For most of us, this holiday season will look different and likely involve less intermingling than we're used to. But, if you're merging bubbles this holiday season, don't forget to spare a thought for the host or hostess doing all the extra work to ensure friends and family have a seasonal soiree in the safest way possible!
Those who help us celebrate, feast together, and cherish each other –– who deserves a great gift more than these folks? Nobody! And that goes double if the hostess is you (because you're juggling a lot, including your role as a risk mitigator and cheerful party planner). The tradition of a hostess gift is how we show our appreciation for the difficult and generous work of hosting.
Whether you're looking to up your hostess game, or you want to find gracious gift ideas to thank the hosts and hostesses who'll make this holiday season shine (even over Zoom), you're in the right place. We've stocked our holiday Gift Shop and included here some perfect hostess gift ideas for all kinds of different hosts: the festive foodie, the dinner party hostess, the candle fan, the cocktail party aficionado, and more!
This year, enjoy giving (and getting) unique hostess gifts that keep on giving. Spread the cheer!
Find more gifts for everyone on your list at the Gift Shop!
Price: Starts at $56.95 CAD/month
What's Included: Posh Home Box is a monthly subscription focused on creating and delivering fun themed boxes filled with limited-edition items for house and home. Determined to beautify any living space, each box delivers a local boutique experience right to the front door. They'll open to find a mixture of modern and unique home decor items, including everything from serving trays and pitchers to candleholders and paper goods.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from Canada immediately throughout the holiday season
Price: Starts at $32.79/month
What's Included: The mixology box from the American Cocktail Club makes hosting even easier, sending all that's needed to create 4 servings of a unique, great-tasting craft cocktail every month! The perfect gift for a small dinner party or get-together, hostesses can receive the Everything But the Booze Box for all mixers and ingredients, or the Everything Box for, well, everything they need, including featured spirits.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. during the 3rd week of the month
Price: Starts at $26.95/month
What's Included: Sure to be included on a list of favorite things for most hosts and hostesses is a scented candle that creates a warm and inviting environment for all their guests. This season, treat them to Wickbox, a monthly subscription that sends luxury candles scented to their personal fragrance preferences! Select the Medium option for candles with a burn time of 30-60 hours, or Large for up to 100 hours of enjoyment.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on or around the 15th of the month
Price: Starts at $18.66/month
What's Included: Whether you're in search of a hostess gift or a housewarming gift, The Cactique sets out to curate a fun new piece of living decor every month. Ideal for those with a green thumb (or not), each box sends a selection of high-quality mini cacti and succulents, all planted with care in decorative stoneware pots, along with top dressing, illustrated care instructions and fun plant-themed add-ins, like vinyl stickers and other prickly accessories!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 3 days of ordering
Price: Starts at $19.99/month
What's Included: Have a friend or family member who welcomes you and your pups in with open arms? Puppy Paws Coffee & Company is a thoughtful gift for animal-loving hosts that delivers coffee blends inspired and named after specific breeds, along with specialty toys and treats for the doggos. And, in the spirit of giving, half of all proceeds are donated to animal rescue organizations so that every cup supports a pup in need!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 days of ordering, and then on the 5th or 15th of each month
Price: Starts at $39.89/month
What's Included: With Coffee and a Classic, there's no need for fancy gadgets when you can give a straightforward feel-good gift that will help them unwind from all the good times. Once the hustle and bustle has died down, this gift will invite them to curl up with a warm coffee, tea or cocoa, while enjoying a good book and fun bookish items. Upgrade to the Standard subscription to include a themed mug and something to snack on, too!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 2nd week of December
Price: Starts at $24.99/month
What's Included: Ideal for first-timers and experienced hosts and hostesses alike, Whisk Takers is an all-inclusive DIY from-scratch baking box that serves up cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more. Prep-free and stress-free, each box includes all the fixings to prepare a decadent dessert, including easy-to-follow recipes and pre-measured ingredients. All they'll have to do is don their apron and unbox the perfect baking experience!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 3-5 business days after purchasing, with renewals shipping on the 15th of each month
Price: Starts at $21.25/month
What's Included: During these winter months, you can't go wrong by sending a personalized tea drinking experience! Great for gifting to just about anyone on your list, each monthly box from Tea Runners brings flavorful, award-winning brews with a curated collection of 4 small-batch loose-leaf teas. Choose from Pure Teas, Blacks, Herbals, or a sampling box for new blends, brewing instructions and tasting notes.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 3-5 business days of ordering, with renewals shipping in the 1st week of every month
Price: Starts at $49.00/month
What's Included: Instead of showing up on the doorstep with bottle of wine in hand, take it a few steps further with a customized box of wines from He Wines, She Dines. The Standard wine club is an affordable gift that is curated around each individual's tastes and preferences. They'll get 3 bottles of wine, handpicked from some of the best boutique vineyards from around the world, and sent with pairing suggestions and an occasional seasonal treat!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 business days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 21st of each month
Price: Starts at $11.67/month
What's Included: When your budget won't allow a splurge, but you'd still like to get something that has a personal touch, there's My Paper Box, a subscription that's packed with beautifully designed personalized stationery and accessories. Available in both Mini or Grand options, each month’s themed box sends a mix of goodies inscribed with the name or monogram of your choosing, including notebooks, calendars, greeting cards and more.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S.; the Mini box ships in the 1st week of the month and the Grand box ships in the 3rd week of the month
Price: Starts at $77.50/every 3 months
What's Included: Send a graze-worthy gift with a one-off or annual subscription to Peck Boards. Just what every hostess needs, this unique subscription will help them master the art of charcuterie and cheese boards with a kit that's got it all –– curated meats, cheeses, dried fruit and nuts, gourmet spreads and sweets. A beautiful slate board is included in the first box to help them create a holiday spread, complete with an im-peck-able platter!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S.; order by the 15th to get it by Christmas Eve
Price: Starts at $41.20/month
What's Included: Support an up-and-coming female entrepreneur with a hostess gift box that delivers a mix of food and drink, all sourced from small, women-owned businesses! Curated specifically with female foodies in mind, each month brings a new product discovery box that includes everything from tea blends and preserves to drink and dessert mixes, along with a featured recipe and fun kitchen convo cards.
Shipping: Only ships within the continental U.S. on or around the 18th of every month
Price: Starts at $29.99/month
What's Included: Freshen up before the guests arrive and relax in tranquility once the festivities have played out with a gift box from Front Range Soaps. Each bath & spa subscription is thoughtfully curated and beautifully scented, and puts a festive twist on bath time with cute holiday-themed goodies. Unbox scented candles, handmade soaps, fizzy bath bombs, scrubs, lotions and more.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S.; order by the 18th for delivery by Christmas
Price: Starts at $17.45/month
What's Included: Not in a space equipped for an all-out soak? With the Shower Essentials monthly club, Front Range Soaps offers a treat specifically for shower lovers. Featuring items that are handcrafted from only the finest ingredients and a new fragrance each month, they'll get body wash, single-use shower steamers, and an additional skincare item like lotion, body butter, or cream.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. twice a week through the holiday season
Price: Starts at $40.00/month
What's Included: Every hostess knows the value of having top-quality kitchen staples on hand, and nothing could be more essential than this dynamic duo: olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The Olive Box focuses on only the best first-press extra virgin olive oil from around the world, each infused with unique flavors, and bold balsamic vinegar. Mix the two and serve it with rustic bread for a delightful appetizer, or use them to enhance any dish.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 15th of every month
Price: Starts at $29.95/every 3 months
What's Included: This year, more than ever, they'll be happy to see you turn up at the front door, and if you're clutching a box of decadent chocolates to share, all the better! Jackie’s Chocolate allows you to bring or send an artisan-crafted box of chocolates that includes everything from smooth white chocolates and rich darks to creamy truffles and nut- or caramel-filled candies.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 3 days of ordering