Get Them What They Really Want: The 20 Most Perfect Hostess Gifts Ever

Put down the orchid and give your hostess these gifts instead.    

Shopping for presents for my mother-in-law is stressful, but buying a hostess gift? Child’s play! For me, the perfect thank-you-for-entertaining-me gift needs to fulfill two criteria—first, it should be something your host probably wouldn’t splurge on for himself or herself (Read: monogrammed candle holders or shimmery Champagne flutes) and second, it should serve a practical purpose (is there anything more useful than a spoon rest?). From there you want to find products that go the extra mile, and are anything but basic—yes you could buy any old trivet, but a brassy one that spells “LOVE”? Well, that’s exactly what a host would love!

Below we’ve gathered 20 totally fun and unique products, each with a luxurious, silly, or personalized component that is sure to leave your hostess wanting to invite you back again and again.

STATE-SHAPED CHEESE BOARDS

State Slate Cheese Boards

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $19.99

FLOWERY PLACE CARD HOLDERS

Two's Company Set of 4 Be Seated Bud Vases/Place Card Holder

BUY FROM: Amazon, $32

THE EYE-POPPING SPOON REST

Le Creuset Stoneware 10-Inch Spoon Rest

BUY FROM: Amazon, $24.95

A SHINY TRIVET

H&M Love Trivet

BUY FROM: H&M, $14.99

HOLIDAY FLANNEL WINE BAGS

Mark and Graham Set of 3 Plaid Wine Bags

BUY FROM: Mark and Graham, SALE $27.99 (Regularly $35)

A GORGEOUS TABLETOP BOOK

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $25.46 (Regularly $40)

A PITCHER THAT GURGLES

Shreve, Crump & Low Original Gurgling Cod Pitcher

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $99.99 (Reguarly $107)

THE OMG-WHAT-SMELLS-SO-GOOD CANDLE

Diptyque Baies Candle, 6.5 ounces

BUY FROM: Amazon, $62

CUTESY CHEESE MARKERS

Creative Co-Op Terrain 6 Piece Zinc Alloy Arrow Cheese Marker Set

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $24.99 (Regularly $31.50)

THE SEASONALLY CUSTOMIZABLE PLATTER

Norah Fleming Charm Chips & Dip Platter

BUY FROM: Amazon, $48

A LUCKY PAPERWEIGHT

Wishbone Paperweight

BUY FROM: Joss & Main, SALE $28.95 (Regularly $55)

PRETTY FLUTES

Chauncey Set of 4 Champagne Flutes

BUY FROM: Birch Lane, SALE $31 (Regularly $39)

SILLY COASTERS

Donuts Coaster 4-Piece Set

BUY FROM: All Modern, SALE $38.99 (Regularly $45)

THE GAME THAT GETS GUESTS HOWLING

Cards Against Humanity

BUY FROM: Amazon, $25

THE CONVERSATION-STARTING COCKTAIL NAPKINS

 

August Morgan “Buzzed” Hand-Embroidered Cocktail Napkins

BUY FROM: Neiman Marcus, $36

THE PERSONALIZED CANDLE HOLDER

Monogram Glass Candle Holder

BUY FROM: Sur la Table, $9.95

THE MARKET LIST MAGNET NOTEPAD

Rifle Paper Co. Peach Citrus Floral Market List Magnetic Note Pad

BUY FROM: Amazon, $10.99

WHIMSICAL DRINK MARKERS

Charles Viancin Set of 6 Floral Drink Markers

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $7.99

MUGS FOR HIM & HER

H&M 2-Pack You & Me Mugs

BUY FROM: H&M, $17.99

THE SALT CELLAR

Fox Run Craftsman’s Ironwood Gourmet Salt Cellar

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $17.51 (Regularly $22)

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