Entertaining Gifts Ideas for Hosts and Hostesses

Entertaining a party is a huge responsibility. You’ll be providing the dishes and the serving ware. You’ll be making most of the food to serve. You’ll be cleaning your house and making it presentable and decorated. And there’s so much on your to-do list to accomplish.

But some people just love to do all that work. If you got invited to a house party, be a dear and appreciate the host or hostess a gift. Bringing a bottle of wine or a scented candle is okay, but would you rather be the guest who brings something a little more thoughtful? A beloved party-hosting entertainer in your life deserves to be appreciated!

Here are some gift ideas for the host or hostess in your life


Everyone who hosts parties at home can never have enough serveware. Proper serveware can help the host make serving meals and snacks much easier, preventing their guests from having to fend themselves out of clunky pots and pans. Surely your host already has the basic serveware, but let them elevate their buffet table by bringing them these serveware ideas:

1. Tiered serving tray

Tiered serving tray

Any party host would love to receive tiered serving trays. It allows them to serve different appetizers, treats, and desserts and make it more appealing. Plus, it’s a nice focal point on the table, too!

2. Stoneware


This charming stoneware pitcher can serve double duty – as a pitcher for cocktails and drinks and as a gorgeous vase for flowers. It’s heavy and beautifully made. You’d want to order one for yourself as well.

3. Nut bowls

Nut bowls

Pistachios and raw peanuts are ideal for serving at parties – especially on drinking soirees – but it leaves a trail of shells behind. Get your entertainer a tool that will collect the discarded shells and prevent them from piling up plates. This nut bowl is designed to capture the shells from nuts to be easily separated and easily disposed of.

4. Copper ice bucket

Copper ice bucket

The color of copper is still fashionable nowadays, and anything that is functional and copper in color is something that can be well-received. This copper ice bucket is double-walled and comes with tongs and thickened lid. It’s also convenient for carrying. Your entertainer will happily serve ice with this bucket.

5. Rowboat serving bowl

Rowboat serving bowl

We all have a friend whose house is decorated with anchors, seashells, buoys, and nautical elements. Indulge them with this large serving bowl boat that doubles as a salad bowl, complete with wooden oars that serve as salad spoons. Its brilliantly unique style makes it an ideal gift for your friend who loves to entertain, and it can also act as a beautiful centerpiece and conversation starter for their next get-together.

Wow-Inducing Items

Plates, glassware, spoons, forks, knives, toothpicks, and napkin dispensers – we all expect that to be in the house of any party host. But having ordinary items that can impress guests? It doesn’t happen all the time. Let the future guests of your host have an unforgettable party by giving them these upgrades on ordinary kitchen essentials:

1. Himalayan salt shot glasses

Himalayan salt shot glasses

These stunning Himalayan salt shot glasses are the perfect gifts whether your entertainer enjoys doing shots or not. They are beautiful enough to serve as decorations but still functional as standalone glasses.

2. Modern gold stemless wine glasses

Modern gold stemless wine glasses

This set of four stemless wine glasses can brighten up any dinner table and can be a perfect addition to any bar cart. It’s classy and pretty, and it can elevate the look of any dinner parties your friend loves to host.

3. Wooden cheese knives

Wooden cheese knives

Allow your host to serve cheese and crackers with class using this set of cheese knives. With sharp blades, neutral handles, with gold accents, this knife set will complement any appetizer spread.

4. Hand-painted porcelain bowls

Hand-painted porcelain bowls

Guests would be excited to try the host’s chili or soup in these beautifully hand-painted ceramic bowls. These bowls can surely make the dinner table more vibrant.

5. Coca-Cola vending machine-looking toothpick dispenser

Coca-Cola vending machine-looking toothpick dispenser

This toothpick dispenser can be a showstopper for your entertainer’s house. Guests would admire the brilliantly unique design that imitates a classic Coca-Cola vending machine, and your giftee would likely offer toothpicks to their guests if their holder is as amusing as this one.

6. Money napkins 

Money napkins 

Let your hostess feel rich as she gives away “money” to her guests to wipe their chins off with! This triple-ply set of napkins designed like a hundred-dollar bill will surely be a hit at any party.

Kitchen Tools

You’ll never know how much time your hostess spends slaving away in the kitchen just to serve the best selection of dishes for you. Make their labor easier (or quirkier) with these delightful kitchen tools:

1. Large bamboo cutting board

Large bamboo cutting board

A cutting board is always a welcome gift for anyone who gets busy in the kitchen, especially those who like to prepare for people. This cutting board set is excellent for preps and display. Its beautiful grain is a perfect surface for cutting out meats and veggies. These are also pretty enough to double as serving ware for an appetizer or serve as a charcuterie board.

2. Cat cheese grater

Cat cheese grater

For the cat-loving entertainer in your life, this little thing will be received with delight. It’s not usual to give cheese graters as a gift because it’s pretty cheap and basic-looking, but once it comes in unusual shapes, it would be a great little gift to give.

3. Marble rolling pin

Marble rolling pin

Get your host a beautiful rolling pin that they would love to display at their kitchen countertops. This marble rolling pin comes with a wooden resting base.

4. Electric wine opener

Electric wine opener

Is your entertainer a good host and serves good food but has only one flaw – that she can’t quite figure out how to work a wine opener? If she does, she will surely appreciate this electric wine opener. Even if your host friend doesn’t struggle with a wine bottle, this wine opener is still a fantastic idea, especially if they throw parties and find themselves opening a lot of bottles a night. This model from Oster is super easy to use: you simply need to push the opener down on the bottle of wine, press the button, and treat yourself to that delicious wine.

5. Five-blade spiralizer

Five-blade spiralizer

Enable your host to make healthy pasta dishes, cut zucchini into pretty ribbons, transform carrots into tasty spirals with the help of this spiralizer. It comes with five different blades so the host can make every cut they need.

6. Enameled cast-iron Dutch oven

Enameled cast-iron Dutch oven

A Dutch oven is a versatile kitchen tool – it can be used to prepare soups, stews, sauces, dips, and even bread. Entertainers who spend much time preparing their meals will love to have this kitchen essential for their food preps.

Hosting Accessories

Accessories are non-essential but would be a convenience if the host had them. And if the host already has something like your gift, additional stuff will be surely appreciated when they are serving more people. These are some extras you can give:

1. Monogrammed coasters

Monogrammed coasters

Throwing parties is fun, but what’s not fun is cleaning up, especially if guests literally leave their watermarks on your table. Help the entertainer avoid this by giving them a set of classy and pretty monogrammed coasters featuring their initials.

2. Funny kitchen towels

Funny kitchen towels

For the entertainer with a great sense of humor, this set of kitchen towels is the best budget gift you can give. The set of four towels says, “This is my jam,” “Don’t go baking my heart,” “Let’s give them something to taco ‘bout,” and “I like big bundts, and I cannot lie.” Anyone who sees the witty wordings and beautiful graphics will admire it.

3. Jonathan Adler pop coasters

Jonathan Adler pop coasters

Add a touch of whimsy to your entertainer’s bar by giving them these Jonathan Adler pieces. The pop-art designs will stand out in anyone’s home, and they’re so pretty you may not want to cover them up.

4. Utensil holder caddy

Utensil holder caddy

Your hostess may be getting tired of pointing out where the extra spoons are, so make it easier for her by giving this utensil holder caddy. This way, she can put out the spoons, forks, knives – and even the salt and paper shakers, hot sauce, and other condiments on this caddy – and place it on the table for everyone to see.

5. Marble and wood coaster

Marble and wood coaster

Let your host make an elegant statement on his table and bar with this beautiful coaster set. The combination of marble and wood ensures that it will go with anyone’s kitchen décor.

Things that Elevate their Hosting Game

Anyone who volunteers to host a party is already worthy of your thanks, but if you give them stuff that will help them elevate their hosting game? You will be the man (or woman) behind the promotion of the host as the life of the party.

1. Floral playing cards

Floral playing cards

Let your entertainer host a classic game of Bridge with these watercolor-inspired floral playing cards. This set comes with everything you may need for game nights. It’s unique and beautiful, and it’s an excellent gift for anyone who loves card games!

2. Tequila Mockingbird book

Tequila Mockingbird book

Looking for a funny but worthwhile gift for the entertainer? Try giving this cocktail book. It’s filled with recipes of drinks whose titles are as delicious as the beverages themselves, so they can be equipped to prepare new kinds of drinks at your next get-together. Even if they don’t own a fully-stocked bar, they will surely enjoy displaying this book in the kitchen or coffee table.

3. Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Bring on the laughter with this party game! It’s a dinner party staple, so if your host hasn’t got it yet, be a dear and buy it for them.

4. Dimmable Bluetooth speaker with clock

Dimmable Bluetooth speaker with clock

This small Bluetooth speaker is great for setting background music during the party and even as the entertainer prepares for the party. It has a dimmable LED lamp that transforms into different colors to liven up the room or be used as a night light during the night. It also has an alarm clock, so your friend can quickly check if it’s already time to par-tay!

5. Portable turntable

Portable turntable

This may look like an old-school turntable, but this portable version is USB-compatible and Bluetooth-friendly, so your host can play music any way they want.

Personal Gifts

If you want your gift to look more thoughtful, think about the hostess as a person aside from a friend who loves to invite you and feed you in their house parties. Does she love to work out? Does she like skincare products that make her look younger? Is she a coffee lover? Plus, you can always give her something to help her rest after a busy day of hosting. You have lots of options here depending on your host’s personality, but here are some great finds:

1. Fruit water infuser bottle

Fruit water infuser bottle

This bottle looks so pretty, making it perfect for gym selfies. The fruit-infusing canister can help keep her hydrated and happy all day long.

2. Smart coffee warmer

Smart coffee warmer

This mug warmer reacts when you put a mug on its surface, keeping your friend’s coffee warm and toasty for hours.

3. Cozy memory foam slippers 

Cozy memory foam slippers 

Your hostess deserves to have the most comfortable and stylish house shoes. These slippers come with plush fleece lining that soothes the feet and a memory foam insole that relaxes the foot. Plus, it looks cute enough to wear with her winter outfit for the holiday festivities at her home!

4. Honey gift set

Honey gift set

If your host is a certified tea drinker, they will surely be delighted if you give them assorted honey. These mini jars of honey offer different honey flavors such as wildflower, orange blossom, berry, and American clover.

5. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Pretty much everyone needs a few extra Zzzs – especially your hostess. Help her fall asleep faster and wake up naturally refreshed with this pillow spray.

6. Silk Sleep Mask

Silk Sleep Mask

This luxury silk sleep mask comes in a nice gift box that communicates how thoughtful you are.