'Tis the season for parties. And now that you’re #adulting, it’s time to show up to your next big shindig with a hostess gift in hand (sorry, but a six-pack doesn't count).
The right present says thanks without breaking the bank—you've got rent to pay, too, after all. But a candle? Lame. Bottle of wine? Bor-ing. Flowers? Dying before you're out the door. Instead, opt for one of these 35 best hostess gifts (all of which are inexpensive, but totes impressive) and prepare to outshine all the other guests:
For the bar: Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set
Wine as a hostess gift? Groundbreaking. To avoid Miranda Priestley-esque side-eye (jk, kinda), opt for this stainless steel bar set. It costs the same as a nice bottle anyway, but lasts way, way longer.
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For the bar: Corkcicle 'Chill & Pour' Wine Chiller
If your hostess doesn't have the storage space for a wine-chiller bucket (fair), she'll love you for bringing this slim icicle-style wine cooler that fits perfectly in any bottle. Oh, and as for storage options? She can pop it right in the freezer and forget about it until the next soirée.
For the bar: Etched Skyline Wine Glasses
Your city-dwelling (or simply city-loving) hostess will freak over these wine glasses etched with the skyline of their choice. (Oh, and you might wanna snag a set for yourself, too. Just saying...)
For the bar: Blown Glass Birthstone Wine Stopper
The handmade glass wine stoppers look cool in every color, so you can pick the one that matches your hostess' birthstone or her favorite color. She'll love it either way.
For the bar: Cocktail Infused Ice Cubes
Ice cubes made of water are so 2018. Gift your hostess these unique cocktail-infused ice cubes that—after freezing, natch—she can throw into her favorite liquor or mixer for a next-level libation.
For the bar: Vino Marker Metallic Wine Glass Pens
You may not be bringing wine, but you know there will be wine. These are perfect to help party-goers mark their territory. “…Great change from the [wine] charms,” one reviewer wrote. (And don't worry: The markers wash off with soap and water.)
For the bar: Urban Vintage LA Copper Moscow Mule Mugs
Gift your hostess with a set of super-classy Moscow mule mugs, which come with a bonus shot glass for good measure. You can even buy these gift-wrapped.
For the bar: Ladies Who Drink book
This fun recipe book will give her some amazing inspo for the next party she throws—it even pairs specific cocktails with snacks so that her planning is that much less stressful.
For the bar: Farm Stand Cocktails Gift Set
If they're more of a bar-cart person than a wine-and-cheese-plate person, gift them this set of flavored simple syrups and cocktail mixers. Hopefully you'll get to take them for a test run right then and there.
For the kitchen: Coffee Chart Art Print
Coffee-table books aren't the only conversation starters, mkay? A coffee chart will get the job done with serious style, though fair warning: It might spark a bit of a debate among die-hard black-coffee drinkers and Starbucks addicts.
For the kitchen: Customized Cutting Board
Choose between 14 different cutting-board styles, and then personalize with your hostess' name, initial, whatever you think will make her smile. Who knows? Cutting up veggies might just become her new favorite activity.
For the kitchen: Death Wish Ground Coffee
Good coffee is the gift that keeps on giving every morning—especially when you were up until 3 a.m. waiting for the last party guest to depart. And Death Wish is touted as "the world's strongest coffee," so any hostess will appreciate that level of pick-me-up.
For the kitchen: 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
Whether she inhales avocado toast first thing in the morning or can't imagine having a party without guac and chips, this is the perfect (not to mention practical AF) gift for your avo-obsessed pal.
For the kitchen: Infused Sea Salt Sampler
Take a cue from the Spice Girls and spice up your (hostess') life with this sample set of infused sea salts. The ~infusions~ include smoked bacon chipotle, Hawaiian bamboo jade, five pepper, garlic medley, rosemary, and Hawaiian black lava. Yum, yum, yum, yum, and yum.
For the kitchen: Cheese Markers Set
What's a dinner party without a carefully curated cheese plate? Not a party your friend wants to host, that's what. Make sure she's fully equipped to dazzle her guests with an extensive (and extensively detailed) dairy selection.
For the kitchen: Heat Conducting Ice Cream Scoop
If your hostess is all about self-care sundaes, she'll love this heat-conducting scoop that'll ensure neither she nor her arm muscles has to scream for ice cream.
For the kitchen: Foodie Dice
Help your hostess avoid the dreaded "What do you want for dinner?" conversation with these fun foodie dice. With more than 186,000 possible meal combinations, she'll never get bored again.
For the kitchen: Tea Forte Herbal Retreat Tea Sampler
This brand makes some of the best tea out there, and the little pyramid infusers are too cute in your cup. Reviewers say that the flavors are even good enough to convert non-tea drinkers.
For the kitchen: Cravings: Hungry for More cookbook
Inspire the menu for the next dinner party. Chrissy's latest cookbook will satisfy even the most seasoned hostess.
For the kitchen: Floursack Kitchen Towels
Because every hostess knows that with parties come with messes. These fun towels come in so many different cheery colors and prints to brighten up the cleanup.
For the kitchen: True Roots cookbook
The third book on this list comes from everyone’s favorite reality star (or is it just me?): Kristin Cavallari. She’s a master at yummy, simple, healthy food. As one reader said: “I was watching her show. And drinking wine. And the next thing I knew this was delivered. It’s got great recipes and I’m glad drunk me ordered this.” (Ha!)
For the table: Geometric Design Coasters
Eye-catching enough to be a statement piece, yet neutral enough to get with pretty much any style of home decor, these ceramic coasters are bound to be a hostess-pleaser.
For the table: Kissing Puppies Salt and Pepper Shakers
Maybe your hostess already has a salt-and-pepper shaker set. Maybe she'll throw them out the second she lays her eyes on these babies. (Cat lover instead? Snag this kissing kitties shaker set.)
For the table: Oh Good Gravy Boat
One way to ensure you've always got an invite to Friendsgiving? Gifting your hostess this adorable gravy boat and spoon. Oh, good gravy, indeed.
For the table: In the Company of Women Book
Your hostess is already killin' it, obvs, but an empowering coffee-table book filled with the advice of badass women will come in handy every time she needs a little extra inspo.
For the table: Dip Dip Hooray Set
This cheeky dip bowl is “the CUTEST bowl ever,” said one happy reviewer. If you would agree (I certainly do), chances are your hostess will, too.
For the table: Punny Spreader Set
Perfect for any party, or even putting a smile on your hostess' face when she's making toast the next morning. One overachieving reviewer shared that she gifted them by placing the knives in a "napkin-lined wicker basket with a jar of lemon curd and a few mini bundt cakes"—you know, if you’re going over the top for your friend.
For the table: Oblong Salad Servers
Idea: Tie these atop a super cute dish towel. No wrapping required. "These are stunning and a great price…They look more expensive than they are," said one happy buyer. (Don't worry, your savvy shopping secret's safe with me.)
For the table: Goldshine Vase
Okay, you're allowed to show up with flowers—as long as you also gift this stunning vase to put them in, too. You'll be remembered fondly long after the blooms wilt.
For the table: Stonewall Kitchen Dipping Oil Grab and Go Gift Set
Give your hostess something delicious they can pop open on the spot or save for their next shindig.
For the table: Leilalove Macarons
Bring her a sweet treat to pass around at the end of the night. These baked-to-order beauts win high praise for their taste that brings you to Paris.
For the hostess with the mostess: Snacks & Wine Tote Bag
This tote bag tells it like it is—or at least, how it should be. No matter what might take priority on your hostess' grocery list, there's always room for snacks and wine. This'll make sure she remembers that—just in time for her next party.
For the hostess with the mostess: Dainty Initial Necklace
Word to the (financial) wise: This cute lil initial necklace doubles as a birthday gift if your hostess just so happens to be hosting her own bday party. Even if she's not, you'll still instantly become her favorite house guest.
For the hostess with the mostess: Songbird Glasses Holder
Whether she puts this little birdie on her nightstand to hold prescription glasses or her entryway table for sunglasses, any hostess with a healthy dose of quirk will appreciate this unique gift.
For the hostess with the mostess: Vixen Tech Pouch
Even the best hostess can't be home all the time (because, boring), so make sure she's ready for her next adventure with this stylish and convenient pouch that can fit her phone cord, earbuds, and whatever other tech accessories she has.
Jessica Migala is a health writer specializing in general wellness, fitness, nutrition, and skincare, with work published in Women’s Health, Glamour, Health, Men’s Health, and more. She is based in the Chicago suburbs and is a mom to two little boys and rambunctious rescue pup.
Lindsay Geller is the Lifestyle Director at Women’s Health, where she oversees the Life, Sex & Love, and Relationships sections on WomensHealthMag.com and the Mind section of Women's Health magazine. When she's not writing or editing articles about the latest dating trends and pop culture phenomenons, she's usually watching reality TV or playing with her dog, Lucille (Go Fetch That) Ball.