Gracious Gifts for the Holiday Hostess
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 Christmas 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 or party, we choose to bring a host or hostess gift. An inexpensive gift shows our friends that we appreciate them opening their homes. Whether you are looking for food hostess gift ideas or host gifts that a couple would enjoy, we've pulled together some gracious gift ideas that will take you through the whole holiday season. 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 board games—will take your party-going all the way from Thanksgiving to New Year's.
Capri Blue Room Spray
BUY IT: $24; anthropologie.com
Any hostess will love being able to instantly fill her home with Capri Blue's iconic Volcano scent.
Custom Monogram Return Address Stamp
BUY IT: $22.95; amazon.com
The best thing about this personalized gift is that it comes with free monogramming.
Southern Living Simmer Down Trivet
BUY IT: $12; dillards.com
Help your hostess protect her countertops and table in style with this decorative trivet.
Marian Cake Knife
BUY IT: $12; anthropologie.com
This charming knife is best served along with your favorite cake. Be sure to include a recipe card as the perfect finishing touch.
Tocca Crema Veloce Travel Lotion Trio
BUY IT: $22; nordstrom.com
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.
Le Creuset Pie Bird
BUY IT: $13; lecreuset.com
We think it's time to bring this old-fashioned tool back to the kitchen to help bake the perfect pie.
Flared Wine Decanter
BUY IT: $19.99; worldmarket.com
Serving wine just got prettier.
Acacia Wood 3-Piece Cheese Tool Set
BUY IT: $12; dillards.com
Every hostess needs a beautiful cheese serving set.
Thymes Frasier Fir Candle
BUY IT: $30; amazon.com
Thymes perfected the scent of a fresh Christmas tree with their Frasier Fir candle.
Claus Porto Guest Soap Gift Box
BUY IT: $26; anthropologie.com
These colorful soaps will be a welcome addition to any guest bathroom.
Mud Pie Dip Bowl Set
BUY IT: $19; amazon.com
Because it's not a party unless there's at least one dip involved.
Wickman Candle Accessories Gift Set
BUY IT: $24; anthropologie.com
A candle-loving hostess will appreciate this gift set so she can care for and prolong the life of her favorite scents.
Clover Honey Tea Spoons
BUY IT: $16; neimanmarcus.com
Pair with a holiday tea so the hostess can relax after the party is over.
Vino Marker Metallic Wine Glass Pens
BUY IT: $8.99; amazon.com
These glass markers can be used on wine bottles, wine glasses, mason jars, and the list goes on.
Lenox Holiday Cocktail Shaker in Gold
BUY IT: $49.99; lenox.com
Shake it up with a fun, fabulous cocktail shaker that will get every holiday party started.
Clear Beaded Glass Cake Stand
BUY IT: $12.99-$14.99; worldmarket.com
Every Southern hostess needs a pretty cake plate to showcase her finest confectionaries.
Totally Bamboo Pineapple Serving Board
BUY IT: $16.99; amazon.com
A charming pineapple-shaped cutting board serves double-duty as an adorable serving plate for party appetizers.
What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up
BUY IT: $27.81; barnesandnoble.com
This book will lend your favorite hostess a helping hand when the roles reverse and she is the guest to a party.
Le Creuset Sorbet Collection Set of 6 Mini Ramekins
BUY IT: $29.99; bedbathandbeyond.com
Every Southern hostess needs a set of pastel ramekins.
Lilly Pulitzer Small Pad
BUY IT: $28; lillypulitzer.com
We all need somewhere to jot down to-dos, and this cute notepad is just the right spot.
Southern Living Chambray Trio Apron
BUY IT: $8; surlatable.com
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.
Urban Outfitters Mixed Pattern Scarf
BUY IT: $34; urbanoutfitters.com
This stylish, super comfy scarf will complement any winter outfit.
Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture
BUY IT: $17.99; amazon.com
If she's a lifetime subscriber to SL this can't miss collection of photos, covers, stories, and recipes will be a treasured keepsake that she'll pore over time and again.
"Equal" Tea Towel
BUY IT: $28; food52.com
A sweet tea towel fits in well with any kitchen's decor, and we love that this one has a handy guide to kitchen measurement equivalencies. Stylish and functional? It's a win-win.
Gold Fancy Chocolate Box
BUY IT: $27.55; sees.com
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.
BUY IT: $35; uncommongoods.com
Sometimes the occasion warrants a host or hostess gift that's a little more on the casual side. Tthis Beeropoly from UncommonGoods is perfect for such occasions. Move bottle cap pieces around a beautiful pine wooden board for a night of fun with friends.
Mark and Graham Ceramic Catchall
BUY IT: $25; markandgraham.com
A monogrammed catchall is a gender-neutral gift that anyone can use for keys, jewelry, and other odds and ends.
Cast Iron Oyster Pan
BUY IT: $39.95; surlatable.com
Your hosts will love making fresh seafood in this cast iron oyster pan, which doubles as a serving vessel for the table. The pan contains 12 depressions for oysters on the half shell or fully shucked, and can be used on the grill or in the oven.
Monogrammed Swizzle Sticks
BUY IT: $29.50; etsy.com
These spirited stirrers from Audrey Durden come in a set of six. Choose between a variety of colors and monogram styles.
Host: A Modern Guide To Eating, Drinking and Feeding Your Friends
BUY IT: $20.64; amazon.com
For the entertaining foodie, this mix of large-scale and intimate gathering tips (and recipes) from W&P Design co-founders Eric Prum and Josh Williams has something for everyone.
Mark and Graham Italian Washed Linen Coasters, Set of Four
BUY IT: $35; markandgraham.com
These linen coasters are both practical and personal. You can get them monogrammed and in a color you know will match the décor of your hostess's home.
Frango Assorted Chocolates
BUY IT: $21; macys.com
A box of luxurious chocolates is always a great gift option when you're not sure what your hosts like.
Leather Sunglasses Case
BUY IT: $59; markandgraham.com
Your hostess can keep her sunglasses safe in this elegant case.
Styled by Emily Henderson
BUY IT: $25.97; amazon.com
Borrow top designer Emily Henderson's best tips for putting together a gorgeous room thanks to her beloved design book, Styled.