The Best Host and Hostess Gift Ideas in 2023

Gifting etiquette dictates that when invited to a dinner party or other similar gathering, it is appropriate to bring hostess gifts. To find the perfect gift you can skip the trip to Williams Sonoma or trying to scroll through thousands of items on Uncommon Goods. We have compiled the go-to guide for hostess gifts in 2023.

What should I look for in a hostess or host gift?

Here are a few prompts to help you pick the perfect gift for your host or hostess:

  1. The Occasion: The type of event can guide your gift choice. For a dinner party, wine, gourmet food items, or a beautiful serving dish could be appropriate. For housewarming, consider home essentials. For an overnight stay, a mini charcuterie set or a personalized cutting board.
  2. The Host's Preferences: If you know the host well, consider their tastes and interests. A coffee-lover might appreciate a selection of gourmet beans, and we have tea collections for those who love tea.
  3. Quality: Look for high-quality items. Even with a modest budget, a small, well-made gift can leave a good impression.
  4. Usefulness: Consider whether the gift will be useful to the host. Beautiful kitchen utensils, a nice candle, or a set of coasters can all be used long after the event.
  5. Personalization: Even a simple gift can feel special with personalization. Be it a branded item, putting a handwritten note of thanks, or customizing the gift package.
  6. Size: Gauge whether your recipient can accommodate big gifts, or if it would be better to keep it small and compact especially if they'll be busy with event duties.

Remember, the goal of the hostess gift is to express your appreciation for the host's hospitality. A thoughtful, well-chosen gift shows that you value the effort they've put into hosting the event.

Hostess Gifts for Every Occasion

Housewarming Hostess Gifts

Kitchen Essentials Gift Box

Gift Basket for New Home Owner | Shadow Breeze

These essential host gifts feature practical items perfect for the home cook, showing appreciation for the host's hospitality while also giving them high-quality kitchen items they can use for a long time.

What's included:

  • Wooden spice bowl set
  • Wooden salt and pepper grinder set
  • Teak wooden spoon
  • Black Diamond Turkish kitchen hand towel
  • Tuscan Herb olive oil
  • Traditional balsamic vinegar
  • Grey textured stone electric candle warmer
  • Sea salt citrus candle
  • Three packages of scented wax melt

Personalized State Slate Trays

Laser Engraved Slate Serving Tray | Shadow Breeze

This tray not only serves its purpose but also adds a personal touch. A conversation piece to their home decor, representing a state that is special for the host.  Makes a great housewarming gift as well.

What's included:

  • Custom laser-etched state pride slate serving trays
  • Available in two styles: 12" round slate tray and 12" square slate tray

Coffee Gift Box

Coffee Hostess Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

A wonderful set giving everyone an enjoyable and refined coffee-drinking experience, something the host can use daily or when entertaining other guests. Plus, an attractive addition to their coffee table.

What's included:

  • Electric desktop/tabletop coffee mug warmer
  • Double-walled tea mug
  • Bourbon Vanilla ground coffee in a tin
  • Southern Pecan ground coffee in a tin
  • Four-pack flavored coffee syrups
  • Snickerdoodle cookie bites
  • Caramel stroopwafels

Personalized Cutting Board

Custom Cutting Board | Shadow Breeze

A unique gift that combines functionality with a personal touch, a charming reminder of your appreciation for their hospitality. 

What's included:

  • Personalized laser engraved hardwood cutting boards with groove
  • Size: 16" x 10.5" x .75"
  • Available in three wood types: maple, cherry, and walnut

Dinner Party Wine Gift Set

Wine Decanter Gift | Shadow Breeze

A perfect gift for the wine-loving host, providing the essentials for serving wines, whether for personal drinking sessions or when guests come over.

What's included:

  • Beautiful glass wine decanter/aerator
  • Four double-walled mouth-blown wine glasses
  • Electric wine bottle opener
  • Wine bottle stopper

Mini Charcuterie Hostess Box

Mini Cheese Board Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

This mini charcuterie set gives the hostess a chance to finally use their cheese knives and serve cheeses, meats, and accompaniments, perfect for dinner and parties. 

What's included:

  • Mini acacia charcuterie serving board
  • Acacia wooden snack bowl
  • Mini charcuterie spreader
  • Rustic artisan crackers
  • Roasted mixed nuts
  • Sharp cheddar cheese spread

Tea Gift Baskets

Tea Gift Crate | Shadow Breeze

An elegant gift with a selection of soothing and flavorful teas that the host and hostess can enjoy in their free time, offering relaxation and peace after a busy day of hosting.

What's included:

  • Tempered glass tea pot infuser
  • Two black-speckled ceramic tea mugs
  • Oliver Puff & Co - Early Grey blend
  • Anellabees honey candy
  • Anellabees raw honey
  • Two wooden honey dipper sticks

Gourmet Treats and Snacks

Sweet Treats Gift Basket

Gourmet Sweets Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

A delightful hostess treat that offers a variety of indulgent snacks they can enjoy on their own, with their family and friends, and with their guests. Available in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

What's included:

  • Premium classic selection cookies
  • Dolcetto hazelnut wafer cubes
  • Mini stroopwafels
  • Albanese gummy bears
  • Dolcetto creamy chocolate rolled wafers
  • Gourmet Chicago mix (caramel & cheddar) popcorn
  • Claeys old fashion hard candy and more

Cheese and Meat Gift Baskets

Meat and Cheese Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

A fantastic set that brings a fun and flavorful variety of gourmet treats to the table that the hosts and guests alike can enjoy. 

  • What's included:
  • Mini acacia wooden cheese board
  • Mini wooden cheese spreader
  • Garlic and herb bruschette baked toast from Southern Italy
  • Tuscan cheddar crisps
  • Brie cheese spread in tin
  • Classic uncured salami
  • Gourmet Chicago mix popcorn
  • Sharp cheddar cheese spread
  • Red pepper and artichoke bruschetta

Snacks Gift Collection

Gourmet Snacks Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

One of the best gifts for a hostess as it not only brings a delectable variety of treats to the room but also saves them the effort of preparing extra snacks for guests-- a true win-win situation. 

What's included:

  • Garlic and herb bruschette baked toast from Southern Italy
  • Tuscan olive oil and sea salt crisps
  • Brie cheese spread in tin
  • Classic uncured salami
  • Gourmet Chicago mix popcorn
  • Roasted mixed nuts
  • Salted caramel chocolate-covered pretzel rods and more

Charcuterie Gift Set

Premium Charcuterie Gift | Shadow Breeze

When it comes to hostess gift ideas, this charcuterie set is a good choice, featuring a diverse collection of treats that can pair with a glass of wine or appetizer. 

What's included:

  • Teak charcuterie board
  • Wooden charcuterie bowl set
  • Charcuterie knife set
  • Classic uncured salami
  • Bruschetta olive medley
  • Bruschetta red pepper and artichoke
  • Cabernet Sauvignon cheddar cheese spread
  • Sharp cheddar cheese spread and more

Luxury Treats Gift Box

Italian Themed Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

This delectable set makes for a wonderful expression of gratitude, offering a delightful blend of savory snacks and gourmet condiments, perfect for enhancing any appetizer spread or casual get-togethers. 

What's included:

  • 13" teak wood round cutting/serving board
  • Sutter and Buttes olive oil and balsamic vinegar set
  • Two personalized stemless wine glasses
  • Dolcetto olive oil Tuscan crisps
  • Mini bruschette

Cookie Gift Box

Cookie Lover Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

This gift set adds a delightful and sweet element to the host's home, ensuring everyone indulges in treats and making the hostess' task of catering to guests a breeze. 

What's included:

  • Black and brown speckled ceramic mugs
  • Vanilla chai cookie bites
  • Snickerdoodle cookie bites
  • Rustic Bakery salted caramel shortbread cookies
  • Rustic Bakery pecan shortbread cookies

Movie and Game Night Snacks

Movie Night Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

For movie and game nights, this generous set of snacks brings everyone closer, helping the hostess feel at ease during hangouts and overnight stays. 

What's included:

  • 100% organic cotton Turkish throw blanket
  • Two personalized insulated stainless steel tumblers
  • Collapsible silicone popcorn popper bowl
  • 10 bags of variety-flavored unpopped popcorn
  • Sea salt caramels in a burlap bag
  • Sea salt chocolate-covered pretzel rods
  • Rolled chocolate wafers
  • Mini stroopwafels and more

Personalized Bar and Drink Gifts

Personalized Wine Glasses and Marble Coasters

Housewarming Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

Perfect for dinner and overnight stays, where the guest and the hostess can open a bottle of wine and take a break from the hustle. 

What's included:

  • Two or four personalized wine glasses
  • Two or four personalized tumbled marble coasters
  • Personalized greeting card with your message to the gift recipient

Margarita Gift Set

Margarita Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

A unique, thoughtful gift that gives an all-in-one cocktail experience the hostess can enjoy immediately or save for future entertaining. 

What's included:

  • Two personalized Margarita Glasses
  • Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist drink recipe book
  • Stainless steel Jigger
  • Lime margarita salt
  • Finest Call margarita mix
  • Cocktail Classic jelly belly bag

Cocktail Gift Set

Personalized Cocktail Hostess Gift | Shadow Breeze

An excellent gift, offering a fun and interactive experience of crafting delightful drinks, adding a touch of elegance to any social gathering. 

What's included:

  • The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide To Hand-Crafted Drinks recipe book
  • Two martini glasses
  • Personalized three-piece cocktail shaker
  • stainless steel jigger
  • Cosmopolitan martini mix
  • Cocktail Classics jelly belly

Mimosa Gift Box

Mimosa Thank You Gift | Shadow Breeze

A wonderful drink experience, offering a touch of luxury and indulgence while giving the host and the guest a way to create their festive and refreshing beverage. 

What's included:

  • Luxurious Instant Mimosa Sugar Cubes: Luxue Bubblies Sugar Set or Luxue Citrus Sugar Set
  • Four personalized glass champagne flutes: engrave a different name on each glass

Personalized Brandy Snifters

Personalized Brandy Snifters | Shadow Breeze

These personalized brandy snifters are a fantastic addition to the home bar, adding a sophisticated touch that leaves a lasting impression on the hostess. 

What's included:

  • 9 oz stylish brandy snifter
  • Custom laser etched with two lines of personalized name or text

Personalized Beer and Snacks Collection

Personalized Beer Hostess Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

A fun and unique box offering a variety of flavors to cater to most people, personalized to show your appreciation for the hostess's hospitality. 

What's included:

  • 20 oz. personalized insulated tumbler
  • Two personalized pilsner glasses
  • Cute flip-flop bottle opener
  • Two personalized cork coasters
  • Beer nuts
  • Chicago mix gourmet popcorn

Personalized Wine and Accessories Set

Personalized Wine Glasses Gift | Shadow Breeze


An ideal host gift for a dinner party, either with family or friends, as it provides a variety of flavors to cater to most people's tastes. With fashionable accessories that add elegance to the gathering. 

What's included:

  • Four personalized wine glasses
  • Set of six fashion jewelry wine glass charms
  • Personalized greeting card with your message to the host/hostess

Relaxation and Self-Care Items 

Luxury Spa Gift Basket

Artisan Spa Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

A luxury spa gift basket is a wonderful rejuvenation gift, giving the hostess time to relax and pamper herself after the event, showing your gratitude for her hospitality in a thoughtful and indulgent way. 

What's included:

  • Almond body lotion
  • Recovery bath crystals
  • Pink clay detox facial mask
  • Almond hair + body butter
  • Almond oatmeal soap
  • Skin healing balm
  • Almond lip balm
  • Pack premium natural Egyptian loofah sponges

Lavender-themed Relaxing Gift Set

Lavender Spa Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

A lavender-themed relaxation gift set is a wonderful hostess gift because it not only enhances the ambiance of the guest bathroom with its soothing scent like fresh flowers, creating a refreshing and calming environment for guests. 

What's included:

  • Low-maintenance faux lavender plant in white pot
  • Ceramide firming face mask
  • Extra large French lavender bath bomb
  • Lavender + orange calming gourmet soap bar

Candles and Essential Oils Set

Massage Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

This gift set is a wonderful hostess gift, as it can fill the powder room with calming scents of fresh herbs, creating a tranquil and inviting atmosphere for guests. 

What's included:

  • Cool mist USB electric essential oil diffuser
  • Three bottles of Smith & Vandiver massage oils
  • Three silver-mercury votive candle holders
  • Three votive candles
  • Three bottles of Plant Therapy essential oils

Spa Gift Basket

Custom Spa Gift | Shadow Breeze


A spa gift set is a thoughtful hostess gift that shows your appreciation and sends the message that their comfort and relaxation matter to you.

What's included:

  • Voss sparkling water in a glass bottle
  • Sea salt + citrus scented candle
  • Almond body lotion
  • Soft, comfortable leopard eye mask with a matching hair scrunchie
  • Gold and glitter bath bomb
  • Salted caramel chocolate-covered pretzel rods

Spa and Bath Gift Set

Home Spa Day Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

A spa and bath gift set is an excellent hostess gift offering a variety of self-care items that encourage the host to take time for themselves, unwind, and luxuriate after the hustle and bustle of entertaining guests. 

What's included:

  • Personalized insulated stainless steel wine tumbler
  • Pina Colada bath crystals
  • Premium sugar scrub
  • Three travel-size hand lotions
  • Cuticle revitalizing oil
  • Nail top coat
  • Fun and colorful nail files
  • Soothing bath bomb
  • Two high-quality lip balms
  • Loofah bath sponge

Relaxation Gift Box

Relaxation Hostess Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

A relaxation gift box is a perfect hostess gift, filled with a thoughtful collection of items designed to promote tranquility and rest, showing your appreciation for the host's efforts and giving them time to relax after the hustle and bustle. 

What's included:

  • White personalized insulated water bottle
  • Sea salt + citrus-scented soy candle
  • Vanilla Chai cookie bites
  • Two large bath bombs
  • Three mini artisan soaps in drawstring bags

Beige-themed Spa Gift Set

Beige Spa Curated Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

This beige-themed self-care box is a great hostess gift that presents a beautiful, coordinated selection of items that demonstrate your love for gifting and shows the host you value their relaxation and well-being.

What's included:

  • Coconut + organic coconut oil salt soak
  • Oatmeal milk and honey bath bomb
  • Sugarfina's Champagne Bears
  • Shea butter travel hand crème

Thank You Gift Boxes

Snacks and Candles Gift Set

Thank You Gift Box | Shadow Breeze 

The best hostess gifts show your appreciation and gratitude for the hostess' hospitality. This gift set is filled with sweet and relaxing treats that will extend your gratitude.

What's included:

  • Thank You hard-cover book filled with quotes on gratitude
  • "Thank You" soy-scented candle
  • Salted pretzels
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Chicago mix popcorn

Snacks and Candles Thank You Gift Set

Thank You Gift Basket | Shadow Breeze

The perfect way to say 'Thank you', this hostess gift is a combination of indulgent treats and soothing ambiance, offering the host a way to unwind and indulge after the event.

What's included:

  • Sugarfina "Thank You" three-treat bento box
  • Thoughtfulls "Thanks" pop-up cards
  • Seaside + citrus scented candle in gold tin
  • Gold pen
  • Premium caramel popcorn

Celebration Gift Box


Sparkling Wine Gift Box | Shadow Breeze


This champagne gift set adds a touch of luxury and celebration to any occasion, allowing the host to continue the festivities even after the event is over.

What's included:

  • Your choice of two modern, stylish copper and glass champagne flutes
  • Your choice of traditional TÖST or TÖST ROSÉ non-alcoholic sparkling refresher
  • Sugarfina champagne gummy bears
  • Two celebration blowers

Succulent and Candles Gift Set

Personalized Thank You Gift | Shadow Breeze

A perfect present for a hostess who loves a touch of greenery but may not have a green thumb, offering them the chance to enjoy the calming ambiance of candlelight paired with the effortless beauty of succulents year-round.

What's included:

  • Personalized insulated stainless steel water tumbler
  • Scented travel candle with lid
  • Beautiful large faux succulent in a white ceramic pot
  • Claeys old fashion watermelon hard candy
  • Colored matches in a glass bottle
  • Fizzy bath bomb

Gold-themed Relaxation Gift Set

Gold Relaxation Gift | Shadow Breeze

This gold-themed self-care gift brings elegance to the recipient's life while providing practical items for relaxation, making it an ideal choice for a person who appreciates both style and comfort.

What's included:

  • "Spa Day" scented soy candle
  • Gold candle snuffer
  • 24K Gold Hydra Collagen gold foil premium facial mask
  • Gold and glitter bath bomb

Inspirational Gift Box

Big Dreams Gift Box | Shadow Breeze

These useful hostess gifts combine functionality with aesthetics, providing the hostess with beautiful tools for correspondence or organization.

What's included:

  • Lined notebook with beautiful designs and modern typography
  • Thoughtfulls cards
  • Three-pack of stylish felt tip pens
  • Salted caramel chocolate-covered pretzel rods

Thank You Gift Box

Friend Thank You Gift | Shadow Breeze

This set offers a delightful mix of indulgent and practical items to enjoy: the candle adds a cozy ambiance to their home, and the personalized tumbler serves as a lasting memento of your appreciation.

What's included:

  • Personalized insulated stainless steel water tumbler
  • "Volcano Blue" best selling scented travel candle
  • Diamond pen
  • Caramel gourmet popcorn
  • Salted pretzels
  • Roasted mix nuts

The Best Hostess Gifts Here at Shadow Breeze

Here at Shadow Breeze, we curate high-quality gift boxes that will extend your appreciation to your host or hostess, acknowledging their invitation and their hospitality to have you in their home. Perfect for various occasions, whether casual gatherings, formal dinner parties, or housewarming parties. Every box is filled with carefully chosen items that complement each other, both in style and functionality.  Don't pick a random gift on Amazon when you can get a custom gift that will delight your hostess. 

Contact our corporate gifting experts for more fun and unique ideas and discover how we can make your gifting process a breeze.

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