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Best Hostess Gift Ideas to Thank Holiday Hosts

The best hostess gift ideas are the ones to show you truly know your host. However, here are some unique suggestions in case you feel stumped. Hosting holiday gatherings is a ton of work, and it’s important to thank whoever cares enough to invite you over.

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Best Hostess Gift Ideas

With the current essential oils craze, I think it’s safe to say any host will appreciate a gorgeous diffuser. After you invade their home, give them the cleansing gift of essential oils. 😉

A good diffuser is not only useful but also decorative. There are plenty of choices that double as home decor and practical home refresher.

Home Decor

There’s a good chance your host or hostess is already a huge fan of essential oils. In that case, I think the wooden storage box to store oils is a super winner. I know I have struggled with where to store all my oils where they aren’t an eyesore out in the open. A gorgeous wooden storage box is genius.

Personal Gifts

As we mentioned in our Christmas gifts for a family guide, you really cannot go wrong with photo gifts. Whether it is one person hosting or an entire family having you over, you can choose a picture that will make a fabulous gift.

These days it’s as easy as visiting their Facebook page to “borrow” a photo to use on a gift. With the prices at Photobarn, you can get a meaningful gift that may just cost you less than your latest cup of coffee.

Or, go big with a digital photo frame like Nixplay. Family members can connect to the wifi cloud frame to display and discuss their photos with the rest of the family.

There are so many unique items that make the best hostess gift ideas out there. Even items that will make their next gathering even better. I mean, how fun is it to have your guests choose their favorite gem to identify their wine glass?

Or, how about an Amazon Echo to give your hostess a hands-free command center while he/she’s busy prepping? Last year, we gifted our aunt a fresh whipped cream dispenser and now we all benefit from it. We get to top our pie, coffee, and other desserts with the best whipped cream ever.

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Range Kleen Fat Trapper System.

You can go the super practical route and get a unique device that traps the grease. It may not be the sexiest gift, but it will be an appreciated one.

Range Kleen has a speedy way to trap the grease with their Fat Trapper System. Most of us know to never pour grease down the drain. Fat Trapper Bags hold liquid up to 200 degrees. Pour the grease in the bag for quick disposal with less fuss.

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Converstation Starters

Sometimes–it might even be safe to say–most of the time, there is drama underlying large gatherings of family members and/or friends. This can make for some proper awkward silences or even catastrophic interactions. Why not ensure the topics stay light and funny? Maybe family bonds can even be restored through the laughter!

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Or, a beautiful coffee table book like CAST: Art and Objects Created Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process allows guests to completely escape into a world of beauty should they need to step away. Whether they flip through the gorgeous pages of incredible artwork on their own or share their thoughts with others, it’s a perfect way to squash any awkward topics and discuss beauty instead.

Family picture albums are another thing to display during holidays. In our family, we look at old family pictures every singe gathering. I swear, it never gets old! Seeing the funny outfits of the 80’s and bringing back memories from childhood is the ultimate ice breaker.

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These tabletop games are the perfect way to get everyone talking and giggling. We played Personalogy at our Thanksgiving dinner and had a blast. Turns out my daughter–who’s only 12–knows everyone in the family the best!

Consumable Gifts

Of course, food and drink hostess gifts are an obvious and welcome choice. The host can choose to keep the gift for themselves for later, or serve it right along with the goodies. In some cases, you may even help provide an item that the host overlooked.

If there’s alcohol at the party, a bottle of wine is a great choice. Share a bottle from your own Winc subscription, or even gift them their own.

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If it’s a booze-free party or you want to give an immune-boosting gift, Karuna Whole Plant Smoothies are an excellent choice. These prebiotic wellness drinks have exotic flavors for a real treat.

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The hostess can offer the smoothies up as an additional drink option, or keep them to refuel after the stress of party planning. Either way, plant-based wellness drinks are a thoughtful choice to stand out!

Let’s be real, I think all of our immune systems need some help after the chaotic holiday season.

A box of chocolates might feel like a lame choice, but not if it’s high-quality chocolates. Whether they end up on the dessert table or the host savors them later, you can’t go wrong with chocolate truffles.

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Whatever you decide the best hostess gift ideas are, it’s the thought that counts. It’s easy to take for granted that family member that offers up their home for the whole herd. At least in our family – it’s a big crowd! That person deserves recognition in the form of a kick butt gift.

Do you have any best hostess gift ideas to add?

Maryann D.

Sunday 27th of November 2016

I do think The Raindrop Essential Oil Diffuser would be a lovely gift! I would like this for myself also.

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