We all have that friend with the stunning house and a knack for hosting summer’s most memorable nights. So this year, make sure to show your appreciation with a standout thank-you gift. Here are a few ways to wow, whether you’re crashing for just a night or the whole weekend.

Best Hostess Gifts

The Overnighter

  • Bring a treat from your hometown – think local beer or baked goods that aren’t available where you’re headed. Pack the brews in a monogrammed tote or take along a cake stand for the sweet eats.
  • Give your host an item that suits the guest room for future visitors to admire, like a carafe, coffee-table book, or scented candle.

 

Best Hostess Gifts

The Weekender

  • Come bearing a collection of entertaining musts: a personalized carryall complete with snacks, a cheese board, wine, wineglasses, and a favorite board game. Then, kick-start the fun.
  • Post-trip, send a framed photo from the weekend. Memories? Coming right up.

 
Equip your arsenal with these picks and more in our Gifts Under $30: Never Show Up Empty Handed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, July 1, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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July 1, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and weekend visits. Meaning, you need to build a stockpile of thank-you gifts for the hosts. Here, our editorial directors weigh in on their favorite finds and the best ways to present them.

Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

“Who doesn’t love fondue? It’s easy, fun, and delicious. Gift a pot with both sweet and savory ingredients to get them started on dinner and dessert. I like cheese paired with focaccia, mini potatoes, or broccoli, and chocolate paired with strawberries, bananas, or angel food cake.” – Jackie, Rue Fashion Editorial Director

“A naturally scented candle can be used in a bedroom, guest room, bathroom, or a home office – and you don’t have to worry about matching it to an interior.  Plus, it’s super easy to wrap. You can simply tie clear cellophane and an orange bow around it to let the already gorgeous packaging shine through.” – Nancy, Rue Living Editorial Director

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 20, 2014

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Harney Tea Four-Piece Historic Royal Palace Set
Sure, she may never be royal (thank you, Lorde), but that doesn’t mean she can’t sip tea worthy of the Palace. From a white tea inspired by Will and Kate’s fairytale wedding to a black tea celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this set lets her enjoy the holidays like a monarch… and on a commoner’s budget.

Our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique is now open.

Goof-Proof Gifting Reason #4: Extended holiday returns. Purchase now. Return through January 15.

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November 27, 2013

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Cuisinart 15-Bar Espresso Maker
Between getting up to put the bird in the oven and clearing the dessert plates, feeding the whole crew gets exhausting. The best way to say thanks to your favorite coffee-drinking host or hostess (besides offering to help with the dishes)? Café-style goods, right in their own kitchen. Maybe they’ll even brew you a cup while they whip up some next-morning pancakes.

Our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique is now open.

Goof-Proof Gifting Reason #1: Free returns. For everyone on your gift list. Learn more.

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November 17, 2013