Holiday Hostess Gifts: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

If the deluge of holiday parties has you scrambling for hostess gifts, have I got a treat for you! While you could certainly bring a bottle of wine and call it a day, the holidays are a great opportunity to be a little extra and gift your friend with something that will be remembered. These holiday hostess gifts are far from ordinary and sure to be loved by whomever’s home you grace this season. Now – on to the pretty!


Hosting during the holidays can be, well, a bit of a headache. Leave your host with this dynamic natural wellness duo from Saje Wellness. The Headache Duo features the pain-busting tingle of Peppermint Halo with a beautiful copper head massager for a perfectly pretty present. Bonus: it’s already packaged beautifully!

For a personal gift that’s as wonderful to display as it is to use year-round, pick up the Williams-Sonoma Marble & Copper Monogram Board. Thanks to the variations in the marble, each piece is unique…and who can resist a copper monogram? I’ve already stashed a few of these away for upcoming housewarmings.

Much like the famed Jacob’s steakhouse in Toronto, my friend Britt likes to leave her host with breakfast. Bake up your favourite banana bread recipe – I like + Smitten Kitchen’s Jacked-Up Banana Bread in the Camp Mini Loaf Pan (this recipe will fill 2 mini loaf pans), wrap with some rustic fabric, ribbon and twine and call it a day. Nothing says love like banana bread the morning after a party.

Scowl at the idea of gifting an apron if you must, but I pick up an apron from Anthropologie whenever I’m not quite sure what to gift. Adorably twee, the Clemence Collared Apron is something your hostess is sure to covet, although it’s unlikely she’d ever purchase it for herself. Be a good friend and get your girlfriend a sparkly-collared apron.

Whether she’s tossing it atop guests who have decided her couch is their bed or cozying up to some holiday movies the day after her bash, your host will love the West Elm Warmest Throw. Deemed the coziest throw ever by my friend Rochelle, this blanket is a surefire winner.

If your host is the type who can’t resist the pretty, head to Homesense and pick up a pair of these gold and quartz cheese spreaders. Even if they’ve already stashed away a few sets, there’s always a new opportunity for fancying up your cheese board! Pair with a slate board for the ultimate gift.

Handmade here in Toronto, The Good Box by The Good Bar is a way to gift soap without, well, gifting soap. Help soap shake its boring-hostess-gift label by bringing along this selection of handcrafted soaps that are as beautiful as they are functional. I’m partial to the charcoal, but the jewel tones of the others are sure to win anyone over.

The holidays are the perfect time to up your bar cart game, so any host will appreciate these Canadian-made bitters from Dillon’s. Lemon, ginger and rhubarb bitters will dress up any cocktail and make holiday entertaining that much more exciting.

Which of these goodies will you stockpile for your holiday hosts? Let me know in the comments and stay tuned for many more gift guides in the coming days! xo