Tis the season for holiday parties!

Whenever I’m invited to a party, formal or casual, I always like to bring a little something.  Sometimes it’s food or drink, sometimes just a little something to say thanks. Hosting a party can be a lot of work–planning, cleaning, cooking, decorating–it’s nice to bring a small token of gratitude for the host or hostess.

During the holidays there are so many parties that sometimes they can sneak up on you.  It’s nice to have a few ideas at the ready so you can quickly grab a gift and show your gratitude to whomever is throwing the party. I put together this list of last minute hostess gift ideas to help you out this holiday season with some easy, affordable gifts.Some of these you can even pick up right on the way to the party!

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This is such an easy one, but always appreciated!  Grab a bottle of red, white, or sparkling on your way to the party, some fancy beer, or a bottle of something a little stiffer.  If you have a bow or some ribbon on hand, use it to dress up the bottle a little.  If no one drinks it at the party, the host can drink it herself or keep it on hand for next time!

Baked Goods

If you’re like me you’re baking Christmas goodies the whole month of December, so package some up in a cute little tin and bring them to the party!  Just like wine, the host can either set them out at the party or save them for herself!

Easy Appetizer

Pick up something on the way or on your weekly grocery trip for everyone to enjoy at the party.  I’m always appreciative when guests bring a yummy appetizer to munch on! Try:

  • cheese and crackers
  • chips and dip
  • mixed nuts
  • veggie or fruit plate


Pick a candle with a holiday or seasonal scent to show your gratitude toward the host. You can pick up scented candles at your local grocery store or pharmacy, so this is an easy one to grab on the way to the party!  This is my absolute favorite holiday scent!


Stop by the grocery store or local flower shop on the way, and pick out some fresh flowers or a small potted plant for your host.  My sister came to Thanksgiving at my house this year with a pretty little potted succulent, so cute!

Wine Stopper

Wine stoppers with little figurines on the top are everywhere this time of year.  This is a great hostess gift, because it can be used at the party and then reused again and again. Buy a few on Amazon at the beginning of the season, and have them on hand for a last minute gift.

Wine Charms

Like wine stoppers, wine charms can be used over and over!  I’ve seen these at TJ Maxx and Target, or order them ahead of time from Amazon.  I love these cute Christmas ones!

Homemade Jam or Salsa

If you’re someone who cans or does jam or preserves, save some to give as hostess gifts!  Slap a cute label and a bow on it, and you’re good to go!  Easy and so appreciated.  Everyone loves homemade!

Boxed Chocolates

A nice box of chocolates can be bought at any pharmacy or grocery store on the way to the party, but feels special and decadent.  The hostess can choose to share at the party or keep it for herself!

Good Coffee

Pick up a really good bag of gourmet ground coffee (or beans if you know the hostess has a grinder) to bring to the party.  This is another one that can be served at the party or saved for later.

I’d love to hear your ideas for hostess gifts!  What do you bring when you go to holiday parties?

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Easy, affordable hostess gift ideas for all your holiday parties!

9 comments on “Hostess Gift Ideas”

  1. These are great ideas! I received a box of fancy chocolates once by a friend of my husband’s when we were first married and very young, and it was such a thoughtful gesture I still remember it! It was a simple get together, but he knew I didn’t drink like everyone else.

  2. Such great ideas! I think people try to get too complicated with gifts and you end up giving someone something they never use! As a fellow coffee lover, I love gifting people nice coffee!

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