How to Give a Great Hostess Gift

Tis' the season for multiple parties with friend and family - dinner parties, Friendsgiving, holiday parties and more. I for one, love to play hostess (even though our apartment is tiny!), and I think when you are in someone else's home it's important and respectful to come with something in hand. 

I've said this time and time again, but I love the holidays. I think it's a time to be thankful for the people in your life, and where a small gesture of kindness goes a long way. When someone else is offering their home to you, making food for you (or ordering in!), providing drinks, or simply hosting you before heading off to a different venue, bringing a gift for your hostess is simply the right thing to do! 

Depending on your time and your preference, there a few different types of gifts that you can bring to your hostess with the most-est. Whether you want to bring something homemade, something useful in the kitchen, or something to add to the party - I've provided a range of options below that I'm sure will be useful for your next gathering! 

If you're a DIY pro 

Mosaic Tile Coasters 

Are these not the cutest?! How happy would you be if your guest brought you these mosaic tile coasters as a hostess gift? It's an incredibly thoughtful homemade offering that any host would feel happy to receive.  This is also a great gift to bring to a party because most people don't have tons and tons of coasters for their surfaces when guests are over, so this is a great way to show that you're thinking ahead and care about them. 

You'll need:

  • Mosaic tile sheet
  • Cork
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • X-acto knife
  • Pencil  

You can find the directions on how to make these adorable coasters at the link above. 

DIY Chalkboard Tray

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You'll need: 

  • A porcelain platter
  • Painter's tape (optional)
  • Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard paint (You can get this at Amazon)

This is an adorable gift to bring the hostess when you arrive a bit early for a party, this way you can help her set up a beautiful platter and even bring some chalk to help identify the items on the platter.  You can find the directions for how to make this at the link above. 

Scrabble Wine Glass Tags

These cute little things can make for the perfect holiday wine glass tags, or an adorable homemade ornament! A two for one gift, that's incredibly thoughtful and perfect for the holidays. You can always choose to make these more suitable for year-round instead of using "elf" and "snow." 

You'll need: 

  • A drill
  • Glue
  • Ribbon  

If you're a Food Network addict  

If you're like me, then you enjoy being in the kitchen and feel proud when someone likes eating something you've created! When making food or compiling a cute jar for the hostess, try and think of something that will either add to the party, or be useful for her down the line. The food in the jars are super cute, but it still creates some work for the person when they have to make it. Something that's easy to nibble on during the party is a great bet. 

Easy dessert chocolate bark 

Making candy bark is SO easy! You literally just melt the chocolate of your choice, pour it into a pan (lined with foil or parchment paper), spread it out evenly, add whatever toppings and freeze. Then when it comes out, the added toppings have set into the chocolate, and it breaks apart in delicious bark. This is a perfect hostess gift, as it provides some easy nibbles for guests craving something sweet. Recipe can be found at the link above! 

Winter Orange Pomegranate Iced Tea

While alcohol is always a great gift for the hostess, it might be a nice treat to bring something non-alcoholic that can easily be mixed or paired with someone's alcohol of choice for a nice mixed drink, or for the kiddos, or for anyone at the party that happens to not drink but wants something fun in their cup. Recipe can be found at the link above! 

Chili Glazed Pecans

These make for a great delicious gift for the holidays, a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet. These can easily be set up on the table for guests to snack on at any party, adding to what offerings and making the hostess happy to have more options for people to choose from. Also, these store for a long time! If stored in an airtight container at room temperature, they can last for up to 2 weeks or months in the freezer.  Recipe at the link above! 

If you're in a rush and need something quick

Holiday Scented Candle 

Let's face it - it happens to all of us. Sometimes the time just gets away from us. We've all been there. We know a party or birthday is coming in the next few weeks, but we wait until the last absolute minute to purchase a gift. A holiday-scented candle is a great hostess gift that's super easy and still thoughtful. 

Bottle of Wine w/ a cute, creative tag

A bottle of wine is always a nice, easy gift! Red or white, it's always appreciated. Adding a cute holiday tag takes it up a notch. If you can't find a cute holiday tag, you can always get a ribbon and tie a festive ribbon around the bottle. 

Fall flower bouquet 

A beautiful fall floral bouquet is a great, thoughtful gift. Don't get the $7 flowers from Safeway that are already half-dead, those feel cheap and last-minute. Go for a nicer bouquet that sets the holiday spirit and matches the theme of the party! 

Any other holiday hostess gift ideas?