Gift Guide #4: Hostess Gifts

Jessica Sturdy shares her favorite hostess gifts to give and get this holiday season on Bows & Sequins. You can't go wrong with candles, coffee table books, nice olive oil, bath salts, wine, or a fun group game.

Whether it’s a dinner or cocktail party, Friendsgiving, or a weekend stay, you should never show up empty handed! A thoughtful hostess gift never goes unappreciated. If you don’t know the host that well, you can’t go wrong with fresh flowers in a beautiful vase, a bottle of wine, spirits, or champagne, luxurious hand soap & lotion, or a nice candle (bonus points if you include chic matches). If you have a feel for your host’s interests, taste, and humor, feel free to have a little fun with it. Some of my favorites include group games, coffee table books, something with a funny phrase, high-end olive oil, or even bath salts to destress.

1. What Do You Meme? Game  |  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil  |  3. Living with Pattern Book  |  4. Detox Bath Salts  &  Calm Bath Salts  |  5. Can’t Dine Without Wine Bags  |  6. Gold Initial Mug  |  7. Overserved Wine Glass  |  8. Nest Holiday Candle  |  9. Louis Vuitton Coffee Table Book  |  10. Commodity Book Candle  |  11. Vogue Covers Coffee Table Book  |  12. Champagne Resealer  |  13. Gold Cheese Knives  |  14. Coconut + Rose Bath Salts

If your host is a millennial that’s into memes, this is a great option. I got Hallie this What Do You Meme? Game last year and it’s so fun to play… It’s basically like Cards Against Humanity, but there will be a popular meme that you’re matching your phrases against. Highly recommend!

In both Italy and Croatia, I’ve sent a few bottles of local olive oil home and it makes cooking that much more fun thinking about my trip(s). (And even more delicious, duh.) If your host knows his or her way around the kitchen, a nice bottle of olive oil is a welcome departure from a bottle of wine. And they’re sure to get a lot of use out of it! Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, and heck, even Amazon, all have nice bottles if you don’t have a chance to run to Eataly and test a few yourself.

2017 // Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

#1: Jessica’s Wish List  |  #2: The Jet-Setter  |  #3: Rosé All Day  |  #4: Hostess Gifts  |  #5: For the Francophile  |  #6: Fitness Fanatic  |  #7: Make It Monogrammed | #8: For the New Yorker  |  #9: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  #10: Gifts for the Guys

Be sure to check out The Holiday Shop, where you can filter gifts by both recipient and dollar amount! If you need to reference back, you can always find all of my gift guides here!

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  1. 11.15.17
    Briana said:

    I so need some detox bath salts! The meme game looks fun as well!


  2. 11.16.17

    Another brilliant list!!