There are certain old fashioned traditions that I’m a huge fan of: handwritten thank you notes, phone calls to loved ones instead of texts, and refusing to arrive empty handed to a holiday dinner party. Hostess gifts are such a thoughtful notion, and I figure, if someone I love is going through the trouble of having me over for a big festive dinner, the least I could do is wrap up a little gift!
Now, hostess gifts are shrouded in a bit of mystery: what are they exactly? That question can stump people into bringing a bottle of wine, but no need to let it limit your gifting imagination! Basically, a hostess gift is anything you want to gift the hostess (or host). If they’re big cooks, I like to find jars of seasonings, fancy salts, or cedar grilling planks. If they have a sweet tooth, pretty jams or fixings for gourmet hot chocolate are unique and always well received. Cocktail enthusiasts? Decorative barware like bottle stoppers or a carafe are good choices, as are cocktail mixers and syrups. All of these are more entertaining-focused, but a hostess gift is really a wonderful opportunity to say thank you, so feel free to bring your host a gift that speaks to them — pretty soaps, candles, home accessories or even books work great.
There’s no wrong way to choose a hostess gift! Browse some of my favorites below, and get ready to knock your Thanksgiving host’s socks off.