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The Ultimate Hostess Gift Guide

The Ultimate Hostess Gift Guide
The Ultimate Hostess Gift Guide

Tis’ the season for giving! Whether you want to show appreciation to the host for your holiday gatherings, buy something beautiful for friends or family who love to cook, or simply indulge in a little self-gifting, our annual gifts for hosts guide is here to help! These stunning pieces are sure to make them swoon, and make gathering in the kitchen feel that much more special this season. And once you’ve zeroed in on the goodies, check out our gorgeous gift-wrapping ideas to package your present in the most unique way this year, then check out our partner Lillet to mix up an elegant Lillet Spritz cocktail to celebrate. Et voilà! (Another great hostess gift!) Scroll to the bottom of this feature for Athena’s exclusive Lillet cocktail recipe!

Looking for more gift ideas? Visit our gift guide hub for thoughtful presents to spoil your special someone this year!

Is there anything more thoughtful than gifting the iconic French wine-based apéritif, Lillet? We think not. This delicious drop is lovingly made with wines from the Bordeaux region and blended with macerations of sweet and bitter oranges, cinchona bark, and additional botanicals selected for their aromatic qualities. Oh, and every drop is made by a team of just 10 people in a petit village in Bordeaux which was founded in 1872. Now, that’s poetry in motion.

*Lillet is an EyeSwoon partner.

If you’re looking for gifts for hosts, then this stylish maple cutting board will make them smile from ear to ear.

Athena gets asked about these beautiful coupes all the time!

Taper candles in moss set an intimate vibe for a wintry holiday table.

All of the classics in one tome.

For sipping tea to relax after a night of hosting.

To continue serving their guests in style.

To hold all of her precious recipes from generation to generation is incredibly special.

A classic pedestal for cakes or to display cheese and cruditès in the middle of the table.

Serve your H20 in style.

Casserole served in style.

Stylish practicality at its finest.

For storing leftovers in style.

These candle holders look good in almost any themed table setting.

A platter for every ocassion.

Linen is elevated but casual all at once.

Beautiful enough to look like décor on the countertop when the appetizers are all gone.

Lillet Blanc Citrus-Thyme Aperitif

Athena Calderone


1 ounce fresh citrus juice —blood orange, meyer lemon, or lime juice
2 ounces Lillet Blanc
1/2 ounce gin
2 sprigs thyme, and some extra for garnish
a pinch of salt


Add all ingredients to a shaker.
Top with ice, cover, and shake until chilled, about 15 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with sprigs of thyme and a slice of citrus.

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