Hostess Gifts with the Mostest - 405 Magazine

Hostess Gifts with the Mostest

Think outside the bottle with this selection of gourmet coffee, lavender syrup and great ideas for hosts of every ilk.


Someone else kindly invited you into their home, and went to all the effort to arrange the dinner or party or whatever occasion — shouldn’t you make a small gesture of gratitude in return? (Hint: Emily Post says yes, you should.) When there’s a soiree on the horizon, here are some possibilities suggested by local retailers.



Fresh bouquet, prices vary, from The Flower Shop
“Fresh flowers that are small enough to not disrupt whatever the hostess of the party has going on make a great hostess gift. The flowers may be set on a table or bathroom counter easily, and the container is something that can be used for other things at a later date.” – Lori Wright

Gilded amethyst napkin rings, $35 each from 3B Home
 “What better way to say ‘thank you’ for dinner than with napkin rings? These napkin rings are a gold-leafed amethyst chunk on square acrylic, and are a beautiful display, whether sitting on a table or displayed on a counter.” – Rhonda Beck

Aspen Bay Cedar Rose candle, $26 from Tulips
 “I love nothing more than giving someone a delicious candle to make their house smell yummy!” – Paige Beal


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Vida Alegria double dip bowl by Beatriz Ball, $38, tea towel, $12, Sugarfina champagne gummy bears, $20 each from Occasions
“I love to give hostess gifts that I know will be used and loved! You can pair this double dip bowl with candies or dip mixes, adding a cute matching tea towel or a set of cocktail napkins. I would wrap it all in cellophane and add a cute big bow.” – Susan Austin

Mariposa Fireside Blend coffee, $15.95, pH Alchemy lavender simple syrup, $16, handmade tea towel, $14 from The Social Club
This is a go-to hostess gift. Good coffee is a life changer! The lavender simple syrup is delicious in coffee, champagne or cocktails, which makes it fun and versatile. And then the tea towel — who doesn’t love a beautiful towel to hang on your oven? It’s art for your kitchen.” – Dana Scott

Cotton monogrammed handkerchiefs, $39 from Plenty Mercantile
“Our set of two organic cotton monogrammed hankies makes a wonderful hostess gift. We love these because they are packaged in a lovely keepsake box (we add a touch of twine), and it makes an easy, yet very thoughtful gift. Used at weddings, funerals and blessed events, they become a treasured heirloom piece. A favorite with the Plenty staff.” – Traci Walton

French honey pot, $13 from Bebe’s
“This French honey pot has a great price point. Tie a little wooden honey spoon on it and you have a perfect hostess gift. After the honey is gone, you have a darling clay vessel for flowers or spices!” – Karen Samis


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Linen pinafore apron from Lithuania, $50 from Sara Kate Studios
“Stonewashed linen in the most beautiful hues, handmade just for us! I just love the Japanese-style pinafore shape, and it makes being in the kitchen a little more fun.” – Sara Kate Little

Culinary cheese board, $42 from Reclaimed Warehouse
“A perfect gift (Made in Oklahoma!) for entertaining over and over again, with soapstone chalk that never runs out.” – Tabitha Clark

Grace bowl in sky gray, $30 from Urbane
“It’s a beautiful gift that anyone would appreciate. The bowl is small and stores easily, but I think most people display it because it is so interesting.” – Scott Wagoner