My mom is the queen of hostess gifts. I don’t ever remember her showing up to a party empty handed. Though I don’t think I have a perfect track record like she does, I also love and appreciate a good hostess gift.
The fall season brings with it many occasions to celebrate, and I love to be prepared with a gift closet (does everyone have those?) stocked with hostess gifts. In my search to stock up for this fall I put together a little list of 15 hostess gift ideas that are seasonally appropriate and all under $25!
Keep reading for my go-to gifts, links and ideas for where to pick these up in your hometown!
1. Sugar Mold
5-Hole Sugar Mold, $20.59 from Texas Uniques
Sugar molds are one of my go-to hostess and housewarming gifts, not just for fall. They are an impressive gift and usually not very expensive. They are generally priced per “hole” and can run $3-5 per hole. (If you find them for $3/hole stock up – this is a great deal!) I like to buy the bases to go with them as well.
I also love how versatile they are. I use mine as a candle holder, bud vase, and to hold silverware on a buffet.
To give as a gift, I usually buy Glass Tea Light Holders from Hobby Lobby to fill the holes (these fit perfectly) and fill them with candles. (I’ve got a big stock of tea lights I keep on hand and buy in bulk on Amazon.)
In Texas sugar molds pretty easy to find, especially at Mexican import shops. When I run into a good deal on them I generally stock up my gift closet. Lately, I’ve been found some awesome sugar mold deals at the bi-annual Vintage Market Days events in Dripping Springs, Texas. You can also buy them online.
I also like: 7-Hole Sugar Mold, $35, Amazon
2. Fall Doormat
Gather Doormat, $19.50, Pottery Barn
I love giving and getting hostess gifts that are things that I wouldn’t normally buy myself. A seasonal doormat is a great gift! There are so many pretty ones on the market right now, you can pick one up almost anywhere. I love this one from Pottery Barn, which, at the time of writing is on sale for $13, but there are also great options at Kirklands and in store at Target.
I also like: Grateful Doormat, $12.99, Kirklands
3. Flavored Coffee in a Breakfast Basket
Fall In Love Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee, $9.99, Amazon or Home Goods
If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party you know the last thing you want to think about the next day is cooking breakfast. For that reason, I love to bring a breakfast basket. Things I usually throw in include:
- Seasonal coffee
- Pumpkin muffins, pound cake or banana bread
- Orange juice (the color is perfectly on theme!)
At Home Goods yesterday I found Fall In Love Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee (also available online on Amazon), which would look so cute in a fall themed basket. They also had the same coffee available in K-Cups in case your hosts are Keurig folks.
I also like: World Market Pumpkin Spice Coffee, $8.99
4. Pumpkin Placecard Holders
Gold Pumpkin Place Card Holders (Set of 6), $11, Amazon
These are one of my favorite Amazon finds. They are super cute and inexpensive. A set of 12 would only cost $22. I love these so much, I ordered a set for myself for my Thanksgiving table!
5. Thankful Trivet
Thankful Trivet, $19.95, Crate & Barrel
It seems like each Thanksgiving we never quite have enough trivets for the buffet. A trivet will protect your hosts counter tops and buffet tables from fresh-from-the-oven pies and casserole dishes. Trivets are a good gift because they don’t really have to match the style of someone’s home since they are usually hiding under the food. Still, it’s fun to have a pretty one!
6. Pie Dish + Homemade Pie
Ruffle Pie Dish, $19.95, Crate and Barrel
I have a slight obsession ruffle pie dishes. They make it so much easier to make a ruffle pie crust, and they are just so feminine and pretty! They also make great hostess gifts. You could simply tie a bow on one of these pie dishes or bake up a pie in it to give your host/hostess.
If you can’t find a ruffle pie dish, any ole regular one will do. I often find pretty colorful Le Creuset pie dishes on deep discount at Home Goods.
I also like: The Pioneer Woman 9 Inch Stoneware Pie Dish, $35.98, Amazon
7. Salt & Pepper Shakers
Every hostess loves something new for her table. A seasonal salt & pepper shaker set are an inexpensive, yet fun way to say thank you to your host and dress up their table. I love these gold pumpkins from Amazon, but if you’re on a time crunch, you can also usually find cute S&P sets at places like Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning.
I also like: Gold Dipped Ceramic Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers, $6.95, Swoozies
8. Scented Candle
Voluspa Petite Jar Candle in Baltic Amber, $10, Voluspa
As far as hostess gifts go, you can’t go wrong with a scented candle. It’s a timeless classic. My favorite fall candle is this Voluspa candle in Baltic Amber, but I also like to scavenge the candle aisle at Home Goods and stock up on good smelling fall candles to keep in my gift closet.
9. Serving Platter
Thankful Porcelain Serving Platter, $24.99, Target
Serving platters make great hostess gifts. And these are so pretty you wouldn’t even need to wrap them!
I also like: Thankful Oval Turkey Platter, $34.95, Crate & Barrel
10. Scented Hand Soap
Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider Hand Soap, $3.99, Target
Scented hand soap is an easy, inexpensive and festive gift idea. It’s fun to keep in a powder room for guests. I love the smell of Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider hand soap. Plus, it’s easy to find in most grocery or Target stores.
Again, if you can’t find it (it sells out quickly in the fall!) TJ Maxx/Home Goods usually have great fall scented hand soap options.
I also like: Pumpkin Harvest Hand Care Caddy, $6.99, TJ Maxx
11. Utensil Caddy
Copper Caddy, $12.99, TJ Maxx
Another fun idea for a hostess gift is to get a cute utensil caddy and fill it with seasonal paper plates and napkins. (See my picks for cute paper plates below.) I usually find fun caddies at Home Goods or TJ Maxx and fill them with paper plates from there or Hobby Lobby.
I also like: Artland Garden Terrace Carry-All Caddy Amazon, $9.74
12. Prosecco or Wine
Mionetto Prosecco Brut, $9.99, Total Wine or World Market
This couldn’t be a comprehensive list without including the option to simply bring booze! Almost no host would turn down a good bottle of prosecco or wine. Throw a bow on it and call it done!
For fall, choose a bottle with a seasonal flair like this Mionetto Prosecco. A good oaked chardonnay or nice pinot noir are great seasonally appropriate selections.
I also like: Butternut Chardonnay, World Market
13. Fall Paper Plates & Napkins
Happy Thanksgiving Paper Plates, $5.99, Hobby Lobby
As I mentioned in number 11, I love to give seasonal paper plates and napkins as a hostess gift. You don’t even have to include a caddy. Hobby Lobby has cute selections of plates and napkin that match. In my opinion, they give you the best value for your money since they’re usually on sale.
TJ Maxx/Home Goods and Tuesday Morning are also great places to look for cute selections.
14. Baked Goods
Mini Loaf Pan, $1.99, Michaels
If you’re on a budget, a homemade baked good is always a welcome treat. Trader Joe’s makes a delicious and easy Pumpkin Bread Mix or try this pound cake recipe from Southern Living. If you want to, pick up a few inexpensive ceramic loaf pans from Michaels and wrap in cellophane for a fun presentation!
If you’re not into baking, you can pick up a Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake from Panera. One of my mom’s friends gifts these regularly and they are SO delicious!
I also like: Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake, Panera
15. Another Trivet
Lastly, I found another cute trivet I just had to share. Copper is so en vogue this season and this trivet would be a sweet gift!
What are your go to hostess gifts?CLeave a note in the comments below!