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Best host and hostess gifts so you don't come empty-handed

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Everything you need for the host with the most

When you're hosting a party, you need the correct tools for the job, like a powerful Bluetooth speaker so everybody can hear the music. From welcoming your guests and serving snacks to preparing after-dinner treats and entertainment, there are plenty of gadgets and objects that can make your hosting job a lot easier.

When you aren’t having the party, the same gadgets will be an immense help to (and greatly appreciated by) the host. Some can be used the day of the event, while others need a bit more time to figure out and set up. Here are some of the best gifts that you can present to your host, and hopefully, they will return the favor when it's your turn.

Best coffee maker and accessories


If your host needs coffee on the go or is in a hurry to serve their guests, this is the perfect gadget. Simply add ground coffee, pour in some water, insert the plunger and gently press down. It comes with a neat tote bag, a funnel, scoop, stirrer, loads of filters and a filter holder.

No one should have to face a cold cup of coffee. This smart mug is a high-tech coffee companion that lets you keep your drink at the perfect temperature. The rechargeable battery lasts for about 80 minutes, and you can also control it with your phone through an app.

Best teapot and tea bags

There is a fine art to making the perfect cup of tea, and this teapot from Japan is a great vessel for brewing it in. It features Hario’s signature heatproof glass that holds about three cups, and comes with a fine-mesh filter.

If your host is planning to serve tea, they'll want to have a delicious selection. This six-section leatherette box comes stacked with an assortment of tea bags, including French Lemon Ginger, White Coconut Cream and Earl Grey.

Best drinkware and accessories

Depending on the guests, there is bound to come a time during a gathering when the tequila comes out. Whether they can keep it down is a different matter, but at least the fiery drink can be served in these Himalayan-salt tequila shot glasses to enhance the experience.

There's nothing worse than watching a guest put a glass with condensation down on a wooden surface. Prevent any porous problems with these super-absorbent felt coaters. They come in a pack of nine, so there should be enough to go around.

Best kitchen accessories

When serving snacks, it’s always a good touch to supply your guests with a napkin to clean their lips, especially if Buffalo wings are on the menu. However, if your host uses these napkins, they also won’t have to worry about someone overstaying their welcome ... hopefully.

Hosting shouldn’t be too much of a hassle if you have the right tools. And if your host is putting small snacks and cheese out as an appetizer, they’ll need an elegant cheese board and knife set, such as this one.

Add a touch of elegance with these Swedish dishcloths, adorned with delightful lemons. The set of three measures 7.75 by 6.75 inches and is made from 70% wood pulp and 30% cotton, a great environmentally friendly alternative to sponges and paper towels.

Best puzzle and games

Does your host need a vase to hold flowers from a guest? Well, this will do the trick, but it’s going to need some assembling. This unique vase is made from 160 curved plastic puzzle pieces they'll need to put together before using it. Just remind them, they can’t pour water into it!

Who doesn’t like a good old “whodunnit” board game such as Clue? While there have been modern interpretations of the classic, this set takes it back in time with a nostalgic look and feel, complete with a tin box and retro design.

As the evening winds down and guests are sipping their after-dinner drinks, it’s a great time for some mental games. This glass chess set is sure to be an attention-grabber. It uses frosted and clear glass, and each piece has felt on the bottom for protection.

Best candles

Thoughtful lighting is the best way to create an intimate, cozy setting, and these candles are a great option.  Available in a variety of whimsical colors, they are made from paraffin wax and stand 11.5 inches tall. This two-pack features candles that each have a different swirl design.

Your host can set the perfect mood with these unique candles the wind will never blow out. That’s because they are battery-operated, come with a remote controller and use an LED flameless wick. There's no need to worry about dripping wax or burning down the house. Unless you are the Talking Heads.

Missing the City of Angels? Why not light a candle that replicates the smell of Los Angeles? It’s not bustling taxis or street food — the candle’s scent is notes of orange, bergamot and rose, with hints of lemon and jasmine.

Best tech gifts

Your host can decorate their home with the perfect images for any occasion using this digital photo frame. All they have to do is upload photos to a flash drive, plug it into the photo frame and watch the colorful images be displayed on the 8-inch LCD screen.

A great party is one that everybody wants to remember. But sometimes, there is just a little bit too much “partying” that can cloud your memory. Ensure that your host can capture every moment with this Bluetooth-connected Polaroid camera. The prints also make for excellent parting gifts.

More of the best gifts for hostesses and hosts

There are various ways to prepare a scrumptious meal for guests, but one ingredient no one should  compromise on is olive oil. It gives the food a rich flavor, is excellent for ensuring even heat distribution and is healthier than sunflower oil. Graza promises that this 25-ounce bottle is made from 100% Picual olives from Spain and is genuinely “extra virgin.”

This olive oil is worth every penny. This isn't simply for cooking, although you certainly could make some delicious dishes with it. This oil is so good, it's the kind you just want to pour in a bowl and dip crusty bread into. Any foodie will appreciate the rich taste of this truly special olive oil "rooted in Italy, raised in California." It also comes in a really cute box that's perfect for gifting. 

You don’t need to be a master chef to host a successful party, but it sure helps when you have some assistance. At their next party, your host can serve amazing dishes from the legendary Julia Child’s "Kitchen Wisdom" book, which includes cooking techniques and more recipes than you can shake a spatula at.

The olive tree is a symbol of peace and harmony, so why not invite those elements into your host's kitchen? Each unique plant comes in a nursery grow pot nestled in your planter of choice. All you have to do is take good care of it. The small plants are about 10 inches when shipped, and the medium plants are about 16 inches tall.

Your host can never be accused of bland, tasteless food when they have this delicious seasoning on hand. Infused with ground Tellicherry peppercorns, the sea salt is the perfect flavor enhancer for steak, quiche or chicken. The salt is derived from Netarts Bay in Oregon and comes in a 5-ounce jar.

Tired of serving the usual snacks at a get-together with friends? This snack box is the perfect alternative. The large box is crammed with Asian snacks, drinks, condiments and instant foods that are filling and impressive.

Instead of giving the host one plant, surprise them with nine maintenance-free plants. Arid, tropical and carnivorous species are included in this 758-piece LEGO set. After building them, they can be displayed on a coffee table or shelf. 

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