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Holiday Gifts for Hosts and Hostesses

Gift Ideas
November 9, 2023

Whether you’re invited to lunch, dinner or brunch, it’s always in good taste to take a long a small gift for the hostess. And when you stay overnight in someone’s home I know you probably like to give your host a generous gift as a token of your appreciation for all the trouble they have gone to for you to feel comfortable. With the holiday season upon us, I thought it was definitely time to share a gift guide for hosts and hostesses.

Christmas Gifts for Hosts/Hostesses

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I’ve carefully selected a number of gifts that I think will suit your needs, whether you’re visiting in someone’s home for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other time. These are gifts that convey your appreciation and tell your host how special they are to you. I have a wide assortment of gift suggestions in a full range of prices, too.

Be sure to check out all of my Christmas Gift Guides for others on your list. You’ll always find them in the Gift Guide 2023 tab in the top menu of my blog, too. And I have a whole collection of gift guides in my LTK Shop, too.

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For the Foodie

I do think gourmet or specialty foods can make a lovely hostess gift. However, when giving food items I think it's always important to convey to your host that you do not expect them to serve it during the event you're attending. They've undoubtedly gone to great lengths to fine tune their menu already. So I suggest simply letting the host or hostess know that this is a special treat just for them to savor later.
Tuscan-inspired Olive Oil Gift Set
Oprah’s Favorite Key Lime Bundt Cake
Harry & David
Harry’s Gift Box
Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Dispenser

For the Home

I've chosen a few more practical gifts as well as a few splurges for the hostess with the most-est. Of course you know your host better than I do. So if you know she has fragrance sensitivities, certainly don't give her a candle. But if you visit me, you're more than welcome to bring me one. Ha! I love my wool dryer balls. I suggest breaking the set and bundling up three for your hostess in a pretty organza bag.
West Elm
Mercury Glass Fluted Candles – Balsam Cedar
West Elm
Coastal Natural Wood Bowls & Vases
Rifle Paper Co.
Tea Towel
Rifle Paper Co.
Blank Notepad
Rifle Paper Co.
Porcelain Vase
Bread Basket With Terracotta Warmer
Rustic Wooden Succulent Garden
White Gardenia Essential Oils Collection
The Laundress
The Classic Gift Set
Half Baked Pumpkin Smash Candle
Wool Dryer Balls

Personalized Gifts

It demonstrates some forethought when you give your host a personalized gift. After all, they've probably been planning for your visit for a while. Why not give a gift that says you've been anticipating it, too? Especially if you are staying in someone's home for more than a few days, that custom home portrait would certainly be a spectacular gift. That's also one you could send later.
Personalized Stationery Cards
Rifle Paper Co.
Personalized Holiday Flat Notes
Custom Home Portrait
Personalized Tea Towel
Personalized Bookmark


Sometimes I hesitate to give people holiday things because I figure they can only use them during a limited period. But then again, when I pull those special pieces out to enjoy each year, I'm reminded of the memories we made together and I remember the giver of the gift with fondness.
Julie Vos
Pineapple Ornament
Rifle Paper Co.
Holiday Wine Gift Bag Bundle
Thankful Napkins, Set of 4
Pottery Barn
Embroidered Cotton/Linen Napkins – Set of 4
Pottery Barn
Cotton Tea Towels – Set of 2

Blessed for My Day

Now at this time Mary set out and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” ~ Luke 1:39-45

xoxo, Kay
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3 thoughts on “Holiday Gifts for Hosts and Hostesses

  1. Dear Kay,
    I took your advice and checked out the Talbots straight leg jeans. You are right—they are perfect. Visiting the store when I did afforded me an attractive price. With the money I saved (ha ha) I bought the black and white striped turtleneck.

    It is clear you work thoughtfully to provide helpful content. Reading your blog has enriched my life in multiple ways.

    Thank you!