Our 12 Favorite Hostess Gift Ideas for Thanksgiving & Christmas

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When it comes to Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, weddings and all other types of get togethers, there’s little debate that the hardest part of the ordeal is on the side of the host. The organization and logistics of hosting a party can be a stress-filled experience. For this reason, it’s always nice to show your appreciation of your hosts by arriving with a hostess gift.

If your first reaction is wondering if you have to bring a gift, it’s worth weighing up how much work you really think your hosts have put in. Granted, a friend’s last-minute, thrown together cookout can probably go without the expense of a hostess gift, special occasions and other large gatherings always take more time to put together than you’d expect.  

Making sure you choose the right gift for your hosts is important and often depends on the type of party you are attending. There are, of course, a number of traditional options like chocolates or a bottle of bubbly (to be enjoyed after the party, not at it), but taking a little more time to decide on a host-specific gift can show you’ve really put some thought into your gift.

Below, you’ll find a selection of great gift ideas for hosts and hostesses. Whether you’re looking for a traditional favorite like a bottle of champers or a less common answer like a well-being gift set, our list has something for every host to enjoy.

1. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label


Who doesn’t love a bottle of champagne? That’s exactly why a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label is the ideal hostess gift for every get together. As the label’s signature champagne, it offers a perfect balance of structure and finesse, which means your hosts and other guests are sure to love the taste. It’s also made from grapes sourced from as many as 60 different Crus and includes Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay in varying degrees depending on the year of production. If you’re searching at the last minute or really just want a way to celebrate with your hosts, a bottle of bubbly is never a bad choice.

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2. Dinosaur Salt & Pepper Shakers


If you need a fun gift to show your hosts how thankful you are for being invited to a get together, why not try these Dinosaur Salt & Pepper Shakers? They won’t break the bank, but they will tell your hosts you thought of them. Each T-rex shaker is made from high-quality ceramic, and they are hand painted and polished. They are supplied in a lovely, small box, which is perfect for wrapping. Plus, they make a great gift idea for households with kids for guaranteed fun at every meal.

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3. Paddywax Candles Confetti Collection


Hosting parties and get togethers can take a lot of organizing and effort. Once it’s over, you often just want to unwind and relax. That’s where this delightful Paddywax Candles Confetti Collection Scented Candle comes in. Not only does it look stylish and make a great addition to any interior decor, this slow-burning, USA-made candle will leave their home smelling delightful. The candles are made from a soy-wax blend, are phthalate-free and come in a range of different fragrances, including “Peony + Patchouli,” “Cyprus + Suede” and “Violet + Plumeria.”

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4. Moleskine Passion Journal


The Moleskine Passion Journal is a beautiful gift idea, which will give your hosts a handy space to write down their most important info. Whether it’s all of their favorite recipes, wedding plans or even a bucket list, this journal is the ideal place to write out wishes and desires. It sports a double cover and elastic closure along with ivory paper pages. You’ll also find an internal pocket for keeping small papers and a number of adhesive labels to organize and customize the cover.

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5. Burt’s Bees Classics Gift Set


Inside the Burt’s Bees Classics Gift Set, you’ll find a whole range of delightful products to give your hosts the pampering they deserve. From the lemon butter cuticle cream and hand salve to shea butter hand repair cream and coconut foot cream, this set is a hug in a box. In addition, it’s presented in a lovely tin box, which can easily be wrapped up for a pleasant before or after-party surprise.

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6. Cards Against Humanity


Cards Against Humanity remains one of the most popular card games for people with a sick sense of humor. If you and your hosts fall into that category, this fun-filled game is sure to provide hours of laughs around the dinner table. It’s recently been updated with over 150 new cards and can be used time and time again. The rules are simple, one player asks a question from a selected black card, and then players compete to come up with the “best” answer from the white cards in front of them. Note: This card game is definitely one for the kids to miss!

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7. COOLYOUTH Cotton Apron


If you want a gift for him and her, why not consider this COOLYOUTH Cotton Apron. This functional kitchen item is available in a range of colors and includes handy pockets for storing essentials while at work in the kitchen. The straps are easy to adjust, meaning it can fit both the tallest and smallest of people without a problem. It’s also made from a soft cotton and even includes headphone loops which allows for easy listening while cooking.

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8. Organic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gift Set


If your hosts know a thing or two about the culinary arts, this Organic Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gift Set is sure to please. The set of four award-winning oils comes presented in a beautiful box, which is ideal for giving as a gift. Oil flavors include basil, lemon, garlic and chilli, delivering a cornucopia of potential dishes to improve. Plus, they can be enjoyed alone with bread or used in a range of different dishes, including salads, pizzas, pasta and fish.

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9. Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket


When you find yourself unsure of what gift your host might like, it’s always a pretty safe bet that a basket full of delicious treats will go down well. In the Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, you’ll find exactly that. Peanut brittle, chocolate covered pretzels and crisp caramel corn are joined by several other scrumptious offerings. This is a really easy way to say thanks to your hosts. This basket is also a great gift idea for the holidays as it will always be well received as a surprise gift for coworkers or family.

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10. Benchmark Bouquets Assorted Asiatic Lilies


Flowers are another safe bet when it comes to choosing a successful gift for your host/hostess. The Benchmark Bouquets Assorted Asiatic Lilies come shipped in their bud form, allowing you to choose whether to give them to your host for them to bloom or bloom them yourself before you present them. The set includes a beautiful, clear glass vase for displaying the newly-bloomed lilies. Each order includes 12 lily stems in a mix of orange, yellow and pink.

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11. Cheese Board and Cutlery Set


With its sleek design, space for olives and extensive range of cheese tools, this Cheese Board and Cutlery Set is a great addition to anyone’s home hosting range. The set comes beautifully packaged and ready to be given as a gift. Alternatively, it can easily be wrapped for greater surprise. The kit includes a handy internal pull-out drawer, which stores the four included stainless steel utensils, chalk markers and two slate labels. The board also has two corner holsters, which can hold cheese accompaniments like olives, dips and chutneys.

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12. Jo Malone Body & Hand Wash


Gift your hosts a touch of luxury with this Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash. As they wash their hands and body, the luxurious wash produces a foamy lather, which hydrates and revitalizes skin. Your hosts will also love the peppery basil aroma, which is complemented by the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. Altogether, this hand soap offers a sensual experience for both their skin and nose.

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