11 Holiday Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Invited Back

For most of us, the holiday season isn’t just insanely busy — it’s also incredibly random. You might spend a weekend stuffed in a twin bed at your significant other’s childhood home or crash a holiday dinner at your roommate’s sister’s apartment. The potential for socially awkward moments? It’s high. And all too often, you’re at the mercy of your hostess to show you where the clean towels live or call you an Uber when you’ve had one glass of wine too many. (Or three. It’s the holidays!) She is a powerful force. And she can make or break your festive spirit.

Does the idea of a hostess gift seem a bit old-fashioned? Possibly. But, like many traditions, it’s rooted in the kind of sentiment that never goes out of style. (Thanks, Mom.) It’s also an easy way to make sure you’re the one guest who always gets invited back. Whether or not you decide to take her up on the offer? Well, that’s entirely up to you.

Almost too pretty to use. Almost.

A limited-edition print is a surefire way to leave your mark on a place.

Perfect for those curious types.


Instead of falling back on regifting a bottle of red wine you have sitting around, try a slightly more sophisticated libation. A classic bottle of scotch whiskey — this one’s been aged for 12 years — is fit for ​real​ grown-ups.

​Enjoy responsibly © 2015 Dewar’s

Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky, $29.99, available at BevMo.

Yes, this one is on the spendier side. But for every set sold, Parachute donates a life-saving malaria bed net to Nothing But Nets.

Throw in some cheese and you’re golden.

For the person who wants their entire life to smell like dry shampoo.

True story: You can never have too many baskets.

This tiny little dish makes the perfect vignette.

All notebooks should be this pretty.

So cozy, you’ll want a pair, too.

Everything you need to make tea for two.

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