The 50 Best Host And Hostess Gift Ideas To Show Your Gratitude

A thoughtful gift shows our friends and family that we appreciate them opening their homes to visitors.

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Williams Sonoma Infused Olive Oil Gift Set

Williams Sonoma

From a young age, our mothers taught us the value of Southern hospitality. Whether it's sending a thank you note to a grandparent for a birthday gift or keeping our elbows off the table, our Southern manners are encouraged from the beginning. So, it's only natural that when we go into another's home for a dinner, a party, or even an overnight stay, that we choose to bring a host or hostess gift. A thoughtful gift shows our friends and family that we appreciate them opening their homes to visitors.

Whether you are looking for food hostess gift ideas or host gifts that a couple would enjoy, we've pulled together our best hostess gift ideas in a wide range of categories. Host and hostess gifts don't need to be expensive or elaborate; some of the most thoughtful gift ideas are under $25, which you'll find as some of our top picks. These gifts—everything from charming serving pieces to tasty boxes of chocolate to fun party games—will be loved by any hostess.

Williams Sonoma Dried Pink Strawflower Bouquet, Set of 2

Pink Starflower Bouquet

Williams Sonoma

While fresh flowers are nice, we love this pretty dried bouquet that can be enjoyed year-round.

Price at time of publish: $25

Calary Candle Accessory Set

Candle Accessory Set
Candle Accessory Set.

Courtesy of Amazon

A candle-loving hostess will appreciate this gift set so she can care for and prolong the life of her favorite scents.

Price at time of publish: $13

Weezie Tissue Box Cover

Weezie Tissue Box Cover

Weezie

Available in four patterns, this tissue box will keep tissues accessible for guests and act as a decoration instead of an eyesore.

Price at time of publish: $40

Uncommon Goods Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio

Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio

Uncommon Goods

She can use these sugar cubes to almost instantly transform a class of bubbly into a mimosa.

Price at time of publish: $30

How to Cook Without a Book

How To Cook Without A Book
Amazon

The updated version of the classic cookbook aims to help readers learn the techniques and variations needed to be able to cook without looking at a book.

Price at time of publish: $23

Uncommon Goods Traditional Bread Warming Set

Uncommon Goods Traditional Bread Warming Set

Uncommon Goods

Deliver warm bread to dinner in this warming set and leave it for your host as a thank you for a wonderful evening.

Price at time of publish: $48

Capri Blue Volcano Multi-Surface Cleaner

Capri Blue Volcano Multi-Surface Cleaner

Amazon

She'll look forward to cleaning after the party is over because she'll get to use this cleaner from Capri Blue that will fill her home with their signature Volcano scent.

Price at time of publish: $15

Williams Sonoma Infused Olive Oil Gift Set

Williams Sonoma Infused Olive Oil Gift Set

Williams Sonoma

This gift set includes olive oil in four infused flavors: Blood Orange, Roasted Garlic, Aromatic Basil, and White Truffle.

Price at time of publish: $40

Juliet Meeks Birth Month Flower Tea Towels

tea towels

Uncommon Goods

An entertainer can never have too many tea towels. Personalize your pick to her favorite flower, birth month, or what's in bloom this season.

Price at time of publish: $16

Williams Sonoma Woodford Reserve X Williams Sonoma Cocktail Mix, Old Fashioned

old fashioned mix
Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma worked with Kentucky-based Woodford Reserve to create this cocktail tasting set that includes three mixers: Mint Julep Syrup, Old-Fashioned Syrup, and Whiskey Sour Mix.

Price at time of publish: $40

CB Station Multi Bottle Wine Tote

wine tote

Tuckernuck

This gift was made for a hostess who can never have enough wine. The cheeky "BYO" monogram is sure to give everyone a laugh when they realize what it stands for (Bring Your Own).

Price at time of publish: $32

MaxMark Custom Monogram Return Address Stamp

Custom Monogram Return Address Stamp
Amazon

The best thing about this personalized gift is that it comes with free monogramming.

Price at time of publish: $25

Bella Cucina Herb Infused Salt Gift Set

salt gift set

Food52

Upgrade your friend's spice cabinet with a collection of jarred salts accented with herbs such as Calendula & Chive, Rose & Peppercorn, Citrus & Fennel, and Rosemary & Lavender. The assortment can be used to flavor fish, meats, and more.

Price at time of publish: $54

World Market Glass Flared Wine Decanter

Flared Wine Decanter
World Market

Serving wine just got prettier with this simple yet elegant glass decanter.

Price at time of publish: $10

Deco Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses, Set of Four

Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses, Set of Four

Amazon

This set of tequila shot glasses is guaranteed to get any party started.

Price at time of publish: $20

Anthropologie USB Candle Lighter

Anthropologie USB Candle Lighter

Anthropologie

This lighter is designed to last forever, so she'll always be able to light her favorite candles.

Price at time of publish: $30

Sur La Table Small Tile Oven Gloves

Sur La Table Small Tile Oven Gloves

Sur La Table

Heat-resistant gloves will help her safely move heavy casserole dishes in and out of the oven.

Price at time of publish: $28

Sweet Water Decor Thank You Candle

Thank You Candle
Amazon

Essential oils, a soy wax blend, and 100% cotton wick help this candle (with notes of sugared fruits) burn cleanly and evenly.

Price at time of publish: $20

AudreyDurdenCo Monogrammed Acrylic Napkin Holder

Monogrammed Acrylic Napkin Holder

Etsy

Pair this personalized napkin holder with a pack of seasonal napkins for a complete gift that she can put to use right away.

Price at time of publish: $10

Kelly Kalus Ceramic Herb Trimmer & Bowl Set

Ceramic Herb Trimmer & Bowl Set

Uncommon Goods

Using and prepping fresh herbs from her garden just got easier, and more elegant.

Price at time of publish: $32

Ticket Chocolate Chocolate On A Stick

Ticket Hot Chocolate On A Stick

Anthropologie

These sticks are a fun and unique way for your hostess to enjoy a warm holiday drink

Price at time of publish: $17

Red Clay Spicy Margarita Salt Gift Box

margarita salt
Red Clay Hot Sauce

Have a friend who loves margaritas? This duo of Southern-make salts will be a welcome (and much-used) addition to her bar.

Price at time of publish: $18

ShopAnnaGrams A Toast to the Host Wine Hang Tag

A Toast to The Host Tag
Etsy

Keep some of these personalized wine tags on hand so you'll always be prepared, even at the last minute.

Price at time of publish: from $8 for 6

Oliver Pluff & Co. Mulled Apple Cider Spice Kit

Oliver Pluff & Co. Cider Wassail

Amazon

Mulling spices will not only add delicious flavor to cider, but it'll make her home smell delightful.

Price at time of publish: $20

Williams Sonoma Lavender Cedarwood Guest Set

Williams Sonoma Guest Set
Williams Sonoma

This trio of a votive, hand soap, and hand lotion will be a welcome addition to any guest bathroom.

Price at time of publish: $35

Southern Living Blue & White Chinoiserie Collection Trivet

Southern Living Blue and White Trivet

Dillard's

Help your hostess protect her countertops and table in style with this decorative trivet.

Price at time of publish: $12

Punch The Mini Bar Cocktail Recipe Book Collection

The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes
The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes.

Punch

Organized by the base ingredient, eight small books share 100 classic cocktail recipes any hostess will love having on hand. Included bases are whisky, rum, gin, vodka, tequila, champagne, sherry, and amaro.

Price at time of publish: $20

Gather by Anthropologie Streamlined Cake Serving Set

Anthropologie Cake Serving Set
Anthropologie

This charming knife set is best gifted along with your favorite cake. Be sure to include a recipe card as the perfect finishing touch.

Price at time of publish: $34

1-800 Flowers Simply Chocolate Thank You Personalized Box

Thank You Chocolates
1-800-Flowers

We'd like to argue that the next best thing to giving your hostess a homemade dessert is a box of chocolates. Inside, you'll find a mix of dark chocolates, milk chocolates, brittles, and caramels.

Price at time of publish: $47

Totally Bamboo Pineapple Serving Board

Totally Bamboo Pineapple Serving Board
Amazon

A charming pineapple-shaped cutting board serves double-duty as an adorable serving plate for party appetizers.

Price at time of publish: $20

Tocca Wonders Mini Hand Cream Set

Tocca Wonders Mini Hand Cream Set

Nordstrom

These luxurious hand creams come in sets of three so she can keep one in her purse, one on her vanity, and one in the kitchen.

Price at time of publish: $24

World Market Clear Beaded Glass Cake Stand

Clear Beaded Glass Cake Stand
World Market

A pretty cake plate will serve as the best place to showcase her finest confectionaries.

Price at time of publish: from $7

Southern Living Acacia Wood 3-Piece Cheese Tool Set

Acacia Wood 3-Piece Cheese Tool Set
Dillard's

Every hostess needs a beautiful cheese serving set, like this one from The Southern Living Collection at Dillard's.

Price at time of publish: $14

Mark and Graham Ceramic Catchall

Ceramic Catchall Tray
Mark & Graham

A monogrammed catchall is a gender-neutral gift that anyone can use for keys, jewelry, and other odds and ends.

Price at time of publish: from $35

Eppicotispai Fettuccine Pasta Cutter

Pasta Cutter
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Just like Mom's—except smaller. A mini (13" x 1 1/2") beechwood rolling pin that'll cut fresh sheets of pasta dough into tender strands of her favorite noodle. Choose between spaghetti, fettuccine, or tagliatelle.

Price at time of publish: $8

Nifty Jacquard Pot Holder

Jacquard Pot Holder

Anthropologie

If she's always busy in the kitchen, it's probably time to replace her well-loved pot holders with a new machine-washable one that's just as decorative as it is useful.

Price at time of publish: $14

Daysie The Trio - Organic Syrups

Daysie The Trio - Organic Syrups

Daysie

This trio of simple syrups is sure to delight any coffee-loving hostess. The organic syrups have a short and clean ingredient list while still delivering plenty of flavor. Plus, you can break this set into three gifts or give it as one.

Price at time of publish: $42

Games Room After Dinner Trivia

After Dinner Trivia

Anthropologie

If she's constantly throwing dinner parties, this game will be the perfect addition to her game collection. You can break it in by playing in the first round.

Price at time of publish: $12

Vin Fresco Electric Wine Opener

 Vin Fresco Electric Wine Opener

Amazon

Opening wine is made easy with this electric opener that opens a bottle with just one button. The rechargeable tool can open up to 30 bottles of wine per charge.

Price at time of publish: $30

Vino Marker Wine Glass Pens Washable Drink Markers

Wine Glass Pens Washable Drink Markers

Vino Marker

These glass markers can be used on wine bottles, wine glasses, mason jars, and the list goes on.

Price at time of publish: $11

Capri Blue Volcano Room Spray

Capri Blue Fragrance Mist
Amazon

Any hostess will love being able to instantly fill her home with Capri Blue's iconic Volcano scent.

Price at time of publish: $28

Mud Pie Dip Bowl Set

mud-pie-dip-bowl-set
Amaz

Because it's not a party unless there's at least one dip involved.

Price at time of publish: $19

Le Creuset Pie Bird

Le Creuset Pie Bird
Le Creuset

We think it's time to bring this old-fashioned tool back to the kitchen to help bake the perfect pie.

Price at time of publish: $16

Anthropologie Marais Taper Candles, Set of 2

candles

Anthropologie

If you're attending a dinner party, chances are the hostess will light a candle or two. Refresh her stash as your gift—this set of two taper candles comes wrapped and ready to deliver.

Price at time of publish: $17

Williams Sonoma Linen Double Hemstitch Coasters, Set of 6

Linen Drink Coasters

Williams Sonoma

Linen coasters can be both practical and personal. You can get them monogrammed and choose a color you know will match the décor of your hostess's home.

Price at time of publish: $25 for 6

Melville Candy Lemon Honey Tea Spoons

Lemon Honey Tea Spoons

Amazon

Pair with a delicious herbal tea so the hostess can relax after the party is over.

Price at time of publish: $17

TableTopics Dinner Party Edition

TableTopics Dinner Party Edition

Amazon

Each Tabletopics cube includes 135 questions, so there will never be a lull in conversation. This version was created specifically for dinner parties.

Price at time of publish: $25

Brumate Winesulator Wine Canteen

Winesulator Canteen
Brumate

Brumate's Winesulator will keep a full bottle of wine chilled for hours.

Price at time of publish: $25

Anthropologie Nadya Ribbed Watering Can

Nadya Ribbed Watering Can

Anthropologie

Watering her plants will become something she looks forward to because she'll get to use this handcrafted glass vessel, which comes in three colors.

Price at time of publish: $32

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Fabric Journal

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Fabric Journal

Rifle Paper Co. 

We all need somewhere to jot down to-dos, and this cute notepad is just the right spot.

Price at time of publish: $10

Terrain Orchid in Pot Glass Ornament

Orchid in Pot Glass Ornament

Anthropologie

No matter if she has a green thumb or not, she'll be able to keep this orchid alive for years to come.

Price at time of publish: $44

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