11/18/2013 07:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hostess Gifts

The holidays can be a flurry of social engagements, with invitations for cocktail parties, dinner parties, and Holiday and Christmas parties all starting to roll in. And since you're a thoughtful guest, you know not to arrive empty-handed when invited into someone's home.

Make a good impression and ensure you'll be invited back with these ten fun, thoughtful hostess gift ideas!

Can you say YUM? Not only is this dark chocolate peppermint bark confection delicious it's filled with cool crunchy bits of candycanes, but it comes wrapped up in this adorable gift packaging complete with ribbon so its good to go. Note to self: order a few, the first one doesn't usually make it out of the house!

Give something fun and whimsical with a retro touch like this table tennis set from West Elm. The net attaches to tables of all sizes. I guarantee it will come out of the box well before the party ends. Perfect for late night beer or cocktail pong matches.

Bring it! Evoking a glamourous era of cocktails, fires and fondue after a long day on the slopes, this Apres Ski Dessert Plate set is a perfect gift for the ski and snow loving hostesses. Comes beautifully boxed in a set of four.

Inspired by the nostalgic fragrance of holiday evergreens, this gift set celebrate the woodsy aroma of the forest in winter, with hand soap, lotion, a scented candle and vintage tea towel( so Bing Crosby), it's everything your hostess will need to holiday-up her kitchen.

To keep things smelling fresh on a citrus note, bring an aromatic candle from LAFCO. I'm totally into the Cilantro Orange kitchen candle, it's bold, citrusy, and fresh with a mix of sweet mandarin orange and cilantro. Perfect for the kitchen or any room in the house all year through.


A most useful book on chic global inspired cocktails, authored by yours truly, is a perfect hostess gift for the novice or expert mixologist! After all, It's 5 o'Clock Somewhere.


Add a hip touch of exotica to a table top or bar cart. A set of these bone coasters topped with a gold snakeskin print make a fabulous hostess gift, yes? One for me, one for you.

Give some Tray Chic to your hostess gifting this season with this festive Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! lucite tray. As we use trays from breakfast to brunch, light lunches, to cocktails and more cocktails, and beyond, this gift is practical and festive. They come in three sizes and can be monogrammed for that personal touch.

Everyone needs new glasses to whip up holiday cocktails! These are fun and witty and make for great conversation starters, "you look naughty but I'm sure you're nice", need I say more? glasses They come in sets of four and are wrapped for the holidays, for a from the car to the bar ease.


Bring along something to toast with! These canvas wine totes are just perfect for the hostess. I'm loving the White/Red monogram, but anything goes. Order a bunch and you'll be ready to party hop in style.