How To: Inexpensive Party Host Gifts

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It’s fun being a party host, right?! Well…most of the time! There is so much to think about and get organized during the weeks in advance of your big event that it can easily get overwhelming–and quickly! Sometimes it’s nice to sit back, relax, and be the one attending the fab holiday parties. So with the holidays quickly approaching and holiday parties upon us, it’s important for us super chic Mamas to make sure that we are arriving to these events with the best party host gifts for our hostess with the mostess!

But at the same time, with all the presents that we are purchasing to share with our loved ones, the price of hostess gifts can quickly add to the holiday stress. There is no need to overdo it – as there are plenty of inexpensive party host gifts to choose from! To help you avoid that extra strain, below are some great, simple ideas for beautiful party hostess gifts that won’t break the bank. But first, here are a few important pointers when choosing your hostess gifts:

  1. Make sure the gift is something that you would love to receive.
  2. Choose a gift that your hostess can actually use.
  3. Keep it simple; practical gifts are better than over the top options.

Inexpensive Party Host Gifts

Wine. I know this is an obvious one, but I’m not suggesting just ANY bottle of wine here. Opt for something that you KNOW your host/hostess with LOVE! Once the wine is chosen, spend a tiny bit of money on wrapping the bottle. If you are an amateur (Like me!) at wrapping wine bottles, check out this awesome video posted by Anna de Codorniu called “How to Wrap a Bottle of Wine” featuring Papyrus:

Glass Ornaments. Our childhoods were filled with creating homemade ornaments in school and Girl Scouts, and now that we are Mamas, we get all those “beautiful” ornaments coming from our children. Sometimes it’s nice to be handed a special ornament to hang on the tree that is actually made by an adult! You can find some great ones inexpensively at TJMaxx!

The host/hostess’ favorite coffee or tea. Believe me, after planning a well-planned event, your host or hostess will LOVE to roll out of bed the next morning and have their favorite coffee or tea on hand and ready to brew!

Pre-packaged “Homemade” Pasta. In NYC, we have the luxury of stopping into Eataly and grabbing a bag of beautiful dry pasta, straight from Italy. But no matter where you are, there is somewhere you can pick up some fun pasta and take it home to re-package in a crafty way.

DIY Cocktail Mixers. There are  so many yummy cocktail mixer recipes that you can find on the web with just a few easy ingredients!  Just pour ’em into a $3 glass bottle from Michael’s and watch people go CRAZY when you arrive!

Homemade Chocolate Dipped Items. Is there really anything that exists that doesn’t taste great dipped in chocolate? I think NOT! Try Oreos, marshmallows, pretzels, even bacon…and maybe roll in some sprinkles! Voila!

What are your favorite hostess gifts to give and receive?

Fashionably Yours,


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