Hostess gift imageFor those times when you find yourself on the guest list of someone else’s outdoor party, bringing a gift for the host or hostess is always a good idea. The hostess gift doesn’t need to be flashy or expensive but it should be well thought out. Here are some tips and ideas for selecting the right hostess gift that will show your appreciation for their hospitality and secure your position on the short list for their next summer party.

Selecting a Hostess Gift

  • Pick a budget and stick to it – it’s usually easier to find a gift when you have set some limits. Under most circumstances $25 or less is a good rule of thumb.
  • At outdoor parties you aren’t always greeted at the door when you arrive so include a thank you note so the host or hostess knows who the gift is from.
  • Save the bottle of wine or scented candle for when you have to grab something quick – while wine is a traditional gift, think back on how many times you have watched the host place your bottle with the dozen or so others they have received.
  • Plan ahead so you don’t find yourself limited to what you can find on local store shelves – if you have a weeks notice there’s plenty of time to order and have something delivered.
  • Find something that can be used more than once so the host will remember your appreciation well after the party – otherwise bring something that can be shared with the guests.


Here are some of our favorite hostess gift ideas:

Origami Wine Tote

Origami Wine Tote

It’s like a wetsuit for their wine, only cooler. Any host would appreciate this origami single bottle wine tote – stylish black, it folds down flat when not in use and will keep the wine cool for up to four hours. Origami Wine Tote $19.24 from

Domestic Diva Wine Glass

Domestic Diva Wine Glass

Give the hostess something chic, useful and memorable like this hand painted wine glass to drink all the wine the other guests will bring. Styled with a number of different themes for any occasion or celebration. Pictured is the Domestic Diva wineglass; $24.00 at

Mingle Platters

Mingle Platters

A perfect hostess gift for the outdoor party cocktail hour. It’s a hors d’oeuvres tray with a cut-in for a wine glass. Allows guests to mingle and they enjoy the food and friends with come with outdoor entertaining. White Mingling Plates, set of 4 $24.00 from

Table Topics

Table Topics

Select a unique hostess gift like a table game. A real conversation starter, Table Topics was created by Christie Clarke and is designed to break the ice at any dinner or cocktail party. Several topics will keep the party going. Table Topics $25.00 from

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Grilling Spice Rubs

A great gift for the host or hostess who doubles as the grill cook. This set includes four unique blends that will spice up poultry, beef, seafood and vegetables. Be remembered every time they step up to the grill. Ultimate Grilling Rub $27.95 from

Wine bottle stopper

Wine Bottle Stopper

A great hostess gift idea to help them keep their wine fresh to the bottom of the bottle. Multiple styles to choose ranging from stylish beaded glass to this stamped metal “In Wine There is Truth” style. Wine Bottle Stopper $16.50 from

Slate Cheese Tray

Slate Cheese Tray

How about something one-of-a-kind like this slate platter the host can use for cheese and hors d’oeuvres. All natural slate from the Brooklyn Slate Company allows the host or hostess to serve food and conveniently label it as well. Cheese Slate Board $5 - $29.00 from


La Pettite Appetizer Set

Help the host impress their backyard party guests with this chic appetizer set. It has 8 ceramic bowls set against a mirrored tray. Bring contemporary to the outdoors. La Petite Appetizer set $19.95 from

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If you have received a unique or memorable hostess gift let us know about it by leaving a comment. For more ideas for gifts or general outdoor entertaining accessories, visit out Marketplace

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