Gift Guide: For the Hostess

Sooner or later your weekends will be booked with various holiday-themed soirées and get-togethers (click here for my holiday party style guide). Even though it is not mandatory, I always like to bring along a little something for the host. Whether it’s a home-baked treat, an appetizer, or a small gift—it’s never a bad idea to show your host a little appreciation. Since finding the perfect hostess gift can get a little tricky, I’ve put together a list of 10 hostess gift ideas. Check them out below and be sure to share your own ideas in the comments below…
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
Rosemary Sea Salt. This is a simple, budget-friendly gift that you can make at home. I love how thoughtful it is and how easy it is to make. Plus you can make it in bulk if you have a busy social schedule this December. Click here for instructions.
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
Cheese Curler. If your host enjoys, well, hosting then this is the perfect gift. A cheese curler is an unusual find that your host will put to good use if they love entertaining.
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
Basil in a Bottle. I absolutely love this idea! If your host loves to cook, this is a no-brainer. This Wine Bottle Basil Garden repurposes an old wine bottle into a countertop basil garden. Perfect for the herb-loving chef!
Gift Guide: For the Hostess

Eco-Friendly Hand Towels. These hand towels from my XO(eco) line with BlueAvocado are not only environmentally friendly but also a great necessity that every host can’t have enough of…
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
Mini Fondue Set. My favorite gifts are things that you can eat, drink, or burn…and this Fondue au Chocolat set is something I would never buy for myself but would love to receive as a gift! Genius and so cute.
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
OCD Cutting Board. If your hostess is a kitchen-gadget aficionado, this OCD “Obsessive Chopping Disorder” Cutting Board is perfection. Check out that grid—need I say more?
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
Wine Stopper. This is another thoughtful but inexpensive gift idea that most people typically don’t buy for themselves. I love these wine stoppers from BHLDN. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, tie it onto a great bottle of wine.
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
Luxurious Candle. A nice candle (the above is one of my favorites, Tocca) is a wonderful hostess present. They’re also great last-minute gifts as well. Click here for my favorite candles at every price point.
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
A bottle of bubbly. This is another “eat, drink, or burn” idea. If you ask me, a nice bottle of bubbly is always a treat if your host is of age (of course) and into champagne. Add a festive twist by giving them a pretty bottle of something like Perrier-Jouët, which comes with a satin champagne chiller bag designed by Claire Coles (no wrapping necessary!).
Gift Guide: For the Hostess
Personalized Stationary. These hand painted cards from our very own illustrator, Carrie Beth of Sugar B Designs, are a lovely hostess gift choice as well.

Also, be sure to check out my Crafty Creations series for more DIY gift ideas that are perfect for hosts, friends and family too.

Do you have a great gift idea? Sound off in the comments below.

XO Lauren

Categories: Gift Ideas, Holiday Specials, Lauren Conrad
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  • Melissa Panici

    These are great gifts! Every time I see your XO(eco) line with BlueAvocado I just can’t wait to buy it all. Just have to wait until after Christmas! Thanks for the tips Lauren!

  • Valeria Alvarez

    great ideas i love the bottle of bubbly with the packaging is so nice! but all of them are great to have in mind.

    <3 Val (enter my 1st giveaway!)

  • Amy Breckenridge

    great ideas! i love the wine stopper and personalized stationary.

  • hooleywithaz

    amy, i love the wine stopper too. i’ve had to get a lot of secret santa gifts for work, and need to stock up on hostess gifts now too, so it’s nice to have some fun product ideas.

  • Angela Celio

    The wine stoppers are such a great idea! I want one for my stocking. :)


  • Cesie Alvarez

    The wine stoppers are so pretty. I need one :)

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  • Stacie

    that wine stopper is a ridiculously good idea!!

  • Jenny Avery

    Love the Basil in a Bottle, too cute!

  • prey pray

    It’s always good to remember to bring the host/hostess a gift. These are some great ideas.

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  • Jessica | My Style vita

    I think the wine stoppers is one of my favorites. Give it with a bottle of wine and done. It’s sweet and fun and you can find such cute ones now!

    xoxo Jessica

  • Kelby Peachey

    That OCD Cutting Board is awesome. :)

    Check out my DIY on stamping! So easy and budget friendly. :)


  • Paulina Mo

    Love the ideas!! Always so thoughtful!
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  • Franci Gire

    Yep. Pretty much that cheese curler!

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  • Liesl

    All great ideas! I usually give a candle to the hostess, as I like to receive that, too. ;-)

    Have a look at my “”Christmas Gifts for HER 2012″” post:

    Have a lovely day!

  • Meghan Conard

    Great ideas! I especially love the cutting board & wine stopper!

  • Kylie Miller

    Great ideas, the chocolate fondue seems like an awesome gift!! Check out my blog:

  • Courtney Tayon

    Great ideas!!
    im going to be doing all of this!

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    All really great ideas! I really like the salt idea.

  • Rosie Waldherr

    I think candles are a perfect gift! So is a bottle of wine, specially if it’s a girl’s night =P


  • Taanjaa

    The wine stopper is really cool and girly!

  • Rachelle

    and I would had a table topic set. If she likes to entertain.

  • alex jones

    Hello lauren!

    I would like to add your Luxurious Candle in my new home. Rest of all items are very fabulous.

  • alex jones

    I absolutely love this idea! You should keep it up. No matter that how it was organized but you did a great job here.

  • Victoria Kamerzell

    So excited to try these–thank you, Lauren!

  • alex jones

    Mostly i like Wine Bottle Basil Garden just keep us trendy with old stuff wine. Just keep it up……

  • Vivid’s Gift Ideas

    Love your gift ideas as always. As you can tell from my username, we’re a gift idea blog. Your article makes me realized that we haven’t done a gift guide for hostess yet. Thanks for the tips :)



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