The holiday season likely comes with a few party invites and maybe a sleepover or two! Let your hosts know you appreciate all that behind-the-scenes work with a hostess gift. We’ve rounded up practical, affordable items that are all class without a ton of cash—many of these are under $20. Click through the gallery to get your ideas.
1. Modern Geo Glasses Set
These stylish Geo Glasses from Root7 are both classic and mod and have a decidedly terrarium-like quality to them. With metal edges (in gold or black) and heavyweight, hand-blown glass they are way sturdier than average glassware, and twice as chic, too. $35/set of two. Get them at root7.com.
2. Handmade Soy Candles
It doesn't get much more artisan than the hand-blended and hand-poured soy candles from the brand-new Trey + Glo Apothecary out of Arlington, Virginia. Founded by our very own DC Editor, Ayren, Trey + Glo Apothecary features soy candles in scents like "Daphne" (bayberry + balsam), "Sarge" (sandalwood + citrus flowers), "Deena" (blueberry + sweet buttermilk) and "Manoja" (white tea + fig tree). Available for $20 at treyglo.com.
3. Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused Organic Maple Syrup
No need to travel all the way to Vermont to taste the state's maple syrup. Turn to Runamok Maple's unique collection for a refreshing twist on the traditional syrup. Their infused flavors include cinnamon and vanilla, elderberry, hibiscus flower and much more (see all the infusions here). Available for $16.95 at shop.runamokmaple.com.
4. Brew Tea Co: All Natural Tea
If anyone knows their tea it's the British. Originally founded in Great Britain, Brew Tea Co recently made its grand debut across the pond here in America bringing with them their nine all natural blends. Brew Tea Co promises natural herbs, fruits and oils, and never any artificial ingredients. Expect whole rolled leaves and biodegradable tea bags. Peruse their loose leaf, tea bags, subscriptions, tea samplers and pots here. And for that busy hostess with the mostess, their "Always on the Go" Tea Bag Triple Pack (pictured) for $27. Available at brewteacompany.us.
5. Storage Jars with Hermetic Cork Top
Founded in 2003, EKOBO designs and manufactures sleek goods for the home, all with a focus on using sustainable materials. Everything in their collection is made from renewable bamboo and other eco-friendly goods. This 15 oz. storage set is food safe, BPA-, PVC and phthalates-free. Its design and fun colors make it versatile enough to use in any room. Available for $29 at by-ekobo.us.
6. Harper + Ari Sugar Cubes
These look scrumptious but they are actually “dessert” for you skin, perfect for that wind-down after all the guests have gone. Your hosts will appreciate that you treated them to this sweet product from Harper + Ari. Comes in six different “flavors.” Available for $24 at harperandari.com.
7. Natural Cork Fused Coasters
You can kiss chemicals goodbye thanks to these coasters from California-based design studio, Most Modest. Their coasters, which come in a variety of colors, are made of only soft rubber and natural cork fused together with nothing but heat and pressure. Available for $18 at mostmodest.com.
8. Honey with a Purpose
You've heard of Habitat for Humanity, but have you heard of Habitat for Honeybees? This San Francisco-based non-profit works to find homes for honeybees! According to San Francisco shop, Foggy Notion, "Charlie Blevins of the SF Beekeepers Association hosts hives on the roof of his apartment building on the Outer Richmond as well as Golden Gate Park. The honey is harvested and bottled without any heating or filtering for maximum flavor and health benefits." Get your bottle at squareup.com/market/foggy-notion for $16.99.
9. Flour Sack Towel Set
You can buy this entire set of five clever towels and gift them all at once or divvy the up among households. They're 100% cotton and handmade. Pair with a bottle of wine, spices or other items if you want to up the game and the laughs. Funny and useful, who wouldn’t want it? Shop them at ShowerThemWithGifts1 store on Etsy for $24.99/set of five.
10. Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
Why give boring old olive oil when you can give antioxidant-rich avocado oil instead? Chosen Foods Avocado Oil has a great buttery taste and it won’t smoke until 500 degrees (unlike olive oil), so it’s a great all-around cooking oil that is heart healthy and yummy! Prices start at $9.99/bottle at chosenfoods.com.
11. Bag Trio from TWELVELittle
Little bags to organize everything in purses, diaper bags and suitcases? Yes, please. Delight your hosts with a simple little trio of chic bags that will be used again and again. Divide them up between three people or gift the whole set (removable handle keeps all three pouches together). The medium-sized pouch is fully insulated, too! Available for $39 at twelvelittle.com.
12. Greetabl Gift
If you're looking for a hostess gift that doubles as a thank-you-for-hosting, step it up with this gift card set from Greetabl. You can customize the card with photos that can be detached and put on display, and then add a gift to the package. Scented candles, beauty products, and other sweets all tuck nicely into the gift box. You can even add confetti! Items arrive 3-5 days after order, so if you're sneaky you can add party pics and really surprise your hosts! Gift items range from $2-$30. Customize one now at greetabl.com
13. Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker
No need to head out to Blue Bottle to get that pour-over fix: this slick little pot from Coffee Gator makes five cups of coffee, is easy to set up and clean. (There's also a 3-cup version). Available for $31.97 at coffeegator.com.
14. Etta + Billie Lavender Room & Body Spray
Once all the damp (stinky) boots and food scents have cleared the house, a few sprays of this super fresh room spray will give your hosts’ home a nice little palette cleanse. And if they need to sneak off and spray it right onto their own bodies to keep calm and carry on? Well, they can do that, too. Available for $25 at ettaandbillie.com.
15. Corso Live Happy Notebook
Every page of this cheerful notebook is filled with positive quotes, tips, and space for you to write out your own thoughts, lists or even a doodle or two! We especially like the small spot at the bottom reserved for recording daily gratitude. Available for pre-order at corso.com, $25.
—Amber Guetebier and Erin Lem