By now, everyone should know that a bottle of wine isn’t an ideal hostess gift, even if it is a traditional one. At dinner parties in particular, party-throwers probably have taken wine pairings into consideration, and an extra bottle will, at best, get lost in the shuffle. Instead, pamper a hostess with something a little luxurious just for her – cashmere slippers, a bottle of luxury bubble bath, a little something for her home. With pre-holiday fetes and Thanksgiving feasts just around the corner, we’re going to kick off our 2013 Gift Guide with a step-by-step primer for treating your host.

Just like any gift, a hostess gift should vary in price and type based on your relationship with the recipient, but for hostesses, it should also be dependent on the occasion. If you’re attending a cocktail party at her house, a thoughtful token of your appreciation is fine. If she’s putting you up in her home for a week over Christmas, get ready to give something a little more significant. We’ve got the whole spectrum covered, from $18 to $500, below.


Hudson Park Faux Fur Throw Blankets
$210 via Bloomingdale’s

Hudson Park Faux Fur Throw Blankets

Sparq’s Original Soapstone Whiskey Rocks
$25 via Bloomingdale’s

Sparq's Original Soapstone Whiskey Rocks

RABLABS Pedra Coasters
$68 via ShopBop

RABLABS Pedra Coasters

Jonathan Adler Charade Taper Vase
$88 via ShopBop

Jonathan Adler Charade Taper Vase

Eugenia Kim Leopard Knit Beanie
$218 via Intermix

Eugenia Kim Leopard Knit Beanie

Kate Spade Naughty and Nice Holiday Cards
$25 via Nordstrom

Kate Spade Naughty and Nice Holiday Cards

Marc Vidal Magnetic Photo Frames
$20 via Nordstrom

Marc Vidal Magnetic Photo Frames

Design Imports Morals Apron
$18 via Nordstrom

Design Imports Morals Apron

D.L. & Co. 12 Days of Christmas Candle Set
$79 via Barneys Warehouse

D.L. & Co. 12 Days of Christmas Candle Set

Weston Heaven Calcite Journal
$68 via Net-a-Porter

Weston Heaven Calcite Journal

Neiman Marcus Cashmere Robe
$495 via Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Cashmere Robe

L’Occitane Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath
$34 via Sephora

L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath

Coach Basic Leather Gloves
$98 via Coach

Coach Basic Leather Gloves

Charbonnel et Walker Milk Pink Marc de Champagne Truffels
$74 via Saks

Charbonnel et Walker Milk & Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles

Arlotta Cashmere Slippers
$125 via Bloomingdale’s

Arlotta Cashmere Slippers
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kindled
kindled
9 years ago

I think wine is a great hostess gift, as long as you give it with the understanding that it need not be uncorked while you’re there–the hosts can enjoy it later. Wine runs the spectrum of prices and only the fanciest of wine drinkers are going to look at a bottle of wine and be displeased.

Georgie
Georgie
9 years ago
Reply to  kindled

I agree wine is great as a host/hostess gift. However if your host is having a few people over they may not want to receive copious amounts of wine, also not everybody drinks so it may not be wise to assume-I don’t know I think flowers are a lovely hostess gift because people rarely buy flowers for themselves and they come in a wide range of prices.

Tian
Tian
9 years ago
Reply to  Georgie

I agree. It is pity that people buy flowers less often now and it makes me feel nice flowers are a real luxury treatment for the hostess that they may never buy for themselves. I like to offer things that people rarely buy for themselves as gift – that is what gift supposed to be a nice surprise and indulgence

GG Pastel