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65 Hostess Gift Ideas for Christmas or a Holiday Party (2024)

These hostess gift ideas for Christmas or any holiday can be so much more than a bottle of wine or fresh flowers, they are thoughtful and inexpensive gift ideas for your host or hostess that they’ll enjoy and appreciate!  From cozy winter blankets to adorable kitchen utensils, make your host’s lives easier with these affordable and thoughtful gift ideas that won’t break the bank.

Heading over to a Christmas, Hanukah, or holiday dinner with friends or family?  Make it memorable with a great gift your host or hostess can enjoy and use again & again! Whether it’s a traditional family Christmas dinner, or a modern holiday feast – make your host happy with these fun winter presents!  

What better way to say thank you than with a thoughtful and creative gift for the host or hostess for your next party.  These great hostess gift ideas bring some fun to the table and there is truly something for everyone in this gift guide.

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Our Favorite Holiday Hostess Gifts for Christmas

These simple affordable host presents are a thoughtful gifts, great for family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors.  My list of best hostess gifts include fancy baskets, tea sets, cozy winter wear, and beautiful home decor.  And not to mention some great after-dinner party games for the family (and some for adults-only)!

Find the perfect hostess gift with these 65 ideas!

Organic Bamboo Cheese Cutting Board & Knife Gift Set

This gorgeous cheese board set includes bamboo cheese board, cheese knives, and four stainless steel serving utensils. This brunch cheese board is the ideal gift for any occasion, including a bridal shower, wedding, holiday, birthday, housewarming, and more!

Handmade Dough Bowl Lavender Soy Wax Candle, Farmhouse Chic

Create a calming environment with this trendy responsibly sourced lavender Dough Bowl Candle. These candles are created using only the best ingredients and fragrances. Each candle container is unique and durable, and make gorgeous gifts.

A Fantastic Bottle of Wine (At a Discount To You)

I love ordering wine (plus amazing seasonal produce) through Misfits Market and Imperfect Foods! They have hundreds of fantastic bottles of surplus wine they sell at discounted prices – delivered right to your door.

What’s the Best Wine for a Holiday Host?

If you know which brand or variety of wine they like best, go for it! Nice wine goes a long way, it’s a great go-to gift that your host or hostess will enjoy.

For a fancy party or event, I like to bring a sparkling wine like prosecco, cava, or a blanc-de-blanc champagne (my favorite). For a dinner party, I like to bring chardonnay or pinot grigio for white wines, or a nice pinot noir or sangria for red.

If you haven’t tried wine delivery – I highly recommend checking out Misfit Market! You can get individual bottles, or discounts on 6-bottle sets. 

Mulled Wine Gift Set & Cocktail Kit

If you’re going to bring a bottle of red wine, gift it with this DIY mulled wine kit for a special holiday treat. Not only is mulled wine delicious, it makes the whole house smell absolutely amazing. With a mulling ladle included, this wine set includes everything you need to brew and serve. This cute set is the perfect way to  enjoy an aromatic crowd-pleasing drink.

Assorted Tea Gift Set – 100% Natural

I am an huge fan of Vahdam teas, and this tea set is perfect for the tea lover in your life!  This cozy small sampler comes in a a beautiful blush gift package, perfect for your host or hostess!  A wondrous collection of 3 of in-house, loose-leaf blends. A personal favorite that is organic, delicious, makes a good hostess gift for tea lovers.

Cedarwood Fir & Cinnamon Pumpkin, Natural Soy Wax Holiday Candles

Perfect holiday host gifts to use in any room of the house! Each candle delivers a 40-45 hour burn time with natural soy wax and lead-free cotton wick that is vegan, cruelty and paraben-free and biodegradable to guarantee a clean and even burn. Fragrance diffuses shortly to offer almost an instant indulgence for you to lift spirits and create festive ambiance.

The Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by whipping up a magically delicious meal? From sumptuous fall and winter feasts to delectable desserts and tea-time treats, this book has all of your holidays and special occasions covered, with an extra magical twist.

Celebrate in true wizarding world style with recipes like: Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Chocolate Gateau, and many more! The perfect gift if your host or hostess is a Harry Potter fan, or if it’s a favorite of the family’s!

Moscow Mule Mugs Set Of 4

Cheers to the holidays with this gorgeous copper Moscow Mule mug gift set! This mugs set contains everything you need for a Moscow Mule — 4 mugs plus matching straws, mango wood coasters, and shot glass. These premium hammered copper mugs are made solely of copper — no nickel, tin, or other filler metals. A thoughtful hostess gift they’ll be able to entertain with them again & again!

Indoor S’mores Maker 

One of my favorite things to gift chocolate lovers! Enjoy delicious s’mores indoors all holiday long, no matter the weather! Bring the campfire to your kitchen and toast marshmallows with this highly rated electric toaster.  Fun for both kids and adults, trust me, this will be one major hit with your host or hostess!

Drink Coasters in any Letter, Monogrammed Round Wood Coasters Engraved

Give a personalized holiday hostess gifts with these gorgeous monogrammed coasters. This set includes 4 large coasters made of 100% eco friendly organic natural oak wood which makes the product long lasting and durable. One of our favorite Christmas hostess gifts, especially for those hosts who enjoy a personal touch.

All Time Best Holiday Entertaining Cook Book

Start a new tradition through food by gifting this gorgeous holiday cook book.  As someone who loves cooking, I would absolutely love getting this. Celebrations call for meals that impress, and with thousands of meticulously tested recipes to our name, the experts at Cook’s Illustrated are no strangers to pulling off a great holiday feast. In this timeless collection, we have gathered 75 spectacular, foolproof recipes from over 20 years of testing to help you confidently pull off a holiday meal to remember.

A Toast for the Host Wine bottle Bags – Cotton & Burlap

If you’re going to bring wine as a hostess gift this holiday season, wrap it in these great cotton and burlap gift bags. These are great for a holiday event, and can be re-used by the host again (better than wrapping paper). An eco-friendly holiday gift bag that they’ll cheers to!

Moon Lamp Ambiance Light

While this cozy moon light isn’t necessarily holiday themed, I absolutely love this unique gift idea. It’s great for adding a little extra light to any room of the house, and brings the ambiance. It casts both yellow and white light and is rechargeable. Great for a powder room or a coffee table!

The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies

Good news for dessert lovers! The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savory, and mini. A perfect gift for the hostess who loves to bake!

Cutting Board Style Rustic Wooden Recipe Cookbook iPad/Tablet Holder Stand 

A perfect cookbook stand that will complement any kitchen decor!  This stand is shaped like a cutting board, making it the perfect addition to your kitchen. Prop up and cookbook or even an ipad, and read the recipe while you cook.  I have one of these stands, and they are so convenient!

Great Northern Popcorn Pit Popper 

This easy campfire popcorn maker is great for nights next time you’re at the lake, campouts, or backyard parties! Make 4 quarts of popcorn in just minutes. Takes camping out (or camping in by a cozy fireplace) to a whole new level – no electricity needed!

Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler Gift Set

Let your hosts rise and shine by starting their day off with their choice of 4 fresh roasted coffee varieties. The coffees curated by Bean Box are from exclusive small-batches and selected by a world-class coffee expert to help you discover your next favorite cup. A good choice for coffee lovers, help them find they’re next favorite.

Gibson Elite Hand-Painted Dinnerware Set, 10.5” Pie Dish and 8” Square Bakeware

A gorgeous hand-painted pie dish and casserole set that is perfect for holiday hosting!  Beautiful old world European traditional hand painted stoneware – Set includes 10. 5″ Pie dish & 8″ Square bakeware. A versatile vessel that you can bring a side dish in, and let the host keep!  And they are microwave and dishwasher-safe (for easy clean up).

Set of 4 Upcycled Denim and Cotton Hand Towels| Zero Waste Unpaper Towels, Dish Rags, and Tea Towels

These gorgeous hand towels make the perfect home holiday gift idea for your host or hostess!  Fancy striped style goes with any aesthetic, from modern to classical. It can be hung by a corner loop; It’s packed in an eco-friendly bag Washable and Easy To Clean in a clean, simple color scheme.

Burt’s Bees Classics Gift Set

Pamper your host or hostess from head to toe with this giftable set including Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Hand Salve, Original Beeswax Lip Balm, Res-Q Ointment, Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream and Coconut Foot Cream with Vitamin E. These natural, moisturizing skin care products gifted in a Burt’s Bees tin nourish skin throughout the winter months and make the perfect holiday hostess gift.

Canvas Log Carrier Bag, Waxed Durable Wood Tote

A winter essential for anyone with a fireplace or wood stove – make it easier to keep the fire going with this fantastic canvas log tote.  Not only a firewood carrier – to keep wood chips inside and not scattered on floor, for firepits, grilling and pretty much everything about outdoors.

One of our favorite useful items that can be used all season long. You can even pick up a bundle of wood at the grocery store on the way to fill it!

Raw Bourbon Honey – Unfiltered and Pure

As a beekeeper, I had to throw a honey-theme gift in this guide, as it honey holds a special place in my heart (and dinner table)!  This small batch bourbon honey has been used in award winning drinks and deserts. Great in coffee, tea, glazed on meats, over deserts, cheese cake and ice cream. The natural wildflower honey is cured in oak barrels (like bourbon!) which makes this a fun and fantastic Christmas gift idea.

Extra Large Picnic or Outdoor Blanket

This picnic or floor mat makes a fantastic host gift idea!  Great for laying out by the fire after the guests have gone. Great as a cozy throw blanket or to spread by a fireplace to snuggle up with!

Minnetonka Women’s Alpine Sheepskin Cozy Slipper Moccasins

Keep those cozy winter vibes going all winter long with these Minnetonka warm winter slippers. These Sheepskin suede slippers are handmade and provide comfort, durability, and timeless style with every step. The cozy slippers are made to stretch to the contours of your feet and wear pattern over time, ensuring that each pair of Sheepskin-lined moccasin slippers fit snugly and getting more comfortable as you wear them.

Movie Night Popcorn Kernels and Seasoning Variety Pack

Give this delicious popcorn kernel and seasoning set at your next dinner party or holiday gathering – it’s the perfect foodie gift for any occasion! Fall and winter is the perfect time for cozying up with a movie night, especially one the whole family can enjoy. Included are popcorns flavoring for every taste. A nice gesture they’ll love for their next movie night.

Funny Coasters for Drinks with Holder,  Absorbent Drink Coasters Set 6 Pcs /3 Sayings

Sometimes your guests need a reminder 🙂 so say it with this hilarious coaster set. We’re pretty sure boring will NOT be one word used to describe your house when you gift or entertain with these coasters. It’s a hilarious way to remind people to keep their drinks off the table and get a few free laughs too!

Tara’s All Natural Handcrafted Gourmet Sea Salt Caramel: Small Batch, Kettle Cooked, Creamy & Individually Wrapped

Treat your Thanksgiving host with a little something sweet: sea salt caramels! Tara’s caramels are kettle cooked in small batches from a century old recipe. A fantastic idea of you are hosting (put them in candy dishes) or for your hostess to stash away for later after the guests are gone.

Pour Over Coffee Maker with Permanent Filter, Glass, 34 Ounce, 1 Liter, Cork Band

But first – coffee!  This easy pour over coffee maker has a fine mesh stainless steel filter that eliminates the need for paper filters. This promotes the pure unfolding of the flavor – no more paper filters that trap the essential oils and flavors. This coffee maker sets new standards in the preparation of delectable coffees: no paper filters – just pure flavor. A great brunch hostess gift idea for a coffee lover.

Stonewall Kitchen Birch Breakfast Basket Gift (3 pc)

3 Piece White Birch Basket Gift contains: 1 Wild Maine Blueberry Jam (12.5 oz), 1 Maine Maple Syrup (8.5 oz) and 1 Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix (16 oz). Fantastic gift choice for housewarming, hostess, sympathy, or birthday. Includes some of the best combinations of jams, mixes, syrups, and more all in attractive boxes or baskets.

Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix – All Natural Sea Salt Rimmer Included – Light and Zesty Brunch Bloody Mary Mix

Bloody Mary’s are a diverse drink one can easily spice up and make their own. Delicious with or without alcohol! Add lemon, lime, hot sauce, shrimp, bacon, or any of your other favorites to the mix! The salt is the best part.

2 Bottle Insulated Wine Tote Bag, Wine Carrier Travel Padded Cooler Bag, Perfect Wine Lover’s Gift

A fabulous holiday gift idea- bring you chilled wine and keep it cool. Don’t let the bottle be your only gift. This wine tote has a great selection of wine bottle carrier bags that can dress up any bottle and really make it something special.

The Spirit Infusion Kit – Infuse Your Booze! 70+ Recipes

This homemade infuser kit is the perfect gift for that DIY person in your life or aspiring moonshiner or bootlegger, this makes the perfect gift to deck the halls. If you like making cocktails or home brewing, you’ll like infusing your own alcohol.  Everything needed to make your own all-natural handcrafted infused spirits.

The Side Dish Bible: 1001 Perfect Recipes for Every Vegetable, Rice, Grain, and Bean Dish 

A fantastic holiday cookbook your host can make their go-to for entertaining! A cookbook and roadmap to help home cooks round out and enhance any meal, for any occasion with 1001 recipes for every type of side dish imaginable. 

Ice Cream Freeze Bowl, Double Walled Insulated Freezer Bowl

This is the perfect holiday hostess gift idea for the ice-cream lover in your life! The Host Ice Cream freeze bowl is freezable, with double-walled BPA-free plastic. This lets it get ice-cold and stay cold for hours, keeping your ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard and other treats chilled.

Solid Marble Coasters with Gold Brass Inlay

Made of solid marble with a beautiful gold brass Inlay around. Unlike Leather or other material coasters, these vary slightly in design by the very nature of natural marble.

These coasters are extra wide and thick with 4 inch in diameter and 10mm thickness. Silicon base provides anti slip quality on multiple surfaces.

Outdoor Wool Blend Blanket Cozy Inka Pattern

A great way to cozy up at a lake house or cottage, especially for cool nights by the campfire!  Great for the home, camping, mountain cabin, beach, or in the evenings by the fire – give your hosts major cozy vibes with this beautiful wool blanket.

Balsam Fir & Cedarwood Scented Candle, Large Wood Wicked Soy Candle for Home, 90 Hours Long Burning

The rich and woody scent of Cedarwood can easily evoke a freshly-cut Christmas tree. Adding the notes of balsam fir, pepper, patchouli, the aroma will envelop your space with winter celebration vibes, conjuring unlimited joy that you’d love to smell all year around.

With a wooden wick, this candle crackles at the time of burning, and you will naturally immerse into the winter holiday vibes by recalling the warm and comforting fireplace at home. Tip: Fully light the wood wick and keep it burning for 4 hours at first time for an even burn.

Canada Grade A Organic Maple Syrup with Gift Box

The perfect sweet gift for family and friends. Make any breakfast glorious. Use it on your pancakes and waffles but also as a natural sweetener for your oatmeal, plain yogurt. Pour it over your ice cream. Make a delightful maple dough, drizzle over salmon.

Campfire Roasting Sticks for Marshmallows- Set of 6 Telescopic Smores Skewers

Marshmallows Symphony smores sticks are extendable like a radio antenna up to 34 inches. Perfect for keeping everyone at a distance from any fire pits, camp fire or camping fire pit. 

Pure Raw Acacia Honeycomb by Savannah Bee – Comes in a Beautiful Gift Box and a Honeycomb Knife

Another honey theme gift, because I love all things bee related!   This honeycomb’s light color, mild taste, incredible clarity, and slow rate of crystallization make it very versatile for cooking and desserts. he most no-frills way to eat honeycomb is to simply carve out a spoonful and eat it. This way, you are sure to taste the honeycomb in all its glory.

Try it on a warm buttermilk biscuit or English muffin. Drop some small chunks into your yogurt or favorite salad. Scoop it up with apple slices, pear slices or literally any cracker – a real treat!

The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook: 550+ Recipes for Warming Dinners, Holiday Roasts, Seasonal Desserts

Celebrate the season with this treasure trove of cozy cooking and baking recipes, from soul-warming soups and simple dinners to showstoppers and weekend projects. As the air grows chillier and nights longer, these dishes draw us to the table and the warmth of an active kitchen: Slow-simmered dishes like Cider-Braised Pork Roast, cheesy weeknight pasta like Unstuffed Shells with Butternut Squash, or a crusty bread like Fig and Fennel Bread.

Solo Cup Holder with Marker Slot Wood Party Cup Holder Mark Your Cup and Drink Up Drink Caddy Dispenser

The perfect gift for the organized holiday hostess!  The markers are so cute also because they say “Please, put me back! – Marker Pens”. This way, hopefully people will remember to put the pens back so that they don’t go lost or missing, it also great for a party house dispenser cup holder.

Cookie Cutters Holiday Shapes Set of 12 – Gingerbread Man, Snowflake, Christmas Tree & More Shapes Stainless

Gift some holiday fun for your host or hostess’s family with this adorable Christmas cookie cutter set!  Smooth cutter edge and well connecting technology to protect your hands and give you a comfortable hand feeling. It’s easy to clean just wipe under hot water and dry. Ideal for cutting cookie dough, butter, fondant, sugar, biscuits, and more.

Solar Lanterns Outdoor Hanging 2 Pack, Solar Lights

Shine some light on the party with these gorgeous solar lanterns!  This lovely solar lantern is designed to embellish your outdoor space. With the night coming, it casts a warm, yellowish light that forms a pretty shadow around it and creates the perfect amount of ambient mood lighting. These are such a wonderful decoration to any holiday table.

Ceramic Cheese Plate with Marble Finish

A gorgeous and unique serving board for your BBQ host! Whether you’re looking for a right-sized cheese plate, charcuterie board, or serving plate this versatile hand-made piece is spot-on for any hosting requirements.  Made of East Asian boneware material providing the highest quality physical strength and chip resistance.

Bartender Kit with Stand, Perfect for Home Bar Decor

Cheers to your Christmas hostess! All the bar tools sit neatly in one convenient location right next to your wines and liquors.

Play bartender for your guests; host generous and warm parties. The rustic tray with bar essentials will make a beautiful addition to your home bar. If you are looking forward to entertaining guests and showing off your bar, this is what you need!

The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars

Portable, fun to make, easy to gift, and open to countless flavor variations, cookies are everyone’s favorite sweet treat. In The Perfect Cookie, the test kitchen has collected all of that knowledge in one place for the definitive guide to cookie baking.

This comprehensive anthology includes kitchen-tested, never-fail recipes for cookie jar classics, in addition to recipes for rich and chewy brownies, fruit-and-crumble-topped bars, quick no-bake confections, holiday favorites, and even candies like fudge and truffles; they’re all included in this gorgeous package, with a full-page photo showing off every recipe.

Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville

Upgrade your host’s coffee set up at the lake with an amazing Nespresso machine!  Brew the perfect single serve coffee or espresso drink time after time.

Simply insert the capsule where it will blend into freshly brewed Coffee or authentic Espresso. The perfect hostess gift for Christmas or any holiday weekend!

Stay Lit – Citrus & Champagne Scent, Natural Soy Wax Candle

Indulge your senses and your sense of humor with this witty and aromatic candle. The signature scent is built around sparkling champagne blended with sugared oranges, lemons, ripened raspberries and a hint of mountain greens. It’s refreshing and entertaining – without the hangover. Stay Lit … Party like someone else is cleaning up.

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Spending the night? Make brunch easy for your host and hostess with this amazing breakfast sandwich maker!  Cooks everything at once for a quick and easy holiday breakfast ready in no time.

Great for weekend guests who want to customize their meals: this breakfast maker to completely customize your sandwich with your choice of bread, cheese, eggs, meats, and much more. Eliminate the bread and these are great for Keto and Paleo diets too.

Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar Large Jar Candle, Festive Scent, Green, 22 Ounce

An absolute classic, one of the best holiday hostess gifts for a timeless Christmas scent. This long-lasting candle has 110-150 hours of burn time, with a great balsam, aromatic cedar wood, and juniper berry festive forest scent.

The Cozy Christmas Movie Cookbook: Mouthwatering Food to Enjoy During Your Favorite Holiday Films

For the Hallmark Channel Movie lover in your life!  ‘Tis the season for cozy comforts, delicious holiday treats, and having a good cry while watching your favorite Christmas movies! The Cozy Christmas Movie Cookbook​: Mouthwatering Food to Enjoy During Your Favorite Holiday Films brings you 100 recipes inspired by America’s most adored Christmas films, from Northpole to The Christmas TrainA Royal Christmas, and many more! 

Give the gift of seasonal fun to the holiday film-lover in your life, or enjoy the dozens of recipes—from snacks and small bites, to Christmas cookies and cakes, to warming drinks and cocktails, with a recommended film to watch with each—while curled up next to your Christmas tree, in the seasonal glow of your own home.

Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season

Gift your host some holiday fun with this fantastic Holiday Cookie Baking Book!  This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas.

Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate–Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses.

Merry Christmas Kitchen Towels and Dish Towels

These sweet set of hand towels has a retro, unique and cute pattern. It is the perfect combination of seasonal decor and daily cleaning. I absolutely love putting out buffalo plaid decor for the holidays!

Holiday Christmas Blanket, Plaid Throw Blanket  (50 x 60 Inches) Decorative Classic Blanket, Comfortable and Ultra-Soft

Allow your hostess to cozy up by the fire with this gorgeous neutral holiday throw blanket.   This throw blanket is made from superior quality, highly durable acrylic, having a soft, cashmere-like touch good for all seasons. The fabric is lightweight and easy to clean, preserving its smooth feeling for years! This decorative blanket is available is multiple color combinations, allowing you to mix and match with any décor, but I usually like to gift a more neutral color like this white/tan blend.

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