A gift for your host or hostess is a lovely way to thank them for their hospitality and is always appreciated.”
— Emily Post
Whether you are visiting someone’s home for the first time, have been invited to a dinner or other gathering, or are attending a housewarming, a gift for the hostess is a wonderful and appreciated gesture. Such a gift does not have to be elaborate, nor does it need to be expensive. Indeed, it can be as simple as a pretty necklace or a sweet-smelling candle. Keep scrolling for 30 perfect hostess gift ideas to fit any occasion and budget.
“Thank You” Wish Bracelet”
For those times you need a quick and inexpensive — yet appropriately thoughtful — hostess gift, a wish bracelet like this one is a perfect option. The bracelet features a small star-shaped charm, and comes on your choice of string. According to tradition, wearers make a wish as they put the bracelet on their wrist. When the bracelet’s string breaks, as it’s designed to do, the wish will come true.
Gift Box Set of Fleur d’Extase Soaps
This beautiful gift box of Fleur d’Extase soaps makes a very thoughtful gift for a hostess. The set includes nine soap squares in various colors, each of which is triple milled with all natural ingredients and scented with natural essential oils.
Ivory Pashmina with Personalized Wrap
This Ivory Pashmina from ThreeTwo1 makes a lovely hostess gift for a party, dinner, or other events at any time of year. The pashmina is wrapped in a tag that says “Thank You,” and which can be personalized further with words of your choice.
“A Toast for the Host” Wine Bottle Bag
Dress up a bottle of wine meant for the hostess with this fun wine bottle bag! Reading “A Toast for the Host,” the bag is made of eco-friendly cotton linen, and is large enough fit a standard bottle of wine. It’s even reusable!
Beef Barley Soup in a Jar
Made by the Etsy shop American Whole Grains, this Beef Barley Soup in a Jar exudes simplicity, comfort, and warmth — all things which characterize the perfect hostess gift! The jar comes beautifully layered with the ingredients of a delicious soup. There’s enough for eight servings, and all one needs to add is hot water and some ground beef.
“Good Friends…” Stemless Wine Glass
Reading, “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there…”, this stemless wine glass makes a thoughtful gift for a hostess friend. The glass is made from high-quality extra-thick glass to ensure it’s sturdy and long lasting. The words have been professionally printed onto the glass to ensure that they remain vibrant through multiple uses and washes.
Snarky Housewife Kitchen Towel
Everyone loves the snarky housewife! Gift your hostess a hand towel (and a laugh!) featuring one of three hilarious designs from the Etsy shop Jennifer’s Closet. The towels, which are sold individually, are very absorbent, and made of high-quality microfiber in a waffle pattern.
“Home Sweet Home” Soy Candle
Thank a hostess for welcoming you into her home with this lovely “Home Sweet Home” soy candle. Made and sold by the Etsy shop The Canary’s Nest, this eight-ounce candle is made of soy wax to ensure a clean burn with low smoke. A personalized message may also be added to the “Home Sweet Home” label.
Sea Salt Ocean Breeze Bath Gift Set
Anyone can appreciate a good pampering, which is why a bath gift set like this one makes such a nice gift for a hostess. Made and assembled by the Etsy vendor Handmades by Helen K, this lovely gift set includes a four-ounce bar of Sea Salt Ocean Breeze soap, a two-ounce jar of Sea Salt Ocean Breeze lotion, a handmade wash cloth, and a buttercream chapstick.
Ideal for all types of women, this lovely heart necklace from the Little Happies Co is a great hostess gift to keep on hand for when the occasion arises. The necklace comes on an 18-inch chain, with a card that can be personalized as you wish.
For the hostess with a sense of humor (and whom you know well), these hilariously naughty coasters make a great hostess gift. There are six coasters in this set, each of which is printed with a not-so-nice request to keep the furniture clean. Hey, at least they say “please.” A holder for the coasters is also included.
Gift Box of Dog Cookies
Sometimes the fastest way to a hostess’s heart is through her beloved dog. If you know someone like that, then this Gift Box of Dog Cookies from Claudia’s Canine Cuisine makes just the right gift. This seven-ounce box is packed with adorable treats, all of which have been made in the United States with ingredients that are 100% human grade.
Funny Hostess Mug
A hostess with a wicked sense of humor will get a kick out of this mug made just for her. The 11-ounce ceramic mug comes in your choice of color and reads, “Best F*cking Hostess Ever” — without the censor, of course.
“Who in the Room?” Party Game
The party hostess is a sure to get a kick out of the Who in the Room? game, a fun card-based party game for adults that is all at once shocking and hilarious. Meant to get conversation flowing, the game consists of more than 300 funny questions (“Who in the room pees in the shower?” “Who in the room would survive the least amount of time on a desert island?”). After each question is read, everyone points to the one person they think best answers the question.
Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
This Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden makes a thoughtful gift for a hostess who is also a savvy home cook. To get started, choose from a variety of herbs, including oregano, mint, and sage. Once received, all your hostess needs to do is place the jar in a sunny window, add water to the reservoir, and the vintage-style, self-watering Mason jar will do the rest!
Heart-Shaped Serving Spoon
This Heart-Shaped Serving Spoon makes a sweet addition to any hostess’s kitchen. Perfect for use or display, this beautiful and unique spoon has been hand carved in Kenya from olive wood.
Succulent Plants Variety Pack
Succulents are the new bouquet of fresh flowers, and this variety pack from the Succulent Gift Shop is a plant-based gift you can be proud to hand over to your hostess. The variety pack consists of four high-quality rooted succulents growing in two-inch-tall containers. Buyers may choose the ribbon tied around the gift box and the character appearing on the gift tag (unicorn, llama, mermaid, or none).
Brazilian Honey Sampler
They say Brazilian bees — that is, bees that drink flower nectar of the deserts, savannas, and rainforests of Brazil — make the sweetest honey. Put that theory to the test by gifting your hostess the Brazilian Honey Sampler. This beautiful gift consists of four 4-ounce jars of honey in flavors acacia, quince, pink pepper, and Brazilian wildflower. The honey is produced conscientiously, and is organic.
“Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings: A Cookbook”
For the serial hostess, this beautiful hardcover cookbook by Leela Cyd makes a delightful and personable gift. The cookbook is packed with ideas and recipes for dozens of small-bite dishes appropriate for a variety of occasions. Included are recipes for French toast and lavender syrup (perfect for Sunday brunch), purple cauliflower hummus, and the perfect tea time finger sandwiches, along with many others.
Wine Pairing Towel Set
A set of tea or hand towels has long been a go-to hostess gift, and any frequent entertainer would be thrilled to receive this Wine Pairing Towel Set from Uncommon Goods. The two towels — one for red, one for white — feature more than 68 common wines, each of which has been rated (excellent, good, or best avoided) against 56 favorite foods. All together, the towels act as a convenient “cheat sheet” for more than 3,800 food and wine pairings.
The Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler
Samplers are perfect for gifting to hostesses, and we love this one from Salts of the 7 Seas. As its name implies, the Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler consists of 16 1/4-ounce salts from various places around the globe. Each one is individually wrapped, and includes plenty for multiple servings.
Personalized Thank You Gift Box
Etsy vendor The Dancing Wick has put together this beautiful Personalized Thank You Gift Box that makes the perfect hostess gift. Thank your hostess for thinking of you by gifting her a mason jar candle in your choice of scent, a sugar scrub, goats milk soap, and peppermint chap stick, all in a beautiful gable box with a personalized label.
Godiva Chocolatier Classic Gold Ballotin
When you need a sophisticated gift that is simple, yet delightful, there’s Godiva. A variety of box sizes are available, with this particular one including 19 different milk, dark, and white chocolates.
Ice Cream Topping Trio
For a hostess gift that screams fun, there’s the delicious Ice Cream Topping Trio featuring the all-natural, all-decadent, Marc Cooper-crafted toppings of hot fudge, mocha sauce, and salted caramel. Each jar is 10.6 ounces.
Stonewall Kitchen Favorite Jam Collection
Tell your hostess how sweet she is by gifting her this sweet collection of four favorite jams from Stonewall Kitchen. The collection includes 12.5-ounce jars of Sour Cherry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Raspberry Peach Champagne Jam, and Wild Maine Blueberry Jam. Whether paired with peanut butter on a sandwich, a morning pastry, or meat or cheese, these gourmet jams are a delightful and delicious treat.
Lavender Blossoms Grow Kit
Everyone loves the sweet scent of lavender, which is what makes this Lavender Blossoms Grow Kit such a perfect gift for any hostess. The kit consists of a pretty handmade planter (glazed the color of lavender, of course), organic soil, and lavender seeds — everything one needs to grow five full cycles of beautiful and fragrant lavender right in their own home.
Chocolate and Wine Pairing Set
This Chocolate and Wine Pairing Set makes a sweet gift for a sweet hostess! Consisting of a cutting board, carving knife, and four 3-ounce bars of rich chocolate, this set invites one on a journey of delicious tastes. The chocolates — an Extra Dark, a Medium Dark, and a Smooth Dark — pair with 17 different varietals, including champagne, pinot noir, and riesling, to name but a few.
Mason Jar Home Plaque
This Mason Jar Home Plaque makes a very thoughtful hostess gift. The plaque, which is handmade by artists in Michigan, features the classic shape of a Mason jar along with a personalized “established” date. Buyers may choose between two color schemes: white with gold, or green with gold.
Spa Gift Set
After her hostess duties are done, she can relax in the bath with this beautiful Spa Gift Set that makes the perfect hostess gift. The box comes complete with a variety of bath items, including a facial clay mask, a bath bomb, and a face towel, among other luxurious items. A beautiful greeting card with your personal note is also included.
No matter how advanced we get technologically, it is always nice to give and receive a handwritten note. The Etsy shop Studio LMC makes such a task a little easier with its beautiful personalized stationary. This particular set comes with 50 custom monogrammed letterpress stationary and 50 matching envelopes. Paper color option include matte white, matte grey, and matte cream, with myriad other options for the monogram.