Some people make hosting seem so effortless - a last minute idea that comes together in spectacular fashion. For the rest of us, it tends to take a bit more planning. Whether a dinner, birthday, or housewarming party, there are friends to invite, food and drinks to prepare, and surely some cleaning to do. Behind the casual welcoming of your hostess was a to-do list that, even if largely enjoyed, took time and effort.
Today it's common to accept offers to contribute, such as bringing an appetizer or dessert to share. It's a nice gesture for guests and can make a gathering feel more like a shared, communal event. But just as often, a hostess might say “just bring yourself!” for a good reason: the menu has been carefully planned. What then? In our experience, the best way to express your appreciation (besides showing up, of course!) is to bring a hostess gift. It doesn’t need to be big or expensive, just a simple way of saying thank you.
So what makes the best hostess gifts? A bottle of wine or fresh cut flowers are good last minute hostess gift ideas, but we prefer more unique hostess gifts. As you might imagine, handmade candles that give back top our list. So to help you prepare for your next event, we’ve put together this unique hostess gift guide for every occasion.
1. Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas
With the holiday season upon us, it’s good to have some of your favorite hostess gifts on hand, ready for a surprise invitation and nicely gift boxed. We like to give one of our Happiness Candles, which can be enjoyed in any room and are simple enough to feel equivalent to a bottle of wine yet a little more special. For a special event with a stellar host, our elegant Gratitude Candle says it all.
2. Housewarming Hostess Gift Ideas
3. Birthday Hostess Gift Ideas
Is your host celebrating a birthday? Tell them they're awesome and how much you appreciate their friendship with our Birthday Treat Gift Set, or highlight their best qualities with a Zodiac Candle. Still looking for inspiration for that perfect hostess gift? Check out our entire collection of popular birthday candle gifts!
4. Afternoon Tea Hostess Gift Ideas
5. Baby Shower Hostess Gift Ideas
Are you heading to a baby shower? We love all the wonderful ideas for baby gifts, but like to focus just as much on the mom-to-be! No matter how or when a little one arrives, there is always a need for moments of self-care. Our Lavender Retreat, Unwind and Home Comfort gifts make wonderful baby shower gifts that remind parents-to-be to take care of themselves as well.
6. More Hostess Gift Ideas
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