The Gracious Guest: Hostess Gifts They’ll Love

The holidays are here which means our calendars will soon fill with parties. Whether it's a glam cocktail soiree or a tacky sweater gift exchange, every Southern lady knows you can't show up to the festivities empty-handed. Here are a few of our favorite hostess gifts that will get your name moved to the top the guestlist for years to come:

Guest towel napkins

These triple-ply guest towel napkins from Caspari are a major upgrade from a roll of paper towels. And unlike a tea towel, they won't give your hostess more laundry to do. Although they're single-use, they're biodegradable, compostable and made in Germany using environmentally conscious materials, meaning your hostess' tree won't be the only thing that's green. Add an acrylic guest towel napkin holder to complete the look.

Cheese knife set or serving board

One golden rule for holiday parties: you can never have too much charcuterie — or fun ways to serve it. Choose a bold board that will wow your hostess or a set of knives that double as objets d'art on the countertop.


Every hostess will appreciate a blank set of notecards during the holidays. They're perfect for thank you notes, gift tags, holiday greetings and more. C. Buxton's designs are elegant yet whimsical, bringing a touch of fun to everyday stationery.

Fancy matchbook

More glam than a plastic lighter, matchbooks are the perfect old-school way to light all those cinnamon candles we love to burn during the holidays. These feature a fun dot print and "Merry and Bright" in foil lettering. Buy a couple ahead of time to keep on hand for last-minute invites and pair with your favorite holiday-scented candle.



To give your hostess the gift of fragrance without the traditional candle, opt for a diffuser that will look pretty on her bedside table while filling the room with a fresh aroma. Diffusers are fantastic gifts for people who live in condos, apartments or other places that don't allow open flame.

If you think your hostess might be squeamish about setting an open container of scented oil around, opt for a porcelain diffuser like this gorgeous flower-shaped one from Lola, which allows users to drop a small amount of fragrance directly onto its petals.

Glam jewelry

Pick up a fun and funky piece of jewelry like a tassel necklace or pair of earrings. Or upgrade your hostess' set of keys with a pretty bag charm, like these upcycled ones made from vintage Hermes scarves.

Trinket tray

There's something about stashing jewelry, change and other sundries in a chic tray rather than just tossing them on the dresser. Your hostess will love these decoupaged versions from Ben's Garden, which feature a variety of sentiments for every occasion. They're food-safe and feature a felted backing, but would look just as lovely propped up on a tabletop easel.

Tasty treats

Bring the best holiday gift of all: something sweet (that the hostess doesn't have to cook herself!) Choose a fun seasonal snack like reindeer munch or peppermint bark, or pick up something classic like gourmet popcorn or red velvet cookies.

We have a variety of other hostess gifts to impress even the most discerning socialite. Stop by the store and let us help you find the perfect gift for any party this holiday season.

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