With the holiday season ahead, many of us are gearing up for gatherings again. From a young age, my parents taught me you should never show up to someone’s house empty handed so, with gifting season also in full swing, that means being prepared with host gifts, too. Growing up, we had a small closet in my house called the “Gift Closet” where candles, diffusers, and hand lotions spent their days. Every time we were headed to a birthday dinner or a sleepover, we would stop by said closet to pick something out for the host. While it wasn’t extravagant or overly expensive, this little thank you gift always went a long way with the host. Nowadays, I typically opt for the easy bottle of wine, or a good smelling candle, but this year I decided to sit down and think about unique host gift ideas that hosts might actually want. Besides, with 2020 cancelling all of our plans, some of these gatherings have been a year in the making and deserve a little something special.
When thinking about host gift ideas, I like to pick something that relates to the event, and will be useful for hosting in the future. This can be as simple as bringing a bottle of wine to a happy hour or a cookbook to a dinner party. But most importantly, it should be something that the host wouldn’t think to buy for themselves. Bring a pretty set of kitchen towels, perfumed hand soap for a powder bath, or join forces with fellow attendees and gift a massage. Hosting can be stressful, and showing the host that you recognize all of their effort will be reward enough.
20 Host Gift Ideas
ZWILLING Fresh & Save Glass Vacuum Starter Set, 7-PC
This stylish set is a meal prepper’s dream. Set your host up with freezable and microwavable vacuum containers that are reusable, and heat resistant. It keeps your food fresh up to five times longer than non-vacuum storage. Camille swears by this set for meal prepping.
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ZWILLING Fresh & Save Glass Medium/Large Vacuum Starter Set, 7-PC, $99
Le Cadeaux Spoon Rest With Matching Tea Towel Set in Moroccan Blue
This spoon rest is perfect for beside the stove or coffee maker. It also comes in eight different color ways, so if you know the color scheme of the host’s kitchen, it can be fun to try to match it.
Le Cadeaux Spoon Rest with Matching Tea Towel Set in Moroccan Blue
Brass Monkey It’s in the Cards and That’s How We Roll Game Set
These two games are great to have around for families and friends alike. “It’s in the Cards” includes two decks of cards and instructions for 30 different card games. “That’s How We Roll” is a unique 26-piece dice set and rules for 30 different dice games.
Brass Monkey It’s in the Cards and That’s How We Roll Game Set, $50
Pottery Barn Handmade Alphabet Marble & Wood Coasters – Set of 4
Customized gifts are a great opportunity to show the host that you care enough to pick something out just for them. Coasters with the family’s last name initial are always nice to have around.
Pottery Barn Handmade Alphabet Marble & Wood Coasters – Set of 4, $24.50
Williams Sonoma Home Monogrammed Soap & Towel Gift Set
This set is essentially a powder bath starter kit. Not only are the towels and soaps gorgeous, but hosts will also be so appreciative to have these on hand. It’s a great price for a customized gift, too.
Williams Sonoma Home Monogrammed Soap & Towel Gift Set, Aqua Mineral, Gold Leaf, $59
Hudson + Grace Essential Pantry Set
If you don’t think you’re capable of homemade salad dressings, you’re wrong. This set of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and whisk will make you look like a pro. And, what’s worse than being in the middle of cooking and reaching over to realize that you’re out of EVOO?
Hudson + Grace Essential Pantry Set, $56
Jo Malone London Sweet & Spirited Travel Cologne and Candle Set
While on the pricier side, this gift set is perfect for either a bigger event, or as a group gift from multiple guests. It contains Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume and a Nectarine Blossom & Honey Miniature Candle.
Jo Malone London Sweet & Spirited Travel Cologne and Candle Set, $75
Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Towels, Set of 2
Kitchen towels don’t have to be basic. My mom has this set in her kitchen (she actually received them as a hostess gift), and they are gorgeous. Whether they are hanging on an oven, drying dishes, or sitting in a drawer, these towels look good.
Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Towels, Set of 2, $19.95
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