16 Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Invited Back Next Year
Unique and Affordable Gifts to Delight Every Host You Know
Holiday parties come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the thank you gifts you'll want to bring. Whether you're attending a dinner party or staying with a relative for the weekend, gifting the host something special is an absolute must. Be a guest to impress this year with these 16 gifts that are better than wine (and you know how good wine is).
A Fancy Curated Tea Set
Take your host to India with these luxurious vintage-inspired teas from Kusmi. The set of four beautiful blends comes with a copper measuring spoon that instantly takes an already-classy affair to the next level.
Buy It! Kusmi Tea Ballotin Gift Set, $54; kusmitea.com
A Woodsy and Warming Hand Lotion
There is nothing like a sweet and spicy hand lotion to warm your senses during the winter months. This Nest hand lotion is the perfect accent to any kitchen or bathroom - not only is the product great, but the packaging is fun and festive!
Buy It! Nest Sahara Spice Hand Lotion, $24; sephora.com
A Contemporary Living Room Plant
Nothing brightens up a home in the winter quite like some fresh greenery - it's the ultimate in pick-me-up decor. Bring your host this minimalistic potted aloe vera, which requires minimal tending and doubles as a cute living-room prop and later as a soothing skincare balm.
Buy It! Z Gallerie Aloe Plant, $35; zgallerie.com
A Classy Bottle of Herbal Gin
This herbal spirit has a luscious combination of dry bitter orange peels and sweet berries to help create the perfect light-tasting cocktail. Not to mention, the bottle is totally super-stylish, so it will add character to any bar cart.
Buy It! Brockmans Gin, $31; brockmansgin.com
A Chic Veggie-Lover's Cookbook
Inspire your host with this amazing veggie-centric cookbook she'll want to display in her culinary library. As an extension of the Love & Lemons blog, this cookbook gives the best ideas for last-minute meals that don't require a ton of ingredients.
Buy it! Love & Lemons Cookbook, $26; barnesandnoble.com
A Colorful Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
Especially great for those with no outdoor space, this indoor growing kit will excite any entertainer. Freshly-picked herbs taste SO much better than jarred, and these mason jars add a charming colorful pop to any kitchen décor.
Buy It! Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, $20 each; uncommongoods.com
A Vintage-Inspired Ombré Board Game
Perfect for post-dinner entertainment, whether you want to play it the way you did as a kid or add a drinking game element for a grown-up bash. In this new stylish ombré fade, this classic game is totally a collector's item. It's a part of Target's new rustic game series that brings back all the classics from Operation to Candy Land and much more.
Buy It! Jenga-Rustic Series Board Game, $20; target.com
A Unique Gourmet Dessert
These delicious dark-chocolate dipped candied orange slices from the famous Dean & Deluca are irresistible for even the most restrained snacker. You can taste the decadence in these seasonally special sweets.
Buy It! Dean & Deluca Tumbador Chocolate Dipped Oranges, $45; deandeluca.com
A Cute Docking Station For Any Smartphone
Everyone knows that the host is always running the party, filling drinks, serving food and socializing - which makes it hard to keep track of her phone for a spur-of-the-moment photo opp. With this eclectic docking station by Jonathan Adler, it's easy to find and adorable to control the playlist from.
Buy It! White Smartphone Dock, $48; jonathanadler.com
Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses
Get the party started by bringing these shot glasses made entirely of Himalayan sea salt. They will encourage guests to loosen up and take a tequila shot and will look stunning in that "cheers" Boomerang you've got planned. Plus, since salt is naturally antibacterial, you won't have to worry about sharing.
Buy It! Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses - Set of Four, $28; uncommongoods.com
A Fun Expressive Doormat
First impressions are the most important, so why not give something that will lighten the mood of any party before stepping foot inside? "You Better Have Tacos" is a fan favorite, but you can choose from seven other sayings according to the host's humor at the site below.
Buy It! You Better Have Tacos Doormat, $45; luluandgeorgia.com
Bar Cart Sweets
Sugarfina's chocolate-covered almonds dressed as martini olives are a fun addition to any party. Once guests finish snacking on these delicious treats, the lucite container will be ready to mix some real martinis.
Buy It! Shake It Up Chocolate Martini Shaker, $40; sugarfina.com
A Trendy Edible Beauty Product
Said to nourish and elevate the body's beauty and productivity, Moon Dust is all the rage this year. It's completely organic: made from raw vegetables, fruits, petals, herbs, roots, and nut - thus it's perfect for the health-nut host to use post-party season.
Buy It! Moon Juicy Mix Dust Sachet Box, $35; abchome.com
A Moody Stone Candle
This gorgeous heavy-duty candle will seriously set the mood. The calming eucalyptus aroma will put everyone at ease while the flickering wick calls for the best kind of vibes.
Buy It! Paddywax Eucalyptus & Santal Large Concrete Candle, $26; neimanmarcus.com
A Pretty Stain-Remover Set
Accidents happen at every party, from red wine to sauce spills on fancy clothes. This stain-remover set from The Laundress is an unexpected but extremely useful gift for the hostess to always have around.
Buy It! The Laundress Stain Removal Kit, $40; shopbop.com
The Internet Lover's Card Game
Memes have become their own form of communication these days, and this hilarious game will get any gathering giggling. Totally pop-culture-inspired, What Do You Meme will have people talking about the party for months to come.
Buy It! What Do You Meme, $30; urbanoutfitters.com
Must-Have Drink Mixers
The host of the party is always stocking up the bar, so this drink mix collection is a necessity. The set comes complete with crowd-pleasing recipes, making the mixologist's job easy and fun.
Buy It! Stonewall Kitchen Our Drink Mixer Collection, $20; stonewallkitchen.com