Have you received invites to holiday parties and get-togethers? The time is coming when your calendar may be filling up with invites to Christmas parties, dinners, or cookie-baking days. You may even be planning overnight stays at your friend’s and family’s homes. If you want to show up with a gift of appreciation and holiday cheer for your host, I have a few hostess gift ideas for you.
(Updated 2020: Even if you are not invited to as many holiday get-togethers this year, you can still brighten someone’s day by sending them one of these gifts!)
There is no need to blow your holiday budget on extravagant gifts, as your host will appreciate even a small gesture.
Wine is a great gift as the host can decide if they want to serve it right then and there. Or they can save the bottle for later. Winc has a special promo and I ordered 4 bottles of wine from Winc for under $35. You can use this link to get $20 off your first order!
Winc has low sulfur wine, low sugar wine, organic wine, and vegan options. I enjoyed picking my bottles out and enjoyed getting it shipped to my door. You can get 4 bottles to bring to your next holiday party for under $35. I’d say that’s a great deal on wine!
Another one to try is Wine Awesomeness. Get $25 Off + Free Shipping on your first 6-Bottle Membership Box
A Basket of Holiday-Scented Home Products
I always look forward to getting new seasonal soaps and cleaners. The holiday scents make cleaning a little more fun. Put together a basket of scented soaps and lotions for your host. Add in a candle or dish towel and I’m sure the basket will be enjoyed!
You can purchase great holiday scents from Grove Collaborative and now is the perfect time. You can currently get the following items for FREE:
- Mrs. Meyer’s holiday hand soap
- Mrs. Meyer’s holiday dish soap
- Mrs. Meyer’s holiday multi surface spray
- Grove red caddy *new*
- Grove walnut scrubber sponges
Pick from Iowa Pine, Peppermint, or Orange Clove. (I picked Orange Clove!)
**While the holiday set is no longer available, you can still get a free set of products here! Mrs. Meyers dish soap, hand soap, cleaner and more!**
Here’s how to grab your free set:
- Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the holiday items above for free when you sign up!
- To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
- Click Finish & Pay and place your order.
When you submit your first order, you’ll also be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and customer service.
Stitch Fix Gift Certificate
Stitch Fix would be a fun treat to give to your host! Stitch Fix offers pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, sweaters, shirts, outerwear, scarves, jewelry and bags for women. Gift cards are available.
Special Promo: Try Stitch Fix and get a $25 credit with your first fix. Updated: you can now get a $50 credit!!
Scarf or Other Homemade Gift
If you don’t want to show up with another holiday trinket or decoration that your host may not want, consider a handmade scarf for your host. It’s both a personal and useful gift.
Another idea for a handmade gift is soap. Try this recipe for milk and honey soap with lavender and oatmeal.
Do you have a special memory or family recipe that you share? Make the recipe and show up with a homemade batch. My cousin stayed with us this past weekend. She showed up with two containers of homemade applesauce. We both grew up eating our grandmother’s homemade applesauce. It was made with a Chinois Strainer and takes a looong time to get even a small batch. This was quite the gift in my eyes. Inexpensive…but a labor of love!
Candles or Essential Oils
I think most homeowners enjoy festive holiday scents in their home, especially when hosting a party in their home. Find a holiday-scented candle. Or give the gift of the Holiday Blends from Plant Therapy. The Holiday Blends include Spiced Apple Cider, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Christmas Tree, Snow Flurries, Winter Wreath. (Grab $10 off your $25 purchase from Plant Therapy.) Plant Therapy even offers Free Shipping + Free Returns!
A Hello Fresh gift certificate would be the perfect gift after an extended stay at someone’s house. I’m sure they will be excited to pick a few recipes and have the fresh ingredients sent straight to their home. You have the option to select the date their e-gift will arrive. If you want to hand something directly to the hostess, bring a recipe card of your own and write the gift on the card. (Or grab $90 off with free shipping with this link.)
Pick a festive coffee mug for the hostess. Don’t forget to include a pound of their favorite coffee beans! (Like Bulletproof!)
Flowers are a great gift when you are short on time. Your host will enjoy having flowers to brighten her house for the days following the event! Wrap in festive holiday-themed paper.
Does your host or hostess enjoy games? If so, pick out a new game to add to their collection. Telestrations can be hilarious.
- Cloth Napkins
- Drink Mixes
- Causebox – Give a box as a gift or gift an item from your own box. Every season the box includes 6-8 ethical products that are empowering people and supporting charities in different parts of the world. Subscribing to this seasonal box will also help to build your gift stash.
Originally posted Nov 16, 2016. Updated November 2018.