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How To | Nov 26, 2018

The Ten Best Hostess Gifts to Give This Season

How ToNov 26, 2018

The Ten Best Hostess Gifts to Give This Season

Ask any good houseguest and they’ll tell you nothing says “thank you” quite like an awesome hostess gift. However, finding the right present to give—especially when you’re busy traveling for the holidays—can be tricky.

So to help make your gifting go a whole lot easier this season, we rounded up a few of our all-time favorite hostess gifts. From champagne-flavored gummy bears to cashmere and lambswool throw, here are ten hostess gifts that are way cooler than a humdrum bottle of wine—or showing up empty-handed.

1. The Cult Classics at Milk Bar, $80

Few things can bring a smile to a hostess’ face like some delicious (and adorable) sugary sweets. The Cult Classics variety pack from Milk Bar offers a solid mix of Christina Tosi’s iconic desserts, including Crack Pie and Compost Cookies, and ships straight to your hostess’ door (in beautiful packaging).

2. Cards Against Humanity at CAH, $25

Nothing gets a party started quite like a game of Cards Against Humanity. Gift your hostess with a fun party game for their guests to enjoy and you’ll certainly score an invite to the next shindig.  

3. AM to PM Candle Set at Brooklinen, $59

With scents ranging from an ocean-inspired fragrance to notes of bourbon and blood orange, this clever set of candles will make your hostess’ home smell amazing from morning ‘til night.

4. The Great Escape Face Mask Set at Fresh, $75

If your hostess deserves a spa day after being so accommodating, then we have the gift for you. The Great Escape Face Mask Set from Fresh comes with four of the brand’s bestselling masks—for exfoliating, hydrating, firming, and brightening dull skin—in an elegant, travel-friendly box to boot.

5. Tank Ice Bucket Platinum Stripe & Tongs at Tom Dixon, $250

This eye-catching striped glass ice bucket is made with hand-applied platinum and even comes with a coordinating pair of tongs—making it a must-have for the party-throwing hostess with the most-est.

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6. Deliverable Houseplants at The Sill, $29.50+

Brighten up your hostess’ home with a little greenery. The Sill offers an impressive selection of affordable (and shippable) houseplants, ranging from pet-friendly ferns in sleek planters to a trio of small succulents in tiny pots.

7. Luxe Hardore Sheet Bundle at Brooklinen, $228

Give your hostess the gift of a good night’s sleep and she’ll never think twice about letting you crash for the weekend again.

8. Gift Subscription at Birchbox, $30+

The only thing better than gifting a 3-month subscription to Birchbox (which ships a personalized box of beauty goods straight to your hostess’ door) is giving a 6-month one.

9. Bordered Correspondence Cards at Smythson, $35

Don’t be surprised if you get a handwritten thank you card in the mail after gifting your hostess this adorable stationary.

10. Cashmere and Lambswool Throw Blanket at Brooklinen, $249

This extra soft cashmere and wool throw blanket says thank you in style.

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A good hostess gift is one that keeps on giving. While flowers and bottles of wine will definitely do the trick, with a little creativity and planning, you can have an assortment of superior thank you gift


Caroline is a writer living in New York City. She contributes regularly to publications including The New York Times, AD, and Apartment Therapy. When she’s not covering the latest in art, interiors, and design, she’s usually playing music, watering (and talking to) her plants, or hanging with her rescue bunnies, Daisy and Daffodil. You can find more of her work at carolinecameronb.com.

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