attributes to be draped luxuriously over its proud frame. A hint of cigar box on the nose transitions quickly to a blend of Jamon Iberico and quince paste. The fleshy palate, while velvety at first, lengthens
out to slowly reveal stalwart tannins. All that is left on the finish, is the perfume of dried, wild forest floor strawberries, and freshly crisped lardons.
Truff Hot Sauce
Give the hostess something they can use while entertaining friends and family…but she might want to just hide this one away and keep it for herself—it’s that good.
Truff hot sauce is an insanely delicious sauce that blends black truffles with chilies, garlic, and other spices. Perfect for topping off burgers, sandwiches, eggs (I could go on and on—I literally put it on everything), it’s sure to become her new go-to condiment.
The White Truffle hot sauce is my absolute favorite. Which reminds me, I’m running low and need to get myself more.
You can never go wrong with a gift that’s practical, thoughtful, and a little indulgent.
This Marble and Brass Monogram Cheese board from Williams-Sonoma is a great gift option for your holiday host. It has a sleek marble surface with a brass inlay that gives it a modern yet classic feel.
It’s big enough to serve all kinds of cheeses, crackers, bread, fruits, and other snacks for parties and gatherings. The monogram letter gives it a personalized touch, perfect for a thoughtful way to show your appreciation to the host.
Whether it’s used for serving up snacks or simply decorating their kitchen, this cheese board is so elegant, and in my opinion, you can never have enough fancy cheese boards.
For the hostess who loves to decorate for the holidays, Old World Christmas ornaments make a great gift. These beautiful glass ornaments come in countless designs and can be used as tree decorations or hung on mantles, doors, or windows. They’re sure to bring a festive touch to any home—I know these are my favorite types of ornaments on my Christmas tree.
Old World Christmas ornaments are some of my favorites to buy because they have tons of unique options and you can find something that’s personal and fun for the host. For example, after our trip to Costa Rica where we saw sloths, I got my sister this adorable sloth ornament.
Dish towels are an easy hostess gift, and you know the host will get good use out of them. I like to do seasonal/holiday ones like these Christmas ones on Williams Sonoma.
Who doesn’t love a gift basket full of yummy treats? Whether you go with sweet, savory, or a mix of both, your hostess will thank you!
Harry & David is my fav for gift baskets, and this holiday sweets basket is calling my name.
If you’re more of a DIY person, then this boozy hot chocolate gift kit would be cute!
A more modern take on a hostess gift, the Always Pan from Our Place is an all-in-one kitchen essential. This multipurpose pan can braise, sauté, steam, strain, fry, and even serve food.
The Always Pan is perfect for helping the host or hostess whip up something tasty in the kitchen! Plus it looks great with its sleek design and vibrant colors.
It’s one of those items that everyone wants in their kitchen, and people are always wondering if it’s worth the splurge (it is—read my best ceramic frying pans post here for more deets). So treat your hostess to it! They’ll love you forever.
Popcorn Seasoning Set
This popcorn seasoning set has a mix of savory and sweet flavors to sprinkle on your popcorn. I think it’s such a fun gift idea!
How stinkin’ cute are these cocktail picks?? I’m considering getting them for myself to have in our wet bar. If your host loves making martinis and fun cocktails, she’d be thrilled with these!
Equilibria Gift Set
The holidays can get stressful, especially if you’re hosting a big get-together. I’ve been a huge fan of Equilibria CBD for years, and they have some seriously gorgeous gift sets. (You can read my full Equilibria review post here)
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Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles Kit
This make your own chocolate truffles kit from Uncommon Goods would make a great hostess gift!
The kit is easy to use and lets you make melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles at home. Just melt the French dark chocolate morsels and customize them by mixing in any of the included coconut flakes, peppermint, vanilla, or Himalayan sea salt.
I love a good face mask, and with the dry, cold weather during the holidays, everyone could use some extra hydration. My mom just brought me this Ceramidin mask from Dr. Jart and I loved it! Read more about the benefits of sheet masks here.
Those are all my holiday hostess gift ideas! I know I’d be thrilled to receive any of these as a host.
If you’ve given or received something else as a hostess gift that you thought was super unique, let me know in a comment below!
Wine or something food/cooking related make for great hostess gifts during the holidays!
For a low-key gathering like a simple dinner party, $20 – $30 is appropriate. If you know it’ll be a fancier party or you’re combining it with a Christmas gift, $50 – $80.
Instead of contributing a dish for the meal, bring something you know the hostess will use and love!
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.