22 Thoughtful Hostess Gifts, Whether You’re Coming for Dinner or Staying the Week

West Elm Totem Colored Glass Vase
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Check out the full Hunker Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas and inspo. Whether you're shopping for midcentury modern lovers, ceramic fiends, self-proclaimed foodies, or budding astrologers, we can help.

'Tis the season for festive cocktail parties, white elephant gift exchanges, New Year's celebrations, and holiday travel, which means you're bound to get more than a few invites. If you've ever hosted a party or overnight guests, then you know it's a lot of work — which is why a hostess gift is a thoughtful way of showing your appreciation for their generous hospitality.

The only problem? Many hostess gifts can feel too impersonal. (Seriously, how many unmarked serving platters can one gal own?) Well, it's time to put down the bouquet of generic flowers and retire your go-to bottle of wine. We've rounded up the best gifts for any type of host that feel special and truly say "thank you."

Byredo Chai Candle
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Help your host create cozy vibes in their home with this chai candle, featuring notes of cardamom, clove buds, ginger zest, and warm latte. The best news is that this candle has 60 hours of burn time.

Hawkins New York Stonewashed Linen Napkins
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Woven in Portugal, these luxurious napkins look elegant without trying too hard, thanks to the slightly-wrinkled look of the Belgian linen. Plus, they're offered in a variety of shades to complement any tablescape.

Bee Raw Cheesemonger's Honey Flight
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The ultimate gift for food lovers, charcuterie fanatics, and chefs, this flight of four honeys can accompany everything from cheese to biscuits to post-dinner tea. Bonus: Bee Raw honey supports the mission to save endangered bees.

West Elm Totem Colored Glass Vase
credit: West Elm

These colorful, sculptural vases add drama to any room. She can fill it with her favorite blooms or choose to show it off on a shelf or credenza empty since it basically acts like a piece of art.

Opalhouse Chunky Knit Throw Blanket
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A soft, chunky blanket is always a welcomed gift during the holidays. This rich berry-colored throw has stylish tassels and looks great folded at the end of a bed or over an armchair.

Made from gilded porcelain, these fabulous, modern coasters are sure to make her guests ooh and ah — and they make a statement on any coffee table or bar cart.

Wine lovers will appreciate this elegant marble cooler to keep bottles chilled during dinner or a holiday cocktail party. When it's not being utilized, they can fill it with fresh-cut flowers.

The unique shape and comfy wool stuffing of this knot pillow — created by Icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir — make it a no-brainer for any design-minded hostess. Plus, the neutral gray hue will pair nicely with any existing decor.

West Elm Chess Set
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This stylish, space-saving take on a classic chess game can be stored out of the way on a bookshelf when not being played. Even better: It comes in a pretty box so you don't have to run around last minute looking for wrapping paper.

For the wellness-focused hostess, this smart water bottle is Bluetooth-enabled to allow her to connect to the Bellabeat app to track her daily hydration — and she'll receive reminders to hydrate based on her lifestyle, age, height, weight, and weather.

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
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The best companion for a self-care Sunday (or any day, really), this luxurious Turkish cotton robe is perfect for chilling out after guests depart. Pick from four neutral hues: white, amber, rose, and grey.

Composite Agate Cheese Board
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For the entertainer (or cheese lover), this gorgeous agate serving platter is a stunning way to showcase hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie, desserts, and more — and can be used well beyond the holidays.

this works deep sleep pillow spray
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This all-natural, relaxing pillow spray is infused with essential oils — like lavender, vetivert, and chamomile — to help her fall asleep faster during the crazy busy and stressful holiday season.

Tru Spa Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set
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For the skincare buff, this jade roller set helps to lift, firm, and minimize wrinkles on the face and neck over time.

Gift your hostess this midcentury modern-influenced kettle. The sleek, retro design looks great on any countertop, while the color offerings (think: pastel blue, white, black, red, pink, and rose gold) will add a pop to her kitchen.

Made from 100% silk, this eye mask is the ultimate gift for zodiac fans. Not only is it super soft against the face, but it's also embroidered with gold embellishments, making for a stylish sleep accessory for bed or in-flight.

West Elm Deco Bar Tools Set
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Your host can channel their inner mixologist with this glamorous bar toolset. They'll have everything they need for whipping up their favorite cocktails at the next holiday party.

ruggable suzani coral rug
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This beaut of a rug won't just be a gorgeous addition to her kitchen or bathroom. It's also fully machine-washable, which makes it perfect for large gatherings and high-traffic areas — so she can host without fear of permanent floor damage.

Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
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Great for promoting a healthy home, this ceramic diffuser scents their home naturally with essential oils so that they always come home to a fresh-smelling space.

Astrid & Miyu Diamond Bar Necklace
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If she likes the finer things in life, this everyday necklace is a thoughtful gift. The chain is sterling silver and 18k gold plated, while the gem is a sustainable, ethically-sourced, lab-grown diamond.

Ansel & Ivy Golden Snake Plant
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Whether your host is a plant newbie or has turned his space into a jungalow, you can never go wrong with a chic house plant. Plus, since they ship beautiful potted greenery directly to your friends or loved ones, you don't have to tote it on the plane or risk it getting smashed in the car. And every plant comes with detailed care instructions to make caring for it easy.

Google Nest Hub Max
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This smart screen and speaker not only acts as a digital photo frame when not in use, but it can also read her schedule and appointments for the day and give her news, weather, and traffic updates, , thanks to Google Assistant. What's more, it can look up recipes on the web and show step-by-step instructions (perfect for the budding chef!), make video calls to friends and family, control smart home devices (like the thermostat, front door lock, and lights), and keep an eye on her home with the built-in Nest Cam while she's away.


Susan Brickell

Susan Brickell

Susan Brickell is a New York-based writer and editor obsessed with cozy jungalow spaces, chic athleisure, and the newest skincare trends.