30 Unique Host Gifts To Snag This Holiday Season

Dec 6, 2023

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The holiday season is upon us, which means a season of parties that have us flitting from one festive fête to the next. It’s easy to forget one important holiday rule: never show up to a bash without a little something for the host!

You don’t have to spend a lot to show your appreciation—just having a small, thoughtfully chosen gift will make your host feel special, acknowledged and truly thanked for their efforts in bringing everyone together.

The key to nailing the perfect host gift is simple: make it personal. It’s about taking a moment to think about what your host loves and what they’re interested in. A gift that speaks to their hobbies or passions will not only show that you care, but also turns a simple gift into something special and memorable.

So, whether you’re headed to your quirky aunt’s annual cookie swap or your best friend’s glitzy New Year bash, we’ve got you covered with gifts that’ll bring a smile to your host’s face without breaking the bank. 


Hungry for more? We’ve got gifts for everyone on your list! Explore our Holiday Gift Guide for ideas and inspiration this season.

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For those hosts who love nothing more than a cozy movie night, why not help them elevate their home cinema experience?

This Movie Night Popcorn Set is a great option that promises to elevate their snack game to blockbuster heights, with three different kinds of popcorn kernels and five flavors of tasty popcorn seasonings. The Microwavable Popcorn Popper is a handy companion for those spontaneous movie marathons and is the perfect gift to help get homemade popcorn ready before the opening credits roll.

Or, for the purist who appreciates the art of popping, the Whirly Pop Popcorn Popper is also a showstopper—and a way for your giftee to handcraft the perfect snack for their next double feature.

And what’s a movie without that quintessential popcorn flavor?

Help your host customize their fluffy kernels with a sprinkle of Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Seasoning or the rich and creamy White Cheddar Popcorn Seasoning for a gourmet twist. You can also help add a dash of dazzle to your host’s tree with the Sur La Table Popcorn Glass Ornament, a fun piece that’ll add some cinematic charm to their holiday décor.


For the vino virtuoso who knows their merlot from their malbec, a well-chosen holiday hostess gift can be the perfect complement to their wine-tasting evenings.

Consider this set of 6 of Sur La Table Christmas Wine Charms, which offers a festive way to keep track of glasses during those holiday toasts and gatherings. Or gift them the Corkcicle 3-in-1 Wine Chiller which chills, aerates and pours with precision, ensuring their favorite bottle is served at the ideal temperature with every glass.

For the wine lover who seems to have it all, the innovative Wand Wine Purifiers are a unique and thoughtful host gift idea—great for those who appreciate a purer pour without the sulfites and histamines.

For something a bit more universal, simply bring your favorite bottle of wine (or one you know the host will love) paired with our Sur La Table Fair Isle Sweater Bottle Coat—a charming accessory that’s bound to be a conversation piece. Or, for a functional yet fashionable show of appreciation, the Sur La Table Wine & Cheese Kitchen Towel or the festive Sur La Table Merry Cocktail Glass strikes the perfect note of thoughtful and useful, sure to be appreciated by any wine lover.


For the coffee connoisseur who starts their day with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the right hostess gift can make their morning ritual even more enjoyable. This set of two Sur La Table Snowflake Double-Wall Glassware is a beautiful choice, offering both insulation and elegance to keep their brew warm while they sip leisurely.

On the coffee-making side, this 8-Cup Double-Wall Glass French Press is also a great hostess gift, creating rich and flavorful coffee with a double-wall construction that ensures their coffee remains the perfect temperature.

And for those who appreciate the art of pour-over coffee, the Chemex Classic Series Drip Coffee Glass Coffee Maker is a must-have. Not only does it brew a clean and pure cup of coffee, but its timeless design also doubles as a statement piece in any kitchen. Combine this with the Aerolatte Milk Frother for them to whip up some creamy froth for lattes and cappuccinos right at home—or simply gift it solo if you know the host’s brewing needs are set.

You can also infuse a touch of extra flavor into their coffee with the Sonoma Lavender Infused Simple Syrup, which will transform their regular cup into a gourmet experience. Or, for a more personal touch, a Monogram Mug offers a daily reminder of your thoughtful gift with their initial emblazoned on a classic, stylish mug.


Every baker appreciates the precision that comes with creating great results, which is where these Sur La Table Measuring Cups come in. This copper set is a practical yet thoughtful gift that’s sure to be used time and time again, whether they’re whipping up a batch of cookies or baking a loaf of bread.

Speaking of cookies, the OXO Cookie Press and Storage Box is a great gift option for the baker who loves adding an artistic touch to their treats. While this gift is great on its own, you could also pair it with the Silpat Half Sheet Baking Mat, which ensures nonstick baking and effortless cleanup.

For a baker who takes pride in their breads and pastries, the Sur La Table Bread Kitchen Towel is both a useful and stylish host gift. It can serve as a way to present fresh-baked goods or to add a touch of flair to the kitchen. For the cupcake and cake connoisseur, consider bringing a touch of sparkle to their repertoire with Metallic Edible Glitter, which is both a fun and budget-friendly way to add some pizzazz to a baker’s pantry. It’s perfect for the friend who loves to make their baked goods shine—literally!

Lastly, the Nielsen-Massey International Vanilla Starter Kit offers a trio of premium vanilla flavors that any baker would love to experiment with. It’s a small luxury that can make a big difference in their baking, and it’s a thoughtful nod to their craft.


If your host is an animal lover, they’ll be touched if you bring a gift that nods to their furry best friend! The Sur La Table Dog Kitchen Towel is a great option, and not only dries dishes but does so with a wag of canine charm. It’s a practical piece that’ll remind them of their beloved pooch every time they’re in the kitchen.

And for the crossover wine and dog lover, the Fred Winer Dog Bottle Stopper is a must-have. It keeps their wine fresh and adds a playful touch to their bottle. In the spirit of the season, the Dog Bowl Glass Ornament could also be the perfect addition for the host’s tree—a sweet reflection of their pet’s place in the family.

For those who lean more towards feline friends, the Tovolo Kitten Ice Molds and Fred Purr Tea Cat Tea Infuser are adorable and functional gifts. The ice molds add a whimsical twist to their drinks, while the tea infuser is perfect for a cozy, cat-themed teatime.

And let’s not forget about the Twine Living Co. Pig Cheese Board, which is sure to be a hit with anyone who has a soft spot for animals. It’s a gift that’s as functional as it is cute, ensuring their cheese platter is the center of attention at any gathering (plus, it makes a great conversation starter).

Hungry for more? We’ve got gifts for everyone on your list! Explore our Holiday Gift Guide for ideas and inspiration this season.

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