A Gift Guide For Your Holiday Host

Hanna KielarDecember 03, 2019

’Tis the season for holiday dinners and parties! From a big Christmas extravaganza to an intimate affair, many people look forward to this time of year because they can indulge in food and festivities while celebrating with family and friends. But with all holiday events comes someone who needs to step up and host. Hosting a party is a lot of work and includes hours of decorating, cooking and cleaning before, during and after the event. This holiday season, show your host with the most how grateful you are for them with a special gift. From the host who always surprises you with a fancy drink menu, to the one who loves to entertain, you can find a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift to show your appreciation for every host on your list.

The Decorator

For the host whose home looks like a picture in an HGTV magazine, give them something that will add a little holiday flair to their perfectly decorated house.

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle – $24

There’s nothing like a fir-and-firewood-scented candy to set the mood at your next holiday event. Have your host light the candle, turn on “The Christmas Song,” and set the mood for chestnuts to roast on an open fire.

Bliss Garden Succulent – $25

Give your host a feeling of pure bliss with a medium-size preplanted Echeveria succulent plant. A plant from Lula’s Garden will bring the outdoors inside this holiday season, without making it any colder!

Floral Bouquet Diffuser – $28

A floral bouquet diffuser is the perfect accent for desks and countertops, and it will make your host’s home smell good, too. The best part of this gift is that the flowers won’t die, so your host can use it during all of their holiday parties!

Denise Fiedler Whimsical Animals Appetizer Plates, Set of 4 - Assorted – $30

Don’t let your host serve food on plain plates when they can use holiday-themed, vintage dishes with hand-painted animals on them! These festive critters are cute and are sure to be party pleasers.

Lynn Brass & Mirror Tray – $34

Continue to spice up your host’s holiday decor with a brass and mirror tray. This practical tray is very versatile and can be used over and over again to store gifts, lay out appetizers, or just rest on the coffee table.

Sheared Stripe Faux Fur Throw – $49

During the cold winter months, all anyone wants to do is curl up by the fire in a big blanket. Gift your host a faux fur throw to drape over the couch during their party, and then cozy up with later that night. Everyone loves a mix of style and comfort!

The Self-Care Enthusiast

If your host prioritizes weekly spa appoints, get them something that will help them relax after hosting a stressful holiday event.

Bon Temps Chamomile Tea – $16

Hosting a party can be so draining that it can sometimes cause sickness. Let your host relax, unwind and prevent illness with chamomile tea made with fresh, organic ingredients in a bleach-free and biodegradable tea bag. This tea is a perfect drink during the cold winter months, and it is also known for improving sleep quality and reducing anxiety.

SERENE HOUSE Ranger Essential Oil Diffuser – $25

Let serene vibes travel throughout your host’s house and calm them down when hosting their big event. Just add water and your host’s favorite essential oils to the diffuser, and it will radiate good smells and positive energy during and after the holiday event.

La Chatelaine Luxury Soap Collection – $48

Famously known as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, this six-piece luxury soap collection comes straight from the South of France to provide long-lasting soap with a silky-smooth lather. The soap can be used on the hands and body, and it will bring new life to your host after finishing up all their hard work.

Just Breathe Spa Gift Set – $83

The host that does it all deserves a chance to relax and unwind after planning a big party. But since you can’t send your host on a tropical getaway, get them the next best thing. The Just Breathe Spa Gift Set is the perfect way for your host to relax and feel rejuvenated. The set comes complimentarily boxed with a coconut soak, natural bleached sea sponge, soy wax candle and sea urchin. Don’t you feel a little more relaxed after just reading that?

The Mixologist

For the host who likes to experiment with a martini shaker, give them something that’s more than a bottle of wine or hard liquor.

Morgan Agate Coaster Set – $16

After crafting up a new cocktail, let your host set their drink down on a new coaster. The Morgan Agate Coaster Set is made from swirling agate marble, and gives off an elegant, yet unique look that is a must-have for all hosts.

French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler – $30

Rather than just giving your host a basic bottle of wine, give them something that will keep it cool too. Not only does the French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler chill wine, it also looks good too. Let your host put your wine on display during the party, or even put flowers in the holder and use it as a vase! How’s that for versatility?

Holiday Cocktail Kit – $40

For the host who is always experimenting at the bar, gift them a holiday cocktail kit equipped with rosemary, allspice, nutmeg and Douglas fir-inspired extracts. These ingredients are key for making delicious, one-of-a-kind winter cocktails.

Ullo Wine Purifier – $60

If you’re still thinking of getting your host a bottle of wine, add a wine purifier to the gift. The Ullo Wine Purifier removes sulfur and sediments from wine while selectively aerating the glass. This gift will allow for quality wine that would meet any sommelier’s standards.

The Chef

For the host who pulls out all the stops during dinner time, surprise them with something only a foodie could love.

Rifle Paper Co. for Anthropologie Nutcracker Dish Towel – $20

Add some decoration and magic to your host’s kitchen with a Nutcracker dish towel. The holiday-inspired textile shows an illuminated tree filled with Nutcracker characters and is so cute that your host will use it throughout the holiday season!

Alphabet Wood Cheese Board – $22

Let your host display their European-inspired cheese board on a natural wood surface perfect for any rustic holiday party. Not only can this item be styled as a decoration and utilized for serving appetizers and cheeses, it is also accented with a letter for personalized gift-giving.

Williams Sonoma Logo Stripe Apron – $24

A host who spends countless hours in the kitchen and prepares all their party’s meals needs to dress for the occasion during the big event. Give your host a quality apron that’s durable, fashionable and can be monogrammed or personalized.

Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer – $25

If your host is known to have a million different things on the stove at once, they might need a little help. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer is perfect for recipes that call for constant stirring because it will save your host’s arm – and some time.

Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Tin – $38

For the creative chef who loves to improvise recipes, give them a way to write it down so they can repeat them from holiday to holiday. This recipe tin will also let your host pass on their classic food traditions from generation to generation.

Kitchen Speaker – $75

A kitchen speaker will allow your host to rock out while preparing the big holiday dinner. Not only does it function as an easy-to-use speaker for cell phones, but its ceramic finish will also look trendy and cool in your host’s kitchen. The best thing about this product is that it can be used inside during the winter holidays and outside during the summer holidays!

The Entertainer

For the host whose goal is to make each guest have a fun time, help make their job a little easier.

The Hygge Game – $17

You may be skeptical about buying something with the word “hygge,” but hygge is actually Danish for “enjoying the good things in life.” That’s why this game is perfect for family and friends to play around the dinner table or during holiday parties. The Hygge Game has more than 300 entertaining and thoughtful questions that are designed to encourage togetherness and coziness with loved ones.

Holiday Champagne Bears – $20

If you’ve never heard of Sugarfina, they’re known for making candy luxurious. Give your host something more than just a box of sweets by gifting them Sugarfina’s bestselling gummy bears infused with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagneand packaged for the holidays.

Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Feeding Your Friends – $21

For the person who hosts so many parties they are running out of ideas to entertain and feed their guests, give them the book “Host.” This book covers all events, from big gatherings to intimate dinners, and will inspire your host to try out new recipes and activities!

Holiday Chocolate Collection – $25

For over 30 years, Harry and David have known how to craft the perfect holiday-inspired chocolate boxes. Filled with an assortment of salted caramel cups, dulce de leche pears, white chocolate candy cane truffles, dark chocolate truffles and orange-tinted white chocolate pumpkin pie truffles, you might think about gifting a box for your host and keeping one for yourself.

Vince Guaraldi – ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Limited LP – $26

There’s nothing more iconic than letting Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas set the mood for the holidays. Give your host the record to play as background music, and let it narrate your holiday event like it’s straight out of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

After reading this holiday host gift guide, you’ve hopefully gotten some inspiration about gifts to give your host, or maybe even yourself! Before going to holiday parties this year, think about what your host would want. With a special gift like one of these, you’re sure to set a good impression and get re-invited next year!

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    Hanna Kielar

    Hanna Kielar is an Associate Section Editor for Quicken Loans focused on personal finance, recruiting and personal loans. She has a B.A. in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.