Hostess Gift Ideas for Christmas Parties, Dinners and More

Hostess Gift Ideas

Hostess Gift Ideas for Christmas Parties, Dinners and More

Cocktail shaker | Taper candles | Three-part serverSalt and pepper shakers | Coaster setCrystal decanter | Amaryllis bulb kit | Floral diffuser | Coffee mug | Serving tray | Letter board | Electric wine opener | Classic candle | Cookies

You’re invited to a fabulous party, and now you need a thoughtful and gracious hostess gift. If you want to switch it up from your go-to bottle of wine, here are 14 amazing items that work year round.

Whether it’s a Christmas soiree, New Year’s Eve event or dinner party, these items are a great token of appreciation. They will let your host or hostess know that you value the effort they made to prepare their home, shop for supplies and cook a meal.

One of my favorite tips is to start a “present drawer” in your home. I try to keep a few things like this on hand in case a last-minute invitation pops up and I don’t have the time to shop.

Read on for hostess gift ideas galore!

Cocktail Shaker

This smoke-colored cocktail shaker is major eye candy for your bar. It also comes in rose quartz for your friends who love pink. This is a fun gift for a holiday or cocktail party because you can put it to use straight away. Pair it with your host or hostess’ favorite spirit if you’re feeling extra generous.

Taper Candles

These are almost too pretty to burn! MacKenzie-Childs makes the most beautiful and unique candles. This company adds wax appliqués in cool patterns like this tartan version. They have so many other elegant options, too, from dots to stripes to their classic checkered look.

Three-Part Server

A three-part sever will become a staple for your hostess’ future soirees. This one’s just the right size for small bar snacks, a variety of dips or toppings for an ice cream bar. The white porcelain matches everything, and the gold edge gives it a hint of sophistication.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

These are a winner for your animal-loving friend. Salt and pepper shakers are a chance to be fun and whimsical, and these Jeff Koon-esque balloon dogs are just that.

Coaster Set

If your hostess is a chinoiserie fan, these blue and white Serena & Lily coasters will be a home run. They are great for day-to-day use or a special occasion.

Crystal Decanter

I got this Lenox crystal decanter as an engagement present, and it’s so gorgeous. I use it whenever I’m serving red wine and always get so many compliments. Once, I even dropped the top part and it didn’t break, so you know the quality is A+.

Amaryllis Bulb Kit

My favorite gift for 2020! I normally don’t have a green thumb, but I planted one of these last month and it grew so quickly. It bloomed in less than 3 weeks, and the flowers were stunning.

Floral Diffuser

This is one of my go-tos for any occasion. It’s a step up from a normal diffuser because it also makes a pretty decorative accent.

Coffee Mug

For an inexpensive hostess gift, go for a pretty mug. The initial adds a personalized touch that feels very gracious. If you want to go the extra mile, fill it up with candy, a bag of coffee or hot cocoa mix.

Serving Tray

You can never have enough serving trays! This blue and white floral pattern can fit in with any style home from super modern to traditional.

Letter Board

Customize the letter board with a thoughtful message before you present it to your hostess or host. Write “Merry Christmas” or “Thanks for having us, Megan” to give it a special touch.

Electric Wine Opener

I can’t say enough good things about this wine opener. I’ve always had trouble with openers before, but this one is a breeze. I received this from my wedding registry earlier this year, and it’s gotten so much use already.

Classic Candle

Diptyque is the most luxe candle you can gift! They’re pricy but totally worth it. The scents are all heavenly, and they last forever. The vessel is also super chic and looks great on any coffee table.


Levain cookies will seriously impress! They’re based in New York City and the line is always out the door, but they do nationwide shipping. Try the signature cookie assortment so you can get a taste of all their best flavors. While four cookies may not sound like a lot, these are huge, delicious and definitely sharable.

What’s the best hostess gift you’ve ever received?

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