Surprise Your Hostess With These Special Gift Ideas
Picking the perfect hostess gift is easily one of the most stress-inducing parts of the holiday season. That's why we decided to do the hard work for you and round up our favorite non-generic gifts that will be sure to cement your status as Most Thoughtful Guest. From a hand-crafted candle to hand-pressed stationary, these will be sure to please any type of hostess.
Harry & David Fruit Basket Delivery
“Pears are not my favorite fruit. But these are undeniably delicious and I couldn’t stop eating them. We got them as a gift but I think I need to go out and buy some for myself next time…” —Cricket Lengyel, graphic designer
Claus Porto Confetti Guest Soap Box
“I call this the hostess gift that guarantees you’ll get an invitation to return! No one ever buys themselves nice hand soaps, so anyone will appreciate receiving this set of 15 pretty Claus Porto soaps, which are made entirely from vegetable oils and shea butter, so they’re natural and moisturizing. And I love that they’re packaged to look like a box of macarons—gives the gift that special little touch!” —Victoria Kirby, content creator and brand consultant
McGee and Co French Stripe Tray
Sarah Olivo has these trays in a variety of colors and sizes, saying that they are “so simple, chic, and easy to clean.” What hostess wouldn’t appreciate that? Jade Cunningham Swears By this “perfect navy” that’s “versatile” and adds “a fun pop of interest” to any entertaining setup.
2015 Roth Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
“Maybe my favorite full-bodied red. Thick and rich, and not too pricey.” —Zoe Chapin, producer
Michael Aram Gold Orchid Candle
“I love to give (and receive) this candle as a hostess gift – it doubles as a decorative container with lid when the candle burns out!” —Tina Alster, cosmetic dermatologist
Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board
“Love this as a hostess gift! So great for entertaining.” —Michelle Piccolo, cooking blogger
Mariage Freres Tea Paris-Ginza
“I love tea, and Mariage Freres is one of the best tea makers you will find in the world. They’re Parisian, and the Paris-Ginza blend is a black tea with these beautiful caramel notes in it. Both Paris and Japan are places that I feel a strong affinity to (even though I’ve never been to Japan and I go to Paris every year!), and this is a tea that brings the two cities of Paris and Ginza together. It’s a great tea.” —Natasha Nyanin, writer, creative consultant
“I’ve been on a mission to write a thank you note every day this year (follow along on Instagram at @thankyouyear), and to make the project manageable I have themed my months (friends, neighbors, travel, food…). I recently tackled “books,” and for my favorite writers I splurged on traditional Florentine stationary, which I bought on Etsy. (I fell in love with this print while studying abroad in Florence.) There’s also a fancy version I love from Crane. These would make special holiday cards, too, as a change from the standard family picture. A PSA for anyone who wants to embark on their own #thankyouyear: Good stationary is nice but definitely not necessary. I picked up a box of 200 American Greetings cards and envelopes in rainbow colors at Target for just $18, and those work just fine.” —Gina Hamadey, founder of Penknife Media, Inc. and former travel editor at Food & Wine
Woodbury Bowl from Simon Pearce
“I have all four sizes. And several of the smallest size. I use them to hold nuts or olives when I’m entertaining. Or they are filled with seasonal candy that my kids enjoy. The larger sizes I use as fruit bowls on my counter and as a salad serving bowl. They are classic and contemporary. I have had them for 20 years and the design and quality have endured time.” —Kristin Peterson Edwards, art consultant
Beverly Series | The Aestate
“Basically, this print is everything! My fave watercolor style, The Aestate has a few different prints in this series. If you shop through Society 6, you can get this on more than 15 products such as pillows, wallpaper, towels, trays and more. So good!” —Rebecca Orlov, website designer
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