Hostess Gifts That Won’t Get Re-Gifted

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Stuck on ideas for brilliant, non-knick-knack hostess gifts that they’ll actually like? Here are 16 great, useful items special enough that they won’t get put in the re-gift pile.  Pinky-promise.

Dolce & Gabbana Pasta

Food + fashion = what’s not to love? Only problem is the packaging is so stunning they won’t want to open it. Sigh.


Shagreen tray

Use this in the kitchen for serving or simply to accessorize anywhere in the home. This is one of those great gifts that looks expensive but isn’t.

Jonathan Adler coasters

A modern pop of color with gilded accents means a gift that’s as pretty as it is practical.

Cocktail napkin roll

These semi-disposable thin cotton napkins tear off and can be used 5-6 times. Machine washable, and available in every color under the sun.

Blossom design place mats

Elegant (especially in gold) but made from wipe-clean vinyl so can withstand kid-use, too.

Leather wine tote

Like a deluxe sleeping bag for wine! Just add a favorite bottle of vino or bubbly and you’re set! Magnetic closure helps secure bottles cozily. Monogram available.

Monogram napkins

Hand towels for the loo are the ultimate in adulting.

Teak double cellar 

For the friend who loves to cook. Trés chic and comes with a little gold spoon for scooping the salt, pepper or whatever spices you put inside.

Slate cheeseboard

Large enough to hold ALL THE FOODS, plus comes with a stainless steel cutlery set and soapstone chalk for labeling.

Naughty/ nice guest soap 

Scent is a unisex, calming lavender.

Turkish herringbone throw blanket 

So ultra-soft it deserves prime real estate at the foot of the bed or draped on the couch as a permanent Netflix partner-in-crime. Monogram available.

Vintage cocktail book

Part mixology manual, all eye candy.

Instant camera

Remember the mind-blowing fun days of Polaroids? This one comes with a case, batteries (aw yeah), and film to get you started snapping away.

Stone diffuser

Handcrafted porcelain looks sleek and delicate in any room, but don’t be fooled: this workhorse can go for 7 hours with favorite essential oils.


Inspired by Hollywood vintage cinema, these take any celebration to the next level.

Acacia wood cake stand

This versatile, earthy serving and display tray can be used for cake or cheeses or whatever strikes your fancy.

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