‘Tis the season for celebrating. And there’s a lot of reasons to celebrate: Thanksgiving, the holidays, a chill in the air, togetherness, or simply just because you feel like it. Whatever your excuse for gathering is, it’s important to make sure you don’t show up to a rendezvous empty-handed. Yes, your presence is a present — but bringing a hostess gift, a.k.a. something the hostess can either use at the party or spoil herself with afterward, is a great way to show you appreciate the invitation. We’ve compiled a list of 13 hostess gifts that are sure to express your gratitude and thoughtfulness … and make her want to invite you back next year.
1. Blueberry Pancake Muffin Mix and Cookbook from Joy the Baker
Your hostess has probably spent so much time preparing for this soirée, breakfast tomorrow morning is the last thing on her mind. Give her the gift of a good morning with a delicious Blueberry Pancake Muffin Mix (Buy from Williams Sonoma, $18.95) from award-winning chef Joy the Baker. Pair this with Joy the Baker’s brunch cookbook, Over Easy, (Buy from Amazon, $18.28) which features “sweet and savory recipes for leisurely days.”
2. Grounds & Hounds Three Blend Starter Kit
Speaking of good mornings and recipes, the key ingredient for all my best mornings is definitely coffee. And if your hostess loves her cup of joe almost as much as her furry friend, this Three Blend Starter Kit (Buy from Grounds & Hounds, $29.99) from coffee company Grounds & Hounds is the perfect gift. Grounds & Hounds uses 20 percent of its profits to support rescues and shelters nationwide. Talk about a treat to make your tail wag!
3. Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker
If your hostess needs something a little stronger to get her mornings started, this Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker from Bialetti (Buy from Amazon, $29.99) will do just the trick. This simple, vintage-looking pot is made in Italy and “provides the experience of the real Italian way of preparing tasteful coffee.” To add another layer of la dolce vita to this gift, throw in a bag of Lavazza Super Crema Espresso Beans (Buy from Walmart, $22.31).
4. Tea Forte Assorted Classic Teas
Maybe your hostess is more of a tea drinker — but what kind of tea does she drink? With this Tea Tasting Assortment Sampler Gift Set from Tea Forte (Buy from Amazon, $23.75), she’s bound to find her favorite… or a new favorite. This set contains 10 luxury teas, ranging from gourmet blends of classic flavors like Earl Grey to more exotic kinds like White Ambrosia.
5. Tea-Pairing Chocolates from Davids Tea
Whether she takes her tea with milk, honey, and one lump or two, your hostess is sure to appreciate chocolate to accompany her daily cup. These Tea Pairing Chocolates from Davids Tea (Buy from Davids Tea, $30) are specifically formulated to go great with the hot beverage. With flavors like Dark Chocolate with Lavender, Dark Chocolate with Earl Grey Tea, Milk Chocolate with Cinnamon, and more, this set of 36 Belgian chocolates is sure to please.
6. Harry & David Snack Box
There’s a reason Harry & David has been at the top of the luxury snack game for over 100 years: Their products are the perfect combination of tasteful and tasty. This Snack Box (Buy from Harry & David, $29.99) has sharp white cheddar, hot honey mustard, caramel popcorn, crackers, mixed nuts, and summer sausage, so your hostess can enjoy a sweet and savory snack with a glass of wine once everyone has left.
7. Tequila Mockingbird and Monogram Napkins
Is your hostess a bookworm with a sense of humor? Then she’ll love Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federe, a book full of delicious and literary-inspired cocktail recipes (Buy from Amazon, $7.39). She can mix up sippers like “One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest,” “A Farewell to Amaretto,” and “Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri.” And to pair with it — monogrammed cocktail napkins. These Gold Foil Initial Letter White Monogram Paper Napkins by Sparkle and Bash (Buy from Amazon, $16.99) are the type of thing you never buy for yourself, but are nice to have — and personalizing them with your hostess’s initials makes them even more special.
8. Trisha Yearwood’s Christmas in a Pitcher Cocktail Mix
Who doesn’t love country star Trisha Yearwood? Well, you’ll love her even more after trying her exclusive Christmas in a Pitcher cocktail mix (Buy from Williams Sonoma, $34.95), which is full of seasonal flavors like pomegranate, cranberry, and tangerine. Just add gin, Champagne, vodka, or even sparkling water, and your hostess will thank you with XXX’s and OOO’s.
9. Monday Zero Alcohol Whiskey Hot Toddy Kit
If you want to give your hostess a special drink but she doesn’t enjoy alcohol, you’re in luck: Monday makes award winning zero alcohol spirits that are formulated and distilled to taste just like (or better than) the hard stuff. This Whiskey Hot Toddy Kit (Buy from Drink Monday, $54) has a full-sized bottle of Monday’s zero-alcohol whiskey and four different flavors of mixers to craft the perfect hot toddy.
10. Baker Stripe Dish Towels
With how often you most likely clean your kitchen, your towels are bound to get worn out. Surprise your hostess with this set of four beautiful Baker Stripe Dish Towels (Buy from Anthropologie, $20). They come in an array of reds and oranges, or a mix of blues and greens. Whichever color you choose, these towels will make your hostess’s kitchen look like a cozy, sun-drenched French bakery.
11. Sur La Table Mix Stripe Apron
Your hostess is dressed to the nines for the event, and she’s running back and forth between the kitchen and her guests — which is a recipe for spilling something on her cute outfit. Protect her threads — while helping her stay cute and chic — with this Mix Striped Apron from Sur La Table (Buy from Amazon, $36). It comes in red and black, and it has a huge pocket on the front so she can continue carrying whatever she needs with grace.
12. Cotton Cable Knit Throw Blanket
After hosting a bunch of people in your home, there’s nothing quite like cuddling up in a soft blanket. This Catton Cable Knit Throw Blanket (Buy from Amazon, $29) will keep your hostess cozy, and it’s even cute enough to keep out on the couch. The best part? It’s reasonably priced enough that you can nab one for yourself, too — I certainly wouldn’t blame you.
13. Illume Noble Holiday Balsam & Cedar Votive Gift Set Candles
When the party is over, it’s time for your hostess to host her own self-care soirée — and that starts with creating the right ambiance. These Illume Noble Holiday Balsam & Cedar Votive Gift Set Candles (Buy from Amazon, $36.50) will make her home smell fresh and cast the perfect warm glow for her to read a book by.
So, you’ve got the time, date, and location of your next event — and hopefully, you now have a sweet and thoughtful hostess gift picked out as well. All that’s left to do is choose your outfit. Remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.
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