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23 Thoughtful Hostess Gifts That They'll Actually Use

Don't be the monster who shows up empty handed. Yes, MONSTER.

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1. A ~customized~ bottle of wine that can be as sweet or as rude as your host prefers.

Choose from several label designs and customize your label text to be as nice or as naughty as you'd like. Bottles ship in threes, so you can load up for all kinds of parties you're attending!

Get three bottles from BuzzFeed's Wordy Wine for $49.99 (available in Artisenal Red, Italian Rose, and Vintner's White).

2. Or a cheery bottle topper to dress up that bottle of wine you've had for months and finally found a use for as a hostess gift. But how will they use it again? They too can later use it on a dusty bottle of wine for a hostess gift!

3. And a bottle of the finest pup-friendly champagne so everyone in the host family is well-occupied.


5. A set of drink coasters nearly as cute and thirsty as you'll feel checking the Facebook event guest list for potential suitors.

Party hosts always seem to be short on coasters. These are cute enough to give forgetful guests a damn hint about using them on the coffee table.

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three patterns).

6. A gorgeous bouquet with same-day delivery to send ahead of time because you'd rather not bother with nestling a vase en route.

7. An adorable holiday cactus that absolutely truly undoubtedly WON'T die on your host because they don't need to water it. Ever!

You can give a host a cute succulent, but you also don't want to have to follow up with reminders about ~actually~ watering it.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.


11. A hilarious *adult* party game to fill in those awkward silences when there's a group of people who don't know each other that well.

And this compact box won't hog a bunch of storage room, either!

Promising review: "Bought for my family reunion and absolutely loved it. Who doesn't like memes?? The family got a kick out of playing it and it had us laughing all night. Definitely would recommend at any party or get-together!! So glad I bought this game." —N. V.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


12. A hand-carved clip as a step above their average chip clip that has the name of the local bank on it and mysteriously appeared in the junk drawer ages ago.

They're going to have so many bags of half-eaten bags of chips that need a clippin' so why don't you lend a hand? OK, you get it.

Get it from Areaware for $30.

14. A beautifully designed nutcracker and some nuts to crack with it. After all, those decorative ones aren't reliable for actually cracking nuts. (I've tried many times, much to my mother's annoyance.)

Minimal exertion required for cracking nuts. Hand-wash only.

Promising review: "Love to use. Reminds me of winter nights cracking nuts and hanging out with my dad in a slower time. Elegant design gets the job done. No waste. Well made; I may buy more for gifts next Christmas." —Kate

Get it from The Grommet for $40.


16. A bamboo bath caddy for the ultimate in post-party relaxation.

Promising review: "Great product. Looks nice in my bathroom. Last night it did a great job holding my wine while I relaxed in the tub after a long day of chasing children. I highly recommend it." —Crys

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

17. And a set of sheet masks that only look like a million bucks so everyone in the host fam can get in on some peak pampering on the day after.

Promising review: "I'm obsessed with these masks. I use them once a week to pamper myself and they're seriously the best quality and leave your skin feeling hydrated. My favorite is the lemon mask!" —Asma

Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

18. A red wine stain remover people swear by because no matter how many precautions are taken, accidents can and will happen! And probably at *this* party!

Promising review: "I purchased this item and it sat on the shelf for a few months without use. Then, last night, I spilled a whole glass of red wine on my cream-colored sheet and blanket. I followed the instructions: absorbing all the liquid with paper towels, then moistening the stains with water, then spraying liberally, then wiping off. After about two rounds of this, the stains almost completely disappeared. I'm very impressed, it was definitely worth the cost because I otherwise would have had to replace my sheet and blanket! It works wonders with fresh stains if you act quickly." —Mrs. Rochester

Get it from Amazon for $8 or The Grommet for $7.95.

19. A gourmet food basket with both sweet and savory goodies to satisfy all kinds of post-party cravings.

Includes Jack Allen Blue Cheese Twist, Jack Allen Blue Cheese, herb-marinated olives, dried apricots, water crackers, a box of truffles, and two squares of Ghirardelli chocolates.

Get it from Jet for $25.32 or Walmart for $25.32.


20. A four-pack of heat-resistant mats they can use for resting hot casseroles now, pulling dishes out of the oven later.

You can never have too many trivets. Especially when you're throwing a party! Can use as a pot holder, trivet, jar opener, or anywhere you need extra grip or extreme heat or cold protection.

Promising review: "I have a couple of silicone trivets, but always found that I needed a couple more. My other ones are circles, so I really wanted to get these in squares so I have a couple sizes and shapes. These work wonderfully. They protect my counters and keep things from slipping. I grab them instead of oven gloves to get things out of the oven or grab hot handles. I found that after switching to a gas stove a month ago all my handles get much hotter, so I use these to keep my hands from getting burnt." —Aundrea

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

23. And a monogram mug that, yes, is from Anthro but whatever you don't really even like them anyway. Or maybe they collect monogram coffee mugs and this can go on their special shelf?!

One of the only good and true things in the world is that Anthro always has some pretty dishware for gift giving.

Get it from Anthropologie for $8 (available in 26 letters).