Last Updated: December 29, 2022

17 unique host & hostess gifts for all occasions.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 19 min read

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).

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. European Dish Cloths + Sustainable Amazon Forestry

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For a limited time, offset travel and support Sustainable Amazon Forestry when you purchase this bundle including:

Offset the carbon footprint of travel while helping to support sustainable forestry practices in the Peruvian Amazon.

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1 x European Dish Cloth, 1 x Travel Offset
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2. Pacha Soap Co. French Lavender Whipped Soap and Scrub

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Suds up with the classic lavender blend to nourish and calm skin. Pacha Soap Co.’s premium Whipped Soap + Scrub features moisturizing plant-based oils, including organic, Nebraska-grown sunflower oil. Crafted with exfoliating pumice, cleansing oils and skin-softening magnesium, this daily three-in-one body wash and scrub gently cleanses, exfoliates …
8 Oz
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3. Caldrea Hostess Gift Kit

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The Caldrea Company creates incredibly effective formulas that are addictively delightful to use and are thoughtfully crafted for you and your home.

Caldrea Hand Soap: Caldrea Hand Soap is designed with your skin in mind. Plant based cleansers work beautifully every time you lather, wrapped in a delightful fragrance with ingredients that help …
1 x Hand Soap, 1 x Dish Soap, 1 x Countertop Spray, 1 x Tray
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4. Grove Co. 100% Organic Cotton White Flour Sack Towel

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From drying dishes to tackling dust bunnies, this Grove Co. 100% Organic Cotton White Flour Sack Towel Set gives you three towels to help with your household needs. These organic kitchen towels are extra absorbent and made of 100% organic cotton that’s whitened using hydrogen peroxide and not chlorine bleach. Use them for drying, wiping, dusting, …

Set of 3
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5. Dr. Bronner's Organic Sugar Soap

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A reminder that not all sweets are bad for you — this Dr. Bronner's Organic Sugar Soap is USDA Organic, biodegradable, paraben-free, nut-free, soy-free, sulfate-free, and triclosan-free — for a healthy option for washing your hair, hands, face, and body. Animal lovers (which most of us are) are happy to find out this Dr. Bronner's sugar soap is …

12 Oz
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6. Grove Co. Cotton Essentials Set

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This Grove Collaborative Cotton Essentials Set has everything you will need, from nail polish removing to skin care applications. This set includes one pack of 100 count cotton balls, 80 count organic cotton rounds and 180 cotton swabs. Our organic cotton is luxuriously soft and gentle enough for the whole family. Grown in the USA, our cotton is …
1 x cotton essentials set
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7. Lily Lolo Lip Gloss Set

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Get glossy with this lip gloss set by Lily Lolo, includes colors Clear and Damson Dusk.
2 lip glosses
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8. Pacha Soap Co. Avocado Froth Bomb

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Enjoy two baths in one with Pacha Soap Co.’s Avocado Froth Bomb. 2 bombs (The avocado green and the brown pith are each a bath bomb). Crafted with nourishing avocado oil, Nebraska-grown sunflower oil, softening clay, and soothing Epsom salt to moisturize the skin. Naturally scented with sweet sage and jasmine essential oils. Remove the pit from …
7 oz
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9. Asutra Sleep Mask Set

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Sleep is a vital part of overall wellness. Create a relaxing ritual with this Asutra Sleep Mask Set. The set contains a 100% silk, lavender-scented, weighted eye pillow filled with lavender flower buds and flax seeds, plus a cooling gel eye mask to soothe puffy eyes. Cruelty-free, phthalate-free, and paraben-free.

Can I adjust the mask?

Yes! …
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10. Terra Beauty Bars Essential Nail Set

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Get your nails ready for the season with this Terra's 10 free No. 14 Deep Red nail polish set; includes 2 in 1 Top & Base Coat and Soy Plant Based Polish Remover.
1 set (3 products)
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11. Grove Co. Soothing Suds Set

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The best way to protect against germs? Hand washing. Grove’s 97% bio-based Hand Soap and reusable Glass Dispenser will keep hands fresh, clean and germ-free all season long. You’ll love that our soap is formulated with aloe to soothe hands with every wash. Plus, lock in moisture with Rooted Beauty Hydrating Hand Cream to add a little softness to …
1 x Hand Soap Dispenser, 1 x Hand Soap Refill, 1 x Hand Cream
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12. Little Moon Essentials Sleep to Dream Set

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Ensure your downtime this holiday season is refreshing and restorative with the Sleep to Dream Set.
1 x Sleep Mask, 1 x Sleep Comes Easy Mist - 4 OZ
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13. Back to the Roots Self-Watering Grow Kit - Succulent & Cacti

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This mini hydroponic system works with all popular cacti and succulents and takes the worry out of watering!
1 kit
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14. Grove Co. Essential Oil Burner Set

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Ready, set, relax! This essential oil burner uses the power of candlelight to transform your room into an soothing aroma therapeutic spa. Pair with Grove Essential Oils, sit back and relax.

Please note that this item does not come with a tealight included. See our set of 8 100% natural soy wax tealights here! This product is designed to be …

1 x Essential Oil Burner, 1 x 1oz Essential Oil
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15. Rooted Beauty Body Wash & Lotion Set

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Meet your body’s ultra-hydrating skincare routine, made with super moisturizers and protective antioxidants. Rooted Beauty’s Rejuvenating Body Wash and Nourishing Body Lotion take personal care to the next level with an abundance of natural moisturizers, a plethora of nutrient-rich ingredients, like cocoa seed butter and calendula, and the R7 …
1 x Body Wash, 1 x Body Lotion
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16. Grove Co. Joy in the Air Set

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Create magic in your home by embracing the beauty of winter with our limited edition collection that shines bright with festivity and cheer, celebrating joyful moments of giving and gathering. Available in limited quantities until sold out.

This bundle includes a selection of our community’s most …
1 x hand soap, 1 x dish soap, 1 x candle, 1 x multi purpose cleaning concentrate (2)
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17. Grove Co. Festive Home Bundle

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Create magic in your home by embracing the beauty of winter with our limited edition collection that shines bright with festivity and cheer, celebrating joyful moments of giving and gathering. Available in limited quantities until sold out.

This bundle includes a selection of our community’s most …
1 x multi-purpose cleaner concentrate - 2 pack, 1 x glass spray bottle + silicone sleeve, 1 x kitchen towel, 1 x caddy
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What is a hostess gift?

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.

What is a good hostess gift for a bridal shower?

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.

What is a good hostess gift for Thanksgiving and the holidays?

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.

What should I not bring as a hostess gift?

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:

  • Gifts that celebrate a certain religion or belief (especially if you don’t know your host's personal preferences)
  • Flowers (they could have a different cultural meaning you’re not aware of)
  • Gag gifts (giving a joke-of-a-gift to someone who’s spent a lot of time, money, and energy on your gathering is really no laughing matter)

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