23 Of The Best Hostess Gifts You Can Get On Amazon
All the little extras they'll want when party time rolls around.
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A bottle of
Mike's Hot Honey they'll would never dream about not including as part of their charcuterie setup once they give it a try.
Promising review: "This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I'll never know. It makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, and gives an unexpected zip to dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? I have given it as a hostess gift several times and everyone gets hooked." — Martha Ronemus Price: $8.06
For more drool-worthy descriptions of Mike's check out "
I Tried This Spicy Honey And It Changed How I Eat Every Meal."
A beautifully illustrated
write-in menu book so they can record and remember all of their impressive dinner party menus through the years. Never forget the coq au vin of 2007! So tender. So delicious.
slate cheeseboard with cutlery sure to have guests diving for their plates and cameras in equal measure.
The tray is made of slate and the cutlery is made of stainless steel, making this a durable set worthy of many an #onthetable post.
Promising review: "Neat idea and works perfectly. It was a big hit at our Christmas party. We put out a variety of cheeses and wrote the type of cheese under each one. Everyone loved it!" — mikeheel
Price: a 12"x16" tray for $28.97+ or a larger 14"x20" one for $45.97
A cube of
Table Topics — little cards featuring great conversation starters. They'll never have to worry about carrying the conversation again, no matter how dull the crowd (no offense, but come on people, it's a party).
Promising review: "This is an awesome way to spark all kinds of conversation. My family played it on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it was so much fun. I thought I knew a lot about my family, but this helped me to know more than I ever could have imagined. It also helped me to know more about myself, as it makes you think about things you probably don't normally think about. I highly recommend this product." — hospicern
throw blanket for transforming any corner of their home into The Official Snuggle Corner.
Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this blanket. The texture, color, price, and quality were all perfect. It was exactly what I was looking for to complete my bed." — Amazon Customer
Price: $19.99 (available in 16 colors)
wine decanter to enhance their already excellent wine game. Decanters really do make a difference. I dated a sommelier for a week once. I would know.
The decanter holds a full bottle of wine in the base. Yum!
Promising review: "I love this decanter. It was a hit at my Thanksgiving festivities. It is beautiful and unique and works really well. It's not as fragile as it looks and is well-made. I really love the design of it and will look to buy more products like it. Definitely a conversation piece at the dinner table. 10/10." — John S. Elder
Jacobson Salt gift set because salt is nature's greatest gift to mortals and, in my opinion, the greatest gift you can give to another person.
But, that's coming from somebody who gave their partner only "salt themed" birthday gifts this year, so take that with a grain of...well...you know. The set comes with original flake finishing salt, lemon zest, vanilla bean, pinot noir, Oregon cherry wood smoked, and smoked ghost chili flavors.
Promising review: "Holy cow! LOVING these! So much fun. Making it the standard gift for couples and Christmas exchange parties." — Amazon Customer
Price: $30 for a set of six
A set of
whiskey stones to make sure your relationship with them isn't ~on the rocks~. Just pop them into the freezer, add to a drink, and enjoy at your leisure — without worrying about it getting watered down by ice!
The set comes with nine stones and a velvet pouch, as well as an already lovely box, so you can skip the wrapping if (when) you're short on time.
Promising review: "If you're a gift-giver, buying a bunch of these for that stash reserved for 'people-you-don't-know-well-enough-to-know-what-they-would-really-want' would be a very good idea. It indicates just the right amount of thoughtfulness." — Janning
The Voting Game, a card game that makes fun out of intimately knowing your friends' personalities. My friends and I call this "The Friendship Ender," but I think that's an us problem. What's a party without a little ~drama~?
For each round, a question card is drawn, such as "Who gives the most awkward hugs?" and everyone anonymously votes for someone in the group. But the real fun starts when the winner has to guess who voted for them. Meant for five to ten players ages 17+.
Promising review: "Bought this game as an office white elephant gift. After lunch and a few drinks, a group of nine of us played. We had an absolute blast. There are questions that make you squirm and laugh and cringe. A few questions seem geared more towards single people (all but one of us is married) but it was still a riot (especially with alcohol!). Cards are well made and very high quality. Can't wait to play again." — K. Brock
tin recipe box with cards for safeguarding the recipe for their famous homemade rugelach (that you'll definitely be smuggling a dozen of in your bag on the way out).
The box includes 14 dividers and 50 recipe cards. The dividers are even laminated to help protect your recipes from rogue spills!
Promising review: "This decorative little box is perfect for kitchen wear and tear. The organization system inside was perfect for a type A personality like me. I love having something cute and durable to file all my recipes in and keep my kitchen clutter to a minimum!" — Nina
Price: $26.99 (available in three patterns)
A copy of BuzzFeed's
, which is choc-full of delicious party recipes such as carne asada fries and sliders four ways! Get. In. My. Belly. Tasty Latest & Greatest Cookbook
Promising review: "Love this cookbook! Bought it as a gift for a friend. They loved it! I looked through it before I gave it away and wanted to keep it for myself. Great variety of recipes, including classics, comfort food, and new trends. Most of them are very easy to make. They also give certain recipes to make four different ways which is awesome." — Bailey Rose
stovetop espresso maker that makes rich, smooth espresso in under five minutes. Perfect for guests at the end of the night or just a little treat for themselves.
Promising review: "So happy with my espresso pot purchase. Excellent and simple. It makes the best coffee ever. I t's streamlined, sleek, and attractive sitting next the stove without cluttering up counter space with some electronic digital nightmare to deal with. It's a breeze to clean — no disposable filters either. Everyone who drinks coffee needs this." — melanie m. pool
Price: $9.99+ (available in five sizes and three colors)
customizable light box to use as a perfect party decoration or just quirky everyday decor. Mine would say "Casper's #1 Fan."
The light box comes with 109 letters and numbers, so even the most long-winded host can get their point across.
Promising review: "Bought this for a birthday party and then used it again for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adds a nice touch to the festive decorations. Love it!" — Katherine P.
cotton cross-back apron because 100% of hosts and hostesses want to look like they work in the Bon Appetit test kitchen. That's just a fact. Also it has pockets!
The apron doesn't pinch the neck or waist like a traditional one, meaning comfort and delicious confections can go hand in hand.
Promising review: "What a lovely apron! The fabric is of medium weight with a slight texture. It washes and dries without wrinkling and obvious puckering. This apron is easy to wear and won't bind your neck, which is my number one hate with conventional aprons. I wear my apron all day when I am taking care of kids and when I am baking. The pockets are big enough for a cell phone. I love it!" — Gail Miccio
Price: $18.98 (available in eight colors)
Capri Blue Volcano candle so you can have *NEWS FLASH* the candle they burn in Anthropologie, the greatest smelling place on planet earth!!! THAT'S a gift that keeps on giving.
This version comes in an 8.5 oz travel tin, and smells so good you should just go ahead and order one for yourself already, too.
Promising review: "These candles smell SOOOOOO good! They are the same that are burned in Anthropologie and Francesca's. It's rare that I find a candle that my husband and I both love, but I have now. I just love the smell and it immediately calms my mood when I walk into my house and smell it. It also fills a very large area of the home — I can't stand when you can only smell a candle if you're standing over it, while wafting the smell towards your face with your hand." — Devlin
Price: $14.10 (available in one other scent, but like...Volcano is the best)
A set of
wine glass markers because without them, guests will become befuddled and unable to figure out whose wine is whose. There are many, MANY problems in the world, but this is one we can actually fix!
The markers also come in dog, sloth, koala, and squirrel designs. I double dare you to get the squirrel ones because WHOMST is stanning squirrels that hard?!
Promising review: "As soon as my mom opened this for her birthday, her friends started calling dibs on colors! 'I want the orange one!' 'Nope, it's MY gift from MY daughter, I get the orange one!' They are very flexible but hold their shape well, they came right on time, and they made a great gift that no one was expecting! If you've ever heard your family members or friends say, 'Now which wine glass is mine?' before, then this gift is a great way to remedy that problem! Would definitely recommend, and may even buy another set for another family member!" — Katherine Pillsbury
Price: $9.95+ (available in five animals)
stringed photo display for them to curate their own tiny museum of the party mems. Remember when Sheryl dropped all that potato salad? With a photo strung up proud, we'll never forget!
The frame comes with five twine cords and 40 mini clothespins for your stringing pleasure.
Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for a family member and had to buy one myself when I saw how cute it was! It's really great for displaying a collection of photos and you can personalize and change out the photos so easily!" — Rachael
A set of four
Himalayan salt tequila glasses, because after the party is the afterparty, which is sure to include some misguided imbibing.
Because the glasses of made of salt, they'll start to erode if they leave liquid in them for extended periods of time, so just be mindful. Salt is also antibacterial, so they don't have to worry about these getting gnarly.
Promising review: "The magnetic case they came in is very classy looking and when you open the case, it really has a 'wow' factor. The packaging is just spot on. Using the glasses is a very unique experience and all of the glasses were put to the test. There were no leaks or cracks and the flavor of the tequila was really enhanced. Fantastic product. If you have a family member into tequila, this is the perfect gift!" — AvidTraveler
A pack of adorable
floral tea towels to jazz up the kitchen and help out when you yourself inevitably spill something.
Promising review: "Well-priced, and well-made dish cloths, and the print of the fabric is so cute! Purchased these towels for a friend, and she was crazy over them. I am well pleased with the quality, size, and look of the dish towels and would buy them again." — scarlet
Price: $14.84 for a three-pack (available in 31 colors and patterns)
A pack of
biodegradable paper straws whose cuteness and biodegradability will have party guests and sea-turtles equally thrilled!
Promising review: "I love these straws! I always use straws for drinks, but wanted to give up plastic straws to do my part to help the environment in some small way. These paper straws last a full day without becoming too mushy to use. They have no unpleasant feel or taste to them at all! They are also the perfect size! Plus, the patterns on them are adorable! Highly recommend and I will be re-purchasing these when I need more. Great value for the bulk package!" — MrsJones
Price: $7.99+ for a pack of 200 (available in five colors)
customizable coaster set designed to look like old-school Polaroids. They'll simply fit and place their photos inside and voila! Old school memories (and safe, clean tabletops) in a *flash*.
Promising review: "Bought this as a gift and they absolutely raved over it, especially since they can change the photos whenever they want." — Jasmine T.
Bali Soap gift set so everyone's hands can smell fresh as can be after digging into a vat of buffalo chicken dip (the only good dip, fight me).
The soaps are 3.5 oz each and come in coconut, papaya, vanilla, lemongrass, jasmine, and ylang-ylang scents.
Promising review: "I love these soaps! I recently changed to bar soap instead of liquid body wash to help eliminate some of my plastic waste. These are a fantastic alternative! They are a really good size and I love how smooth my skin feels after using them. Vanilla and papaya are my favorite scents. None of them are too overwhelming but leave a subtle smell. Would be great for gifts!" — JB
dachshund ice cube tray so party-goers can cool down a beverage with a hot diggity dog.
The tray makes nine lil' doggies.
Promising review: "Being from Germany, I would say I am an expert on dachshunds. As a dachshund expert this is a must have to be taken seriously. They look just like my dachshunds did. Buy it, you won't regret it." — Bear93
olive oil dispenser set, because it's impossible to execute the perfect drizzle of olive oil to finish a caprese salad without one of these bad boys.
The set comes with one17 oz olive oil bottle, a stainless steel funnel for easy refills, a pour spout with a dust cap, a pour spout with a flap cap, and two black sealed corking tops. It's also dishwasher safe! And *hot tip* you also save money by buying bulk jugs of olive oil and refilling one of these rather than buying a bunch of small bottles.
Promising review: "This set is well thought out with everything you need to have a bottle of oil handy for everyday use. I bought it when the spout on my old bottle fell apart. The spouts fit snugly and pours quite well. The cap on the one spout is a nice feature that I haven't seen elsewhere, it will not only keep the spout clean but should help prevent spills if the bottle should be knocked over. The funnel is a nice upgrade from trying to pour oil from a larger bottle which can easily get messy. The box is also attractive and would make a lovely host/hostess gift." — W K Smith
Price: $9.99 (available in two colors)
electric wine bottle opener so they can open any bottle of wine with little to no elbow grease. Not that they don't have elbow grease, but the middle of your own dinner party isn't an amazing time to bust it out.
The opener can uncork 40 bottles on a single charge. To use, cut the foil with the included cutter, place the opener on the bottle, press the down button, and then press the up button!
Promising review: "I love this! what a great price too. It's SO easy to use. You just use the foil cutter by pinching the sides on top to release and then put it around the foil and squeeze and turn. Then put the screw on top of the bottle and push. Then to get the cork off the machine you push the other button. It's so easy and there's no twisting and turning manually. Great for anyone who has trouble opening wine bottles and just great to have out for a party. I use it every day and it lasts weeks before i have to recharge. There is a cool blue light that it emits while it's charging. I've had it for weeks now with no issues whatsoever. I highly recommend! Great for a gift, too!" — Chase
Price: $14.98 (available in three colors)
adorable cactus diffuser to help them unwind with some aromatherapy whenever they like. The clay cactus slowwwly soaks up fragrance, gently diffusing it while looking cute as can be. This set also comes with oils to get them started!
Promising review: "This is literally heaven in a diffuser. I have it on my desk at work and once the scent fully absorbed into the clay cactus, it put off the most amazing smell. Not too strong and pungent but very light and sweet and floral. And above all else, it’s cute as hell! Love it and will probably be getting more soon!" — Siearra
Price: $29 (available in three styles)
thank you notes, so they can be sure to show their never-ending gratitude for your incredible gifts!
The pack comes with 32 cards, as well as envelopes and sealing stickers.
Promising review: "Bought these to thank friends and family for our wedding gifts. Absolutely *love* them! Cardstock is thick with a lovely texture, and the green botanical art is beautiful -- perfectly blended green! (I should note that I'm a biologist whose research includes a lot of work on plants, so I'm predisposed to love this type of design.) Design-coordinated stickers are a nice touch. Highly recommend!" — zephyrunner
They'll love these gifts, but don't forget the golden rule!
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