The Best Gifts to Bring to a Holiday Party

We know what happens as the holiday season goes on. Your social schedule quickly fills up and it seems like every other day you’re penciling in a new Christmas fête or holiday soirée. Though these parties are fun, they can also come with a lot of stress. Forget remembering the directions to get to the party or planning the outfit you’re going to wear — what about the host/hostess gift!?

The gift you bring needs to simultaneously say thank you and be something special that stands out in a sea of wine bottles and generic candles. At the same time, it can’t require too much effort or planning because, let’s be real, you’re a busy woman with a lot of parties to attend. Make your gift one less thing to think about and go for one of these easy options that will feel more special and personalized than the average peppermint bark. Bring along one of these gifts to all your holiday parties, and never be stressed by your growing social schedule again.

Etsy

Custom Happy Holidays Wine Bottle Labels

A bottle of wine is the go-to gift for a reason. It's easy (you can stock up on your weekly grocery store run) and who doesn't like wine!? If you prefer bringing bottles of rosé or prosecco to all your holiday parties, take 5 minutes to make your go-to gift a little more special. Order labels for easy-to-apply personalization that will impress hosts and party-goers alike.

Kate Spade

Oh What Fun Kitchen Towel Set

For the host with fun style, bring along some cute kitchen towels they'll want to display through the entire holiday season.

Byredo

Rose Rinse-Free Hand Wash

Soap and hand lotion as host gifts are by no means revolutionary. However, combine the two into a rinse-free hand wash that's as moisturizing as lotion and you have the perfect gift your host has probably never thought to get herself. Byredo's formula is focused on exotic and refreshing scents
and is more sophisticated and luxurious than it is practical.

Williams Sonoma

White and Copper Marble Monogram Boards

For the couple who has it all, go for a chic white marble cheese board and serving tray that they can (and will want to) use that night. They'll be so touched by the personalize detail, you'll definitely get the invite to next year's party.

Sugarfina

Happy Holidays 3-Piece Candy Bento Box

Forget boring peppermint bark or sugar cookies! Go with a cute collection of the host's favorite sweets (better yet, the adult version of candy, like champagne gummies).

Homesick

City Candle

If you know your host is from a different place or has recently moved, gift a candle that's specifically for their hometown. It will be a thoughtful breath of fresh air from the sea of generic candles.

Anthropologie

Champagne Bottle Ornament

Another fun take on the traditional go-to wine bottle gift is an ornament version that's as festive as it is pretty. They'll think of you whenever they see it hanging on their tree (long after the bottles of wine from other guests have been finished!).

Caspari

Santa Hat Crackers

For an extra festive fête, bring a gift for all the attendees. Not only are these traditional Christmas Crackers a fun way to celebrate, but each one contains a small toy and a joke, so guests will enjoy sharing their gifts and swapping jokes.

Fred & Friends

Copper Party Cup

If the host is a little trendier (or has a good sense of humor), a play on traditional drinkware is a great alternative to cups and glasses. A set of copper cups for Moscow Mules is especially cute in the shape of a solo cup. It's like the classy, grown-up version of a frat party — the host will love it!

Chemex

Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker

Is the host a known coffee lover? Kitchenware is a great hostess gift, but a chic pour-over glass coffeemaker will show that you thought about what the host would want and use more than the typical glassware.

Brightland

Alive Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the amateur chef in your life, get a fancy olive oil that will look just as good on their counter as it will taste in their food.

World Market

Vanilla Soap Petals

Sure soap might be basic but I mean, is there anything prettier!? For the classic femme host, bring a set of gorgeous soap petals that she'll love displaying in her powder room.

Project 62

Picture Frame

What's more personalized than a picture frame? If the host is a close friend or family member, you'll earn double points for filling the frames with pictures of the two of you or a collection of your favorite memories.

Amazon

Drink Themed Dog Toy

You know those people whose dog is really like their child (maybe you are one of those people)? Bring a cute gift that's just as much for their pup as it is for the host with a chew toy in the shape of the host's favorite drink.

Urban Outfitters

Who's Most Likely To Game

"Who's Most Likely To..." is our favorite adult party game. Bringing a card game that everyone will love to play and the host can keep is the one gift that actually makes the party more fun (and isn't fun the best gift you can bring!?).

Tea Drops

Organic Loose Leaf Tea Gift Set

If the host is more of a health nut or tea drinker than a wine connoisseur, this adorable box of Tea Drops is the perfect gift that they'll actually use (and maybe even restock for themselves once they run out).