Our Hostess Gifts for Fall!

Whether you are headed to a Back to School Class Coffee, Halloween Extravaganza or a fabulous Pre-Holiday Cocktail Party here are some FAB gifts to bring along & impress your host or hostess

(because bringing a bottle of wine is SO 2008)!


Lilly Market Tote

These $10 totes are darling & Lilly Pulitzer is always appropriate year round. They hold quite a few groceries or other items that one might collect during a busy shopping outing. They can be customized, but the plain would allow you to keep a few on hand just in case you get a last minute invite!


State Oven Mitt

I absolutely LOVE these! As with another item you will see later in this post, this is a great gift for someone you might be visiting long distance. It does involve a little pre-planning but what a hit it will be to show up with this darling “thank you” upon arrival.


Paint Can Cookies

This sweet little goodie is actually a small “paint can” filled with chocolate chip cookies. What a dear little gift to thank your favorite Team Mom, Teacher(s), Class Mom, Tutor or Coach.


Glass Cutting Boards

Okay, I’ll admit it, I squealed when I saw these… too cute! The Alligators caught my eye first since my son spent 6 years playing football for a team called the Riverside Gators so we have a lot of “Gator” paraphernalia around our house. Whether you choose a Gator or a Whale they are just cute, cute & would be a great gift for any Hostess.





I’d seen the Corkcicle before but never the Chillsner… how cool (literally)! Neither actually water down your wine or beer but instead the PBA-Free plastic allows you to freeze them ahead of time & then enjoy cold wine and beer throughout, very clever! This would be a great gift for a Host or Hostess and I could definitely see it as a fun and practical item that one might not normally purchase for oneself which makes it the ultimate Hostess Gift!


Cheers Tray

What a lovely way to say thank you & what an impact it will have! These can also be customized but if you know you have a busy upcoming social calendar keep this “Cheers” version on hand & wow your Hostess right at the door!


Wooden Initial Door Hangar

Spoiler Alert! This is going to be my “go to” Holiday Gift this year… I just love the easy customization & warm welcome that this brings as it hangs on the front door. It is also perfect to enjoy for any season & all year round.


Leather Custom Coasters

Again, this would be a great Host or Hostess gift. It’s always hard to find something unique to bring when a man is hosting an event & these are perfect! As with some of my other suggestions, this might take a little planning but keeping a few of their more “generic” versions on hand and you are well ahead of yourself as you head out the door.


State Hand Towel

I mentioned before with the oven mitts that I have a favorite Hostess gift & this is it, hands down. I LOVE showing up with these on hand & just like the oven mitts, these pack so easily! I wrap them up in cellophane before I leave and pack them on top of everything in my suitcase. Once I arrive I just grab them out of my bag & voila, here we are!


Custom Cork Backed Coasters

I got these for my sister last year as a Hostess gift at Thanksgiving. I chose a similar pattern to these & added a Holiday Theme & she loved & enjoyed them all season. These are also easy to pack (think cellophane & a big bow) and would be well received by any Host or Hostess.

Whether you are heading out to a class breakfast or black-tie fete it is never okay to show up empty handed. I admit to having a small “stockpile” of goodies in case of those last minute invitations, but I truly enjoy customizing my gifts whenever possible. It lets my Host or Hostess know that I was thinking ahead & looking forward to seeing them for a while and what is nicer than knowing someone is thinking of you? I can’t think of much, enjoy!

Laurie Meek About Laurie Meek

Laurie has been working as a Professional Organizer specializing in home offices for nearly 20 years. Working as an Organizer has allowed her to keep a flexible schedule while raising her two kids who are now grown and one is in college while the other is wrapping up high school.
She enjoys blogging at OfficeCandy.com and sharing her love for cute & stylish office supplies as well as some nuggets of organizing wisdom.

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    Great gift ideas. I don’t think I can pick just one. I really like the chillsner and the personalized items especially the state oven mitt.