Party Accessories and Fun
Simple gifts can make a big impression. Assorted small kitchen utensils tied together with a holiday bow is a great gift for anyone who spends time in the kitchen. There is no such thing as a cook who has too many spatulas! For hosts who like to serve and sample wine, bottle jewelry and chill sticks will get a lot of use and will be appreciated.
Any host appreciates a homemade gift. Even if you don't have a knack for crafting, you can still deliver something thoughtful, cute, and homemade. Try putting together a homemade body scrub and packaging it in a vintage jar. For bakers, vanilla extract is just as easy. All it requires is 5 vanilla beans split in half, one cup of vodka, a cute jar, and a month to steep (You can give it to your host any time, but let them know not to use it for a month.) If you're a good baker, consider making banana bread or pumpkin spice bread in a cute holiday loaf pan they can use again and again.
If your host is someone you're close to, be open to getting him or her something sentimental. Cute figurines to go on the mantel or holiday ornaments he or she can personalize will make a memorable addition to the decor for the next party or the Christmas tree.
If your host has a silly side, don't be afraid to extend your search for something a little off-the-wall. You could go so far as to get your host a novelty toilet paper holder or try something tamer, like a personalized doormat. Everyone is grateful for a good laugh, and a goofy gift might get the party off to a light-hearted start.
The holidays can be hectic and you may not have time to do all the shopping you want to do. Plants and flowers like poinsettias and mums make lovely hostess gifts. Most people can use more plant life in their homes, and they can be repurposed for table centerpieces or to spruce up the bathroom decor. You don't have to go all out for a host or hostess gift. Whether you make it at home or buy it online, remember that it's an item to show your appreciation.