Mavens never show up empty-handed. So, with the holidays fast upon us, I asked mavens from here, there, and everywhere what they planned to bring to parties this holiday, besides the party and spirits, of course! Mavens did not disappoint. Here are some hostess gift ideas from myself and friends along with gifting decorum from America’s Queen of Everything, Nicole Reed.  


Hostess Gift Ideas

Deidre O. plans to give the gift of happiness this holiday with the Little Book of Hygge, [HOO-gah]. In his book, Dane Meik Wiking travels the world to discover the secrets of the very happiest people. These studies inform his work at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and are now in a compact lil’ book, perfect as a hostess gift or a stocking stuffer.



Hostess Gift Ideas
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My friend Anedra is always one to arrive with a bottle of my favorite drink-seasonal, of course. Grab a bottle of your host’s favorite wine and/or spirit, add a cute bow, plus wine glass charms and keep the holidays mixing and merry.

If you bring food or wine do not have the expectation the host will serve it during the occasion.


Hostess Gift Ideas
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Hostess Gift Ideas
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Give hostess gifts to enjoy later. My friend Charles has become quite the baker. So I look forward to the goodies he brings to the table. I mean, he will literally show up at dinner with cookies he just baked for me to take home.

So it was no surprise to me when he told me he planned to bake a little something-something to take with him to parties. I can see all the personalized wrapping with amazing elegant notes for the hostess to unwrap the morning after her party.

Such a great idea Charles, so we must share with fellow mavens.

Don’t bake? Me neither, so I am one to stop at a favorite local bakery and pick up some treats.

Recipe Box

Here are some recipes my baking buddies love: especially for cookie exchanges!


Hostess Gift Ideas

In addition to adding a personal note to the baked goods, I will also pair it with a pound of the hostess’s favorite coffee or a small gift box of classic tea. Coffee or tea on their own also makes an excellent hostess gift.

Take Tea

Buy this Fortnum & Mason six mini tea collection. Then, add one mini tin to a cute little teacup.  It is the hostess gift that encourages the hostess to treat herself after all is said and done.

Aroma Therapy

Gift Guide
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One can never go wrong with a scented candle. Many give holiday-themed candles, but know that your host will only use during the holiday season unless they like to pine-scent their home year-round. So I love my bestie Bonnie’s gift of fragrance that lasts beyond the holiday.

Wearable Kindness

Dirt and Noise Gifts
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Melissa, the owner of Dirt & Noise Vintage, gives the gift of kindness whenever possible. Check out her online mecca of wearable kindness for a hostess gift that will inspire good tidings into 2020 and beyond.


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Now, I am going to get personal here, with one of my favorite type of hostess gifts. The practical stuff that you don’t really think about buying yourself, because you are too busy shopping for everyone else. Think spice holders, tea towels (nice ones), wine decanters, and more. You can always check out my Amazon Storefront for more options!  

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Monogramed Stationery

Jessica W. likes to leave behind the gift of classic gratitude. Give your hostess and sweet thank you note and the means to keep it classy with her own stationery set.

Last, our gifting aficionado offers one last helpful tip for host gifts. Nicole reminds us to keep it simple:
“Hosts already have enough on their plate. Avoid gifts that require additional work. For example, if you bring flowers or plants to ensure they are already displayed in a vase, which prevents the host from scrambling to find one.”

Whatever you choose to bring, just remember the perfect hostess gift is one that will put a smile on her face.  Happy partying!

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