Another year, another holiday season crammed with food, gifts, tinsel, parties and, well, you get it. The plethora of holiday party invitations from your friends, family, co-workers and people you aren’t really all that crazy about, too, will start rolling in relatively soon.
So you’re not that person who shows up to the soiree empty-handed, right now is a great time to stock up on gifts to thank your hosts and hostesses for throwing (what you expect will be) a super duper fabulous event.
While other party-goers stop by the liquor store for a quickie booze purchase, you’ll arrive with any of these thoughtful gifts in tow as a reflection of your host’s distinct and sensational personality.
Best Host / Hostess Gifts: For Entertaining
Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set
This marble playset instantly elevates an ordinary game of tic-tac-toe to hoity-toity status. The white marble pieces move effortlessly on the carved grid square playing board. And when you’re not battling out a competitive game, it doubles as a cute decor accent.
TableTopics Dinner Party Edition
A party game to get every guest talking and laughing while entertaining in even the most awkward situations. Questions range from hilarious to thought-provoking and are appropriate for any crowd.
Official Wordle Board Game
The newly released real-life Wordle board game is just the thing to kick off any party. It brings all the things you love about the digital game to your living room, letting you play against three other real people. Just one thing, it won’t ship for one to two months, according to Amazon.
Best Host / Hostess Gifts: For Their Home
Secura Electric Wine Opener
Make opening that bottle of wine a breeze with just the touch of a button. This stainless steel, electric bottle opener is compatible with most wine bottle sizes to de-cork it in seconds. A single charge lasts for up to 30 bottles, thanks to the rechargeable built-in battery. Weighing only 1.2 pounds, it’s small enough to hide away without taking up too much space.
Small Canoe Candles
Perhaps the most unique and adorable candle to exist, the Small Canoe Candles from Native American-owned Sequoia Soaps are just stupendous, for lack of a better word. Each one is 5.5 inches long and can burn for roughly 20 hours. The larger Canoe Candles are $90.
While it might look like an ordinary fake orchid, this ingenious gift is actually made of Legos. This true-to-life model comes with 608 pieces, including five leaves at the base and two wandering air roots to mimic an authentic display.
Best Host + Hostess Gifts: For Their Kitchen
Fishs Eddy Salt & Pepper Shakers
Bring a piece of Fishs Eddy’s iconic New York City store to your host or hostess’ home with the set of Sawlt and Peppa shakers. This super quirky but totally awesome gift will be a welcomed addition to any table. They each measure 3 inches tall.
Diamond Ice Molds
Sure, anyone can serve beverages with ordinary ice cubes. But why do that when you can add a glistening diamond-shaped ice cube to your drink of choice? Williams Sonoma’s silicone ice molds turn water into a 2.5-inch diamond-shaped ice cube. You get two ice molds.
Mud Pie Honey Pot Serving Set
The cute Mud Pie ceramic honey pot features a hive-like design on the outside with an “Oh honey honey” statement on the front. It comes with a ceramic lid with a wooden honey dipper. Your host or hostess will want to whip this out even without a dinner party in full swing.
Alphabet Mango Wood Cheese & Charcuterie Board
Made of sustainably sourced mango wood, Pottery Barn’s rustic cheese board is a great personalized gift to give to your host or hostess for any occasion. It features a sealed, natural stained finish with your choice of accent letter.
Bistro Tile Spoon Rest
Part of the Bistro Tile Collection by AnthroLiving, this quaint product isn’t your every day, run-of-the-mill spoon rest. Instead, it’ll make your host’s or hostess’ kitchen feel like it’s transformed into a sidewalk cafe along a Parisian boulevard. It features a bold, mosaic-inspired motif any spoon would be lucky to rest upon.
Original Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
If your host or hostess is a movie buff, then give them the gift of real movie popcorn with the Whirley-Pop Popper. Skip the microwave and cook up kernels the old-fashioned way. Just add gourmet kernels and a splash of cooking oil, and in three minutes, you have theatre-quality popcorn.
Jonathan Adler Mustique Salad Serving Set
The two pieces in this dazzling turquoise Mustique serving set are standouts not only because they’re super giftable, but because they’re so totally eye-popping awesome when your host/hostess whips them out. Each one is hand-poured for a truly one-of-a-kind accent to any table.
Best Host / Hostess Gifts: For Themselves
Mojo Spa “Make Me a Morning Person” Face and Body Scrub
With scents of peppermint, rosemary and lavender, the Make Me a Morning Person scrub will help them forget their troubles and survive the holiday hubbub. Mojo Spa is an Indie beauty brand that hand makes small batches of natural beauty products.
LIVE BY BEING Mini Facial Mask Trio Sampler Spa Set
Give your host a gift of self care, which they’ll especially need and appreciate after the holidays. This small business from Texas makes 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free products that are great for all skin types. The mini sampler includes three mini clay jars for one to two masks per jar. The set comes packaged in a 100% natural hand-stamped Muslin bag with a wooden spoon.