Holiday Gift Guide: Top 12 Best Hostess Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide: Top 12 Best Hostess Gifts featured by top US life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise.

Ever since I moved from an apartment into a home, I realized wow: hosting parties can be crazy expensive. From the food to the home decor to the serving trays and barware, you need a lot of things to make a party or a get-together a major success. After hosting a few shindigs in my new home this year, I really empathize with all of the hosts and hostesses out there! 

If you’re heading to a few holiday parties this year at someone else’s home, you should bring something. My default gift is wine. However, your host would also probably love it if you brought a little something for their home!

Here are a few of the best  hostess gifts that anyone would love!


Monogram Notecards | Serving Spoons | Instax Camera
Marble Serving Tray | Wine Chiller | Record Player
Monogram Blanket | Monogram Candle | Cocktail Book
Bar Tool Set | Monogram Coaster | Cheese Knives

The best part about hostess gifts is that they can also double as a gift for someone who just moved into a new home or apartment (cough cough, me, if anyone’s reading). I love the idea of personalized note cards as a gift. I love sending handwritten thank-you notes to friends and loved ones: it’s what the ideal host would do! Also, instead of bringing a glass of wine to your next party, you should consider gifting the host a wine chiller. Trust me, and you’ll be the MVP at your next party if you do so! An Instax camera is also a pretty big party hit: who doesn’t love a retro-inspired camera? You and your friends will be snapping selfies all night long!

Here are a few of my other favorite hostess gifts for this season that aren’t pictured above:

  • Maptote Custom Wine Tote: If you’re looking for a wine tote to gift, this one is budget-friendly and super adorable. You can pick out a tote based on the city, or select a Red or Wine wine tote. I plan on gifting a few of these to my Philly friends this year!
  • Monogrammed Cheese Board: Listen — who doesn’t love a good cheese board? I loved this one in particular because you have the option to monogram it, and it’s a gift that any cheese lover will cherish for years to come.
  • Initial Mug: If you need a super inexpensive hostess gift, this quirky initial mug is only $10. Bring one if your friend lives on their own, bring a second if they have a roommate or significant other living with them!
  • Faux Fur Throw: If you want to gift something luxe, this faux fur throw does the trick. It’s super cozy, feels like a dream IRL, and the hostess in your life will love curling up with it during the dead of winter!

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  1. Christine wrote:

    Thanks for this post. I always bring a bottle of wine to the hostess when going to a party but this list gave me some great ideas as to how to change it up. Of course I liked everything on this list and would enjoy the items also. Great ideas!

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  2. Holly wrote:

    Oooh these are all such good picks! I totally want to play hostess now, just so someone can get me something off this gift guide, haha! xx

    Posted 11.28.17 Reply
  3. These are all great gifts that are useful and thoughtful. I find wine related gifts are always welcome– especially if personalized.

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  4. These are such great picks!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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  5. I love that bar set. It would be perfect for my kid’s Godmother.

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  6. I love all of these! As someone who hosts many get togethers, I would love to receive any of these gifts!

    Posted 11.28.17 Reply
  7. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    Love this guide!! I need those glasses!!

    Posted 11.28.17 Reply
  8. Jenny wrote:

    So many cute picks! I don’t host too many get togethers at my apartment but when I have friends over, I do have cute kitchen stuff haha.

    Posted 11.28.17 Reply
  9. I don’t have many friends to invite or host but I still want every single thing in this guide and just host myself.

    Posted 11.29.17 Reply
  10. Kate wrote:

    I was just peeking at that Rose book in the store the other day – it’s so cute!

    Posted 11.29.17 Reply