9 Best Hostess Gifts: Yes, You Have to Bring Them

Worried about what to bring to the party host? Here are 9 of the best hostess gift ideas. Cheers!

Housewarming parties. Dinner parties. Anniversary parties. Birthday parties. Baby showers and bridal showers (when you’re the honoree). Overnight visits. Themed parties. Holiday parties.

It can get exhausting to find unique gifts to serve as mementos to thank your hostess (or host) for his or her hospitality.

Likewise, it’s sometimes confusing to determine whether giving a hostess a gift is appropriate.

I asked Myka Meier, the founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, to weigh in:

When are you required to bring a hostess gift? “You should bring a hostess gift when you are invited to someone’s home for any reason. It can be something small and thoughtful, and it constitutes a thank-you for an invitation to host you. Never show up empty handed. This obviously doesn’t mean you should turn up with a Tag Heuer automatic watch but you should arrive with something that shows that you’ve put time into your gift.”

When is a hostess gift not required? “When you are invited to someone’s home for an event or dinner, you should always ask the host what he or she would like you to bring. Sometimes the person may assign you to a dish. In that case, the dish would be your contribution. It would be extra generous (and unnecessary) to also bring a hostess gift.”

How much should I spend on a hostess gift? “There is no specific amount; rather, it’s the thought behind the gift. For instance, bringing homemade cookies would be as suitable as monogrammed cocktail coasters or an expensive candle from the host’s favorite store. You could even personalize a gift to make it more sentimental. You can pick up a nice bottle of wine from anywhere but then you could create personalized custom wine labels at GrogTag and add them to the bottle, creating a bespoke gift for your host.”

What is the not-so-obvious thing to bring as a hostess gift? “Flowers that are not already in a vase or container. It is the hostess’s sole responsibility to ensure her guests feel comfortable and welcome when they enter her home. The moment you will arrive with flowers, the hostess will need to cut their stems and find a vase to fill with water. While she is trying to accommodate the flowers you got for her, she has not been able to do her job as a hostess and may have missed greeting guests as they arrive.”

Here are nine of my favorites.

Scented candles. I love scented candles and usually wouldn’t splurge on one for myself. My favorites are from the Seventh Avenue Apothecary in Tampa, Florida, which is family owned and operated by a group of great women. Which reminds me, I recently hosted a party at my house and one of my guests brought a pretty little Scentsy warmer. We always share tips and tricks on where to find the best candles, so when she told me about how to find the Scentsy warmer of the month, here, I could not wait to give it a try for myself. Here’s to a beautifully scented home!


Rifle Paper Company recipe box. How perfect is it to gift a recipe box for a dinner party hostess? This Citrus Floral Recipe Box is made by the Rifle Paper Company (a Florida enterprise flagshipped in the charming town of Winter Park) and is available for $34. They also offer a diverse online section of other gift ideas to suit your hostess’s taste or hobbies.

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Michael Aram pomegranate catch all. I love the pomegranate catch all from the Michael Aram collection. At $49, this natural bronze beauty is perfect for the hostess to place in her kitchen for her “whatevers.”


Corkcicle. This little device is $17.95 of goodness and is ideal for the wine aficionado hostess. You freeze it, then stick it into a wine bottle so it stays cold. If you purchase them through the Corkcicle website, you get 15% off your first purchase. Good reason to buy them in bulk.

If you know that your wine-loving hostess already has a device like this then don’t fear! There are plenty of wine-related gifts and gadgets on Vitamin Vino so be sure to take a look to find some unique gifts for them.

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Hen House Linens kitchen towels. Bright and colorful, these towels from Hen House Linens will spruce up any kitchen.

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Gourmet Cheeses. It’s fun to give the hostess something she can look forward to enjoying when the party’s over. You can get gourmet cheeses almost anywhere (and who doesn’t like cheese?) but I prefer to shop local and purchase mine at Cheese Please in Tampa. It’s run by two hilarious and personable guys who have a knack for fine cheeses and chocolates.

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Menagerie wine pourer/ aerator. I discovered these gems at a tasting at the Gundlach Bundschu winery in Sonoma. There are 64 styles made from original hand-sculpted designs and forged from high-grade stainless steel. At roughly $29 a piece, they combine quality, functionality, durability, and style. My husband is an avid hunter, so I got him the elk pourer, but as a University of Florida alumnus and fisherman, he would have been equally thrilled with the alligator or fish pourers.


Funny cocktail napkins. For the hostess with a sense of humor, funny cocktail napkins make the perfect gift. I love these “Real Housewives” themed cocktail napkins from Caspari, which also sells boxed note sets, candles, matchboxes, and picture frames online.

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Bathroom guest book. For the regular entertainer, make every trip to the powder room an event to remember with the Bathroom Guest Book available at Z-Gallerie. This witty little book is a great conversation piece, and at $14.95, each guest’s deep thoughts on the loo will live in infamy.

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Cheers to being a gracious guest!


    19 Comments on 9 Best Hostess Gifts: Yes, You Have to Bring Them

    1. Sarena @ Teal Inspiration
      August 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm (7 years ago)

      I love your gift ideas and the advice. I always did find it strange when people would bring a hostess flowers and then she had to try to find something to put them in and all that. Not that I have anything against flowers, I swear!

      • jenniferdaku
        August 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks so much for stopping by, Sarena.

    2. Tove Maren
      August 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm (7 years ago)

      you can come to my house anytime!!! I love these ideas – so thoughtful and kind.
      I used to grow small habanero peppers and would bring a plant with me – it was always a hit!

    3. Alayna @AlaynasCreations
      August 7, 2015 at 9:28 am (7 years ago)

      Great ideas! I’m always kind of at a loss when it comes to this kind of thing. I always feel like I “should’ bring something but never know what. Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

    4. Barbara
      August 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm (7 years ago)

      I was taught that you ALWAYS ask what to bring to a party. I find it rude not to. I usually will bring a dish or wine. It’s something that everyone can enjoy!

    5. Emily
      August 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm (7 years ago)

      The truffle cheese at Cheese Please is life-changing! Have you tried their honeys and/or onion jam? Yum!

      • jenniferdaku
        August 5, 2015 at 9:30 pm (7 years ago)

        I’ve only tried their cheeses and chocolates but now I have some more stuff to add to the list, thanks to your suggestions!

    6. Caroline (Virginia Sweet)
      August 5, 2015 at 10:49 am (7 years ago)

      Corkcicle and cocktail napkins are my go to every single time!! Love this post!

      • jenniferdaku
        August 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks Caroline! Those are so fun.

    7. Ali A
      August 5, 2015 at 10:20 am (7 years ago)

      My mother taught me at a relatively young age to bring a hostess gift & I’m so glad she did. It’s a nice gesture that definitely does not go unnoticed and even though (to some) it may seem a bit old school, it’s super generous and thoughtful to bring someone a gift who’s been gracious enough to have you over, serve you dinner/drinks/etc. Great gift ideas – love those napkins!

      • jenniferdaku
        August 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks Allison, I love them too and looked everywhere online to buy more (I bought them at a local store). I’m sure the company could custom make some for you in time for the holidays, if you’re interested.

    8. Laura
      August 5, 2015 at 8:58 am (7 years ago)

      I’m a Southern Diva, and I believe in Hostess gifts, too! I loved your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

      • jenniferdaku
        August 5, 2015 at 9:32 pm (7 years ago)

        You had me at Southern Diva. Ditto. Thanks Laura!

    9. Christina
      August 5, 2015 at 8:54 am (7 years ago)

      Love this! So many people do not know about or appreciate the courtesy of hostess gifts. For parties I always fall back on wine or a dish to share. I am going to have to use these creative ideas to mix it up!

      • jenniferdaku
        August 5, 2015 at 9:32 pm (7 years ago)

        Agreed that wine is always the perfect go-to (and easy when you’re in a time jam!) Cheers, Christina!

    10. Michelle
      August 4, 2015 at 9:47 pm (7 years ago)

      I am all about hostess gifts. I guess because I enjoy giving gifts. You have some very nice selections. I especially like what you said about the flowers. I had this happen to me more than I wish and I feel the same way, “now I have to take care of the flowers.” Sounds ingrateful, but I agree, it is one thing that has to be done immediately. Great post.

      • jenniferdaku
        August 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks Michelle! Glad to link up on Tuesday Talk, I’ve enjoyed making connections with other bloggers there!

      • jenniferdaku
        August 5, 2015 at 9:33 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks Michelle! I never thought twice about the flower issue until my friend pointed out that it was a hassle for the hostess to figure out what to do with them. Cheers!

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