A bottle of wine is always fine in a pinch, but these super-thoughtful hostess gifts are worth the (minimal!) extra effort.

By Amy Palanjian
November 13, 2018

Show appreciation to your hostess when she welcomes you to a party or open house with an easy hostess gift that’s customized just for her. These six hostess gifts combine pretty store-bought supplies and simple DIYs for meaningful tokens of appreciation. You can follow these exact ideas or use them as inspiration to personalize your own hostess gifts. We like to think of the interests of the hostess and tailor our gifts accordingly.

Maybe your hostess loves to read the classics or try the latest local brew. Or, perhaps it’s a passion for great cheeses that makes her happy. Maybe your hostess simply loves to eat healthy foods and exercise—and you know she’d appreciate a gift that helps her stay on track with her goals. Whichever way you go with your hostess gift, these easy ideas are a creative way to spread a little more gratitude around this season. And that’s always a good thing!

Hostess gift for foodies including a metal gift basket with tea towel, salt, almonds in canisters, boxed crackers, cheese, charcuterie, and clementines.

For the Foodie

Few things are better for easy entertaining—and let’s be honest, easy dinners!—during busy times of the year than charcuterie boards. Gift an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, Blue Diamond Artisan Nut-Thins, Gourmet Rosemary and Sea Salt Almonds, chocolate, fruit, and more in a pretty basket lined with a tea towel. It’s a hostess gift that’s thoughtful and delicious…a perfect combination!

White name tag on hand-sewn pink felt pouch with seed packets and notebook.

For the Gardener

Help your green-thumbed friends keep track of their homegrown spoils with a mini notebook for garden notes. Then add in a few seed packets—go for edibles or flowers or both!—for an extra touch. Package them up in a simple sewn felt pouch, and the hostess gift is ready. To make the pouch, cut two rectangles of felt. Cut a round indent on one end and line up the edges. Join edges using a blanket stitch to complete the pouch.

Hostess gift for cider lover featuring a blue bottle opener tied to four-pack of cider bottles with twine bow

For the Cider Connoisseur

Head to the wine and beer aisle and pick out a festive local cider to share with a friend. Ciders are often light and refreshing, which can be a perfect pick-me-up for a tired hostess. Pair it with a DIY bottle opener: Simply tape off the end and spray-paint the bottom with high gloss enamel outdoor spray paint for a color-blocked effect and let dry. Accent with a simple bow and your gift is ready to share!

hand soap and lotion in wooden dish with pinecones

For the Entertainer

Help your hostess keep the essentials stocked in her bathroom with a pretty set of soap and lotions accented with a new custom ornament or two. To make these painted pinecones, simply paint the ends of pinecones with acrylic craft paint. Let dry, glue on string, and loop onto the bottles to finish.

white and blue tag on small black book

For the Book Worm

Encourage quiet downtime by gifting a classic read and a DIY bookmark. To make the watercolor bookmark, simply use an ombre progression of the same color of watercolor paint from light to dark on a piece of watercolor paper. Let dry and cut into a skinny rectangle. Trim the ends, tie on a ribbon, and secure with a festive piece of twine to finish the gift.

three open metal snack containers next to stack with blue ribbon

For the Health Nut

Help jump-start those New Year’s resolutions with a collection of healthy snacks—such as Blue Diamond Gourmet Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Almonds—packed and stacked in reusable (and eco-friendly) stainless steel containers. Your hostess will love having delicious nibbles on hand that will help keep her wellness goals on track throughout the hustle of the holidays.

Have more time on your hands? Whip up one of these sweet and savory snack mixes for an extra-special treat.

Comments (1)

December 6, 2018
I usually just give the hostess funny cocktail napkins. 😂.