Gift Picks: Great Gifts for the Holiday Host

Finding the perfect gift for the holiday host doesn’t have to be hard! Here are some great gift ideas that will guarantee you an invite back next year…

By: Niki | December 7, 2017

If you’re anything like us, your social calendar seems to be jam packed with holiday soirees and get-togethers this time of year. After all the party planning that goes into these events, it’s only right that we reward the hosts with something special to show our gratitude (and not just with the typical bottle of wine). To help ensure you don’t show up empty handed, we’ve put together a few great ideas to bring to your next gathering!

Sweet Scents

Candles are a great go-to for hosts of all kinds! Whether you’re headed to your significant other’s co-workers (whom you’ve never met) or attending a gathering at grandmas, this gift is a great gesture. We particularly love the Woodwick candles because they not only smell amazing, but the subtle crackle sound they make when lit, reminds us of sitting by an open fire during the holidays!

Find this gift at Lee’s Hallmark.

Make it A Bundle

If you cant’ seem to find the perfect gift set, DIY your own – it’s a great way to personalize your gift, based on your host’s likes! Simply gather specialty food items such as dips, and snack and drink mixes, and put it all in a serving dish or bowl for easy gifting. You could even lay a holiday dish towel underneath for to complete the package. (You’re sure to get an A+ for presentation!).

Find these gifts at: Teas (Creative Kitchen) | Dip (Creative Kitchen) | Funky Chunky snack mix (Lee’s Hallmark) | Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels (Macy’s)

Something Special

If generic isn’t your thing, give something that is either personalized or gives a bigger sentiment of thanks, like this giving plate from Creative Kitchen. The saying on the plate says it all:

“This plate has no owner, for its journey is never complete. It travels in a circle of family friends to carry treats for everyone to eat.”

It’s the perfect gift for those holiday parties that tend to switch hosts year after year. Make it a tradition to pass along the plate each year – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Dinner or Drinkware

If you still love the idea of bringing a bottle of bubbly or a snack or two, pick up either dinnerware or drinkware to bring along with you too! Not only will you have the complete package, but the hosts can use the gifts for years to come (long after the beverages and food are gone).

Find this gift at Macy’s.

Specialty Candies

There is truly nothing sweeter than the treats that fill our tables during the holidays! See’s Candies are not only an extra-special gift because they are only here a limited time (that’s your cue to stock up now!), but they are a sure crowd-favorite for any holiday soiree. Do your hosts a favor and tell them they don’t have to share (that’s the true gift!).

Gift Tips:

We hope these ideas have made your gift giving a little easier! Here are a few more tips to remember when giving to the host with the most:

  • Never show up empty handed! They have invited you into their home to celebrate the season – show your gratitude with a little something to say thanks.
  • It doesn’t have to be much! You don’t have to add every host to your long list of holiday gifts you need to shop for. Any one of the above gifts are under $20 and can be easily picked up in a matter of minutes. No need to over-think it!
  • Make it personal! We can bet many attendees will opt for a bottle of bubbly, but personalizing your gift by choosing something the host would really like, need, or use long after the party is over, is a great way to show how much you care.

Happy Holidays, everyone!


I have the privilege of being on the amazing Marketing, PR and Fashion team as the Digital Marketing Manager at West Acres. When I am not managing our social and digital platforms and brainstorming content ideas, I am the woman behind (and sometimes in front of) the camera – creating content and working with the media to create segments to introduce the latest trends! When I’m not at the mall, you can find me watching “Friends,” eating ice cream by the carton, spending time with my family and friends, feeding my Pinterest addiction or crossing off destinations on my traveling bucket list.




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