14 Perfect Hostess Gifts, According to a Self-Proclaimed Gift-Giving Expert

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Going to holiday parties is equal parts fun and stressful. On one hand, it's a blast to enjoy the jolly time with friends and family. On the other, it's exhausting to coordinate your busy calendar, plan out outfits, and think of thoughtful hostess gifts that aren't just a bottle of wine. Luckily for you, we tapped Gabrielle Richmond Laub, Programming and Partnerships manager at Shopify LA (and self-proclaimed gift-giving extraordinaire) to give us her brilliant suggestions for memorable hostess gifts.

"Never go into someone's home empty-handed!" she reiterated to us. "I love going to a house party and I love throwing a good house party. But my no. 1 rule? Never attend a house party empty-handed; we're grown now and it shows we care." She's right — even if you think your presence is present enough, think again:

"Step up your attendance game with some love. Here are my top picks for this holiday season if you find yourself attending a house party."

Urban Outfitters Spiritual Kindling Sage Sachet, $32

"Who doesn't want to sage their home and get rid of demons and negative vibes during the holiday season? Since this is on the less expensive side, purchase a few prior to the holiday season so you're ready for all the parties you'll be invited to."

Blind Barber Date Night Essentials, $70.99

"The shampoo, conditioner, and body wash smell incredible for all genders and everyone should have pomade and a great smelling candle in the powder room for guests to use."

Le Creuset French Press, $40

"Chic french press to impress the hosts with your taste? Enough said."

Burrow Essential Throw Blanket, $79

"The winter months mean snuggling up on the sofa — one can never have too many extra stylish blankets laying around!"

Guest Bath Hand Station, $125

"Aesop products scream 'I have taste and I love products!' so they're perfect for party hosts."

Homesick Ultrasonic Aroma Oil Diffuser, $89.95

"You might already know (and love) Homesick for their nostalgia-inducing candles. So why not take their dreamy diffusers for a spin?"

DIY Treats Basket

"I don't like bringing baked goods to a party if I wasn't asked. Instead, fill this reusable basket with a loaf of bread, a block of cheese, and a jar of tapenade. Throw in some orange wine if you like being popular."

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, $53.05

"Start the holiday party on a fun note by bringing the Polaroid and some extra film to make the evening memorable."

UO Female Form Vase, $16

"You can never have too many vases. Bring one the party hosts definitely won't have yet. Fill it with some $5 market florals and be on your way."

Modernica Case Study Ceramics Desk Top Bowl, $89

"Modernica makes beautiful ceramics that make wonderful gifts — just throw in a $3 succulent from the corner store to finish off the perfect present."

Le Labo Figue 15, $75

"This scent goes with any party atmosphere. During a party, I have candles everywhere, and this one makes every room smell divine."

Hawkins New York Alchemy Decanters, $110

"I don't know much about wine, but when I bring this beautiful decanter to a party, no one has any idea."

Kosta Boda Bruk Carafe, $49.95

"My favorite item in my home is my bedside decanter. I never go to bed without it filled with water next to my bed, and it makes any dinner party setting a little more complete."

Fleur Marché Rosebud CBD Oil, $55

"CBD can be confusing. Does it get you high? Can you drive after? Will it get rid of anxiety? This beginner pack is easy to use and will make the party hosts a little more excited to invite you to the next jaunt."


Katie is the Commerce Editor at Hunker. She has previously been on staff at Shape Magazine, Well+Good, and PureWow, and has spent her life perfecting the art of online shopping.

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