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9 Hostess Gifts to Bring to Any Holiday Party

9 Hostess Gifts to Bring to Any Holiday Party
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Everyone knows you don’t show up empty-handed to a party. But sometimes the standard gifts feel a little, well, standard. If you’ve ever given your gracious hostess a bottle of wine or scented candle, and she replies “Thanks so much! I’ll put them with the rest” then you know the feeling we’re talking about — and it might be time to refresh your roster of hostess gift.

Luckily, there’s a world beyond bottles of rosé. The best gifts show your hostess your appreciation, and give her a moment to recharge. Whether you give Ferrero Rocher® fine hazelnut chocolates or an Oprah-worthy selection of bath accoutrements, here are nine ways to give your favorite host the post-party “me” moment she deserves.

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Vase
Vase

You can’t go wrong bringing flowers to a party, but you’ll score even more points giving something to display them. A simple, sculptural vase makes even a bunch of bodega flowers look chic — and your hostess will definitely appreciate not having to interrupt her prep time to do the “let me find something to put these in” scramble.

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Serving Tray
Serving Tray

Bring a serving tray to a party and chances are your gift will be immediately pressed into service as a place to slice bread, arrange charcuterie or ferry drinks from kitchen to table. It’s good to be useful.

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Ferrero Rocher® Fine Hazelnut Chocolates
Ferrero Rocher® Fine Hazelnut Chocolates

A box of Ferrero Rocher® fine hazelnut chocolates is the perfect way to tip your hat to your hostess. And if she shares with her guests, it's a gift for everyone. 

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Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential Oil Diffuser

Chances are she already has candles. But she probably doesn’t have this cute little guy that fills a home with fragrance and releases soothing steam into the dry winter air, too. We love gifting these with a bottle of lemon essential oil to energize, vanilla to calm or lavender to promote sleep.

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Throw Blanket
Throw Blanket

Pretty much anytime after October, a throw blanket makes an affordable, thoughtful gift she’ll praise you for every time she curls up in her favorite chair with a juicy memoir. Look for one in plush fleece or, if she really throws a good party, super-soft cashmere.

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Spa Day
Spa Day

Listen, entertaining isn’t easy. So thank your hostess with a thoughtful hand-selected arrangement that’ll make her next bath truly restorative. Think relaxing Epsom salts in a mason jar, handmade soap, exfoliating sea sponge and a candle. She’ll feel like this, guaranteed.

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Board Game
Board Game

Hard to believe it now, but there will come a point this winter when she’ll run out of shows to binge-watch. That’s the night she’ll be glad you gave her a board game as a charming, more social alternative to yet another streaming night. If you’re really lucky, maybe she’ll even invite you back.

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Champagne Coupe
Champagne Coupe

Most experienced hosts already own wine glasses (standard and stemless), flutes and other glassware. But we’re guessing she doesn’t own a set of champagne coupes. The saucer-shaped bowl is said to enhance the taste of prosecco and other sparkling wine and adds a little Gatsby-era glamour to the proceedings.

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Tea Towels
Tea Towels

If she’s a handy cook, she probably already has plenty kitchen towels. The question is are they fun to look at? Trust us, an upgrade to a colorful coordinating set will definitely be appreciated and can be used as hand towels, napkins or to wrap fresh pastry on a particularly ambitious Sunday morning.

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Dishes That Will Make Your Holiday Less Hectic
  • Vase
  • Serving Tray
  • Ferrero Rocher® Fine Hazelnut Chocolates
  • Essential Oil Diffuser
  • Throw Blanket
  • Spa Day
  • Board Game
  • Champagne Coupe
  • Tea Towels

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