19 creative and thoughtful host gifts that go beyond the classic fruit basket

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The holidays are in full swing, which means you probably already have too ugly Christmas sweater parties and family gatherings to think about. While you’re busy shopping for holiday gifts, you may want to consider getting something for all the hosts that’ll be making you feel welcome in their homes this season. 

At a bare minimum, a host gift is a small but generous way to say “Thank you for having me.” At its full potential, it’s a way to make someone feel valued and recognized for all the time and effort they’ve spent to give you a wonderful and warm place to be. These host gifts are ones they’ll remember and enjoy even after the party is over — once they’re over the stress of cleanup (for which your voluntary help is probably the best host gift of all).

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

A trio of chai tea that made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list
Amazon

Vahdam Chai Tea Trio, available on Amazon, $19.99

This tea trio made Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2018, so if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for your host. We’ve actually tried some of Vahdam’s teas and were particularly impressed by its beautiful packaging.

A wine tote and a nice bottle to go with it
Crate & Barrel

Draper James X Crate & Barrel Cheers Wine Tote, available at Crate & Barrel or Draper James, $12.97

Wine is a classic host gift, but sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like enough. But wrap a bottle in this sweet tote from Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James and Crate & Barrel and you’ve got a perfectly complete gift for your party host. 

And if you’re looking for an easy way to order wine online for the holidays, we’ve got you covered with this list.

A never-fail candle from one of our favorite new startups
Otherland

Gilded Holiday Candles, available at Otherland, from $38

Otherland’s candles offer the most beautiful unboxing and gifting experience. They’re both a joy to give and a joy to get. You can choose candles from the newest limited-edition collection called Gilded Holiday, or go for the company’s five base candles that are carried year-round.

Read our full review of Otherland candles here.


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