Let’s be honest ... hosting a party, event, or holiday dinner isn’t something we're in the habit of doing anymore, but the best part of hosting, aside from everyone getting together to have fun and celebrate, of course, is receiving some of the most thoughtful, best host and hostess gifts around. Plus, being the gift giver is easy with Grove. With a wide variety of gifts like this Grove Co. Golden Hour Stoneware Mug Duo and this Caldrea Hostess Gift, there’s something for every host or hostess (that's within every budget).
If you’re in need of finding a gift for an upcoming gathering, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best host and hostess gift ideas for all occasions. Check out the full list below — no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong with unique picks from brands that show your gratitude for your host (and Mother Earth, too).
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Host or hostess gifts are gifts that you bring for the person throwing a party or gathering. If the party or gathering is at their home, you should always bring a hostess gift to be polite and to say thank you for hosting everyone. The tricky situation is if you’re attending a party out of their home. Should you bring a hostess gift then? As a simple go-to, if the hostess is paying for all the activities or the bill, then it’s nice to still bring them a little something. If you, for example, are paying for your own dinner (and drinks) that night, then it’s okay to skip a gift.
Another grey area when it comes to hostess gifts is a potluck-style event or dinner. Generally, the silent rule is if you’re taking your time to make a dish for a dinner, then no gift is necessary; however, a small gift is always nice like a candle or something of similar cost. Grove offers a wide variety of candles like this Grove Co. “Stargazing” Soy Candle - Juniper, Eucalyptus, and Sweet Orange, which would be a perfect pick. For more ideas, check out Grove’s list of the best hostess gifts above.
Baby shower hostess gifts and bridal shower hostess gifts are sometimes overlooked in these modern times, but never underestimate the joy that can come from a simple gesture — especially for someone who’s been planning a special event for weeks and sometimes even months.
If you’re wondering how much you should spend on bridal shower hostess gifts, we recommend trying to give something that you know the hostess is interested in. For example, if you know your hostess likes to relax with me-time, then a combo gift of wine and this Pacha Soap Co. French Lavender Froth Bomb are sure to bring a smile.
If you find yourself not knowing a ton about your hostess to go off of when trying to look for a hostess gift, trinket dishes like this Grove Co. Ceramic Sink-Side Tray and soap sets like this Grove Co. Hydrating Hand Soap + Dispenser with Silicone Sleeve make some of the best hostess gifts.
If you’re zeroed in on the holidays and thinking about what the best hostess gifts for Thanksgiving and the holidays would be, make it easy on yourself. By that, we don’t mean get a cheap gift — what we mean is think about the types of things you’d love to get as hostess gifts if you were the one throwing Thanksgiving or another holiday feast or gathering. If all else fails, we can’t stress enough that wine, alcohol, and food gift packages are all great for the holidays because chances are your hostess (or host) Is going to be hosting again very soon.
Other great hostess gift ideas for the holidays include holiday-themed décor or items they can use again and again, or you can even fill up something like a Grove Co. Matte Cleaning Caddy with a bunch of your favorite sustainable cleaning supplies so they have everything they need to clean up after having a bunch of guests over at their house.
Honestly the best hostess gifts come from the heart, and the worst ones may actually be the super expensive ones. You may wonder why a super expensive gift would be a bad thing, but here’s the thing — if you’re bringing an expensive hostess gift, then people at the party or the hostess themselves may think they have to spend the same amount on you when the tables have turned and you’re the host. This could cause people to feel uncomfortable and anxious about gift giving. Avoid that all together and don’t feel the need to spend more than $75 on a hostess gift.
Other no-nos when it comes to hostess gift ideas: