5 Unique Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

kisses gold wine coaster

This embellished wine coaster will add a bit of polish to your hostess gift game. Photo courtesy of Kristina Richards.

The holiday season is in full swing and that means parties, dinners, and events galore. Sure, you can a bring a bottle of wine to the hosts of your holiday soirees – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if you’re looking to pick up something a little different to say thank you and bring the holiday cheer, stock up on a few of the items we’ve rounded up here to stick out from the crowd.


1. Kisses wine coaster

For all the bottles of wine that your friends receive, give them this lustrous wine coaster from Kristina Richards (at top). Sealed with a kiss, it’s a gift that gets your message across and will last for years to come.


2. Kristen Coates Oracle ornaments

kristen coates oracle ornament

Photo courtesy of Kristen Coates.

Local artist and gallery owner Kristen Coates has hand painted a limited number of glass Oracle ornaments, which she’s just released for the 2017 season. Signed and numbered, these one-of-a-kind ornaments will bring a touch of sophistication to any Christmas tree.


3. Mer Sea candle

Photo courtesy of Chateau & Bungalow.

The holiday season has a certain scent, and these delightful candles nail it. Pick one up at Chateau and Bungalow, and your sweet “merci” will waft through their decked halls as the fragrance of pine.


4. Potted bulbs

potted amaryllis holiday gift
Bringing the outdoors in in the dead of winter is great way to spread cheer, and potted amaryllis or paperwhites are the perfect pick-me-up. From pink and white to Santa Clause red, these blooms deliver a welcome a pop of color to any interior. If you didn’t think ahead to begin forcing some bulbs several weeks ago, don’t fret; flower stores like Chaves’ Gardens and Island Garden Shop have done the work for you.

You might also like: Grow Paperwhites Without Soil, All Winter Long


5. Ilse Nesbitt woodblock print

Ilse Nesbitt Holiday Woodblock print card

Photo by Caroline Goddard.

Art makes a lovely gift, and it’s not as hard as you might think to acquire affordable pieces. Isle Nesbitt’s woodblock printed cards – like the one above, which is new for this year – are tiny treasures that mimic her larger works and are suitable for framing. Just add a heartfelt note and your host will be swooning.

Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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