The Best Hostess Gifts

by | Dec 5, 2019 | Christmas Inspiration, Interior Inspiration | 1 comment

Entertaining is my love language so putting together this gift guide was super easy for me! I’ve gathered beautiful gifts for entertaining that will please and using one of them I’ve created a great holiday cocktail and mocktail!

This gift guide is filled with ideas to bring with you as a gift to your host and hostess and also great gifts for the home.  Because some of these gifts overlap I wanted to include the best gifts for Home in this post as well.

Everyone loves a great candle and this is my favorite right now. This rich scent is the same as my favorite winter perfume and everyone stops me when I wear it. It’s also a fabulous candle. I wanted to also gather things past candles because that is such an easy thing to think of for a hostess gift.

Think outside the box with a beautiful book on entertaining by my friend Danielle Rollins or this gorgeous new book by Charlotte Moss. Books are a great and unexpected hostess gift. This roll-on perfume is a beautiful fragrance and thoughtful choice. A beautiful bud vase like this one or textural vase like this one would also be beautiful hostess gifts. This gold and white trinket tray is also a sweet, useful hostess gift.

Velvet Fit and Flare c/o Draper James / Black Sandals (on sale!)

Custom embroidered napkins from Dogwood Hill Designs are a thoughtful hostess gift.  I have known the owner Mia Davis for many years and love her gorgeous embroidery.  You’ve seen her cocktail napkins in my Fall Outdoor Tablescape and Gin Trolley posts and her dinner napkins in yesterday’s Gold and Silver Christmas Tablescape.  Be sure and order now for Christmas.  The deadline is December 9!

Fun cocktail glasses like these from Lenox are sure to please as a hostess gift or a gift for someone who loves entertaining. I love the unique frosted stems with beautiful gold pattern. Each comes as a set of two in a box ready to be perfectly wrapped.

They would be great paired with Gris Gris Cocktail Magic infused simple syrups. These small batch, flavored simple syrups are a great gift and make creating a special holiday cocktail easy.  Having a specialty cocktail ready when your guests arrive is one of my tips for Creating a Warm Welcome Home.

I used the Jalapeño Hex flavor with pomegranate juice and a splash of club soda to create this Christmas Kiss mocktail. The Habañero Basil flavor topped with Prosecco create bubbles with a kick!  Presentation is everything! This post shares several drink garnish tips.

One of my most used entertaining items is this handsome wood plank that makes creating an impressive charcuterie board easy. Details on creating the perfect charcuterie can be found here and here.

Another gift for someone who loves to create a beautiful home is a beautiful throw from Serena & Lilly or a gorgeous mother of pearl photo frameThis crystal cross is a wonderful blessing to give to a new homeowner.  This sculptural silver bowl is a stunning accent piece.

There is more inspiration on the HOLIDAY tab above that includes recipes, tablescape and personal style ideas.  I hope you’ll subscribed to my newsletters so you receive the weekly Christmas Newsletters filled with my favorite recipes and more.  There are e Christmas Newsletters on their way, each with a different theme, so subscribe now!  You’ll also get copies of my 4 eBooks including Holiday Entertaining!

Get more inspiration on these category pages: Personal StyleInteriorsMy HomeFoodEntertainingTablescapesBeauty and Travel.   You can also access all the Gift Guides below.  Time to get everyone checked off your gift list!

Cheers to great hostess gifts!



PS – Be sure to check the Twelve Days of Giveaways today for something fun from this post!



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Alicia Wood Lifestyle Holiday Gift Guide

Meet Alicia is a lifestyle destination for everyday living written by Alicia Wood. Alicia's goal is create a timeless, fresh way to approach fashion, entertaining, beauty, design and travel.

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  1. Gladys

    That is a gorgeous bar cart!

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