Christmas day isn’t all you have to worry about in December, because the holidays are pretty much an entire month-long affair. It can be exhausting attending swanky parties, cocktails, get-togethers and cookie swaps. But the best part is, it’s the one season where most people are dying to throw their own parties, leaving you with the responsibility to simply enjoy.
Well, almost. As any good guest knows, a little hostess gift is always an appreciated thought. Especially if it’s a little more personalized than another bottle of wine that he or she is expected to open immediately and serve. So what do you get the host with the most that isn’t just another little tchotchke to throw in the closet? Click through below to see some of our top picks.
18 killer hostess gifts that aren’t another bottle of wine
Glass CoastersSure, glass coasters may be a little more fragile than most, but they also wipe off easier, keeping them pretty for longer. And who doesn't love a little Kate Spade in their life?
$25 at Chapters IndigoChapters Indigo
Bacon SaltJust because your host loves bacon doesn't mean he or she wants to wear a t-shirt or put up another magnet about that love. Instead, gift your host actual bacon, in a form they would never make for themselves.
HOW TO MAKE ITNot Quite Nigella
Cinnamon BreadKnow what no one wants to do after hosting a big night? Cook themselves a breakfast the next morning. This homemade loaf is the solution, and it comes with a pretty reusable baking dish.
HOW TO MAKE ITJulie Blanner
An Hour of CleaningNobody wants to clean after a big party, so help your hostess out by prearranging an hourlong cleaning session (or give her a gift card) instead. Thinkstock
Compound ButterIf it's a dinner party you're at, odds are the host already has every kitchen gadget known to man. Opt for this super easy, crafty butter instead, which any foodie will instantly appreciate.
HOW TO MAKE ITWild Greens and Sardines
DIY Teacup CandlesThis is way better than another old mug. First of all, you're adding some vintage flair. Second of all, it's a candle AND a tea cup in one. Third of all, it's homemade. Who wouldn't love that? Here's our video on how to make it!
HOW TO MAKE ITYes Missy
Pretty Pie ServersIf you've been tasked with dessert, this makes a nice little addition to any pie or cake. Plus, servers always seem to be the one thing hosts can't find, right?
$12 at AnthropologieAnthropologie
Fresh Flowers or a PlantIf you've run out of time to plot out a gift, opt for a nice bouquet of flowers. Don't just hand them over though; cut them beforehand and put them in a cute jar or basket. Your host is too busy to deal with arranging them!Thinkstock
Mint Sugar ScrubTell your hostess it's okay to relax after her big night with this homemade sugar scrub that will help her soak her worries away.
HOW TO MAKE IT
Mint allergy? Try these 17 homemade scrubs instead. Love Grows Wild
Nutella LiqueurA homemade liqueur is nice, but one made with Nutella is like the gift that keeps on giving. Perhaps gift two bottles, however, as there will be pressure to open the first immediately.
HOW TO MAKE IT
Not into Nutella? Here are 10 other homemade liqueurs. Celebration Generation
Some Sassy PlatesThese cute little plates are perfect for holiday entertaining, but not too bulky that they take up infinite amounts of cupboard space. Bonus points for cuteness.
$25 at Amazon.caAmazon
A Stunning Serving BowlNot only is it pretty, but it's multifunctional. Your host can use it for food, knickknacks, or a good old-fashioned piece of decor.
$30, small at AnthropologieAnthropologie
A Carton of DishclothsEveryone runs out of dishcloths every now and then, which makes them a great little hostess gift. Plus they come in a cute container, which takes care of the packaging.
$7 at Well.caWell.ca
Fancy Soap RocksShow your host what a gem you think she is with these everlasting soap rocks. Pick one out in her birthstone for extra brownie points.
$20, each at BeklinaBeklina
Homemade RubsThese elegant parcels are super easy to make, and ideal for any home cook to use in a pinch. Make some for them -- and yourself while you're at it.
HOW TO MAKE ITMixing Bowl Kids
Wine GemsThese adorable wine gems not only help guests tell their glasses apart, but they give your host a great way to save that leftover wine for the next day with the additional gem stopper.
$11 at Well.caWell.ca
Homemade Dog TreatsObviously these are not for the host, but for the host's best friend. Remembering Fido is a clear sign that what's important to your friend is important to you, too.
HOW TO MAKE ITThe Kitchn
Gourmet Frozen PizzaNo host wants to cook the following day, so why not bring over some homemade, gourmet pizzas that are ready to pop in the freezer for dinner the following night? She'll save some cash and the calories if she was planning to order out.
HOW TO MAKE ITThe Kitchn