Find the most thoughtful, charming hostess gifts for the celebrations in your life. I’ve got hostess gift ideas for every event on your list… from Christmas inspiration, to inexpensive options for any time of year! 

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They were gracious to include you and you know they’re going to great efforts to host. While many people love hosting friends and family, that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. A small token of appreciation goes a long way! 

I love creating fresh gift ideas to inspire you. I’ve got a great roundup of 25 homemade gift ideas, which can be so inspiring for Christmas hostess gifts and beyond.

I also have countless tutorials about creating your own floral arrangements, which are a perfect and inexpensive option when you create the arrangements yourself! 

A bouquet is sure to bring joy to others, whether it is tied with a ribbon and gifted alone or included as the finishing touch to a beautifully curated gift basket.

Thoughtful Hostess Gift Ideas  

It doesn’t have to be over the top to feel special. Many of these ideas are inexpensive and feel thoughtful because of the time and effort spent, not the money! 

Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to create something charming, special, and unique. I wanted to share a few of my favorite thoughtful ideas to share your thanks!

While a few of these ideas are more seasonally specific for Christmas hostess gifts, many are perfect for year round gift giving. And while there are traditional ideas here there are also so many unique things you may not have thought of! 

A blue cheeseboard with flowers in a hostess gift guide


You can’t go wrong with a fresh baked hostess gift! Anything that you love to bake is sure to be a successful gift.

It’s fun to play with something other than food in the kitchen, every now and then. Homemade bath products make such sweet, inexpensive hostess gifts. They are free of preservatives and perfect for nourishing your skin.

A kitchen with led lamps, a vase of hydrangea and a white charcuterie board on the countertop.

25 Hostess Gift Ideas

I’ve got so many more ideas and I can’t wait to hear what you think! Click through on any of these 25 creative and inexpensive ideas for inspiration galore.

This list goes far beyond the holidays – it’s filled with ideas you can recreate all year long! 

A blue cheeseboard with flowers in a hostess gift guide

Give Fresh Flowers

Wrap it up with a pretty bow – you don’t need anything but these pretty ideas from your yard or your grocery store. Of course flowers are always appreciated at any time of year! To keep them fuss-free, create a bouquet that is vase ready.


These make such an easy hostess gift, and you don’t even have to arrange them if you’d prefer not!

How to Arrange Tulips

Learn how to arrange tulips (it’s easier than you might think!). Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the most beautiful, and that includes a stunning tulip arrangement.  Read More



Potted Paperwhites

Purchase a pot at the grocer, or plant your own bulbs – we’ll show you how!


Give the gift of a charming little potted lavender plant they can enjoy all summer long. We’ve even got a free printable gift tag!

Lavender Pots with Free Printable Gift Tags

These lavender pots make the sweetest gifts for friends, neighbors, or just for yourself! Lavender is easy to plant and maintain, and it is a beautiful addition to any room, porch, patio, or tablescape. Read More



Home Decor Gift Ideas


If your hostess is someone you know quite well, gift them a timeless and special piece of wall art. We can show you how to create this upscale look in an affordable way!


Framed intaglios are a beautiful, traditional look is perfect for a wide variety of home styles. They are so elegant, textural and classic when framed. Read More



Handmade Hostess Gifts

Homemade Bath and Beauty Gift Ideas

If you love these gifts, check out my Ornament Bath Soak Homemade Gift, which make a great gift for any of the ladies in your life!

Lavender Milk Bath

Kitchen Inspired Hostess Gift Ideas

Wine (+ a Free Printable Gift Tag)

This is always an easy, go-to hostess gift idea that you can do at the last minute.

Christmas Wine Gift Tags

Free printable Christmas Wine Gift Tags  – spread holiday cheer with these gift tags for your hostess or a beautiful… Read More



Bundle up Simmer Pot Ingredients

This is such a lovely gift at the holidays!

How to Make a Simmer Pot

It’s so easy to make a simmer pot! Stovetop potpourri fills your home with a fabulous fragrance, and it makes a beautiful gift, too.  Read More



Free Printable Recipe Cards

Sweet Bread

Simple Sweet Bread

Sweet Bread is so incredibly easy to make and only takes 5 minutes hands on time. This easy Sweet Bread recipe… Read More

45 mins

Latte Cookies

These come with a printable tag that says “thanks a latte” of course.

Espresso Cookies

These espresso cookies are a classic buttery shortbread cookie with a delightful crunch and rich espresso flavor. Made with staple ingredients and espresso powder, latte cookies are so easy to make.  Read More

30 mins

Cinnamon Bread

This bread is perfect for a hostess gift because you can even bake it up in small loaf pans. We’ll show you how!

Cinnamon Bread

This is an easy Cinnamon Bread Recipe that is perfect for breakfast, snacks, and gifting to friends, neighbors and co-workers! This Christmas bread makes a beautiful gift wrapped into inexpensive giftable loaf pans. Read More

50 mins

Make Hot Chocolate Bombs

Of course, this one is centered around the holiday season.

hot chocolate bomb recipe collection

I hope these inspire you to get creative with your gift-giving! I love entertaining but I also love showing up to an event with a beautiful, thoughtful hostess gift idea, don’t you? 

Hostess Gifts that Ship Quickly

We don’t all have time to make something homemade. Here are a few of my favorite hostess gift ideas that ship fast! Click the curated images below to head straight to Amazon.


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Follow my Amazon Storefront to find more holiday looks for less.

A graphic image with a variety of curated Amazon products for thoughtful hostess gifts.
A graphic image with a variety of curated Amazon products for thoughtful hostess gifts.
A graphic image with a variety of curated Amazon products for thoughtful hostess gifts.

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  1. I love your stuffed basket ideas! I especially love the bundt pan! It’s so pretty! Thanks!
    visiting from eighteen 25 show and tell

    1. I generally purchase baskets from Home Goods/TJ Maxx and pots from a boutique “Acres” in St. Helena, California.