Gift Edit 2023

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

updated Nov 16, 2023
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You already know the importance of bringing a small token of appreciation to all of your hosts. After all, if there’s one faux pas to avoid at all costs, it’s showing up to someone’s home empty-handed. Maybe you’re sick of those standard issue gifts though — a bottle of wine, a plate of cookies, flowers (especially if they’re not already in a vase). Well, if you’re shopping for someone who has seen it all or has it all, you’ve come to the right place. We rounded up 30 host or hostess gift ideas that are useful, stylish, and a little more unexpected than the traditional go-tos. Plus, they span a variety of price points, so you can splurge if you want, or stick to budget-friendly faves that still more expensive than they are. 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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There's something so sophisticated about reusable napkins, especially when they're made from Parachute's 100-percent flax linen fabric. This set of two comes in a light bone color, as well as a striking striped pattern. They’re perfect for dinner parties or even for making Monday night dinners at home feel like a high-end occasion.

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was $119.00

This splurge-worthy gift is sure to delight your host and serves as a thoughtful present for someone selfless who deseres a little me-time. The robe's absorbent, 100-percent Turkish cotton fabric is lightweight but cozy. In short, your giftee will never want to take it off.

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Urban Outfitters

If your host appreciates a unique decor piece, this fabulous oyster-shaped 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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The right vessel can take an already amazing candle to the next level. Then again, Anthro’s signature, best-selling candle is always bound to impress. Volcano is a tropical, fruity scent that quite literally never gets old. It helps that the vessel is also stunning, making it a stylish piece of decor, as well.

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Presenting your host with a plant (seasonally specific or not) is always a thoughtful gesture, and companies like Easyplant make it easy to pick out the perfect green friend without leaving your house. This philodendron has heart-shaped leaves, making it a cute accent for shelves and tables alike. It's also self-watering and quite hearty, so don't worry if your friend is a first-time plant parent.

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Williams Sonoma

If your host has complained of having too much clutter around the house, gift them something edible. These handmade, handpainted small-batch chocolate truffles are a treat for the eyes as much as the belly, and they won't last long. The little treasures are made with single-origin dark and milk chocolate and come in a festive red gift box.

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Food-shaped decor has been all the rage lately, and Food52 is a prime destination for stocking up. They specifically have a few of these fun Cody Foster ornaments, which make wonderful gifts for anyone who's planning on putting a tree up. This martini-shaped ornament is a bonafide compliment-getter, and it's much classier than some other foods.

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Mark & Graham

No barware collection is complete without a wine chiller, and Mark & Graham has you covered with this pretty scalloped marble piece. You can even add an optional monogram to officially wow the host on your gift list.

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TJ Maxx

Dried grasses have been having a major moment in decor, and this pampas would look lovely in any home, regardless of the host's style.That being said, if your host loves all things boho, they'll especially enjoy this bouquet and want to keep it forever.

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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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Smithey Ironware Co.

How stunning is this potholder from Smithey? Hand-stitched and branded with the brand logo over high-grade suede, the potholder can also be used as a trivet, making it a durable, multi-use addition to any kitchen.

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Pottery Barn
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This affordable wood 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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Who knew a cheese plate could look so fancy? This trio comes with a knife for every type of cheese — soft, medium-hard, and hard — so your favorite host will never crush a wheel of Brie or hack at a block of Parmesan again.

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Any vino-lover will appreciate this handy aerator, which ensures that their favorite red tastes as flavorful as possible. Plus, the gadget is a much more unique gift idea than just getting them a bottle. How fancy!

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This Instagram-famous scalloped dish works with just about any decor style, be it modern, 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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Pretty serving utensils like these are bound to get endless use over the next several years. With their hand-carved acacia construction and eye-catching twisted handles, the spoons are the perfect, practical solution for the host who has everything.

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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, too, so it’ll definitely stand up to a lot of use.

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Rifle Paper Co.

So many of our favorite photos are just sitting in our camera rolls. Take that burden off your host by framing a fun snap of theirs in this floral decor piece from Rifle Paper Co. The frame's gold accents and delicate motif make it a pleasant departure from simple monochromatic frames.

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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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Williams Sonoma

A corkscrew is a handy solution that anyone can start using right away. This one from Williams Sonoma is perfect, plus it's one of their more budget-friendly options. Once folded, it takes up barely any space. Pair it with a seasonal bottle of wine to take this simple gift to the next level.

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Who doesn't love a luxe hand soap? This splurgy buy is especially great if you know your giftee wouldn't buy it for themselves. The clean linen scent and weighty, aesthetically pleasing bottle will elevate any sink, be it in the kitchen or bathroom.

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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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Your host likely owns pretty china already. Still, snazzy dessert plates will never go unappreciated. These come in a set of four and are available in four different colors, as well as an assorted mix. We love the plates' scalloped rims and slightly floral aesthetic.

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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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Gift your host a top-of-the-line eyemask that will help them unwind and relax. Made from organic bamboo, this sateen pick is silky smooth and ultra-comfy, not to mention super cute and machine-washable! Rest assured — this little nighttime luxury is bound to please even the fussiest sleeper.

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If you really want to stand apart from other guests, gift a nice bottle of olive oil. Kosterina makes one of our favorites. This oil is cold pressed in small batches from olives grown in southern Greece. And, if you’re shopping for a true olive oil connoisseur, it’s worth noting that this measures 470 mg/kg of polyphenol content — far higher than the 55mg/kg needed to officially be labeled extra virgin.

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West Elm
was $26.00

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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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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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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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.