best hostess gifts

The Best Hostess Gifts That Aren’t Flowers or Wine

It’s never nice to show up to a barbecue or dinner party empty-handed—and that’s doubly true if you’re seeing your friends or family for the first time in a while. Flowers (without a vase) are a project) and only last a week, a bottle of wine won’t get noticed. Instead of showing up with a cookie-cutter gift, go the extra mile and bring a hostess gift that’s equal parts practical, refined, and thoughtful. With the holidays fast approaching, plan ahead and grab one of these stylish gifts for your host or hostess and you'll guarantee yourself an invite back. 

Flour Sack Cloths

For the friend or family member who moonlights as a chef, they’ll love these flour sack towels to keep knives, cutting boards, and hands dry in the kitchen. Even better: They get softer with each wash and take on a useful second life as the perfect cleaning cloth when you finally retire them from the kitchen. 

Kayuragi Incense

This is the incense for people who don’t like incense. And like so many Japanese things, it feels elegant, refined, and incredibly well-designed—all things you’d want in a hostess gift. 

New Hand Care Set (with Tray)

Upgrade your hostess’s sink with our best-selling beautiful hand soap—and double down by getting a matching hand cream. This set comes with a porcelain tray for a lovely gift that ties together.  

Bamboo Storage Caddy

Fill this wooden bamboo caddy with fresh citrus or a few of your favorite recipes and bring it to any cookout. It’s made from readily renewable Bamboo with simple, sturdy construction and modern design that any host will want to keep on display. 

Japanese Quince Candle

A candle is always a safe bet, but our soy-blend, clean-burn wax candles are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. (We’re a little biased, but the Mediterranean Fig’s deep, dark, earthy scent is perfect for subtly banishing unwanted odors in the bathroom.) 

Fragrance Oil Blends

These fragrance oils will convince your host to finally ditch dryer sheets. Pick a few zero-waste scents, which smell more like sophisticated home fragrances, for a thoughtful gift. 

Soapstone Smudge Bowl 

This little bowl is so gorgeous, it looks good just sitting there, empty. Grab a few, throw in a bundle of sage or Palo Santo to clear bad energy, and encourage your hostess to make use of it before dessert. 

Himalayan Pink Salt Bars 

Himalayan Pink Salt isn’t just pretty: It’s also a natural anti-microbial germ killer. Wrap some in a cheesecloth and tie it with a little twine or ribbon for a thoughtful and unexpected gesture.  

Large Carafe

Fill this tough-as-nails borosilicate glass with your favorite sangria or punch (or lemonade!) recipe and let the host know she can keep it for a two-in-one gift. 

Looking for more hostess gift ideas? Head over to our Home Decor section for more chic, thoughtful gifts that’ll play to your host’s stylish side.