We’re all familiar with the fundamentals of gifting: Flowers say “I’m sorry” and chocolates say “Honestly, I didn’t know what else to buy.” Here’s a list of the perfect hostess gift for every type of guest, whether you’re popping by for a drink or potentially overstaying your welcome (you won’t be with gifts like these, though).
The Dinner Guest: Olive Wood Cutting Board
Practical and beautiful, this gift is something the hostess can use on the spot. But it’s also totally low pressure (she might have already carefully selected tonight’s serving ware). Either way, it’s a gorgeous addition to her kitchen decor.
West Elm ($59)
The Weekender: Keurig Coffee Set
You already know your hostess loves a strong cup of coffee. You also know that coffee is basically oxygen for any host harboring guests for any length of time. So show up with a handful of K-Cup pods and the newest single-serve coffeemaker from Keurig, the K-Select. This sleek new model (we’re on a red kick, btw) has an added Strong Brew feature that lets you brew a stronger, more intense cup. Chalk this one up to a crowd-pleaser.
Keurig® K-Select™ Coffee Maker ($130); Green Mountain Coffee® Sumatra Reserve K-Cup® Pods ($15 for 24 pods)
The Cocktail Party Companion: Playing Cards Holder
A guest bringing the gift of games is one who will always be invited back. A playing card holder is adorable, useful and completely unexpected (just make sure to bring the cards, too).
Clare V. ($32)
The Overnight Lodger: Luxury Skin-Care Set
The gift she wants but probably wouldn’t buy for herself. It’s a “treat yo’self” token of appreciation any hostess would love to use.
Tata Harper ($70)
The Brunch Invitee: Mixed-Metal Catchalls
These little bowls are moldable and, frankly, adorable. They’re the perfect size for corralling her jewelry, paper clips and change, and they’ll look especially chic sitting on her bedroom surfaces.
The Weeklong Boarder: Amazon Echo Plus
This will surely help you earn your keep. The latest iteration of Amazon’s smart home tech is now fully equipped with a Philips Hue bulb. We can see it now: Everyone gathered around Alexa with a cup of hot cocoa in hand, listening to holiday tunes while you beckon her to dim the lights. Here’s to being the guest who starts a new tradition.