Design The Essentials:

Hostess Gifts (Be the Best Guest!)

Between holiday parties, cookie-decorating bashes, cocktail fêtes and even extended stays at friends’ and family’s places, the season is chock-full of merry get-togethers. And if you’re wondering how to thank the host or hostess who made it all possible (apart from relaxing and having a great time, of course!), we’ve got you covered. From elevated pantry staples to architectural finds for the table, here’s a roundup of gifts to impress even the most discerning of entertainers. And once you’ve zeroed in on the goodies, gorgeous gift-wrapping ideas to package your present are right this way.

By Natalie Goel

Hostess Gifts (Be the Best Guest!)
Show Off Those Stems

Menu Concrete and Glass Vase

A mix of concrete and glass, this striking vessel is certainly gift enough on its own — but for extra guest points, fill it with with florals before giving it to the lucky hostess.

Clean Cut

Murchison Home Heirloom Dish Soap

Talk about sink swag. Washing the dishes may not be glamorous, but this understated dish soap certainly is.

Top Brass

Lue Rounded Brass Servers

These hand-forged, sculptural brass servers almost look like art for the table.

In Good Spirits

Misc. Goods Co. Handcrafted Ceramic Flask

From the leather straps to the cork closure, this sturdy, handcrafted flask minds all the details, and it shows.

Stunning Staples

ILA Olive Oil and Garnishing Salts Gift Box

Entertaining guests can sometimes take a toll on the pantry staples. Any hostess will appreciate a little replenishment in the form of elevated salt or olive oil, especially with products as beautifully packaged as these.

Making the Cut

Berti Handcrafted Italian Lucite Cheese Knife Set

An elegant cheese knife set can feel like a luxury. It’s something many hostesses neglect to spring for themselves, so it can feel extra special to receive it.

Stir in Style

Sweet Gum Co. Stirring Spoon No. 1

This incredibly chic spoon would be the perfect finishing touch in a drink pitcher or condiment cup.

Ceramic Splendor

Clam Lab Warts Pitcher

The unexpected shapes, the earthy textures…we without a doubt swoon Clam Lab ceramics. It’s a great gift to bowl over any hostess.

Tea Time

Dona Chai Tea Concentrate

Mmm, small-batch chai concentrate using fresh ginger, vanilla bean, cardamom and more. Here’s hoping the hostess will share.

No Folding Necessary

AKMD Collection Brass Origami Bowls

These statement-making vessels offer a modern take on an ancient art form.


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