Hostess Gifts that Will Impress this Holiday

Zippy Sandler
11 min readDec 6, 2023

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We know you’ve been invited to holiday parties, and frankly that bottle of wine that’s been passed from house to house that no one drinks just isn’t going to cut it. You’ve got to bring SOMETHING because let’s face it, showing up empty-handed is so last season! As we dive into the festive chaos of the holidays, why not spread some cheer with gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive?

We hope that this guide will become your backstage pass to becoming the ultimate party VIP with presents that go beyond the usual suspects. From quirky to classy, we’ve handpicked a collection of hostess gifts that’ll have you scoring an invite back for every future event. So, buckle up and get ready to sleigh (see what we did there?) your hostess gift game this holiday season!

Snow Fox

Inspired by the Southern California lifestyle, Snowfox insulated stainless steel barware in classic silhouettes were designed to look and feel like fine glassware so you can experience your drink the way it’s meant to be. Thin-rimmed, lightweight, and easy to hold, these are elegant enough for entertaining and provide an amazing drinking experience. I mean, who wants to drink warm wine….ever? You don’t have to live down here in Florida because Snowfox is just as great to use inside as it is outside on a hot day.

Check out this GORGEOUS Stainless Steel Ice Bucket with Lid and Tongs

Make an elegant and innovative addition to your barware assortment with our beautifully vacuum-insulated ice bucket. In addition to keeping ice from melting, it includes a unique hanging lid and tongs so you can make cocktails with ease.

Beyond Cushions

Keep those travel memories alive with these beautiful skylines & iconic landmarks on Beyond Cushions pillows. Beyond Cushions was launched in August 2013 to market high-end furnishing accessories and home accents. The product range includes their signature designs that depict famous skylines and other recognizable landmarks unique to some of the major cities around the world — New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Washington DC (some of their most popular themes).

These beautifully embroidered pillows have received much praise and have taken pride of place in homes across the world.

All of their products are hand-designed, crafted, and machine embroidered guaranteed to provide a clean, precise, and professional finish every single time. Using nothing but high-quality wool in their products, they stand by their quality assurance with every single purchase.

They also offer design services for private and commercial clients who would like a customized pillow or embroidered souvenir made for their city or hotel/resort. Check out the custom design link on their site for more details.

World Vision Gift Catalog

“The World Vision Christmas Gift Catalog is one of the simplest ways families can address some of the world’s most difficult challenges. Sustained conflict, natural disasters, growing food insecurity, and the need for clean water make World Vision’s work even more important as we respond to global crises and help empower millions of people to lift themselves out of poverty,” said Edgar Sandoval Sr., president and CEO of World Vision. “We thank God for our generous donors. When they shop for items from the Gift Catalog, they not only provide a gift for their loved ones but also make a positive impact in the lives of children and families across the globe.”

Christian humanitarian organization World Vision has enlisted a star-studded cast of celebrity supporters to play an inspiring role in promoting its annual Christmas gift catalog. Each year, the catalog raises millions of dollars to help fund World Vision’s relief and development work around the globe.

The celebrities featuring artisan-made gifts in this year’s catalog include:

Emmy®-winning actor, producer, and bestselling author Patricia Heaton, who has supported the Gift Catalog since 2014. Heaton’s “Morning Blessings” artisanal mug is formed of Talavera clay and hand-painted in Mexico by local women using methods passed down through generations.

Actor, director and producer Melissa Joan Hart, a Gift Catalog supporter since 2018. Hart’s “Beads of Blessing” beaded bracelet is skillfully crafted by talented women artisans in South Africa by sewing glass beads around cloth.

Actor and singer Alexa PenaVega, is new to the World Vision celebrity supporter family. PenaVega is showcasing the “Seeds of Change” wrap bracelet, handcrafted from melon seeds in Colombia. The bracelet is lightweight, eco-friendly, and clasp-free.

Other celebrities returning this year to support the catalog include 12-year NFL veteran Kelvin Beachum, offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals and spokesperson for World Vision’s disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, as well as pop singer and American Idol contestant Wé McDonald.

Donations for the artisan-made gifts offered in the catalog go to the World Vision Fund, empowering kids and families to tackle the big issues that keep them in poverty and equipping them to thrive. Donors can give any gift in a loved one’s name and choose to send a complimentary, personalized card describing the gift and its impact.

Launched in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog features hundreds of life-changing items with donation amounts ranging from $10 to $15,000, including farm animals, clean water systems, economic empowerment services, healthcare support, emergency food, and clothing and school supplies.

Alchemy Lucerna

Beautiful to look at AND practical, Vornado’s new ultrasonic humidifier, the Alchemy Lucerna 2, redefines how we think about humidifiers. Anyone who cares about the intersection between health and style would love getting the Lucerna 2. This efficient humidifier offers FDA-recommended cool mist, which can help shrink swelling in nasal passages, making breathing easier during cough and cold season. The Lucerna 2 is the ultimate example of form and function. The modern design will fit any décor with style and sophistication, while it also is an ultrasonic cool mist humidifier that is perfect for the cold/dry fall and winter months.

The Lucerna 2 creates a majestic display of mist and light, unlike any other humidifier. At 24 hours of runtime on low and 12 hours on high, the Lucerna 2’s 1-gallon water tank has the endurance to maintain a comfortable environment. The inspiring tank design and the ambient light create an illuminating experience independent of the humidity. It offers three brightness settings and convenient touch controls that will elevate any surroundings.

Vornado just launched this ultrasonic humidifier, adding it to their roster of heaters and fans that have been a staple in American homes for almost 100 years!

THE WHISTLING KETTLE

They’ll be inviting you over for tea when you give them the gift of a perfect cup of tea. Constructed with 100% stainless steel and an eco-friendly bamboo lid, the Whistling Kettle infuser fits perfectly into most teacups, mugs, and pots. Its generous size grants your tea plenty of space to unleash its fullest flavor and most powerful health benefits. Laser etching prevents any small particles from making their way into your brew. Plus, you can use its lid as a drip tray. Care is easy too — simply throw it in the dishwasher (oooh, we like that)!

The differentiator with The Whistling Kettle and other infusers is taste. This is a loose tea brand that has been successfully operating three restaurants, and now is rolling out more than 100 tea flavors nationally/internationally. The flavor makes a difference, especially when people are choosing teas for health benefits, which they often do! Most ‘healthy’ teas taste terrible, are bitter, not fun to drink. Their teas have multiple flavors and are addictive.

NEW* Saatva Plush Towel Collection

You know those beautiful hotel towels that you always think about stealing? You don’t have to, because Saatva reinvented its take on the classic luxury hotel bath towel.

Choose from Plush or Waffle

Wrap them up in Saatva’s reinvented take on the classic luxury hotel bath towel, which features OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 cotton (certified free of harmful chemicals) in a thick, absorbent, extra-long terry weave. When only the finest towel will do, Saatva’s impossibly plush and soft towels are the final touch in creating a spa-like bath experience — exclusively woven in durable long-staple cotton that gets softer with every wash.

Gift them spa-worthy softness after every bath or shower with Saatva’s lightweight, breathable waffle towels exclusively woven in durable, long-staple cotton OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 cotton that gets softer with every wash. Saatva’s Waffle Towel Collection is woven in a traditional Imabari-style waffle design. This creates a larger surface area for maximum absorbency while maintaining excellent airflow.

The collection is available in White, Slate, and Sand.

  • Don’t forget to order a set for your guest bath as well at Saatva

Hill by the Sea

Real cooking is about following your heart rather than the recipe, because cooking is more than just a blending of ingredients from land, sea, and farm, according to Chef Seadon Shouse, the notable Nova Scotia chef who brought its cuisine to the Hoboken coast. He details his philosophy through recipes and memories, in From the Hill by the Sea, a cookbook-memoir. Chef Shouse Executive Chef of Halifax Hoboken has created this book that is both memoir and recipes for cooking and for life, educating the reader in Chef Seadon’s Nova Scotia-grown roots of foraging, hand-making, and cooking from the land with heart and soul.

BOOKS For Everyone By Pacific and Court

I Love Trader Joes

Well, there’s a statement that we can ALL agree on. Create stunning boards, creative charcuterie, and delicious spreads for every occasion with 50 recipes featuring your favorite Trader Joe’s® products this cookbook is one that they’ll turn to over and over again.

If you’re an avid Trader Joe’s® shopper or you can’t stop making every meal into a charcuterie board, this is the perfect cookbook for you!

101 Silly Christmas Jokes

Looking for some jokes that will really sleigh? You found them! 101 Silly Christmas Jokes for Kids is filled with funny, delightful knock-knocks and gut-busters that kids will love reading, sharing, and telling.

Discover the ultimate laugh-out-loud joke book for kids that’s 100% all about everyone’s favorite time of year — Christmas! Inside, kids will find clean, fun jokes.

The Mediterranean Dish

What began as one of the first online Mediterranean food blogs has blossomed into the leading site for modern Mediterranean cooking and lifestyle with millions of readers — and now it is the inspiration for the first cookbook from Suzy Karadsheh. In her cookbook, Suzy brings cross-culturally inspired dishes from throughout the Mediterranean into American home kitchens, using easy-to-find ingredients and easy-to-follow, tested-to-perfection recipes to make your meals more vibrant, delicious, and yes — even a little healthier, too!

Suzy’s winning combination of approachable instructions, reliable recipes, stunning photography, charming authentic stories, and simple assemblies is sure to thrill anyone hungry to eat healthier food that bursts with flavor and spice.

Quarto Books

Get creative with the whole family this holiday season with these titles from The Quarto Group!

For the Hostess who has children

Make your very own personalized cross-stitch pieces by combining “ready-to-go” patterns with the tips and tricks for customization with Customize Your Cross-Stitch. You can learn everything from using the tools of the trade to reading a pattern, creating basic stitches, and tweaking an already-existing design. The beautiful, modern designs in this book are accompanied by simple instructions appropriate for all skill levels.

Discover simple ways to create rich, imaginative play experiences for your child using things you already have on hand. Pretend Play Workshop for Kids hours of dramatic play scenarios paired with simple crafts and fun activities — a rich resource for easy, ready-to-go alternatives to screentime. Available now wherever fine books are sold!

  • Check out these and other titles at Quarto Books
  • 35% off each title and free US shipping through December 31, 2023 with coupon code FAM23

EVERY COCKTAIL HAS A TWIST: MASTER 25 CLASSIC DRINKS AND CRAFT MORE THAN 200 VARIATIONS

You love your favorite libations, but sometimes you want something new that you know you’ll like. This user-friendly collection provides all the tools you need to create delicious new concoctions. It reconfigures 25 timeless tipples, from Bloody Marys, Daiquirís, and Manhattans to Margaritas, Negronis, and Old-Fashioneds. A few simple riffs will elevate your mainstays to a truly spirited experience.

Want a Bloody Mary that tastes smoky and spicy? Make a Mezcal Maria, with tomatillo mix. Love the taste of horseradish? Try the Hail Mary, with horseradish-infused vodka. For a Negroni with rich flavor and a hit of caffeine, try the Night Watch, made with cold brew. To go lighter and skip the gin, stir up a Daytime Negroni with vodka, Cappelletti, and Lillet. Featuring handy diagrams, numerous variations for different palates, and surprising flavor combinations, remixing the classics has never been easier.

Now you can booze your own adventure with confidence.

Lady Bird Soaps

From the gentle lather to the intoxicating aromas, each bar is a testament to the art of soap-making, blending traditional methods with modern sustainable practices. Our soaps promise a luxurious, guilt-free experience, making every wash a ritual of self-love and an earth-conscious choice.

As you embark on this festive season, armed with the perfect hostess gifts to elevate any celebration, remember that the essence of giving lies in the thoughtfulness behind each gesture. Whether it’s a cookbook, a luxurious pillow, or a handmade soap, let your gifts convey gratitude and appreciation. These handpicked tokens of warmth are not just presents; they are reflections of the joyous moments shared with friends and family. May your holiday gatherings be filled with laughter, good company, and the cherished memories that these thoughtful hostess gifts are sure to create. Cheers to a season of celebration and the art of giving!

Do you need more holiday ideas? Check out all of the Holiday Gift Guides on Champagne Living today!

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Zippy Sandler

69-year-old travel and lifestyle blogger sharing tips on how to live your best life NOW!