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Guest Picks: A Guide to Hostess Gifts
My family refers to hostess gifts as little "hello" gifts — small tokens of appreciation for when you're attending a special party, staying with friends for the weekend or crashing at a vacation home for a week. No matter the occasion, I've rounded up 20 great ideas for hostess gifts that you can use to impress your hosts and express your gratitude! — Kate from DomestiKated Life
Small Boxwood Topiary - $38
A topiary is a great alternative to cut flowers. They last longer, and your hostess won't have to scramble for a vase.
Hob Nob Green Candle - $31
Candles are a very thoughtful hostess gift, and finding one in a pretty container means you don't even have to wrap it!
Black Urchin Box - $32
If you'd like to gift a personal object, make sure it's something small and has a neutral color palette so that it will fit in your hostess's decor.
Woodblock Print Napkins, Vine - $16
Cloth napkins are nice hostess gifts and can be presented wrapped up in ribbons or tied around a jar of homemade preserves.
Gelato Coasters, Orange - $9.95
Coasters are another small, non-obtrusive item that can easily be incorporated into the decor, making them great gifts.
Tangerine Ikat Cooler Tote - $33
A cooler filled with treats would be a great gift when staying at a friend's beach house.
Mustard Hemstitch Napkin Set - $21.50
I'm a big fan of giving gifts that are monogrammed. They add a personal touch that shows you were thinking of your hostess in advance.
Anchor Mug by Les Miniboux
Coffee mugs with sentimental decorations are fun gifts. Think about adding in a bag of specialty coffee beans for an extra touch.
Goodly Whale Bottle Opener - $24
Bar items make great hostess gifts. A statement bottle opener like this whale version would be a nice gift to give with a few bottles of locally brewed beers from your area.
Ana Candles Striped Tapers, Raspberry-Sienna - $24
Tapers are a classic "hello" gift, and I love the fun stripes and colors in this pair.
Bee Matches - $7
Pair a box of decorative matches with candles when giving them as a gift.
Floral Playing Cards - $14
When thinking of a hostess gift idea, consider something that someone wouldn't normally splurge on themselves — like decorative playing cards!
Croquet Set - $229.98
Bringing lawn games or vintage board games is a fun idea for a weekend getaway.
Check Multi Salad Servers - $16
Small kitchen items that are playful and unique can also be nice hostess gifts. I love this wild pair of serving spoons for their bright colors.
Metallic Gold Zebra Jar - $16
Small decorative containers filled with favorite candies or nuts are thoughtful gifts, and the hostess can re-use the jar!
Wooden Candle Cups, Neon Pink by Wind & Willow Home - $8
These candleholders are a bargain, and pairing them with a few classic and inexpensive white taper candles is a high-impact gift with a low impact on your wallet.
Rosanna Les Cookies Cookie Jar - $59
A cookie jar filled with homemade baked goods doubles as a hostess gift and dessert!
Peterboro Traditional Picnic Basket - $67
Fill up a picnic basket with farmers' market goods for a high-impact hostess gift.
Sugar Paper Bright Notes, Pool - $15
Paper goods like decorative notecards or handy notepads make great hostess gifts, especially when paired with a pretty pen.