Sharing my gift guide for the holiday hostess. Show your appreciation with these useful and thoughtful hostess gifts for the festive season.
Happy November! It’s that busy time of year again when we gather to celebrate the festive season. If you’ve done any sort of holiday entertaining, then you know that throwing a party or get-together isn’t an easy task. Quite often, it takes hours of preparation, cleanup and everything in between. Show your gratitude and surprise your hostess (or host) with a gift that goes beyond the usual.
Not sure what to bring? I’ve gathered up some of my favourite hostess gifts at various price points to make it easy for you. From handy kitchen tools, to tasty cocktail mixers, luxurious body products, books and more, these thoughtful gifts will go a long way to show your appreciation. Be confident arriving at your next holiday event or Christmas party with one of these lovely picks.
Holiday Hostess Gifts
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SOURCES (see more details below): Very Merry Cocktails Book | Christmas Tree Lot Napkins | Holiday Village Mug | Mulling Spices | Marble Coasters | Cocktail Elixirs | Wildflower Socks | Herb Cutter Set | Milk Hand Cream | Sheet Pan Magic Cookbook | Berry Colander Mug | Handcrafted Ice Cream Bowls | Lip and Hand Duo | Marble and Brass Cheese Knives | Holiday Baking Dish Towel | Marble and Brass Charcuterie Board
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Holiday Hostess Gift Details
Very Merry Cocktails – This beautiful hardcover book features over 50 festive cocktail recipes, including Hot Buttered Rum, Foamy Mexican Hot Chocolate, Holiday Bellini and more. Perfect for the hostess who loves to craft unique drinks.
Christmas Tree Lot Napkins – These napkins made in durable cotton/linen fabric make a lovely gift for anyone who loves to host dinner parties. Available in various other holiday prints, they’re designed by independent artists from around the world and sewn in the USA.
Holiday Village Mug – I adore this charming illustrated design with gold accents by Rifle Paper Co. Who wouldn’t love sipping a hot drink from this stylish, yet practical mug?!
Mulling Spices – A top seller for a reason, this mix of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and orange peel is the perfect complement to apple cider or red wine. Your hostess will not only love the rich taste, but the warm and welcoming aroma it creates while simmering in the kitchen.
Marble Coasters – Any entertainer will love these stylish coasters, which are available in classic white or black. Be sure to check out the matching wine bottle coaster too.
Cocktail Elixir Set – Crafted in collaboration with Kentucky-made Woodford Reserve, these delicious elixirs pair with a range of spirits to create classic cocktails. Any hostess will love how easy it is to mix an Old Fashioned, Mint Julep, Whiskey Sour and even nonalcoholic drinks.
Wildflower Socks – These cute and colourful embossed socks will surely make your hostess smile. I love the deep green colour mixed with bright pink, yellow and white florals.
Herb Cutter Set – Any hostess who loves to cook will appreciate this bamboo and stainless steel set, which efficiently strips and cuts herbs. An easy way to add a bit of freshness to recipes, including drinks.
Milk Hand Cream – Pamper a hostess with this rich hand cream made with soothing plant-based milks to smooth and protect dry hands and cuticles.
Sheet Pan Magic Cookbook – Make it easy for a hostess to cook entire meals on a single pan, so there’s less fuss and mess. These delicious recipes, including Oat and Buckwheat Granola, Roast Chicken Dinner with Apple and Pistachio Stuffing (and more), will cover everything from breakfast to dinner.
Berry Colander Mug – This tiny colander is just the right size for cleaning berries to top yogurt, salad, drinks and more. The stoneware construction in a creamy glaze makes it cute enough to style a kitchen counter or shelf too.
Handcrafted Ice Cream Bowls – I love the artisanal quality of these handmade stoneware bowls (available in mineral blue or ivory). They’re perfect for serving holiday desserts and more.
Lip and Hand Duo – This hand salve and lip balm are two of my favourites for their nourishing qualities. A must-have, especially during the dry winter months.
Cheese Knife Set – An essential for any hostess, these marble and brass cheese knives will slice and serve both soft and hard varieties. A beautiful and useful hostess gift that pairs well with a board or bottle of wine.
Holiday Baking Dish Towel – How adorable is this recycled cotton tea towel printed with holiday treats and recipes?! A lovely way to add festive charm to any kitchen, particularly for the hostess who loves to bake.
Charcuterie Board – You simply can’t go wrong with this marble and brass charcuterie board that doubles as a tray. Serve up appetizers, Christmas treats, drinks and more.
Each gift idea will work on its own or can be combined to create a larger gift. Quite often, there’s no need to wrap a hostess gift. Sometimes all you need is a bit of pretty ribbon to finish it off.
Handmade Hostess Gift ideas
Of course, gifts from the kitchen and other handmade gifts are lovely for hostesses too. Here are some of my favourites for the festive season:
Which handmade gift idea will you try?
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What are your favourite holiday hostess gift ideas for giving or receiving? Do you have a go-to gift idea or do you like switching it up each time?
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