It’s never nice to show up to a barbecue or dinner party empty-handed—and that’s doubly true if you’re seeing your friends or family for the first time in a while. Flowers (without a vase) are a project) and only last a week, a bottle of wine won’t get noticed. Instead of showing up with a cookie-cutter gift, go the extra mile and bring a hostess gift that’s equal parts practical, refined, and thoughtful. With the holidays fast approaching, plan ahead and grab one of these stylish gifts for your host or hostess and you'll guarantee yourself an invite back.
When soap is this good-looking, it serves as the perfect small gesture. The smells are subtle and nuanced and soothing, instead of being overly cloying or fake. Plus, they’re super-silky—and would look just as chic on your host’s vanity as it would in her shower.
This little bowl is so gorgeous, it looks good just sitting there, empty. Grab a few, throw in a bundle of sage or Palo Santo to clear bad energy, and encourage your hostess to make use of it before dessert.
A reversible Turkish towel for bed, bath, beach or gym, this will get you—and your hostess friend—compliments every time she breaks it out. The fabric is soft, super absorbent and stylish enough to wear as a wrap when the sun goes down.
For the friend or family member who moonlights as a chef, they’ll love these waffle towels to keep knives, cutting boards, and hands dry in the kitchen. Even better: They get softer with each wash and take on a useful second life as the perfect cleaning cloth when you finally retire them from the kitchen.
These fragrance oils will convince your host to finally ditch dryer sheets. Plus, these zero-waste scents, which smell more like sophisticated home fragrances, also make for a thoughtful gift.
This brass tea light holder also acts as a subtle diffuser of essential oil. The design is sleek and minimal and the solid brass burner is weighty in your hand. It comes with a 10ml bottle of Lavender essential and a little beeswax tea light candle, so it’s good vibes in a box.
Looking for more hostess gift ideas? Head over to our Home Decor section for more chic, thoughtful gifts that’ll play to your host’s stylish side.