My mother always taught me to bring a little something to the host and it’s a sentiment I’ve carried with me my whole life. So today, I’m highlighting these inexpensive hostess gift ideas (all under $25) from Target. (But these ideas work with other stores like Amazon or Walmart.) Specialty gift shops are a great place to peruse for hostess gifts as well.
The best gifts from guests are ones tailored to your host. No gift ever needs to be elaborate or expensive – just memorable and thoughtful. You can make them feel extra special with a personalized gift that reflects their unique interests and passions. It’s a heartfelt way to celebrate their hospitality and create a memorable connection through a gift that speaks to their personal joys.
(Read our Christmas Wish List for even more gift ideas).
Many of these gifts are well under $25 and you can (and should) combine some of these into a single hostess gift. For example, a a set of coffee or tea samplers + a nice mug. Or, a basket of breakfast goodies for the next morning. A pretty hand towel + a soap set. You get the idea.
Don’t forget that presentation is everything. Make sure you grab some pretty gift wrap or at least a nice ribbon for gifting. And a gift tag is a must in case the host is busy when you arrive. You can also make your own homemade gift for the hostess, maybe a pretty scented sachet or a set of no sew linen napkins?
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Best Hostess Gift Ideas and Housewarming Presents
Explore these thoughtful suggestions that won’t break the bank and make sure to scroll below to shop my picks.
Set of small festive plates or glassware
Gift a host with a set of festive plates and glasses, adding charm to their gatherings and a lovely addition to their tableware. A stylish and practical way to show appreciation for their hospitality.
Consider gifting a classic and charming scented candle. Choose seasonal scents for a festive touch. For a natural and eco-friendly option, consider beeswax candles. Not only do they provide a warm glow, but they also emit a subtle, sweet scent.
Similar to candles, you can also look into diffusers which look so pretty set out on a console table or on a bathroom counter.
Cheese Board & Cheese Knife Set
A small wooden cheese board and knife set can make a delightful and sophisticated hostess gift! The beauty of a cheese board lies in its versatility—your host can use it to display an array of cheeses, nuts, fruits, or create a dessert board from it. It can even be a used as a tray to hold drink cups and the like.
Bringing chocolates as a host gift is a fantastic idea! With a wide variety to choose from, you can tailor your gift to match the host’s preferences or the event’s theme. Chocolates are shareable, creating a sense of togetherness, and their beautiful packaging adds to the visual appeal. They also pair well with other gifts and are a safe bet for dietary restrictions.
Hand Care Gift Set
Opt for a practical and delightful hand care gift set, including items like hand lotion and soap. It’s a thoughtful gesture for the hostess to indulge in some pampering.
Ceramic Trinket Bowl
Small and stylish, a ceramic trinket bowl is perfect for holding jewelry, keys, or other small items. Select one with a meaningful design for a personal touch.
Look no further than the humble coaster! These little wonders not only protect surfaces from drink rings but also add a touch of charm to any home.
Imagine your hostess enjoying a cup of coffee or a refreshing cocktail, all the while thinking fondly of your sweet gesture. Coasters come in all shapes and styles, so you can easily find ones that match his or her personality or the vibe of their home.
Olive Oil Set
A bottle of high-quality olive oil isn’t just an ingredient; it’s a flavorful touch that elevates any dish. It’s a thoughtful and delicious way to express gratitude for the amazing meal and hospitality. Plus, who can resist a gift that keeps on giving in the kitchen?
Salt and Pepper Mills
With sleek designs and adjustable grind settings, these mills are both functional and chic, making them a delightful addition to any kitchen. So, let your hostess sprinkle a bit of love with every twist, and you’ll be remembered for adding that extra spice to her hospitality!
Choose a plush fabric or a stylish knit to match the host’s home vibe, and you’ll be gifting not just warmth but a touch of elegance too. Every time he/she cozies up, they’ll think of the wonderful moments shared, making your gift a forever memory.
Bottle of Wine & Flowers
When in doubt, you can always go with the timeless combination of a carefully selected bottle of wine and/or a beautiful bouquet of flowers. This classic duo is a surefire way to express gratitude (just be sure the hosts actually drink wine!) And know that they are not obligated to open it. Also important – the flowers should be in a vase ready to display!
Here’s whole collection of ready to shop hostess gifts, all from Target. Pick up a few and you’ll be all set for those upcoming holiday get-togethers. Happy Shopping!