With holiday planning and parties in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to share hostess gift ideas and a few party tips so you have plenty of time to grab a gift (or two) for the gracious hostess opening her home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We think that there are few things better than giving a hostess gift — and it certainly doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. A simple gesture to thank a hostess for all they’ve done to prepare means so much.
Shop our Hostess Gift Guide for plenty of ideas at all price points!
And read below for some highlights from our guide.
Rosanne Beck’s watercolor design creations are some of the most beautiful gifts you can give. We love these conversation coasters — they can be used all holiday season long, and are wonderful conversation prompts to get any party going! Simply tie with a bow and they’re ready to gift. They also come in blue turkeys and a Christmas version.
A great hostess gift idea in the $30 range is this monogrammed wine bottle chiller from Well Bowed. Just add a monogram for a thoughtful customized gift! And of course a bottle of her favorite red or white wouldn’t hurt either.
You can never have enough festive drinkware when you’re hosting at the holidays, and we love these Natalie Chang stadium and coffee cups for every occasion. They are a reader favorite year after year! They can be used for friend gatherings or for car rides to look at Christmas lights — and are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day festivities! Natalie Chang’s Thanksgiving collection of plates, napkins, and guest towels are perfect for hosting on the day of or for Friendsgiving get togethers. Pair a set of holiday napkins with this jingle bell bottle opener on our hostess gift guide for a perfect hostess gift!
Everyone loves a good Christmas candle, and the NEST Holiday Candle is hard to top! Any hostess would love receiving one, as they truly make a home smell like cinnamon, cloves, and all the classic holiday scents that we love — without being overpowering!
And lastly, a nice bottle of wine is always a welcome hostess gift at the holidays! Read our post on how to dress up a bottle of wine to make it a touch more special here — or simply grab one of these wine collars from Pottery Barn to make things extra easy. 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!
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. 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 on 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.
Looking for more gifting inspiration? Browse our Hostess Gift Guide here!