Lovely Hostess Gifts & Holiday Party Etiquette | Do Say Give

Lovely Hostess Gifts & Holiday Party Etiquette



With Christmas parties in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to share hostess gift ideas and a few party tips ahead of the weekend (so you have plenty of time to grab a gift or two with a couple of days to spare!). We think that there are few things better than giving a hostess gift when someone opens their home for the holidays — and it certainly doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. A simple gesture to thank a hostess for all they’ve done to prepare, whether it’s a handwritten card or a holiday candle, goes a long way and means so much. 

But other than arriving with a gift in hand, there are a few tips for being a gracious holiday guest that are good to keep in mind. Things like RSVPing on time, being gracious in conversation, and helping tidy up at the end of the evening are things we all know to do — but it’s nice to brush up before the holidays arrive! Read our 5 Tips on Being a Gracious Holiday Guest here, and then be sure to read Tidings of Good Christmas Etiquette, too! Former White House Social Secretary Lea Berman shared her tips and thoughts holiday party etiquette with us a few years ago, and they certainly stand the test of time! She also shared a few hostess gift ideas with us, too. 

Speaking of hostess gifts, shop our Hostess Gift Guide for plenty of ideas at all price points! And read below for our go-to gifts this season. 

These coasters from Honey & Hank are one of the newest hostess gifts on our guide right now — pair them with a bottle of wine, or gift them on their own! They’re a unique under $25 gift, are beautifully designed, and they arrive in a beautiful box ready to be gifted. We love Honey & Hank’s tea towels for hostess gifts, too! Really anything on their site would make a lovely gift! 

Another unique hostess gift idea would be this lovely Bow & Sprig tissue box cover — it’s definitely something they can use year-round! We love the gilded details (because shouldn’t all holiday gifts have a little sparkle to them?) and the watercolor design. DoSayGive readers get 15% off, too! Just use the code DSG15 at checkout. 

Candles are always popular hostess gifts, especially at the holidays. Old Flame Candle Co. has the most unique candles made from vintage vessels that you can repurpose again and again.

Why not pair a candle with this beautiful match holder from Lo Home? Each holder is hand-painted and dipped in 22K gold. Talk about a wow gift (at a wow price, too — $36!). Use code DSG15 for 15% off! 

You can never have too many guest towels on hand when you’re hosting at the holidays, and we love these Natalie Chang towel napkins. These are a reader favorite year after year! They can be used in a guest bathroom or as dinner napkins, too — perfect for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day festivities! A sleeve of Natalie Chang’s frosted holiday cups or to-go coffee cups would be perfect too. See all of her cute Christmas gifts here

A nice bottle of wine is always a welcome hostess gift at the holidays, too! Read our post on how to dress up a bottle of wine to make it a touch more special here. We also created a holiday cocktail gift (with the most delicious spiced simple syrup recipe included) that would be simple to recreate. Read that here — it’s a fabulous and inexpensive gift idea that looks high end! 

Looking for more gifting inspiration? Browse our Hostess Gift Guide here! 

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