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16 Holiday Hostess Gifts You’ll Want to Give (and Receive) This Season

From fancy champs to candy bento boxes, you and your plus one are going to be the season's most wanted guests. 

By Patricia Cunningham

We don’t know what we love more, fabulous parties or buying hostess gifts for the wonderful people who throw fabulous parties. Either way, it definitely brings out our festive side, especially during the holiday season when you can indulge in an extra special or unique gift for the hostess (and/or host) as a token of appreciation. And though wine is always a go-to when heading to a party, as a gift it can feel a little nondescript and impersonal, even if it has been thoughtfully selected and is a step up from everyday fare. 

This year, we’ve decided to make the extra effort and always show up with something special in hand, something thoughtful that they will remember and use. There are so many good items to choose from this time of year that finding something perfect and appropriate is no trouble at all — I mean, hello, Holiday Bento Box and Candy Cane Bath Bombs! Luckily, we’ve narrowed it down for you with the handy selection below that provides a myriad of choices and price points. Any of these items virtually guarantee you’ll be invited back next year. Cheers!

Happy Holidays 8-Piece Candy Bento Box

With Gingerbread Cookie Bites, Pumpkin Pie Caramels, and Champagne Bears as flavors, it might be hard to resist cracking this special holiday box of candy treats open before party time, but will be well worth it if you can. 

Cider Candle

No other candle packs the aromatic punch of Terrain's hot apple cider candle, so be sure to get one for yourself while you’re at it (trust us). The enamel mug can be reused after the candle has burned down. 

Mason Jar Cookie Mix

The next best thing to bringing cookies is arriving with this cookie-making kit in hand. Each jar makes 24 cookies, and there are so many recipes to choose from.  

Little Living Tree

This live Norway spruce tree might be the most thoughtful gift of all. It comes with shimmering raindrop ornaments and a set of Stargazer lights, and it will immediately create seasonal magic. 

Wine Lovers Tool Set

Ideal for any wine enthusiast (that would be all of us), this set comes with a carved oak corkscrew, pourer/stopper, and wine collar.

Flower Pot Bread Making Kit

In lieu of flowers, why not bring this Flower Pot Bread kit? Each set includes four terra cotta baking pots plus the dry ingredients to make our flower pot bread as well as lavender butter.

Candy Cane Wishes Bath Bomb Jar

Candy canes. Bath bombs. Can anything more really be said? This adorable scented bath bomb is the perfect mixture of total relaxation and seasonal comfort.

Celine Wine Glass Set

Not your everyday wine glasses, this set of four comes accented with festive sparkles and garland to make any occasion special. They'll be dying to plan their next party so they can break this set out.

Chambray Fringe Tablecloth

Made of 100% linen, this chambray tablecloth from Parachute is the ultimate expression of appreciation, and you can bet it will be cherished for years to come. The napkin sets are amazing, too. 

Moscow Mule Mug Set

Who doesn’t love a good Moscow Mule? It's a perfect drink regardless of the season, and this copper cocktail party set ensures complete authentic enjoyment.

Waffleshot LA Cones

We think these edible shot glass cones will be put to immediate use. Each is coated with Belgian chocolate and has a hidden filling nestled at the bottom. Everyone will fight over them!

Platters and Boards Book

‘Tis the season for platters, after all. This book celebrates spreads in all their festive glory, and might even inspire a huge morning-after brunch. Cheers to that.

Lucky You Wine Charms

These lucky charms will bring good vibes to any glass of vino. 

Bollinger Limited Edition Brut Rose

We know we said wine could feel impersonal, but this is an exception. A big step up from the casual wine bottle, this Brut Rose comes in a limited edition metal gift box.

Dinner Party Dish Towel

This cheeky dish towel is just what a busy holiday hostess needs. It's perfectly suited for a range of holidays throughout the year and is practical to boot.

Pumpkin Souffle Hand Soap

Orange, ginger, and almond blend with clove bud, vanilla, and tonka bean in this olfactory-pleasing hand soap. It's a lovely addition to any host's bathroom.

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