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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hostess Gift Ideas

Hello, dear friends.  I don't know about you, but this short week seemed to whiz by for me.  I've got a big weekend ahead, and I look forward to telling you all about it next week.

'Tis the season of happy hours and houseguests.  Years ago, I had a friend who had a hostess gift closet.  She was ready at a moment's notice to be a welcomed guest with an exquisitely wrapped token in hand.

Here is a list of some of my favorite hostess gifts. 

A cheese tray is always a good idea if the hostess loves to entertain. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a party and asked to bring an appetizer.  The Mister was out of town, and I went into a full panic.  I ran out and bought a cute nut tray with separate compartments and then dashed to Whole Foods and bought an assortment of gourmet nuts and dark chocolate covered almonds.  It was a hit!  I walked out hands-free because I gifted the tray to my hostess.

An added note:  it's much easier to make an Irish Exit while hands-free.

I'm nuts for this tray!

If you don't want to go to the trouble of filling a nut tray, just give a gourmet package of assorted nuts or candy.

If you are visiting someone's cottage, you can buy one of these glass containers and fill it with candy for the kiddos.

My advice is to leave instructions to not open it until you are long gone.  Who wants to be around a bunch of sugared-up hyper kids?

You can always bring a little treat for the fur baby.
You'd rather have Fido chewing on a bone than your new designer purse.

Sweet-smelling soaps, anyone?

For the hostess who loves to bake.

Top-notch hand creams are also a nice thought.

How about a cute wine glass for the hostess along with some clever cocktail napkins?



I am always browsing the kitchen towel section in stores.  
Don't tell the Mister, but I have a drawer full.

Instead of a gift bag, I like to wrap a pretty kitchen towel around a bottle of wine.
I brought this one to a party several weeks ago.


A few years and states ago, my neighbor renovated her kitchen in my favorite color combo - blue and white.  I bought a ceramic basket like this one and filled it with blue kitchen towels and gave it to her at her Kitchen Coming-Out party.

I got a text from my pal a few weeks ago.  She sent me a photo of the basket that still resides on her counter.  She told me every time she looks at it, she thinks of me.  That could be a good or bad thing.

This is a great trio if you are a house guest.
Tell the hostess that the chips are on her.

If you're the designated dessert supplier to the party?

Stonewall Kitchen products always make a nice gift.
She may get the hint that you would appreciate some freshly-baked muffins in the AM.


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I enjoy giving pretty pitchers as a memento. If the Mister is driving to the party,  I like to throw some flowers into it.  I've learned from experience that a vase of flowers and driving do not mix.

By the way, I have a couple of the above pitchers and keep them on the table filled with water and sliced lemons during dinner parties.



Did your hostess just have a new pool put in?
How about a fun float?
Btw... yes that is me.  
Weight Watchers is amazing. 


Another idea for the hostess is a cute beach bag.


And you can fill it with fun things like a water bottle.






A newly-released novel is also a fun beach bag stuffer.





If your hostess is the consummate entertainer, one of these gorgeous coffee table books or cookbooks is sure to make her boat float. 


If all else fails, you can always give your host a guest book for her powder room.  There's a pretty good chance that she doesn't already own one.

I'd love to hear your ideas.
What is the best hostess gift that you either gave or received?

Until next time...

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I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. Love these ideas. I need a few hostess gifts and you showed so many good choices. I'm off to check them out right now. Thanks!

  2. Wow! You outdid yourself this time!I got some great ideas here and also added to my "must read" list. Didn't realize Dorothea Benton Frank had a new book out. I was lucky enough to meet her in person a few years ago. Delightful lady.
    Have a great upcoming weekend. xo Diana

  3. Katie you give wonderful hostess gifts. I am inviting you to Alabama!!

  4. So creative! I usually default to the boring bottle of wine.

    1. Also...can't wait to see what you're up to this weekend.

    2. A bottle of wine is never boring! :-)

  5. Great suggestions. I try to keep a hostess gift drawer for unexpected times. It is also an excuse for buying things I like when out and about, but have no reason to buy for myself. Have a fun weekend!

  6. You are so full of great ideas! I keep an array of hostess gifts too and it makes it so easy to grab and go, after, of course, wrapping all cutesy. Happy weekend Katie!

  7. Now I need to go look at the link for many of these! Thanks for always showing us such great ideas, Katie!! xox

  8. I wonder if this is a sponsored (by Amazon) post? Lots of us small business owners would rather people buy their water pitchers, hostess trays, kitchen towels, etc from a local store.

  9. I love taking hostess gifts! These are so fun. I love the idea of taking something on a pretty tray and letting the hostess keep it! Kate Spade towels are so fun. You are the hostess with the mostess so you deserve these all!

  10. Great ideas, thanks! I may use 1 or 3 of those in June.
    Your Memorial weekend looked fantastic. I hope Chowdah has come out of the funk inevitably left when MC departed.
    Happy Friday!

  11. Great ideas for gift giving! I always keep extra scented candles, lovely soaps, and tea towels for hostess gifts or just a little I am thinking of you. Have a wonderful weekend, Katie!

  12. You may be a guest at my home any time. And any one of these would be just lovely, thank you!

  13. A great selection of hostess gifts. I would be happy to give or receive any of these! Happy weekend......

  14. Absolutely adore your wine-bottle-wrapped-in-dishtowel hostess gift idea! I’ll be borrowing it! xo

  15. Love the idea of wrapping the wine bottle with a cute dish towel!

  16. I love some of the ideas shown here. I think a hostess with a dog would love the glass jar of treats for her pup.

  17. Great ideas Katie, I love Mud Pie stuff and have that dessert server! Now I need that unicorn float! 😂

  18. What cute ideas, love them all. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

  19. Cute ideas! Especially love the dish towel tied around the wine bottle. I’d be happy if somebody brought that to me! 🍷

  20. Great Hostess ideas. Some make you bust up laughing. happy summer.

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