The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones and celebrating the spirit of the season. Festive parties, gift exchanges, and other get-togethers are common this time of year, and etiquette dictates that guests of these events should bring a gift to say thanks to their host or hostess.
After all, hosting a holiday party often requires days - if not weeks - of planning and preparation. Your host or hostess has likely spent significant time and energy ensuring that there will be enough food, drinks, and desserts for all guests, as well as coordinating other details such as decorations, music, decor, and entertainment.
Hostess gifts are an opportunity to express your gratitude for the time and effort spent planning the event. The type of hostess gift you should bring will depend on the style of gathering you’re attending; for instance, a casual get-together may only require a small token of appreciation, while a bigger celebration typically calls for something a bit more thoughtful.
That said, there’s no need to stress over finding the perfect gift! There are plenty of stylish and easy hostess gifts to choose from, to make expressing your gratitude simple and straightforward. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite hostess gifts for the holiday season.
Oftentimes, the best hostess gifts are those that help make the host or hostess' job easier. Serving trays, dishes, utensils, cutting boards, and other kitchen accessories are as stylish as they are useful; perfect for a devoted hostess! This adorable Christmas apron is another great gift idea.
Christmas hostess gifts are a wonderful option during the holiday season, as the host or hostess has an opportunity to put them to good use right away. Ornaments, shelf decorations, pillows, candles, throws, signage, and other home decor items will help your hostess curate a cozy home and decorate for their party.
Hostess gifts that are both functional and festive - like a Christmas wine bottle topper or canvas totes are always well received. We especially love the many Christmas-themed kitchen towels by Primitives By Kathy. From adorable to sassy sayings, there’s a festive kitchen towel for every personality.
Barware & Drinkware
Unique wine glasses - like those embossed with funny or cute sayings, or sculpted into creative shapes - make for an excellent hostess gift, as they can be used by the hostess as well as her guests. And while a bottle of wine is a classic gift option, why not add a bit of holiday flair with a festive bottle bag? We love this fun It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Cocktails knitted bottle sock. Wine accessories and other barware, such as wine stoppers and bottle openers, are sure to be appreciated as well.
The young at heart are never too old for games, and there’s no better time to enjoy them than at a holiday get-together with good friends. For an activity that guests of all ages can enjoy, opt for something like this Holiday Tabletopics Conversation Pack. The Festive Pong Drinking Game is a must-have for parties that are classy with a hint of a wild side. Best of all, your hostess is sure to think about you every time they play.
Of course, you know your host or hostess much better than we do! Whichever type of gift you choose to show your gratitude, you can never go wrong with selecting something that is personal, thoughtful, and unique to their interests and individual style. Happy shopping!