Gift Guide: Gifts for the Host

One question we frequently get asked is the proper way to show appreciation to someone who has hosted a special event for you. After attending a dinner party or weekend spent in someone’s home, you should gift them with something that is not only personal but practical as well. Whether you give them something to make the next morning easier, help them relax during the stress of planning, or a gift to reiterate how special this past event was for you, I am here to help your creative mind flow with ideas. The first thing I would say is know who you are giving this gift to. The most expensive gift is not always the most thoughtful or practical. Just like a well written letter, homemade treats can often be some of the most adored gifts you can give. From putting together a well thought-out gift basket filled with their favorites goodies and home-grown vegetables, to buying a sweet piece of art or decor for the couple’s new home, you can often spend little to nothing on a gift that shows you really thought it through. 

A favorite amongst hostess gifts that we have found is a fun and sophisticated piece of art for the hostess’ home. Without spending an unnecessary amount of money, pieces of art can be seen as extremely thoughtful as well as an all around awesome gift to receive. Lacey Russell, a personal favorite of mine, creates beautiful framed sketches and paintings of almost anything from her most well known feathers, to crowns, hands, animals, and several other watercolor abstracts. With feather prints starting at $65,, her website, is easily able to be navigated and will help you find the perfect pairings of prints for your hostess and their home. And bonus, she offers special discounts to our brides!

If your hostess is a lover of jewelry, an awesome new brand of tasteful jewelry known as “Blair’s Belts,” is a great line of crocodile skin wristlets and cuffs that go along with almost any outfit. Started out of Atlanta, this fauther-daughter duo has transformed the world of jewelry and belts. Not only do these serve as wonderful hostess gifts, these can also work as gifts for bridesmaids, or other special guests attending various parties and events surrounding the wedding. Whether you chose a simple white statement piece for the bride, or several wristlets in the colors of the wedding, this gift will not only be appreciated, but worn in every day life. Depending on how much you want to spend, pairing this gift with a beautiful jewelry box or bag is another great way to tie a gift together. With wristlets and cuffs starting at $50,, her website, is another simple and straight forward website used to help gift-buyers find a simple piece of jewelry for a hostess, friend, or new bride-to-be. 

If you know someone with a green thumb, SHOPPE is a wonderful home and garden store that offers beautiful plant and floral arrangements of all different colors and sizes. Giving a hostess a beautiful floral arrangement for their home along with a charitable donation of your choice is a popular hostess gift many people decide to give. Whether it be a orchid for their home, or a larger outdoor floral arrangement for a porch or patio, a floral arrangement is always a much loved gift and SHOPPE, located in Birmingham, or online at their website,  can help make your hostess gift ideas and dreams come true. While also offering smaller gifts within the store to pair along with your plant, many gift givers turn to SHOPPE to help them a thoughtful and green gift for their friends and families. 

Lastly, a home-run hostess gift is always a well thought-out or even themed gift basket. While there are several pre-bought gift baskets you can buy for a hostess as a gift, the best way to do a gift basket is to hand pick each item that goes into it. This way, each item within the gift basket relays its own personal message to the hostess, ensuring a gift that your hostess will never forget. A website that offers a wonderful selection of various items perfect for gift baskets is With a store location in Atlanta, Waiting on Martha offers gifts from jewelry, stationary, home decor, pieces of art, bar and kitchen accessories, and even items for beauty and wellness. You cannot go wrong with picking a gift from Waiting on Martha or even creating a gift basket using several of their items as well.