I’ve had requests to share hostess gift ideas, so I’m fulfilling that wish today.
Can I guarantee that you’ll like all of these ideas? Nope. But I picked stuff that I thought, “Yeah, I wouldn’t mind getting this as a hostess gift.”
So there’s the barometer, folks.
1. Christmas music CD
Yes, there are still some of us around who listen to CDs. Me being one of those people. And what person doesn’t want to rock out to some fine Christmas jams? Here are three CDs I recommend– Straight No Chaser (fellow Indiana University alums– Go Hoosiers!), A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, and the new Pentatonix Christmas album. I also like this one and this one and this one.
2. wine markers
Even better than wine charms– wine markers! Genius idea, right? Plus, I think it’d be fun to have people rewrite their names at the end of the evening and compare it to how they wrote their name 5 drinks prior. (Please drink responsibly.)
Yeah, it’s a candle but, hello, it’s also a golden pineapple. That means once it burns out, the hostess can use it to store things like paperclips or her secret stash of holiday Valium. (Please don’t abuse prescription drugs.)
6. bath bombs
Everyone needs to relax during the holidays, so why not encourage the hostess to take a stress-reducing bath? I don’t even take baths (who has time for that?), but I’d dust off our tub, literally, in order to try out one of these bad boys and see what all the hype is about.
10. sheet masks
These sheet masks are all the rage right now. But might I suggest prefacing this gift by saying, “Now, Megan, I think you have a flawless complexion, but I thought you’d enjoy pampering yourself with these fun sheet masks. I swear none contain snail secretions. Enjoy, girl!”
17. coffee table books
Don’t want to show up with a generic hostess gift? Bring a gorgeous coffee table book! Modern Mix, written by my friend Eddie and his partner Jaithan, is great for your friend who loves color and antiques. And A Touch of Farmhouse Charm is by my friend Liz, who is also a fellow Indiana blogger. Her book is bursting with farmhouse inspiration.
18. more mugs!
I included this Bridesmaids-themed mug in my best friend gift guide last year and everyone loved it. They also loved the Is That Baaaaad? mug (Dooneese from SNL) and Jessi Spano pill popping mug.
There you go! I hope you found at least one hostess gift idea. Or maybe a general gift idea.
Just remember– when in doubt, show up with a bottle of wine and a bag of chocolate.