You’re a grown-up, so you know you should bring holiday hosts a nice gift. But that doesn’t mean you know what to buy them. Here’s an assortment of gifts for your host or hostess that might make up for all the mud you track into their house. Note: this article was originally published at this time last year. We’ve updated it to make sure the best products are represented.
An oil diffuser
Everybody wants their home to feel like a spa. Amazon
This oil diffuser will fit in with pretty much anyone’s home decor and mask pretty much anyone’s weird smells. $20 on Amazon.
A cashmere throw
Winter is the snuggly season. Williams-Sonoma
Aspire to be as warm, classy, and unassuming a houseguest as this beautiful blanket. $249 on Williams-Sonoma.
Simple vodka Simple vodka
Look, maybe you know how difficult your presence is to tolerate. If you want to smooth things over with some serious libations, Simple Vodka is a nice choice; the bottles are super sleek and gift-able, the booze is sustainably made, and the company uses proceeds to provide 20 meals to those in need for every bottle. Talk about holiday spirit(s)! $27.
Pickles every month
Who doesn’t love pickles? Mouth
Never-ending Succulent box
Thanks to the magical trend of subscription boxes, you can send your delightful host succulents every dang month. They’ll scoff the next time someone shows up with one measly house plant. $5.
Candles all year
Burn, baby, burn. Cratejoy
Tired: giving your host a candle.
Wired: giving your host a candle subscription.
We’re not sorry. PopSci
Well, this is awkward. But look, a Popular Science subscription is just $8 (in print or Kindle edition). That’s a small price to pay for four issues of mind-blowing science and tech articles a year.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good coffee table must be in want of some coasters. And, let’s be real, even your most super duper responsible adult friends might still be letting guests set their glasses on the furniture unprotected. A set of classy coasters says “I care for your furniture as if it were my own.” These start at $15 for a pair on Etsy.
Build a terrarium
Do it your own dang self. West Elm
It’s not rocket science: Buy a pretty container, load it up with dirt and activated charcoal, plant some succulents, throw in a decorative rock or twelve, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous terrarium. You can always buy a glass bowl at your local craft store, but to make your host gift a little classier start with something like this planter from West Elm. Starting at $44.
Recchiuti Confections’s Black Box has been voted best chocolate box by The Wirecutter By The New York Times two years running. It looks classy and tastes good, and your hosts will probably open the box while you’re still visiting. Everybody wins. $48 from Recchiuti.
Or you could eat them all on the drive. Mouth Foods
Not slimy. Definitely satisfying. Amazon
If your friends seem way too down-to-earth for a fancy gift basket, consider getting them to eat some bugs. It’s hella good for the environment (and super tasty), but the real draw of this particular gift is that you’ll probably end up eating them together (built-in party activity!) and talking about it for hours afterwards. Snag some Cricket Chirps for $20 on Amazon.
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