11 Hostess Gifts That’ll Guarantee Your Invite Back Next Year

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Never go to a dinner party or seasonal soirée empty-handed. When it comes to hostess gifts, all you have to do is think about what he or she needs to throw the party of the season. And while there might be a helium shortage going on, thankfully there’s no shortage of products on the market – serving wear, booze, chic home decor, etc. — that cater specifically to folks who love to host friends and family. Here are some unique gifts that will guarantee an invite back next year.

1 Create Your Own Bloody Mary Cocktail Set ($35; thoughtfully.com)

This company sells a gift basket for pretty much everyone on your list, but when it doesn’t get much better than this Bloody Mary set with everything you need to make a killer brunch cocktail. Inside your host will find Bloody Mary mix, celery salt, two types of hot sauce and two mason jar mugs to serve them in. All you have to do is add a bottle of booze.

 

2 Ivation Wine Gift Set ($50; amazon.com)

There are always bottles to be popped. Make it easy on your host by gifting them this all-in-one set that includes an electric corkscrew extractor, foil cutter, aerator, vacuum preserver and stopper (in the rare case there is any wine leftover); charging base also included.

3 Wonder Forge Yeah NOPE Board Game ($20; target.com)

The sparkling box is almost as irresistible as this tell-all game, where players have to guess what happened and how. It’s kind of like an adult truth or dare, minus the dare part (the worst party anyways, right?). Players work together to build on the story and speculate using situation cards until the moment the truth is revealed with a swipe of the gold sequined box.

4 Marble + Brass 2-Tier Cake Stand ($44; westelm.com)

Every host could use a stylish way to set out decadent desserts and apps, like this pastry-shop-worthy cake stand from West Elm. Even better? If you happen to bake cookies or make holiday bark and bring this gift clad with desserts, you’ll definitely be the guest of the night.

5 Carla Carstens Small Ceramic Tray ($40; carlacarstens.com)

People who love to have company could always use some new serving wear. Wow them with this unique collection from Carla Carstens, which was inspired by the Greek island’s traditional villages and beaches. The chevron-printed serving tray is gorgeous as is, but will look even better clad with cookies or charcuterie. Don’t you agree?

6 Cannabis Candle ($34; shopbisby.com)

You’re not a regular gift giver. You’re a cool gift giver. And considering that CBD everything is all the rage these days, you can’t go wrong with the calming candle. It’s uses a clean-burning soy wax and all-natural essentials oils that offer the spicy yet sweet scent of cannabis with notes of forest wood, leather, vetiver, and sage.

7 Hammered Moscow Mule Mugs ($27 for set of 2; potterybarn.com)

Even if she isn’t a fan of the classic cocktail, the Moscow mule mug is a chic cup to add to anyone’s collection. According to beverage aficionados, this is what makes the drink (or any drink for that matter) Instagram-ready. Pottery Barn’s copper mugs are handcrafted and hand-hammered. Fancy, right?

8 Building Tufted Doormat ($13; target.com)

Help spruce up your host’s pad with this warm-welcoming door mat. While it’s certainly for show, it’s also functional — crafted from a strong and sturdy beige coir that helps scrape dirt and debris off your shoes to help keep floors clean — and can be used for gatherings throughout the entire year.

9 Drunken Tower "The Grab A Piece Drinking Game" ($17; amazon.com)

Playing games with friends and family around the holiday season is underrated. Bring the fun with this Drunken Tower game, which is pretty much Jenga for adults. In addition to skillfully deconstructing the tower without causing it to collapse, you also have to follow the command on whatever block you chose to remove. This really ups the fun ante and makes for some unforgettable memories, too.

10 Cleo Tray Set of 2 ($187; paynesgray.com)

She’ll make a statement while serving drinks or hors d’oeuvres on these stylish marble-patterned trays. In addition to their Livonia smokey hue, the outer gold frame and legs serve as stunning accents that will compliment any occasion, any time of the year.

11 Skultuna Small Pomma Vase ($54.40; skultuna.com)

Flowers are fine, but a unique vase to put them in? Even better. This spherical vase offers an everlasting design, with a blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern finishes. It’s made of quality glass and polished brass, and as a bonus, the base acts as candle holder for tealights.

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