Hostess Gift Guide – Because You Are the Perfect Guest
By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor
As we get closer to the holiday season, we start accepting invitations to holiday parties, whether it is a simple nosh get-together or a formal bash. It is always nice – well, recommended, in fact – to arrive with a with a little something-something for the host or hostess. Visit our gift guide for thoughtful gift ideas to make sure that you will be invited back next year. ‘Cause we want you to be popular too.
|For the Playful Hostess
Here is a creative game to get guests talking. Table Topics are a collection of conversation starters. Each card has a question like “Is intelligence or common sense more important?” The cards can be used as coasters or table settings. You can purchase them on Amazon.com in a variety of editions for $25.00, from the Original Table Topics, Not Your Mom’s Party Edition (asks all the questions your mother told you NOT to ask), Family Edition or the Girls Night Out for an all adult party.
|For the Classic Hostess
These Rose Petal soaps are perfect for the guest bathroom. Each rose petal creates enough rich lather to thoroughly wash your hands. Available at Cambria Cove for $35.00.
|For the Functional Hostess
This decorative bamboo charcoal helps purify the air, deodorizes, regulates humidity and it looks so stylish to boot. Learn more about bamboo charcoal which we wrote about it here. Available through Amazon.com for $49.99.
|For the Organized Hostess
A pretty frame to hold Sticky Notes! What a perfect gift for the organized hostess who loves to keep reminders & memos with sticky notes. Add a package of colorful sticky notes to complete the gift. Available on Ponoko for $15.00.
|For the Hostess with Little Chefs
How cute would it be to get personalized aprons for everyone in the family. Go to ShopMemento’s shop on Etsy to see all the various personalized gift options. Prices vary.
|For the Gourmet Hosts
Nothing is nicer than receiving a beautiful box of top quality specialty spices and spice blends. There are over 30 gift boxes to chose from, including various ethnic blends, curry, BBQ, salad, meat or fish blends. We LOVE their spices. Shop at theSpiceHouse.com
|For the Nostalgic Hosts
These Vintage LP Record Coasters are perfect for the hosts who loves nostalgia, music or both. Available on Amazon.com for $19.99 for a set of 6
|For the Gardening Hostess
She can get her fresh herbs in winter too thanks to these Garden-in-a-Bag herbs (basil, cilantro, chives, dill, lavender, oregano, parsley, and sage) that will grow right out of the bag. From Inhabitat Shop. $9.00 each
|For the Pampered Hostess
Here is a perfect seasonally themed gift set: The Cranberry Fig Gift Set includes hydrating body milk, shea butter sugar scrub and handmade soap all scented with cranberry fig. From Bidwell Botanicals. $40.00
|For the Crafty Hostess
How cool are these! This clever vase comes flat, as thin as a sheet of cardboard. To mold it, just fill it with hot water and hand form it to any shape you want. Then empty the vase and refill it with cold water to freeze the shape. After use, you can re-flatten it for storage. From Lee Valley, $6.50 each. Accompany with a bouquet of flowers and a demonstration for a really fun hostess gift.
|For the Hostess with a Sense of Humor
Canadian Artist Ileana Grimm makes humorous aprons, among other things… Her hilarious quotable aprons are certain to be a hit: “Dull women have immaculate kitchens”, “Many have eaten here and gone on to lead normal lives” and “When I said I do, I didn’t mean everything” are among our favorites. Check out her website at GrimmInc.com for her complete selection. Aprons are $22.00.
|For the Fine Palate Hostess
Nothing says thank you for inviting us like a lovely sweet or savory delicacy. These Signature Truffles in Red Box by Mariebelle are not only festive but also a chocolate lover’s delight ($45.00). Or you could choose the Cheese and Snack sampler adds a touch of decadence with the honey and candied walnuts ($75.00). Both can be purchased CambriaCove.com
|For the Environmentally Conscious Hostess
These elegant and colorful candle holders are made from made from reclaimed Bordeaux, Westport Rivers Wine, and Californian Chardonnay Bottles. Add some candles and this will be a perfect gift. $50 for the set of 3, from GreenGlass.com.
|For the Indie Hostess
Whether it is thrillers, comedies or romance there is a Indieflix Film Festival in a Box for everyone. Learn more here. You probably have a good chance to be invited to the next party if you bring this along… Buy at IndieFlix.com for $14.99.
|For the Modern Hostess
We mentioned Nicole of Infrared Studio in our Jewelry Gift Guide. Besides jewelry, Lauren also designs these gorgeous felt coasters and trivets. A set of four laser cut felt coasters in water resistant wool would be a welcome gift during the holiday season. Available at Ponoko.com for $25.00.
|For the Bubbly Hostess
From Personal Wine, a personalized bottle of wine or bubbly that would be a perfect Thank You to mark an elegant affair ($49.00).
|For the Festive Hostess
These Tin Tinsel and Tin Stars are the wonderful accent to any Christmas Tree. They are made by a small Canadian tin shop exactly like the original ones from Victorian times. Each pack of 20, of either stars or tinsel are $13.95 at Lee Valley.
Need more inspiration still? Here are ALL our Gift Guides. Or, go directly to the Jewelry-is-always-the-perfect-gift Guide, the Lil’ Kids Gift Guide, the Teens Gift Guide and the Eco & Fair Trade Gift Guide. That’s for just for starters….