I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year (which I won’t lie, is a bit of a relief), but just because you’re not in charge of the turkey doesn’t mean you’re entirely off the hook. You certainly don’t want to show up to your friends’ or family’s home empty-handed.

Perhaps you’ll bring a side dish to contribute to the meal. And you certainly want to come with a hostess gift. But let’s talk about hostess gifts. Being hostess on the regular, I’ve received a lot of them – some quite better than others! Let’s start with a couple very clear don’ts. No one needs another scented candle. Ever. Same goes for themed tea towels or really any towel for that matter.

While a bottle of wine is always appreciated, it’s not really a gift. It usually just gets thrown into the mix during the holiday meal. I’m rounded up a few hostess gifts below that are meant for your hosts to truly enjoy long after their duties are complete. Some are things they might actually look back at and think of you year after year. Bonus!

So let’s take a look shall we? I hope this might give you a new idea that your hosts will truly appreciate.

If you have a cocktail loving host, a set of really chic whiskey rocks will come in handy – and certainly look cool.

Every host deserves some things to treat themselves – the foodie box from Simone LeBlanc features gourmet olive oil, chocolate, spices and some gorgeous serving utensils – something every good host covets.

Why not bring something for your hosts to enjoy long after guests leave. This chai lovers set will be a tasty treat to enjoy while setting up their tree.

I know I know, I said don’t gift wine, but Franciacorta is different. This special bottle of bubbles is little known & will be highly appreciated.

Even though you can overload on treats this time of year, Daily Harvest’s new plant-based gluten free ready to bake cookie dough is a sweet idea. I’m loving the coconut lemon option!

Flowers are often a typical gift, but trust me, a hostess already has her floral plan in place well before you arrive. Instead, why not show up with a beautiful bud vase with a bloom or two that could be added to an unexpected location like the bathroom?

While I shun a scented candle, stunning candlesticks are always a good idea.

Serve in style with beautifully crafted salad tongs.

Bring something truly unique and unexpected like a set of glass tumblers in a lovely autumnal color. I particularly love the olive or smoke options.

 

 

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