Better than Wine: Thoughtful and Effortless Host Gifts They’ll Love
If you know me, then you know I love to cook, host, and create the perfect Tablescape. There’s just something about pulling off the perfect meal served on a well-dressed table!
But believe it or not, my friends, there are times when even I appreciate a break (I’ll give you a moment to recover from shock).
Life is truly exhausting sometimes, and after spending so much time on the go, there’s nothing I appreciate more than a vacation from my kitchen and a chance to relax.
I know you feel me.
So when someone extends a gracious invitation for Shabbos or Yom Tov in their home, especially after a long week, I am so grateful! I am fully aware of the time and effort wrapped up in hosting, and I appreciate that they consider my time and presence to be worth it!
Hosts really go the extra mile to provide a lovely meal and a hospitable experience, and it’s only right to show them some appreciation in return. After all that work, the least we can do is give them a small, but meaningful token of appreciation to acknowledge all the hard work they put in during such a busy time.
To help take the guesswork out of selecting the perfect gift, I turned to the one place that will never disappoint – Amazon – and found so many great options for every host on your list. And bonus – since they are on Amazon, you can have them delivered to your door at the click of a button. It’s so easy!
These gifts are so cute, I may or may not have snagged one for myself in the process. (Spoiler Alert: I totally did, and I have NO REGRETS).
Check out fifteen of my favorite Amazon host gifts below.
Elegant Turkish cotton towels monogrammed with their initials? Congrats, you just leveled up on your gift game. These super-soft, elegant fingertip towels add an extra touch of luxury to your host’s guest bath everyone will appreciate.
They’ll be blown away. I mean, you MONOGRAMMED TOWELS FOR THEM. If that doesn’t scream “going the extra mile,” then I don’t know what does. Soft and comforting (did I mention the Turkish cotton?) these towels are perfectly sized at 16 x 30 inches, and machine washable.
Does their bathroom have those fancy little soaps in them? It kinda goes with that, don’t you think?
Buy them here.
This vase is a case study in neutral sophistication. White with a contemporary bronze finish makes it a “yes” for any room in your (I mean, their) home.
Versatile in function and design, your host will be thrilled to receive this vase! There are so many options, too – stick some greenery in there and BOOM! Whimsy. Or, leave as is and it will add interest to any fireplace mantel or end table. This vase is 4 inches in diameter and 9 inches tall, white overlaid with a gorgeous bronze electroplated finish.
Make your host’s day here.
Soft, elegant fragrance notes paired with classic design. Seriously. How can you go wrong with these?
A classic staple of cozy home décor, candles are a much-loved accent to any evening – especially for a busy host. Place them anywhere that sparks joy – kitchen, living room, bathroom, or bedroom. Crafted with cosmetic-grade wax, these beauties will burn 50-60 hours. You’ll have a hard time finding someone who wouldn’t love this one! Choose from over ten fragrances.
P.S. My fave is the grapefruit scent. It’s not overwhelming but definitely fills a room with its delicious and soft citrus notes.
Get them here.
I swooned a little bit when I saw this one. If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest at all, you know these are The Thing To Have. Functional, beautiful, and 100% Instagrammable, people will be pulling out their cameras to share this with the world before digging in.
They’ll be thrilled to add this item to their home entertaining arsenal. They can create a gorgeous meat charcuterie board or stock a fabulous cheese tray to impress guests. Even use it for fruit – the sky’s the limit here. As I always say, YOU DO YOU.
This board comes with a hidden drawer already stocked with utensils, grooves around the edge (put olives or nuts there!), and it’s made with bamboo – which means it won’t absorb odors or stain. Snag one for your host (and yourself) here.
Steeped in ancient Japanese tradition, this Chef’s knife is a favorite for the cook and non-cook alike. Hello, easy food prep and impressed guests!
Your host will definitely level up in the kitchen with this Chef’s knife, ensuring perfect slices and dices to produce dishes everyone will rave over. The knife is constructed with a PakkaWood handle for comfort and features a hammered finish that will easily release food after cutting. Get it here.
Contemporary and sleek, this gorgeous tray is sophisticated and functional. What’s better than something that’s both beautiful AND helpful?
Next-level entertaining awaits your host when they serve drinks with this modern tray. Or Shabbos dips, or literally anything else (why stop at drinks, am I right?). Use it as a foundation for a candle vignette, and so much more. Constructed to be strong and featuring a glossy finish, this tray also has pads underneath to keep home surfaces protected. Buy it here.
YOU GUYS. THESE COME IN A GLASS APOTHECARY JAR. WITH A CORK. Check out these long, slender matches with orange tips!
I never would have thought of matches as decorative or cute, yet here we are.
We’ve clearly come a long way since the days of matchbooks and little cardboard boxes. Who wouldn’t want to display these? Constructed of kiln-dried Pinewood, these 10cm matches are displayed in a gorgeous glass (APOTHECARY) jar with a striker on the outside and are perfect to go alongside Shabbos Candles.
With vibrant colors and satisfying fizz, these are handcrafted in the USA with only quality ingredients. They infuse your skin with moisture and smell WONDERFUL!
A long bath is in order to recover from a busy night of cooking and hosting. Enter these fizzy bombs! Created so that the founder’s children could have a healthy, safe, and fun bath experience, they are now available to the rest of us. They’re not tested on animals, either. Win! Get them here.
Every household needs a cast iron Dutch Oven. This beauty goes the extra mile, coated with porcelain enamel to ensure better heat retention. Great for sourdough, stews, soups, meats, or whatever else they want to make!
They’ll be so grateful for this when it comes time to prepare meals and thrilled with the results! This Dutch Oven looks great and is so versatile – it can sauté on the stovetop or bake in the oven up to 500 degrees. Pick it up here.
Break the ice with folks you don’t know (yet) or get to know family and friends better with this fun, conversational list of questions.
Your host will be thrilled to have this conversation “helper” at home to help avoid any awkward party silences or spark fun conversations. This conversation starter features 135 questions, and children as young as twelve can participate. Grab theirs (and yours!) here.
We haven’t had another monogrammed suggestion since the awesome towels above, so may we suggest this awesome Cork Holder? This is a statement piece that will also hold tangible memories.
Let me just say, if it’s monogrammed, I’m buying it. (There’s no way I’m alone in this. Right?) Your host will love saving and displaying wine corks from favorite occasions. This also makes an awesome décor holder or shadow box. Handcrafted from strong metal, this cork holder in the letter of your choice is painted a glossy black and has eyelets for easy hanging. Grab it here.
This candle set means business, featuring every color of the rainbow in its packaging and on the product itself! Nestled in a colorful gift box, this set of four vibrant candle tins will be perfect for cozy nights and bright days.
Your host will love the glowing room and gentle fragrances these candles provide, and after they burn down (after 25-30 hours), they can keep the brightly colored tins as a stylish storage solution. Made from soy wax, there are four charming scents: Spring, Fig, Lemon, and Lavender. Get ‘em here.
This is THE gift that keeps on giving and will be the talk of the table when your host proudly shows it off to guests. Personalization adds a special, thoughtful touch, so I wanted to include one more option.
I’m in love with this one! They’ll think of you whenever they use or display this lovely wooden cutting board. Available in three different sizes, you can choose between maple or walnut, and add a meaningful date as well! Order it here.
This isn’t the hottest item of 2021 for nothing. There’s nothing quite like 100% Mulberry silk after a long day! My skin sighs in happiness just thinking about it.
When the guests have left and it’s time for bed, your host will be out like a light with these luxurious silk pillowcases. Made with 100% Mulberry silk, this exquisite pillowcase comes in many sizes and colors so you can customize this gift (and come on, we know you’re gonna get one for yourself, too). Grab it here.
This is such a fun way to express your mood, leave an encouraging note for loved ones, or display an inspiring quote.
(Bonus points if you give it to them with a message already on it.)
What is it about these letter boards that are so fun? The endless possibilities for customized messages? The hilarious examples on Pinterest? Either way, they’ll have so much fun with this. It’s the perfect size at 10×10 inches and comes with 300 plastic letters for inspiring phrases or dry sarcasm.
Get it here.
So there you have it. I had so much fun compiling this list and can’t wait to thank our amazing hosts with these gifts (and use the ones I got for myself too!)
Hosts put in an incredible amount of work to provide a good meal and impeccable hospitality, and these gifts are a perfect way to acknowledge their efforts and show our gratitude.
I’m confident that long after the evening concludes, your host will look at your gift and fondly remember you. And with these choices, you’re sure to find something to suit every host on your list!
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