When it comes to hostess gifts for the holiday season, I like to keep it small, easy and unique. Everyone is going to show up with a bottle of wine or a holiday candle (which are both fine but we can zhush those up a little!) but with just a little advanced planning you can have an arsenal of great hostess gifts ready. Here’s my go-to gifts.
ONE: Navy and pink windowpane linen napkins I’m crazy about these pretty napkins and I love that they aren’t SO holiday specific that she can use them throughout the year. And bonus, they’re made locally here in Boston.
TWO: Merry Wreath Holder Wreaths are everywhere this time of year but nothing says “I just came up with your hostess gift while driving by the grocery store on my way to your party” quite like showing up with just a wreath. Pair it with this cute wreath holder and a gorgeous bow, though and now you’ve got a thoughtful gift!
THREE: Marble Creamer and Sugar Pot I love this more modern take on the traditional sugar and creamer set. They’re actually stoneware with some very convincing faux marble painting.
FOUR: Marble tree cutting board Marble all the things! How darling is this mango wood and marble cutting board in an iconic shape of the season. So simple and festive!
FIVE: Jingle Bell Bottle Opener Tie this festive bottle opener around the neck of your favorite craft beer and you’ve got the perfect host & hostess gift.
SIX: Fancy Matches The trick to a good hostess gift is to keep it easy and something the host/hostess wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves right? Fancy matches definitely fit that description. Pair them with gift #8 on this list and you’ve got the perfect pair.
SEVEN: Santa Mugs I have these mugs and they have become THE hot cocoa mugs. My kids absolutely love them and they come in a cute box. Pair with a bag of these adorable mini snowflake marshmallows and viola!
EIGHT: Nest Holiday Candle This is my absolute favorite holiday candle and has been my go-to for the last 5 years at least. I always have a few around at the holidays for quick neighbor gifts or that “whoops I didn’t get you a gift but you just gave me one so…” Keep some tucked in a closet and you’ll never be caught unprepared! Pair them with #6 on the list.
NINE: Drinking Buddies Glass Markers Silly and a total conversation starter, these drink markers perch on the edge of a wine glass. It’s hard not to giggle with a speedo clad little rubber man hanging from your glass but it’s fun at a party. Pair them with your favorite bottle of wine and you’ve got a great hostess gift that stands out a little from the crowd of wine bottles.
TEN: Gourmet S’mores Kit Homemade marshmallows and graham cracker shortbread cookies with squares of Valhrona chocolate make this s’mores gift extra special and perfect for gifting. Do you guys make s’mores over your gas stove? My kids love a good s’more and we’ve started doing that so now s’mores all year! This gift pairs perfectly with gift #11 on this list!
ELEVEN: Telescoping marshmallow roasting forks These handy forks collapse down for easy storage and cleaning and the color coded handles help you know who’s fork is who’s which is always handy when you’re gathered around the fire. Pair them with gift #10.
TWELVE: Funny gold foil wine tags I already ordered these tags to keep on hand whenever a bottle of wine really is all you need. The sayings are hilarious!
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