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- Host gifts are never really necessary, but they are a nice way to show your appreciation that someone invited you over, be it for holidays or casual hangouts.
- Below are 20 thoughtful host gifts you can give on almost any occasion, from a useful cookbook to a beautiful candle.
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A friend or family member has invited you over to spend time in their home. A dinner, a weekend stay, a holiday — maybe even just for a cup of coffee on the porch. Regardless of the occasion, it's a nice gesture to bring a small token of appreciation.
At a bare minimum, a host gift is a small but generous way to say "Thank you for having me." At its full potential, it's a way to make someone feel valued and recognized for all the time and effort they've spent to give you a welcoming and warm place to be. These host gifts are ones they'll remember and enjoy even after the party is over — once they're over the stress of holiday or dinner-party cleanup (for which your voluntary help is probably the best host gift of all).
Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard if you're last-minute shopping for an invite you just received.
The top 5 best host and hostess gifts:
- A never-fail candle from our favorite candle company ($36)
- A cookbook from Ina Garten, kitchen queen and host extraordinaire ($17.46)
- A set of flavored salt to enhance all their dishes ($39.95)
- A wine aerator they can attach to any bottle ($8.99)
- A handwoven tea towel for the kitchen ($28)
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This tea trio made Oprah's Favorite Things list for 2019 for the second year in a row, so if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for your host. We've actually tried some of Vahdam's teas and were particularly impressed by its beautiful packaging.A wine tote and a nice bottle to go with it
Wine is a classic host gift, but sometimes it doesn't quite feel like enough. Wrap a bottle in one of these totes and you've got a complete gift for your party host.
And if you're looking for an easy way to order wine online for an upcoming party or the holidays, we've got you covered with this list.A never-fail candle from our favorite candle company
Otherland's candles offer the most beautiful unboxing and gifting experience. They're both a joy to give and a joy to get. You can choose candles from the newest limited-edition collection called Manor House Weekend, or go for the company's five base candles that are carried year-round.
Upon first inspection, you may think we're recommending you just bring some flowers inside a crappy single-use plastic bag. But this embroidered canvas version of a takeout staple is a sweet way to thank them for having you over. They'll be happy to use it on their next farmer's market run.A classic bottle of lotion for the bathroom
If you ask me, Kiehl's makes the best body lotion out there. It's a classic gift for their bathroom — who could say no to softer skin?A beautiful pie tin for the baker
If baking is kind of their thing, they won't be able to contain their excitement when you hand them this ornate pie dish. You can probably guess what they'll be serving next time you come over.A fun take on everyone's favorite peppermint bark
Williams Sonoma's peppermint bark is a staple for a reason, and these cookies add a fun twist to the ever-popular dessert. Give the treat they can't get enough of, complete with a reusable tin they can pack with goodies to gift someone else.A recipe tin for the home chef
This recipe tin was one of the sweetest gifts I've ever received. If your host loves to cook or bake, give them a special place to store the recipes they keep closest to their hearts.A set of flavored salt to enhance all their dishes
Jacobsen's flaky salt is prized by Michelin-starred chefs the world over, and we're positive your host will love to cook with them. This set includes flavored finishing salt they can use to elevate any dish.Ina Garten's newest cookbooks for her devotees
If they host or entertain frequently, chances are they've used an Ina Garten recipe before. Known for her elegant but laid-back style, Ina's new cookbook is full of the tips and tricks that bring a professional touch to simple, home-cooked dishes.A puppy plate for the dog person
With quite a few options to choose from, you can gift them one or a whole set of these salad plates adorned by arguably the most ideal image: dogs sipping cocktails on the beach.A house plant that's hard to kill
The Sill is a relatively new startup that's making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This philodendron is just one of many plant and planter options you can choose from — and you can even shop based on which ones are pet-safe. Your order will be delivered straight to them, so you won't have to worry about stopping to pick up flowers on your way there.A serving platter with a pop of color
Serving platters are one thing a host can never have too many of (unless they have a very small kitchen). This one is uniquely shaped, but would make a beautiful presentation for everything from salads to main dishes.A wine aerator that doesn't take up a ton of space
Wine drinkers will almost certainly enjoy the benefits of this inexpensive tool that can improve the taste of even the cheapest bottle. All they need to do is pop the gadget into the top of the bottle and pour themselves a glass, then they can put the cork or a bottle stop back in to preserve it.A handwoven tea towel for the kitchen
A nice dish towel for the kitchen is one thing they'll probably never buy for themselves, but will love seeing hanging elegantly from their oven door.A custom map of a place they hold near and dear
If your host is someone you know well or have lots of memories with, this gift will speak volumes to them. Map out the place you went to college together, the most memorable vacation you took together, the place you met — even a place you have no connection to but know they feel strongly about. The options are pretty much endless.A comforter they'll never want to crawl out from underneath
It may not look like much, but Leesa's comforter is one of the comfiest, coziest, warmest blankets you'll ever come across. Skip the decorative bedding they'll be sick of by next year and opt for a truly high-quality version they'll love to curl up with.Non-stick muffin molds that they'll love to bake with
I personally use this muffin mold, and I love it so much that I threw out my metal one. Muffins and cupcakes come out perfectly every time with absolutely no sticking — and cleanup in the dishwasher is an absolute breeze.
If baking cookies is their respite from the world's chaos, they'll be thrilled to have a fancy new set of non-stick pans and a cooling rack to play with.A beautiful coffee table book for the world traveler
Coffee table books are a clever idea if you know about your host's passions. For the one with constant wanderlust (or not enough vacation time at their job), this book features the gorgeous photography of Gray Malin in some unimaginably beautiful locations around the world.