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7 Excellent Hostess Gift Ideas To Keep On Hand

By DeAndrea
hostess gift ideas to keep on hand

The holiday season is starting soon and that means party invitations! You can easily be dressed to the nines for the soiree, but should you bring something nice for your host? We recently featured the ins and outs of what a hostess gift is and when you should bring one so I thought I’d go the extra mile and share my favorite hostess gift ideas.

luxury candles


A well-scented home is always cozier. Whether she chooses to use the candle immediately or not, your host will appreciate that you thought of her. Plus, she will love that you helped replenish her candle stash.

IDEAS: Jo Malone, Margiela, H&M

hand soap and lotion

Hand Soap & Lotion

It is inevitable that guests will need to use the facilities at a party. Guests will need to wash and remoisturize their hands before returning to the party. Bring a matching hand soap and lotion combo to ensure your host never runs out.

IDEAS: Aesop, The Laundress, Nest

disposable guest towels

Disposable Guest Towels

When you are at a nice restaurant the hand towels in the restroom are always plush and disposable. No one wants to wipe their hands on a towel that someone else has used. Nor is wiping your hands on a thin, scratchy paper towel a good experience. Upgrade your host’s party by gifting her a pack or two of disposable guest towels. Gifting a monogrammed pack is a great way to personalize the gift. It’s also a good idea to give the host a napkin holder for them too. That way, they don’t have to figure out how to display them or what to display them in if they don’t already have one.

IDEAS: Monogrammed Guest Towels, Plain Disposable Guest Towels, Acrylic Napkin Holder



Help your host protect their nice furniture by bringing a pack of coasters. Actually, get two packs. Coasters typically come in packs of 4 so binging a second one means she has backup if one breaks, and extras if she needs service for 6.

IDEAS: Octagonal Coasters, Black Coasters, Agate Coasters

stationery and notecards

Stationery or Notecards

Every hostess worth her salt needs stationery. She will likely get invited to others’ soirees, receive gifts, or just want to write something down. Save her the trouble of ordering more thank you notes, notecards, or paper by bringing some chic stationery.

IDEAS: Two Cents, Multicolor Floral, Blue Floral

wine and cocktail glasses

Wine & Coctail Glasses

Do we need to say why this is a good idea? A lady will always have use for wine glasses, champagne flutes (or coupes), or tumblers. Gifting a new set will undoubtedly delight the wine connoisseur in your life.

IDEAS: Flutes, All-Purpose Wine Glasses, Tumblers

serving dish or tray

Serving Dish or Tray

A serving dish can sometimes be an afterthought. A plastic tray that comes with the catered victuals is not a good look and if she’s a home cook she’ll appreciate having something nice to display her dishes on.

IDEAS: Black Marble, Wooden, White Rectangular

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