10 Hostess Gift Ideas Everyone Will Love

By Enjoius Staff

In these most casual of times, socializing with friends can mean last-minute texts and ever-changing plans. But etiquette still applies when you’re invited over as a dinner guest or house guest. The No. 1 rule: Never show up empty-handed. Bring a gift to show that you appreciate being invited into their home. Any of these 10 fab gift ideas will make a good impression on your host and hostess!

  1. Cheese board. A stylish serving board (Target $19.99) for cheese and accompaniments will give any dinner table an extra touch of sophistication.
  1. Plants. Who said plants are only for a housewarming? Indoor plants are making a big comeback. Swing by your local nursery for some small individual succulents to go with these ceramic planters (Amazon $16.99).
  1. Cocktail shaker. If someone is hosting a dinner party, chances are, there will be custom cocktails. Gift your hosts an on-trend cocktail shaker (Cost Plus World Market $16.99) or a quirky novelty shaker (Amazon $23.25), based on their personal style.
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  1. Artisan olive oil and vinegar. Any home cook will appreciate artisan olive oil. Even better, pair it with an aged balsamic vinegar in a beautifully packaged set (Amazon $31.33).
  1. Gourmet salt. A sampler of gourmet sea salts (Amazon $18.99) would be a welcome addition to any pantry cupboard. Finishing salts like pink Himalayan or red Hawaiian salts elevate any dish, while coarse sea salts, like Fleur de Sel from France, add dimension to a home-cooked meal.
  1. Candles and holders. Candles are a simple way to create atmosphere. Any home can use stylish candlesticks (Amazon $26.99) or a set of votives (Target $36.49) to set the mood.
  1. Wine decanter with a bottle of wine. A bottle of wine is a natural gift to bring when attending a dinner party. Make a true impression by also giving your host or hostess a wine decanter (Bed Bath & Beyond $64.99), which allows the wine to breathe and will last long after the party.
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  1. Cookbook. We’re living in the golden age of cookbooks. With so many wonderful cookbooks out there, you’ll be sure to find one that suits any cook or baker’s personal taste: quintessential classics, regional restaurants, or the cookbook everyone's talking about (Amazon $25.88).
  1. Stoneware. Ceramics are back in a big way - especially plates and cups with clean, simple designs. Or this portable ceramic mug (Target $14.99) would be perfect for anyone on the go!
  1. Experience gifts. You could forgo the physical gift completely and give your friendly host and hostess an experience instead! Try a unique experience like a prepaid flower arrangement class, dance lesson, or wine tasting event. A busy hostess would also appreciate yoga passes, theatre or movie tickets.

Gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money; it’s always the thought that counts. And thoughtful guests will be invited back!

For more ideas for entertaining-related gifts, see Top 10 Products We Love Now in our Stories & Tips section.

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