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25 Host or Hostess Gifts that Work Every Time (Promise!)

updated Aug 26, 2020
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You already know the importance of bringing a small token of appreciation to all of your hosts. Maybe you’re sick of those standard issue gifts though—a bottle of wine, a plate of cookies. Well, if you’re shopping for someone who has seen it all, you’ve come to the right place. These picks are useful, stylish, and a little more unexpected than traditional options. Start bookmarking or stocking up on these no-fail host gifts now and all of your gifting will go so much smoother.

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Uncommon Goods

Spice up your favorite host’s life with this hot sauce variety pack that is bound to please adventurous foodies. If you’re looking to give friends a smaller token of thanks, you could divvy up the five-pack as you please.

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Pottery Barn

This affordable gold and marble coaster set is classic and chic. Select a design featuring your friend’s first or last initial. This is also a sweet way to honor a newly married couple if both partners share the same name.

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This Instagram-trendy scalloped dish works with just about any decor style, be it modern or traditional or something in between. Your host will love displaying it on the coffee table or using it to corral odds and ends on a dresser.

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World Market

Gift your host a top-of-the-line eyemask that will help them unwind and relax. Rest assured—this little nighttime luxury is bound to please even the most restless of sleepers.

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Urban Outfitters

If your host appreciates a unique piece, this hand-painted woven catchall is a no-brainer. It can be used for keys on an entry console or for rings next to a sink.

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Any vino lover will appreciate this handy gadget that ensures their favorite blend tastes as flavorful as possible. How fancy!

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Presenting your host with a plant (seasonally specific or not) is always a thoughtful gesture. Companies like Bloomscape make it easy to pick out the perfect green friend without leaving your house. This philodendron is hearty so not to worry if your friend is a first-time plant parent.

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Dried grasses are having a major moment in decor, and this pampas would look lovely tied up with a festive ribbon or paired with a ceramic vase. If your host loves all things boho, this bouquet will be a hit and will last forever.

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Williams Sonoma

Baking is always a calming way to spend an afternoon. Your sweet-toothed host will certainly appreciate having a fun bread mix at the ready to whip up whenever the time is right.

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Make someone's mornings feel a little brighter with a fun swirled mug that will elevate even the most ordinary at-home cup of coffee. Gift a set of two or pair one with a fancy bag of beans or grinds.

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Who couldn’t use a new oven mitt or two? This practical set will certainly get plenty of use, whether your host is an occasional cook or whips up gourmet meals on the regular.

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Burt’s Bees products have remained a trusted fave over the years, and their offerings are especially useful during the dry winter season. Your hostess will appreciate this at-home pampering kit that includes all of the essentials for caring for hands and feet.

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The Grommet

A corkscrew is a handy solution anyone can start using right away. Pair it with a seasonal bottle of wine to take this simple gift the extra mile.

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Diffusers are a popular choice for the living room, bathroom, home office—you name it! If your host loves candles, this is bound to be a hit and can be placed anywhere. Nest is known for its top-of-the-line scents that don’t totally break the bank.

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Bed Bath & Beyond

This cheeky bottle topper is bound to make someone smile and feel ready for winter. Everyone could use an extra little touch of whimsy in their homes, and this item will deliver!

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Pretty serving utensils like these are bound to get endless use over the next several years. While this is a pricier gift, it’s the perfect, practical solution for the people who have basically everything.

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This splurge-worthy gift is bound to delight your host and is a thoughtful present for someone selfless who deseres a little me time. The waffle-knit fabric is lightweight but cozy and is the perfect lounging solution.

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Your host can serve drinks on this versatile tray or place it on the coffee table to corral candles, matches, and remotes. The faux marbleized finish is easy to wipe clean, so it’ll definitely stand up to a lot of use.

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West Elm

Instead of flowers, bring a gorgeous vase. These half-dipped stoneware vases are perfect for someone who appreciates a minimalist vibe. Even empty, one would look great on a bookshelf.

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The right vessel can take an already amazing candle to the next level. We love this chic twist on everyone’s favorite scent, Volcano from Capri Blue. This metallic tin will look oh-so-stylish when placed on a coffee table or dresser. And the scent, if you haven’t smelled it, is amazing—citrusy and sweet without being cloying.

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If you know your host makes a mean Old Fashioned, a set of special rocks glasses certainly won’t go unused. This crystal pair was developed by a mixologist for Riedel, so they have smart design details like an etched pour line and fluting for easy holding.

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World Market

Who knew a cheese plate could look so fancy? With their gilded finish, this trio of tools, which includes a flat knife, fork-tipped spear, and spade, lets your host serve all types of cheeses in style.

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So many of our favorite photos are just sitting on our camera rolls. Take that burden off your host by uploading a fun snap of theirs from Instagram to Framebridge, which will print, mat, and custom frame it for starting at just $39. Be sure to order framed photos as soon as possible, since there will be some lead time.

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Chilling stones aren’t a new concept—they’ve been popping up in artisanal cocktails for the past few years, keeping drinks cold without diluting them. But this gadget takes the idea a step further by adding a suction base to the stone so it stays put while you drink. It’s a small design tweak that makes all the difference.