Eight Days of Giving: Gift Guide for the Hostess

To me, a big part of the holidays is the fun that comes from hosting family and friends to celebrate the season. I love cooking for my loved ones and hosting festive parties. We all know how much work it takes to put together a dinner party so I always bring a hostess gift (and appreciate getting one). Here are a few ideas for the hostess you know.two women in kitchen

I’ve looked back at many holiday photos wishing I was wearing a cuter apron! My apron gets a work out when I’m cooking so I need to change into a fresh one, right before people arrive. I know every cook and hostess appreciates a new one which makes it a perfect hostess gift.

apron set from Pottery barn

I ordered this set from Pottery Barn for three reasons. Its neutral colors will go with everything I’m wearing (which, as silly as it sounds, is important to me), and matches the colors in my kitchen. This set of 12 professional aprons means she can have a fresh apron available, no matter how much she spills:)

MacKensie Childs apron
MacKensie Childs Royal Check Bistro Apron

MacKensie Childs lovers will be thrilled to get this apron in her classic check. This Harlequin Pattern apron is awesome too. Come to think of it, this would match everything I wear and my kitchen decor too! This Owl Wine Stopper is too cute and would be awesome included with a fabulous bottle of wine!

I always bring along a nice bottle of wine for the hostess. They can either choose to open to share with their guests or save for a later time. It’s fun to bring one in a festive gift bag.three gnome wine gift bags

These handmade Gnome Wine Gifts bags are a hoot and very affordable! I also love these White Faux Fur gift bags which look like the bottles are in a snowdrift. How about these Button Coat and Collar Wine Gift bags? These gift bags would also look adorable holding your own bottles for a party or just as decorations. Hmmm…I may need one of these for my kitchen counter.

striped wine bottle carrier
Insulated and Padded Two Wine Bottle Carrier

This elegant, striped two-bottle wine carrier would make a terrific gift for the wine lover you know. How about this Golf Bag Wine Bottle Holder for the host or hostess who loves to golf? Here are a few other interesting ones.

A few years ago on a trip to wine country, I discovered these cute little wine cork candles. They make a darling gift for a hostess, who can pop them into an empty bottle during a party for a fun decoration.

Keeping with the wine theme for a moment, one of my favorite hostess gifts are wine charms. Not everyone has them and they are oh-so-handy for a bigger party. I like this set from Walmart.

real cork wine glass charms on A Well Styled Life
festive real cork wine glass charms

These cork ones are fun, as are these classic vineyard themes and these stunning Agate Wine Glass charms. I’m also a fan of these wine glass writers. The hostess can write the guest’s name or it’s fun to let each guest personalize their own glass and it washes off easily.

holly tea towel from William Sonoma on A Well Styled Life
jacquard tea towels

In my experience, you can never have too many tea towels. Mine could always use refreshing so having some pretty new ones to use while entertaining, is always a welcome gift. A pretty set, brought with some freshly baked goodies, is a nice idea.

For your hostess that enjoys serving high balls,capri blue candle from Anthropologie

Finally, a nice warm candle can be used right away and is a nice reminder for your hostess of how much you appreciated their meal. These are some of my current favorites

Are you hosting a holiday dinner this year, or going to visit family or friends?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day.


  1. Great ideas, Jennifer! I especially love those gnome wine wrappers!

  2. Elaine @ Following Augustine says:

    These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing. A bottle of my homemade antipasto always goes over well as a hostess gift too.

    1. Oh wow! That sounds yummy. Every hostess loves special things.

  3. Never go empty handed to a dinner invite or just drinks. A bottle of wine is a must, plus a gift for the hostess. I love those cork wine glass charms. So very different! The agate ones are beautiful and any hostess would love them.

    1. I also taught my children to never go empty handed. It’s just the right thing to do;)

  4. These are great ideas! Thank you so much for this post. Going to grab some of these now and keep them handy for future gatherings.

  5. Love these ideas! Not sure who you are hugging but that is such a sweet picture! Enjoy your holiday season.

  6. Those are some GREAT hostess gift ideas, Jennifer!! Btw, my daughter’s name is Jennifer! ?

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