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15 Hostess Gift Ideas (That Aren’t a Bottle of Wine)

Attending a party? It's always smart to give your host a little token of your appreciation. Try these unique hostess gifts that aren't your standard bottle of wine.

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Recipe Cards

A hostess gift should be, above all things, useful—though super cute doesn’t hurt, either! These recipe cards ($14) are the perfect addition to any kitchen, and they’re perfect for keeping your favorite recipes handy (speaking of—how about giving our favorite dessert bars a whirl?).

Get a pack of 50 here.

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Reusable Shopping Bags

Perfectly practical, these totes ($10) are perfect for runs to the market. Plus, eco-friendly bags are an easy way to go green. (Check out our other earth-friendly kitchen tips).

Find them in 30+ colors here.

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Tasty Teas

After guests have left, there’s nothing more relaxing than curling up in a quiet house with a cup of tea. Treat your hostess to a new flavor in adorable packaging ($13).

Shop Pinky Up Teas now.

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Comforting Candles

When it comes to hostess gifts, candles are always a safe bet. Go above and beyond with a scent that speaks to your host. Find your favorite scent within Homesick Candle’s state-based selection ($30).

Check out Homesick Candles’ state-based scents.

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Modern Sprout

Indoor Herb Garden

Hosts with green thumbs will love this inventive and compact herb kit ($25). Don’t know which to pick? Check out our 10 must-have herbs. Each is a good bet for your hostess!

Get planting with Modern Sprout.

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Cheese Board & Knives

Who doesn’t love a good cheese board? Treat your hostess to a sleek and stylish cheese board and knife set ($45)—just right for every party.

Find this one here.

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Urban Cheesecraft

Cheesemaking Kit

Visiting a hostess with DIY flair? She’ll love rolling up her sleeves with this cheesemaking kit ($29). Who doesn’t love fresh mozzarella (especially paired with fresh tomato recipes)?

Get the kit.

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World Market

Candy & Nut Dishes

When hosting a party, it’s always good to have small snacks on hand. Give your hostess the gift of pretty painted bowls ($32)—perfect for nuts, candies or snack mixes. Need a few snack ideas for your next get-together? We’ve got plenty!

Find these beautiful dishes here.

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Courtesy Madmade Design

Adorable Aprons

Hosting can be messy. Gift your favorite cook a pretty patterned apron to keep her clean in the kitchen. We’ve got a thing for this retro style apron ($59) from Madmade Design. All their aprons are made in the USA and they come in multiple sizes—no more too-long straps! (Psst... You can see this apron in action here.)

Find this apron (and lots of other patterns) here.

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Kitchen Towels

In the kitchen, you can always do with more towels. This set of three towels ($14) is great for your gal pal with a farmhouse-inspired kitchen. And these farmhouse recipes are just as fabulous.

Find them here.

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Curio Spice Co.

Spices & Salts

Your favorite hostess undoubtedly loves to cook. Treat her to a gift set of better-than-the-supermarket spices or salts—perfect for recipes old and new. This Aegean blend ($8) is great for so many Mediterranean dishes.

Shop Curio Spice Co. for ideas.

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Soothing Lotions

No doubt about it, all those dishes can be hard on the hands. Treat her to some luxurious and ultra-hydrating hand cream ($17) for when the work is all done.

Get this rose-scented cream here.

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Box of Chocolates

When all else fails, reach for your favorite candies. Any hostess would be happy to share a box of sweets (though we can’t blame her if she saves them for herself!). If you’re looking to really impress, try one of our favorite candy brands, See’s ($38)—they did great in our taste test!

Purchase here.

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Taste of Home

Your Favorite Cookbook

Have a cookbook you just love? Share your favorite with your hostess.

Shop Taste of Home cookbooks.

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Taste of Home

Something Homemade

Handcrafted cookie mixes make the perfect hostess gift. Homemade and wrapped up in adorable packaging—how can any hostess resist?

Check out our 14 favorite cookie mix recipes.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.
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