7 Hostess Gifts to Bring to Holiday Gatherings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and the most hectic! Between family gatherings, work parties and holiday get-togethers with friends, your social calendar is probably filling up fast. You never want to show up to someone’s home empty-handed, but shopping for a hostess gift can be tricky and time-consuming during an already busy season. We’re here to help with some of our favorite gifts that will have you on the hostess with the mostest’s Nice List.

Holiday Three-Wick Candle

You can never go wrong with a high-quality candle for your host. This three-wick candle from Nest New York blends pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with hints of vanilla and amber for a dreamy holiday scent that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser from the moment it’s lit. With a burn time of 75 to 100 hours, your host will be able to use this gift throughout the holiday season and beyond.

Classic Meat and Cheese Gift Box

A gift box filled with specialty meats and cheeses is a delicious option to bring to your next holiday event. The host can either set it out for guests at the event or save it for later when their hosting duties are over and they’re not in the mood to do any more cooking. This box from Harry & David has all the essentials, including summer sausage, two kinds of cheese, crackers and a jar of honey hot mustard. Yum!

Brightland Ardor Red Chili Olive Oil

A fancy olive oil is an unexpected gift, but just as useful as some of the other items on this list. This olive oil from Brightland, available at Neiman Marcus, kicks the spice level up a notch by blending California olives with red chili peppers, jalapeño peppers, chipotle peppers and paprika. It would make a delicious addition to any dips or spreads your host is preparing, and it comes in a gorgeous bottle that looks beautiful on any countertop.

Sugarfina Happy Holidays Bento Box

If you’d prefer to go the sweet-treat route, add this adorable box from Sugarfina to your shopping cart. The set comes with four candies: Champagne bears, cranberry cocktail bears, strawberry Champagne bears and peppermint marshmallow puffs. The gift already comes beautifully packaged, so just throw a ribbon on the box and you’re good to go! If you’re the hostess for any holiday events in the future, Sugarfina candies also make incredible party favors.

Cheers to Many Years Dish Towel

This tea towel from Anthropologie would be a fantastic gift if you’re heading to someone’s house for a New Year’s Eve party. It’s also something your host could bring out for the occasion for many years to come. Pro tip: Anthropologie has dozens more tea towels to choose from if you’d prefer one that’s not New Year’s or even holiday specific. My personal favorite is the emerald florals dish towel

Red, White and Sparkling Wine Gift Set

It’s a classic — and perhaps the most popular hostess gift — for good reason. Bringing a bottle of wine (or two, or three) is a lovely gesture, and guests can use it right away at the event you’re attending. This trio from Wine.com includes one red, one white and one sparkling wine. It provides a little something for everyone, which is ideal if you’re unsure about your host’s wine preferences.

HT Holiday Soirée Gift

If you want to forgo the traditional bottle(s) of wine, this set of teas from Harney & Sons is a charming and cozy alternative. The included blends — chocolate mint, hot cinnamon sunset, peppermint herbal and vanilla comoro — are a total delight to tastebuds. Each blend comes in a beautiful tin that can be restocked with teas or repurposed to store other treasures. Two gifts for the price of one. Cha-ching!


Just because you’re shopping for your host doesn’t mean you can’t get a little something for yourself too. Shop through Rakuten for the items above to score some Cash Back for your wallet. Happy holidays and happy shopping!


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