Hostess gifts: Your hostess deserves so much more than a bottle of wine

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Whether you’ll be sitting down to dinner with your best friends from college, sharing the day with your children’s twenty closest friends, or simply stopping by to see the relatives, you’ll want to bring a little something to say “thank you” for the effort put into making your holiday special.

A bottle of wine is the traditional no-brainer, but when blessed with the opportunity to make a difference, we like to go all out to thank our hosts. While the gift should cost about the same as a bottle of wine, we recommend upping the ante if the gift is intended for a close friend: either include homemade holiday goodies with the cookie jar or package the gift beautifully in a bespoke gift box. And finally, always complete it with a thoughtfully handwritten note.

In our hostess gift guide, we’ve kept away from items that are overly seasonal – just so your hosts can enjoy them all year round. You’re welcome!

An intimate evening with your best friends

We’ve all been there before — one friend is elected to open his/her home to all of you each year, and there’s always too much dinner, too little dessert, or vice versa, and definitely too much wine. The gift of cheese is, therefore, a brilliant solution — it stands out, and it gets everyone started on the wine.

Design Mom’s cheese picking secrets are on point and would go perfectly with a marble cheese board. Vermont Lifestyle boards are quarried in Vermont and sparkle more than other marbles due to their flat platelets, as opposed to the round platelets in Italian marble, and are the perfect choice!

Marble is a natural stone. Easy care instructions here
International shipping weight – 4 kg
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A boisterous afternoon with your kids and their twenty friends

Honestly, we’d give a lot more than a hostess gift to the kind families who open their homes to the friends of their children. Help keep your hosts sane with a funky ice cream sandwich maker, and top it off with tiny gifts for each child at the party.

Ice cream is always a good idea.
International shipping weight – 1 kg
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Fill this special mold up with your favorite brownie dough, and instruct to pop the brownies out and slather generously with their favorite ice creams when they’ve got the munchies.

Meanwhile, custom initial prints for each child at the party are a thoughtful celebration of each tiny guest. We love these gender neutral prints we found at Minted!

International shipping weight – 5 kg
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A stately holiday with relatives

Bring on the Christmas sweaters! Start afternoons at Aunt Maude’s right with a lovely gift she will appreciate throughout the year. Our recommendations for hostess gifts at formal parties are centered around kitchen or gourmet gifts — a homage to the culinary skills of our gracious hosts.

If we had to pick just one item, it would be the Whiskey Wedge. From the makers of the ingenious Corkcicle comes the Whiskey Wedge — artfully elevating evenings with chilled but not watered down spirits. By melting much slower than traditional ice cubes, the Whiskey Wedge ensures all its users enjoy the full flavor of their drink.

International shipping weight – 1 kg
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More gift ideas!

If you’re still having a hard time picking out the perfect present, you may find the right one from our remaining gift picks!

For the home decor enthusiast

 Cylinder Origami Lantern by Photogenics + Co. – $89.00
International shipping weight – 4 kg
Get your lantern here!
 Maison Holiday Decorative Candle by Voluspa – $35.00
International shipping weight – 1 kg
Get your candle here!
Tank Vase by Tom Dixon – $130.00
International shipping weight – 2 kg
Get your vase here!

For the foodie (and drinkie)

 Muuto Plus Salt and Pepper Grinder by Norway Says – $75.00
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg
Get your salt and pepper grinder here!
 On the Rock Glassware by Lee Broom – $160.00
International shipping weight – 2 kg
Get your drinkware here!
 Copper Chemistry Glass by Serax – $26.00
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg
Get your copper glass here!
 Plum Wine Cooler by Tom Dixon – $200
International shipping weight – 1.5 kg
Get your wine cooler here!

For the DIY-kind of lady

 Make your own macaron (Pink ) by Makecaron™ – $19.00
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg
Get your macarons here!
 Complex Terrarium (Large) by Photogenics + Co. – $68.00
International shipping weight – 3 kg
Get your terrarium here!
 Magic Jar Dye Kit Moonstone by Shabd – $75.00
International shipping weight – 1 kg
Get your dye kit here!

Remember to ship your hostess gifts together with your other gifts to enjoy savings on international shipping!
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