Our Top 10 Non-Wine Hosting Gifts
It’s that time of year when your weekends (& school nights) are filling up with party, party, parties. It’s tough enough to hop from one festivity to the next (& even keep your social cal straight), but what’s even harder: following the first rule of being a good guest—never, under no snowy circumstance, arrive empty-handed.
And then there’s the second rule of being an even better guest: bring something other than the cabernet. Trust us, every party-thrower, host extraordinaire will get plenty of bottles of wine, so your thanks-for-hosting gift will stand out amongst the reds, whites & merriment.
We challenged our home fashion director, Roberson Keffer, to pick his top 10 fave, sometimes unexpected, for-the-host gifts that will most definitely get you invited back next year. He did good. Check it out.
1FOR CLEARING THE AIR AFTER GUESTS GO
Party planning is always stressful & the cleanup afterwards can be monumental. Ease the after-effects of an open house with ultra-soothing scents. Bonus: add a note telling them to crank up the pine essential oil, which refreshes, cleans & purifies—basically, it’s after-party gold.
2FOR TOASTING ALL THAT HOSTING
We already covered that they will have a multitude of wine, but do they have glassware with clever Christmas puns? Didn’t think so. Nothing makes a party like another round of puns—trust us. Plus, if you have to make a toast, you’ve got some material to break the ice.
3FOR THE PARTY ANIMAL WHO REALLY JUST WANTS PEACE & COFFEE
Whether they’re a coffee person or a tea person, we guarantee they’re an adorable mug person. Extra points if you add a mason jar filled with your favorite homemade hot cocoa & marshmallows.
4FOR CHANNELING NAMASTE VIBES AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE
One time of the year when we could all use a little more zen & a lot more white noise in our lives—the holidays. A full house or a busy schedule calls for the rhythmic notes of the ocean. It’s the perfect stand-in for when anyone really could use a spur-of-the-moment emergency getaway.
5FOR CLOCKING HOURS ENJOYING ALL THE MEMS
After all those guests, snuggling on the couch (AKA passing out & waking up in January) with a blanket & a flickering candle sounds pretty amaze. It doesn’t hurt that you can gift a candle that smells exactly like grandma’s house—cue all the memories.
6FOR HONORING SLEEP IN A MARATHON MONTH OF PARTIES
Not that you want to be that guy who waxes on about the benefits of sleeping with silk, but you don’t mind being that guy—after all, silk reduces sleep creases on your face, feels cool to the touch & is excellent on the hair. This duo falls solidly in the treat-yourself bucket, giving your host a taste of luxury that he or she may not have splurged on at this time of year.
7FOR GENTLE NUDGING TOWARD A KILLER CHEESE SPREAD
Sure, they threw the party so they may already have the tools it takes to do it right BUT nothing encourages your host to keep hosting for years to come like very festive serveware. It also encourages your host to up the cheese & apps—they’re everyone’s favorite part of the party anyway. Feeling extra generous? Bring the cheese, too.
8FOR PROMOTING COOKIES WITH COFFEE (AKA FOR BREAKFAST)
When the party is a wrap, your coffee-obsessed host will love brewing a pot of pour-over &, if any of these are left at that point, dipping a cookie in. This is also a swell gift if you need to give your host a hint—like I’ve been on the party circuit for 3 weeks now, let’s get the coffee flowing. Extra love for this gift comes in the form of coffee beans.
9FOR PARTIES THAT MAY NEED A LITTLE PICK-ME-UP
Sometimes that awkward holiday-party small talk just isn’t the ticket for the night. Gifting the host a classic game means, if needed, there’s more to do than loiter at the buffet & stealthily sneak out when no one is looking. The oversized wine glass? That’s for the host because they should be the one with the most.
10FOR DECKING THEIR HALLS & SUPPORTING THEIR SNOW DANCES
Because who wouldn’t want this snow day starter pack? Enough said. Except we will quickly add that nothing scores with the host like adding to their holiday decor & giving them a reason to sit around admiring it for a while.