How to be the Best Guest: Host Gifts

How to be the Best Guest: Host Gifts

Creative gift ideas for party hosts (that no one else will bring)


The Story

 

Slow clap for the friend who stepped up to host this year’s potluck or ugly sweater party. It takes time and effort to plan a shindig, so you can’t show up empty handed.

 

Yeah, I’ll bring some wine.

 

Wine’s good. Or you could try something different. Here are some creative host gifts that say ‘Thanks for the invite. And I’ll definitely use a coaster.’

 

 

Brightland Alive Olive Oil

Something to impress the best cook you know…

 

The real deal

Brightland Alive Olive Oil, $37


Why it’s smart:

Lots of extra-virgin olive oils actually aren't. This one is made with heirloom olives from a family farm in California that's committed to traceability. (Read: you know where it's from and exactly what's in it.) Great on salads, or even on your skin.

 

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FiveTwo WoodenSpoons

Something to mix it up…

 

Spoons you’ll swoon over

Five Two Wooden Spoons, $25 - $99

 

Why it’s smart:

This company asked thousands of home cooks for opinions on what makes the perfect spoon, and then designed these. They're made from the same kind of water-resistant hardwood used to make outdoor furniture, so they're durable and made to last. 

 

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Seedlip

Something for the friend who actually drinks 8 glasses of water every day…

 

A non-alcoholic botanical spirit

Seedlip, $36.76


Why it’s smart:

Plain seltzer doesn’t really say ‘hey, it’s a special occasion.’ This non-alcoholic spirit is great for making interesting cocktail-like cocktails, without the booze or sugar.

 

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Urban Stems Pippin

Something to brighten things up…

 

A better bouquet

Urban Stems The Pippin, $75


Why it’s smart:

When you order an arrangement from this online florist, what you see is actually what you get. (Which is not always the case.) Each bouquet was created by in-house floral designers and the flowers come fresh from farms that treat their workers well. No buds about it. 

 

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Amazon MixtapePotluck

Something for when dinner turns into a dance party…

 

A book of recipes and records

Amazon Mixtape Potluck Cookbook, $17.99


Why it’s smart:

You can hire Questlove to plan your dinner party. Sort of. A cookbook about food, music, and throwing a really good party. Consider this one your host’s secret weapon. 

 

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LivingComposter

Something that makes party cleanup more sustainable…

 

Scraps to soil

Living Composter, $199


Why it’s smart:

For when you’re going in on a group gift. Composting gets a bad rap as being messy or smelly. This one is neither. This odorless composter keeps food waste out of landfills and transforms it into rich soil. 

 

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Pepper Home Cocktail Napkins 2

Something to ward off wine rings...

 

Proper cocktail napkins

Pepper Home Warby Cocktail Napkins, $22


Why it's smart: 

Because every fun party is also sustainable. These cocktail napkins are machine washable. They’re also just a bit fancier than paper napkins if that’s what you’re going for.

 

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Something for when things need to get spiced up...

 

A moscow mule mixer

W&P Cocktail Syrup, $12


Why it’s smart:

With this syrup and a little vodka, you have yourself a perfect Moscow Mule made in one hot minute. And you just became the most popular person at the party. 

 

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Swell Teakwood Ice Bucket

Something for when things are heating up...

 

A holiday bar essential

S’well Teakwood Ice Bucket + Tongs, $50


Why it’s smart:

This bucket does double duty (and looks great doing it). Keeps ice cold and chills that champagne bottle. Cheers.

 

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Otherland OldFashioned

Something to set the mood...

 

A clean candle 

Otherland (Old Fashioned scent), $36


Why it’s smart:

Scented candles can be indoor air polluters. This one is paraben-free and the brandy Old Fashioned-inspired fragrance is made with safe ingredients. It burns clean and smells great.  

 

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W P Primary

Something for when everyone is too full from dinner to move...

 

A game of colors

W&P Primary, $12


Why it’s smart:

After everyone’s third plate of food, doesn’t look like that dance party is going to happen. Lucky for your host, you brought a game that doesn’t require movement. Hopefully everyone else brought their own stretchy pants.

 

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Skylight Frame

Something for a walk down memory lane…

 

A digital photo frame 

Skylight Frames, $169


Why it’s smart:

The easiest way to frame digital pics. Just email the photos and the frame updates. Free idea: Tell all of the party guests where to send their pics so your host has the whole night framed. It’s the future. Ps… Skimm’rs get free shipping.

 

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GrafLantz WineOs

Something for the person who loves hosting…

 

Know your Wine-O

Wine Marker Charms, $19


Why it’s smart:

Color coded wine markers put an end to the endless ‘is this my drink?’ situation. Phew. 

 

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.

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