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Top 10 Gifts For The Host

Skip The Wine Bottle And Opt For One Of These Unique Gifts Instead

Skip The Wine Bottle And Opt For One Of These Unique Gifts Instead

Gatherings amongst friends and fam may have been few and far between this year, but we're hoping the holiday season will allow us some much-needed time to reconvene. After all, the holidays are essentially synonymous with party time, and we're prepared to be voted best guest at every happening on the list. 

Whether you're gathering for Sunday football or attending a Thanksgiving feast, it's important to recognize and reward all the hard work that goes into hosting a great get-together. One of the key ways to keep your attendance game strong? Avoid arriving anywhere empty-handed. We weren't all born with the gift-giving talent of Jolly Ol' St. Nick, but fret not—that's why we're here. We've searched the web using our data-driven algorithm that factors in best-selling buzz, editorial mentions, and reviews from gift-givers and recipients alike to ensure you've got the best present on the gift table. Ditch the typical bottle of wine you snag from the nearest liquor store in a last-minute dash to the function and choose a thoughtful gift your host will love you for with the help of our Top 10 list. 

Ahead, check out the unique host gifts to bring along to your upcoming party engagements, all of which will ensure you get an invitation to the next one. Opening image: @uncommongoods

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October 8, 2020

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Vintage Wine Estates O'Leary Reserve Favorites 3 Bottle Wine Set

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WHY YOU NEED IT: Maybe it's just us, but in our opinion, there's no greater pairing than a holiday party and a nice bottle of wine. We're sure the host will concur. 

HELPFUL TIP: If the party invites just keep rolling in, break up this three-bottle set and give them out individually.


Uncommon Goods Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit

Our Score

BEST FOR: For the chef who loves to experiment with different flavors and recipes, this unique hostess gift is sure to be a hit. With over 15 different herbs and spices from the four different corners of the world, the cooking possibilities are endless. 

USERS SAID: "When we entertain, I allow my guests to mix their personal favorite herbs and spices for dipping oil to use with fresh bread. It is a winner every time."


YnM Weighted Blanket

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The YnM weighted blanket is raved about for its neutral color options, so it's guaranteed to fit right into anyone's home decor seamlessly.

FUN FACT: This weighted blanket is completely customizable. From the type of insert to the weight, size, and fabric, you know you're getting the blanket that's right for you.


UltraIdeas Cozy Memory Foam Slippers

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WHY YOU NEED IT: Looking for an inexpensive hostess gift? Ringing up under $25, these cozy slippers are a major steal. With a plush fleece lining for extra warmth and a memory foam insole that cushions and comforts with every single step, they easily rival higher-end finds at twice the price.

USERS SAID: "These are the BEST slippers. I've tried on a few different brands in stores, and none of them fit right. I decided to take a chance on these, and I'm so glad I did. I typically wear a size 8.5 and ordered the large, and they fit like a glove! These are so warm, and the bottoms are durable enough to wear outside if you need to."


Uncommon Goods Compact Swivel Cheese & Tapas Board

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Charcuterie boards are all the rage these days, and this board puts a classic spin on an old favorite (get it?). But seriously, this board can take even the most unseasoned host's charcuterie game to the next level. 

USERS SAID: "Besides the usefulness and functionality of this product, its "wow" factor when people see it is great. Best of all, it stores as half its size, and everything you use with it is stored within the unit. My wife flipped when she opened it and saw how it works. I highly recommend it."


Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas

Our Score

BEST FOR: If the lady in your life also happens to be an amazing host, there's no better gift than these pretty PJs (which look a lot more expensive than they really are, BTW).

FUN FACT: Did we mention they have over 1,000 rave reviews?


Nest Fragrances Classic Candle In Pumpkin Chai

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LOVED FOR: This lovely blend of wild pumpkin, chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon is just what they need to freshen up the room before their next big get-together. 

FUN FACT: This candle is made in the USA.


Our Place Always Pan

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: This cult-favorite pan is probably already on their wishlist. All you've got to do is click the buy button. With this baby, they can fry, braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, boil, serve, store—you get the picture.

WHY WE LOVE IT: "There's a reason this pan had a 30,000-person waitlist! This do-it-all wonder serves as a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. What more could you want?! It's also the prettiest pan I have ever seen! There is truly nothing that compares to it."—Jamie Chandlee, CEO


LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Being the hostess with the mostess can be an exhausting task, and there's nothing like winding down post-event with a relaxing bath.

HELPFUL TIP: Don't let the fun colors fool you—these bath bombs are totally safe and won't ever stain your skin or the tub.


Nordstrom Bliss Plush Throw

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WHY YOU NEED IT: Staying at home just got a bit more lavish. This plush throw delivers an instant upgrade to any cozy space, no matter the decor.

USERS SAID: "Six of these are in my home because we all fight over them. The other five I bought as gifts. I think I might have a slight addiction to them! I bought seven last year during the anniversary sale and four more this year. I have washed them over and over, and they are still super soft. I can't say enough good things about these blankets! They are the BEST!"

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