9 Hostess Gifts That Are Better Than Wine

With all of the other gift-buying we do in November and December, it can be easy to forget that proper etiquette dictates it inappropriate to show up to a holiday party without a hostess present in hand. Oftentimes, this leads us to scramble last minute for a corner store bottle of wine, and while wine is rarely unappreciated, it tends to be served at the party and therefore not necessarily enjoyed by the host or hostess of the shindig. Here, nine gifts you might want to order in bulk to get you through the rest of the season, or at least use as inspiration for your frenzied, last-minute hostess gift dash.

Thrive Market

Thrive Market Breakfast Morning Bundle

What better way to thank someone for hosting you at night than handling their morning-after meal for them? This healthy bundle from Thrive Market includes Breakfast Blend coffee, organic strawberry fruit spread, gluten-free pancake mix, organic breakfast tea, and organic dark maple syrup.

Thrive Market Breakfast Morning Bundle, $25


Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board

Take your hostess' crystal obsession—and tabletop—to new heights with this magical cheese board.

Anthropologie Agate Cheese, $78


Hespera Jewelry Co. Carving Set

This beautiful carving set is also made from agate, specifically, rare "cloud agate" from Argentina. Each piece is unique, so this is the perfect gift for the hostess who wouldn't be caught dead including anything from a big box store on her holiday tablescape.

Hespera Jewelry Co. Carving Set, $195

Restoration Hardware

Daneson Single Malt No.16 Toothpicks

These scotch-soaked toothpicks are a cute and unexpected alternative to actual scotch for those times when your "hostess" is actually a host.

Daneson Single Malt No. 16 Toothpicks, $21

St. Frank

St. Frank Peace Coasters

These lovely coasters were handwoven by Rwandan women whose family members were killed in the 1994 genocide—weaving has presented them with socioeconomic opportunity and helped their communities rebuild. As such, the Peace Coasters are the perfect gift for conscientious hostesses.

St. Frank Peace Coasters, $45


Rana Backgammon Set

We love bringing board games to parties just in case small talk gets old, but not every party is a Cards Against Humanity type of soiree. For a more conservative crowd (and hostess), we love this beautiful backgammon set instead.

Rana Backgammon Set, $130


Ceramic Gold Succulent Holders

Succulent-obsessed millennial hostesses will appreciate these quirky vases, which come in a set of three.

Three Ceramic Gold Geometric Succulent Holder Vases, $49


Jacobson Salt Co. Vial Set, $35

Remember when we used to use Morton's table salt for everything? Those days are long gone, and a good host knows it's all about the artisan salt now. This six-vial sampler includes classic sea salt, bright lemon zest salt, aromatic Stumptown coffee salt, fiery ghost chili salt, earthy pinot noir salt and sweet Madagascar vanilla salt.

Jacobsen Salt Co. Vial Set, $35

Calvin Klein

Silverplate Hampshire Champagne Flute Set

For longer stays, you may want to up your hostess-gift game. These gorgeous modern flutes will definitely earn you major points with mother-in-laws and other hard-to-impress hosts.

Calvin Klein Silverplate Hampshire Champagne Flute Set In Mirror, $550