The Best Hostess Gifts For The Lady Who’s Always Planning a Party

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Check out some of these suggestions for the lady who’s always planning a party. She will deeply appreciate the homemade cookies, of course, but she’ll love and admire the showy hostess gift even more.

Every hostess needs a couple of really good hostess gifts in her collection of “party tricks.”

What’s a hostess gift, you’re probably asking yourself. Well, it’s that special something you take to a party that’s really for the host, but it gives her a chance to be especially grateful to you or publicly reward you for your thoughtfulness.

Now that Christmas is over and it’s time to host and attend housewarming parties or other events, it’s time to start thinking about what’s on your hostess wish list. Here you’ll find some gifts that'll be a real hit. Not only will they look lovely at the party, they’ll be appreciated for months to come.

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1. Coasters for Drinks

Our rating: 9 / 10

Coasters for Drinks

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Pros:

  • Great entry-level price
  • Does its job well
  • Made with quality materials
  • Can handle multiple thousand cycles

For the Man Who Has Everything, Wine Lovers, Beer Lovers, Game Room, Bar.

If you’re looking for an affordable but quality drink coaster, then you may want to consider the Absorbent Drink Coaster (6-Piece Set). At a great entry-level price, the absorbent drink coasters make for great hostess gifts. It’s made from quality materials and doesn’t have an overwhelmingly chemical smell when first opened.

What’s good is that it’s proven to do its job well. It’s great for people who like to serve their cold beverages at room temperature or a little cooler.

2. Marble Wine Bottle Cooler

Our rating: 9 / 10

Marble Wine Bottle Cooler

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Pros:

  • Sturdy design
  • Microwave safe
  • Ideal for hosting parties and other social gatherings
  • Holds an entire 750ml wine bottle
  • It looks good, especially on the table

Handmade (Marble Wine Bottle Cooler).

If you're a champagne lover, then this marble bottle cooler is just what you need. It's crafted from natural white marble, measures a compact 3" wide x 4" height, and holds a wine bottle of any size.

The marble structure is smooth and sturdy to hold your bottle and never worry about the bottle slipping out. It's microwave safe, and it even looks good sitting on your fest spread. It would even make a great gift for your friends.

3. Platters and Boards: Beautiful

Our rating: 9 / 10

Platters and Boards: Beautiful

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Whether you’re planning a party or just a relaxing weekend for family and friends, you’ll want to take advantage of a gorgeous serving platter. These can be anything from a pepper grinder for your family dinner, to a pasta serving platter and a meat and cheese cutting board at your next soiree, to a herb scissor holder and bread board for a gathering with friends or family for a weekend bridal or baby shower.

Anything that you plan involves food, and a sturdy serving platter that can be displayed throughout your gathering is an absolute necessity.

4. Hangry, Blue Q Woven Dish Towel

Our rating: 9 / 10

Hangry, Blue Q Woven Dish Towel

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Pros:

  • Organic cotton
  • Dish towel is 28” X 21” and weighs 10 oz
  • High-quality cotton weave
  • Standard, non-frilly kitchen towel
  • Just the right weight, not too heavy, not too thin
  • Soft to the touch

This 100% organic cotton dish towel from Hangry, Blue Q is a great gift for the hostess who is always working hard in the kitchen. It is an ideal gift to get for your friends that are turning into newlyweds, expecting their first child, or remodeling their kitchen or their doctor’s office.

This dish towel compliments any kitchen. It is grey and blue with funny words like hangry, bitchy, and bitchslap to describe a busy woman, wife, girlfriend, or mother. This tea towel is actually a great gift for anyone who loves cooking, organizing, planning, decorating, or who loves to clean their house.

5. Personalized Home Latitude and Longitude GPS Map Coordinates Lumbar Throw Pillow

Our rating: 9 / 10

Personalized Home Latitude and Longitude GPS Map Coordinates Lumbar Throw Pillow

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You know that lady in your life who always seems to be creating a new get-together? The one who gets your family out of the house at the last minute to attend her parties, only to complain when we leave early?

This is the perfect gift for that lady! PresentsForMen have the perfect hostess gift for the lady on your gift list who invitations friends and family over for dinner and board games, pool parties, holiday parties, and birthday parties.

It’s a throw pillow with coordinates to her house. She’ll never have to worry about her out-of-town guests not knowing how to find her house again, especially because it’s super easy for them to locate your house now.

6. Joseph Joseph DDWG010GB Double Dish Pistachio Bowl and Snack Serving Bowl

Our rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Joseph DDWG010GB Double Dish Pistachio Bowl and Snack Serving Bowl

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Pros:

  • Beautiful modern design
  • Food grade plastic
  • Dishwasher safe

This handy double-duty bowl is perfect for serving snacks at a party, but can also be used for serving salad or other side dishes to dinner guests at a formal dinner.

The lower bowl is similar to a colander, with an inverted spout that allows for easy draining of liquids. The top bowl is about an inch taller than the bottom, and may work well for serving grilled sausages and peppers or even soup.

The bowl is the perfect size for tiny indoor dogs, whether used for water or snacks. You can use it for your cat, as well, by filling it with cat litter.

7. Blue Q Oven Mitts

Our rating: 9 / 10

Blue Q Oven Mitts

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Pros:

  • Innovative design
  • Highly durable
  • Protects you from burns

(16 cm)

The new Blue Q Oven Mitt made by Blue Q has multiple uses like: bacon-holder, hot dog grabber, spatula and a glove.

This is F–king Delicious is a tasteless, odorless, non-toxic silicone, which makes it safe and flexible to use in all your culinary adventures.

8. Chocolate Artisan Assortment Gift Set

Our rating: 9 / 10

Chocolate Artisan Assortment Gift Set

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Pros:

  • Handmade
  • Better tasting than some of the cheaper options
  • Locally made

If you want to class the party up a bit, then you might want to consider chocolate as a hostess gift. You want to the lady of the house to know how much you appreciated her throwing the party and the perfect way to let her know is giving her a gift. Some of the best hostess gifts that we found include chocolate.

Amour Chocolat: This is a company that is pretty well-known in San Francisco. They make really nice looking presentation pieces. They do handmade chocolate and have a number of different box options including cookies, truffles, chocolate straws, and others.

Seven Cups Chocolate: This is a San Francisco-based company that is all organic and includes all sorts of different flavors and colors. They have gift boxes in everything from a simple dark chocolate to milk chocolate, caramel, and others as well.

9. Rae Dunn By Magenta 2 Piece SALT & PEPPER Stacking Green Ceramic LL Salt & Pepper Cellars Set

Our rating: 9 / 10

Rae Dunn By Magenta 2 Piece SALT & PEPPER Stacking Green Ceramic LL Salt & Pepper Cellars Set

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Pros:

  • Come with white letters
  • Individual SALT and PEPPER shakers
  • Easy to clean
  • No two are exactly alike
  • Raised: allow for easier handling
  • Stackable
  • No need to be any particular color

Cons:

  • White letters may rub off
  • The letters can be difficult to write
  • Nothing to really keep the shakers from knocking against each other
  • Some users reported difficulty removing the tops

As hostesses go, you’re a pretty cool one. Always picking up the unexpected. These adorable salt & pepper shakers come from Rae Dunn, and they definitely have an edge. The distinctive shapes will be the first hint.

Coming in a two-piece set, there’s a parrot-shaped SALT & a penguin-shaped PEPPER. They both share the same design. Their ceramic bodies are white, and they both have a green ceramic top. The white ceramic tops are what make these shakers special.

When it comes to everyday shakers, there’s a lot out there to choose from. But when it comes to shakers that will turn heads, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another set of shakers like these.

10. KooK Mason Jar Glass Drink & Beverage Dispenser

Our rating: 8 / 10

KooK Mason Jar Glass Drink & Beverage Dispenser

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Pros:

  • Stain, odor, and BPA-free
  • Warranty of limited lifetime
  • Made with food-safe glass material
  • Easy-to-fill spigot
  • Chills drinks quickly

Cons:

  • The glass lid is prone to breaking
  • Plastic spigot can weaken

Heres a mason jar that’s more useful than it is pretty. The KooK Mason Jar is a dispenser that was designed to keep liquids hot or cold for hours. You can use it for just about anything, including fruit salad, salsa, dips, and soups.

One of the best things about this jar is that you can take it places while it’s filled with something and not worry about it spilling. It’s also very handy to have around for impromptu campfires and picnics, saves the day at work, and makes for the perfect gift for anyone who likes camping.

The outside of the jar has a rubber seal that allows for a super tight seal to prevent leaks and spills. The jar itself is made out of glass and comes in three different colors: cherry red, sunshine yellow, and moss green.

11. Tea Forte Warming Joy Petite Presentation Box Tea Sampler Gift Set

Our rating: 8 / 10

Tea Forte Warming Joy Petite Presentation Box Tea Sampler Gift Set

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Pros:

  • Has tea to suit every taste
  • Assorted variety box
  • Box appeals to all the senses
  • Beautiful tin

Cons:

  • The tin may be a little confusing if the contents are not handled properly
  • Most people found that the tea bags were quite small and not great for sugar

Gift for Her, Tea Lovers.

The Tea Forte Warming Joy Petite Presentation Box is perfect for a hostess gift. It’s functional and eye-catching. Just pop in a few tea bags and voila! it’s a tea gift for your hostess.

You get ten pyramid tea bags of choice, so you can even choose a tea bag packet with your hostess’ favorite tea. The box it comes in serves as a handy tea box for stacking your tea bags in, keeping them fresh. Each of the tea bags are individually wrapped so that your tea leaves will remain fresh until they’re ready to be brewed, and they’re also individually coded for a quick glance at the ingredients and flavor.

12. Mud Pie Circa Metal Stamped Brunch Spreader Set

Our rating: 8 / 10

Mud Pie Circa Metal Stamped Brunch Spreader Set

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Pros:

  • Made from heavy gauge metal
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Great quality
  • Cute design

4-Pack.

Lunch is the most popular time for eating, so it’s only fitting that you serve up your delicious meals on these cute stamped Metal Lunch spreader with the Mud Pie Circa 4-pack. They’re priced affordably and can be used by both adults and kids.

Each spreader features a green and gray circular stenciled design with a charming flowery pattern on top. The spoon rest and the knife spreader are both incorporated in the design, adding a nice touch of color.

13. Chesapeake Bay Candle Tin

Our rating: 8 / 10

Chesapeake Bay Candle Tin

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Pros:

  • Great quality candle
  • Comes in three sizes
  • Good price

Tin, On Sale.

As soon as these candles arrived at our office they were snatched up and put all around the house. The smell is warm, delicious, and indulgent, but not overpowering. Our testers were a unanimous fave.

Our recommended pick comes from Chesapeake Bay Candles, which have been pleasing people with their multilevel scents for years. This version features a creamy vanilla sweet scent with a hint of fresh baked pastries, that we found to be pleasant and not overpowering. You can order this bath and candle set in a variety of sizes with free shipping from Amazon.

14. Italian White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Our rating: 8 / 10

Italian White Truffle Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Pros:

  • Gives any dish a luxurious flair
  • There’s no salt like truffle salt!
  • The truffle oil is full-bodied and strong
  • Users love the aroma and taste
  • Great quality product
  • You can use it for dressing, sauces, and garnishing
  • All natural and organic product
  • The truffle oil is great for holiday cooking and for every day use
  • You can use the truffle oil in a lot of different ways
  • It’s very simple to use

Cons:

  • It’s expensive
  • The bottle is not very big
  • Has a very strong scent, but some users actually like it

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15. The Spice Lab Pink Himalayan Crystal Bath Sea Salt

Our rating: 8 / 10

The Spice Lab Pink Himalayan Crystal Bath Sea Salt

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Pros:

  • Helps with muscle pain and cramps
  • 100% vegan
  • Suitable for animal and people food
  • Great for bath salts and foot soaks
  • Contains Epsom Salt

This Pink Himalayan bath salt is great for adding sea salts to your bath. It dissolves so it can be used in your Jacuzzi, shower, foot soak, or anything else you can think of to use it for.

The bath salt contains many nutrients and minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, Chloride, Sulfate, Bromide, Silicon, Alums, Flavors, Iodine, Boron, and many more.

This bath salt is 100% vegan and has many health and beauty benefits derived from it. It’s good to use to help heal nerve damage and for muscle pains.

16. Lipper International Acacia Wave Serving Bowl

Our rating: 8 / 10

Lipper International Acacia Wave Serving Bowl

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Pros:

  • Large, but can be easily stored
  • Perfect for salads, fruits

Bright Red.

If you know someone who is constantly planning parties and does so with amazing style, we think they’d love the Luster International Acacia Wave Serving Bowl.

This bowl is a great hostess gift because it will suit both light meal salads or heavier meal entrees. Versatile and pretty, this Acacia Wave Serving Bowl will look great on your dining table.

17. Freehawk Cheese Markers Set

Our rating: 8 / 10

Freehawk Cheese Markers Set

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Pros:

  • Good quality soapstone for labeling
  • Attaches nicely to any hard cheeses
  • Easily washs off of other cheeses
  • Soapstone doesn’t leave a residue
  • Markers work as advertised
  • Great for impressing dinner guests

Cons:

  • May not come with 10 different cheese markers
  • Hand washing soapstone markers is required
  • May be too easy for parties

DIY Personalized Gifts for Her.

Review:

This simple product may seem like a simple set of cheese markers, but these markers have actually been a hit as a hostess gift. That’s because they are designed to allow people to label their cheeses at parties and dinners.

18. Porcelain Condiment Jar Spice Container

Our rating: 8 / 10

Porcelain Condiment Jar Spice Container

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Pros:

  • Cute design
  • It is attractive and made of high-quality materials
  • It is useful to hold condiments
  • It is the right size for cooking essential oils
  • The lids are a tight fit
  • It is easy to pour
  • It is not too heavy
  • It is affordable

Cons:

  • It is lacking in color selection
  • It is coming out of the box scratched
  • It is too big for small spaces
  • It is not as tall as it should be for it’s size
  • It is not as sturdy as it should be for it’s size

The Porcelain Condiment Jar Spice Container with Lids is a nice piece of porcelain to help you keep your food items under control. It comes with lids that let air out of seal in and stops plastic bags with holes from pouring out. There is also a bamboo cap holder that will help you keep your lids in place. The shape is a great way to store and pour condiments.

This product comes with a wooden tray so that you can not only use the spice container for food, but also for decoration. It is very pretty to look at, and it will definitely make any table or counter top look gorgeous.

19. Costa Farms Live Indoor Blooming Bromeliad in White-Natural Decor Planter

Our rating: 7 / 10

Costa Farms Live Indoor Blooming Bromeliad in White-Natural Decor Planter

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Pros:

  • Great starter kit for a novice gardener
  • Sturdy and safe

For someone who’s like me and has the blackest thumbs in the world, there’s an awesome plant that you can gift to a friend who’s great at gardening.

The plant itself is called a Bromeliad, and it’s a beautiful addition to a friend’s home. This particular bromeliad is 20 inches tall and works almost like a miniature Christmas tree.

As the plant grows, the Bromeliad falls toward the ground then sprouts new leaves straight up to reach for the sun. The ball that the plant grows in has a heart design, and the plant grows straight out of the top of the heart cleanly.

20. Maldon Salt

Our rating: 7 / 10

Maldon Salt

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Pros:

  • Quality packaging
  • Beautiful design
  • Serve as a nice centerpiece
  • Magically enhance almost everything they touch
  • Perfect add on gift for gift baskets
  • Can be used as popcorn toppings, bread toppers, and more

Maldon sea salt is a quality sea salt that’s sure to impress your hostess. Spread the salt on top of homemade toasted or grilled bread, and it’ll add a wonderful earthy flavor to it.

It’s perfect for sprinkling over hummus for an appetizer or in your steamed vegetables for a more savory taste.

When it comes to finishing a dish, a quality finishing salt like Maldon can make all the difference in the world.

21. TableTopics Best Things Ever: Questions to Start Great Conversations

Our rating: 6 / 10

TableTopics Best Things Ever: Questions to Start Great Conversations

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Pros:

  • Great for the game night
  • Excellent and unique questions
  • Easy to use and fun
  • About 2 minutes to set up the questions per subject
  • Cards are stored in a small box
  • It can be used with 2-8 people
  • Fun and engaging
  • Easy to play, and great for impromptu fun conversations
  • It is a game you can play with kids as well as adults
  • Perfect for game nights or any event

Cons:

  • Box is too small to hold an ice pack
  • If you want to do a fun and quick activity for your family or friends, then Table Topics is one of the best things you can have in your party bag. Table Topics is a flexible and unique party game that helps you get to know each other a bit better.

The box contains 300 cards with 231 questions on them, making a total of 4,680 questions. The box includes fourteen different categories of questions with six cards in each category.

22. Cheese Markers Set from Royal Casa. A Set of 8 items

Our rating: 6 / 10

Cheese Markers Set from Royal Casa. A Set of 8 items

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The perfect gift for someone who is always planning a party. This cheese markers set includes 6 beautiful and natural slate cheese markers. And believe me they will be so useful, and people will have sooo much fun with them.

You can identify your cheeses or even invent flavors for your guests. Believe me, they will be impressed with your creativity. They are so easy to use and comfortable to work with.

The chalk markers are made of a soft 100% cotton shirt cuff. They wipe off easily and leave no messy smudges.

23. Kate Spade New York Oh What Fun Decorative Serving Tray

Our rating: 5 / 10

Kate Spade New York Oh What Fun Decorative Serving Tray

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Pros:

  • Sturdy design
  • Waterproof
  • Size

24. Mud Pie Vintage Inspired Cake Just Dessert Server

Our rating: 5 / 10

Mud Pie Vintage Inspired Cake Just Dessert Server

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Pros:

  • Handcrafted
  • Individually-numbered
  • Rust-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Hand washing recommended
  • Great gift for bakers
  • Arrives in a lovely gift box
  • Moms-to-be tend to love it

This cake server from Mud Pie is the most popular tent sale item available. Having been written up many times in gift guides for brides-to-be, it cannot be said enough how attractive and versatile this cake server is.

Truly glistening in silver-tone, it's as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. It's truly a wonderful gift for a bridal registry.

This cake server is made of durable stainless steel with a silver finish. It's both flexible and durable. It comes with packaging and a matching gift bag, as well as a fuchsia satin carrying strap which you can hang on your wrist.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a good gift for a hostess?

Planning a party is just as much for you as it is for the person for whom you are hosting; it’s a way for you to have a good time as well as to treat someone else. As a thank you, get something for your hostess that’ll be useful and entertaining to her afterwards.

Everyone loves a nice bottle of wine or liquor as a hostess gift, but there are other options as well. Chocolate, candies, cigarettes, or a throw pillow to go on her sofa are all great gifts for the lady who loves entertaining.

What is a good inexpensive hostess gift?

A good hostess gift can range from literally nothing at all (just showing up) to a small token of your appreciation. If you’re pressed for time or funds, a good rule of thumb is to have a gift for each guest that you plan on bringing. For example, if there are ten people coming, you should try to have a gift for each of them. When you add up your costs, you’re bound to be able to find something extremely affordable.

A good option is to evaluate your potential hostess’s interests and find a themed gift that you can customize to one of her personality preferences.

What is a good thank you gift for hospitality?

Feeding the cook is always a nice way to express your gratitude. It is better to avoid packages that contain glass since you never know if you’ll be invited over after a party and bringing fragile items is a sure way to increase your chances of dropping it.

A nice bottle of wine is of course always appreciated and can be enjoyed right in the comfort of your own home. You could also get a football or some other fun sports gear, depending on the nature of the gathering. This gift would be ideal for a child’s birthday party. You can also opt for a gift certificate to a restaurant or purchase a gift card for your host’s favorite online store.

When should you not bring a hostess gift?

You should never bring a gift to a party unless you’re the host of the party or a close friend of the hostess. If you’re invited to the party and are also given the opportunity to bring something, it’s not rude to ask what the hostess needs. However, keep in mind that the hostess may have the same allergies that you have, so refrain from bringing food unless you’ve confirmed that she actually can use it.

That’s it for now.

I hope you enjoyed these lists and will put the clues into good use.

Conclusion

When we think of a party-planning friend, we often imagine someone who’s utterly charmed and beloved by everyone she meets. This special kind of lady should be showered with the most special of gifts.

Our favorite hostess gift is something that is beautiful enough, but also serves a purpose. Whether our friend loves to host at home or entertain in style at restaurants and clubs, we’re sure we’ll find a gift that will be treasured by the woman who’s ready to create and celebrate, again and again.

We hope this guide helps you discover gift ideas for the charming hostess in your life.

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