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Hostess Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Use

Get ready for party season with these 10 unique and thoughtful hostess gift ideas.

Oct 29, 2019

‘Tis the season for celebrations! Whether its a Halloween shindig, a Friendsgiving potluck, or a holiday soiree, the invitations are bound to be flooding your inbox in the coming weeks. Your hosting friends and family will inevitably be inundated with wine, flowers, and chocolates, so why not think outside the box and give them something a little different this year, something they’ll actually use for years to come? Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas for hosts and hostesses this holiday season:

Ridiculously soft towels

Help them turn their bathroom into a spa with this plush pair of hand towels. One of our bestsellers, they’re made of 100% Turkish cotton. 

A keepsake box

This lovely little keepsake box is guaranteed to add a stroke of elegance to any surface, from a shelf to a vanity. Made of white marble, its neutral enough to appeal to any taste. 

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Moscow Mule mugs

Who doesn’t love a refreshing Moscow Mule? These 100% copper mugs not only look cool, they’re perfect for keeping any kind of cocktail crisp and cold.

A decorative vase

Hand-painted in Guatemala, this graphic peacock-inspired vase will brighten their day, whether on its own or b rimming with blooms.

Patterned napkins

Handcrafted in India, these organic cotton napkins make a stylish statement with a bold hand-stamped pattern. They’re made using natural dyes and traditional wood-blocking techniques. 

Scented candles

The scented candle is a classic hostess gift that never goes out of style. Our collection of candles comes in a range of delectable aromas, from a sunlit rose garden to a cozy cabin in the woods.

Pretty snack bowls

These colorful, reactive-glaze snack bowls will come in handy to anyone who loves entertaining. They look fun and festive, and they’re great for setting out a delectable spread of nuts, dips, and other bites.

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Balsamic vinegar

Everyone needs a good bottle of balsamic in their cupboard to have on hand for cooking and drizzling. This delicious and high-quality Italian balsamic vinegar comes with the added bonus of an eye-catching bottle.

Tealight holders

We love these whimsical tealight holders, which are made from cast-iron. Display them on a shelf, side table, or mantel, and watch how they light up the room, with or without candles. 

Woven coasters

What better way to welcome the new year than with a set of coasters, which are handmade using a traditional Rwandan basket-weaving technique that symbolizes generosity, gratitude and compassion? 

Hosting is no small feat, so this holiday season, be sure to show your loved ones how much you appreciate their efforts with a gift they’ll never forget.


Written by Kamala Nair

Kamala Nair is a London-based writer. Her work has appeared in 1stdibs Introspective, Luxe Interiors + Design and architecturaldigest.com, among other publications. Read an excerpt of her debut novel, The Girl in the Garden (Grand Central Publishing, 2011) here: kamalanair.com.

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