Hostess Gift Ideas – Holiday Edition

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‘Tis the season for holiday parties – and hostess gift ideas.  I was always taught to NEVER go to a party empty-handed.  (I actually really enjoy shopping for others – it’s like a challenge to find the most fitting gift.)

Some items are traditional in nature but have a twist (literally in one case).  Enjoy!

Who Doesn’t Love Candles?

I love candles.  Scented, unscented, votives, pillars…you name it.  I came across these pillar candles at The Grand Tour – a fun, chic boutique in Palm Beach, Florida.  Located in the Royal Poinciana Plaza, The Grand Tour captures the multigenerational culture of Palm Beach.

I immediately was attracted to the simplicity of these Anna by Rablabs Baracco Candles.  Made in Italy, their name comes from the Italian “twirl”.  

hostess gift ideas candles

I almost wouldn’t want to burn them as they are so beautiful – they are now at the top of my hostess gift ideas list!

The Gift of Literature

I am a bibliophile.  I love to read.  I love to adorn my home with books reflective of my favorites – design, street art, and history to name a few.  How fabulous would it be to arrive with a book, be it for the cocktail table or nightstand, that perfectly represents your hostess with the mostess?

The Grand Tour is a great spot to find unique books that are as beautiful to gift as to read.  Some of my favorites include Our Shoes Our Selves, The Joy of Junk, and New York Splendor.  

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Essential Oils

I came upon GuruNanda essential oils and have been diffusing them in my office ever since.  You can also use them topically, but I love how the scent infuses my office.

I just received the Beauty Serum Oils and cannot wait to check them out.  After a party, I feel that these oils, whether diffused in the air or applied to the skin, may be one of the best hostess gift ideas aside from someone to help clean up! 

Mani and Pedi

Find out where your host/hostess gets her nails done OR of a reputable place in the area.  To gift an hour or so of relaxation and beautification would be greatly appreciated! 

manicure hostess gift idea

If you think the hostess would rather a DIY mani, pick out a few nail polish colors, nail files, polish remover, and some other necessities for an at-home mani/pedi.  Wrap them all in a gift basket or bag with a note offering this gift as a step toward some “self-care” time.

Hostess Gift Ideas for the Win!

I would love to hear of some hostess gift ideas that you like to give – during the holiday season or a random invitation for dinner!

Be sure to check out some of my other gift guides:

Furry Friend Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for the Kiddos

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Hostess Gift Guide

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

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58 thoughts on “Hostess Gift Ideas – Holiday Edition”

  1. Those candles are gorgeous. I’d not want to burn them either. Your gift ideas for a hostess are great. Mine are boring – chocolates or wine. Maybe both.

  2. Kelly Martin

    These are great ideas for hostess gifts. I really like the candles and the essential oils.

    1. I agree – I’d love to read a great book while enjoying the scent of a beautiful candle.

  3. I know I would love if I got these things! Thanks for sharing

  4. I absolutely love those candles! What a great gift idea! I’m not a shopper, so I really appreciate these ideas. Thank you! 🙂

  5. I am on the look for the books to read to end my year, and thanks for the recommendation for the books. I will order some of them on Amazon.

    1. Julie, if you are ever in need of book recommendations please feel free to email me! I am a huge bibliophile and love to recommend books.

    1. Agreed, Ivana! Candles are great for brightening up the home AND adding a nice scent too!

  6. I thankfully don’t have to host this year. I will need to get my Aunt a gift tho. I’m thinking she will love some oils.

  7. These are great ideas! I always default to a good ole bottle of wine but I really like the suggestions you have here – very unique and I know I’d be happy to receive any of these gifts!

  8. I love the idea of bringing a wellness gift over to all the hosts at the many parties we attend. The oils are a great suggestion!

  9. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    I wish I could host more things like this. It seems like it would be so much fun!

  10. Love these ideas but I have to say it must be flowers all the way. I love getting fresh flowers and also love to find that perfect bunch for the hostess

    1. Flowers are a beautiful gift idea, Catherine! Are there any flowers in particular that you like to gift?

  11. Like you, I was taught to never show up at someone’s home without a gift. Love your ideas, they certainly add a bit of flair to what can otherwise be some pretty standard options. I really like the candles and that book about the best rooms in New York? Wow! Might have to give that to myself. 😉

    1. Lene, I end up finding a few gifts for myself when shopping for others 😉 . That New York book is definitely one of them!

  12. I love a good wine-related gift like bottle holders or a wine and cheese platter. They’re fun to give and people don’t often think to buy it for themselves.

  13. katrina Kroeplin

    i love essential oils. i have a huge collection and make my own blends. they make for a great gift.

  14. Melanie williams

    There are some really great ideas here for sure. I would without a doubt opt for the candles xx

    1. Amber, I’m with you…I don’t think I can bring myself to burn them. They are so pretty!

  15. Lovely list of gift ideas for the hostess. I really liked the idea of finding out if she likes to do the mani/pedi herself or if she likes having it done. So that the gift is really appreciated.

  16. Turned out that my Landlord loves candles. I have lots of candles in the house. I’m not complaining because it does give the place a nice scent.

  17. I love the candles! I normally give a bottle of wine/champagne. But these are great non-alcohol ideas!

  18. melissa chapman

    These all are so nice and I would love to get any. I love candles and an essential oil would be so perfect for the hostess.

  19. Scented candles are always great gifts to give the host. My SIL is the one who hosts our family gatherings and I have given her candles in the past because she loves them.

  20. Such a huge help! Thanks for letting us know! Love this so much!

  21. Great suggestions. I would love a lot of these myself, especially the essential oils and candles. I can never get enough!

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