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Creative and Practical Hostess Gift Ideas for 2021

Yes, a bottle of wine is lovely, but let’s consider some more creative hostess gift ideas that will stand out and really show your appreciation for the hard work of your dinner party hosts – this holiday and beyond!

When attending a dinner party at someone’s home, a small gift to show your gratitude is usually expected. Of course, hostess gifts aren’t required by any means, but it is a very touching and thoughtful gesture to show your appreciation. Regardless of the occasion, a hostess gift is a great opportunity to make someone feel good – and you’ll probably be re-invited again and again if you consider these unique hostess gift ideas!

With the holidays approaching, it’s time to start making that list and checking it twice! Kick up your gift-giving game by checking out these lovely, thoughtful, and practical hostess gifts ideas from Flato Home.

Why Should I Consider a Unique Hostess Gift Idea?

There’s nothing wrong with a nice bottle of wine, but why not go the extra step and find a more creative and practical gift that’ll really stand out at your next holiday party? Think of how nice it is to get something you actually need! You don’t have to go overboard here, a small token of appreciation, when done right, leaves a lasting impression.

Cooking and hosting parties are a huge aspect of the holiday season. With that in mind, practical gifts such as kitchenware, tableware and even bed and bath items could be extremely useful to your holiday hostess! Let’s dive into our hostess gift ideas – we’re sure they will be enjoyed this holiday season and well into the future.

These are the gifts your hosts will cherish, enjoy and most of all – remember.


Hostess Gifts Ideas that Go Above and Beyond – Without Breaking the Bank

The key to deciphering which hostess gift ideas would be most appreciated by the person receiving your gift is considering their personal interests or lifestyles. Do they host often? Are they into baking? A unique, hand-picked hostess gift will shine during the holidays and beyond – we’re sure of it. A distinctive gift for your hostess will really show gratitude for all their hours planning and preparing for your arrival. Let’s look at some hostess gift ideas that will ‘wow’ every time.


Serving Boards – For the Host that Truly Loves Hosting

Does your host throw dinner parties often? If this is the house you’re always visiting on the holidays, consider gifting something that will be useful time and time again. For the host that truly loves hosting, consider a serving board as a hostess gift idea.

A high-quality serving board is ideal for cheese or tapas spreads at any event. A timeless and elegant design will also draw the eye in and can be used as a focal point of your table.

Check out these beautiful options from Flato Home. Both are designed to make a statement. The combination of slate and acacia wood board gives it a natural elegance. Consider either of these serving pieces as your next hostess gift idea.

Sienna Acacia Wood & Green Slate Curved 19" Cheese Board $55.97 CAD

Sienna Acacia Wood & Green Slate Cheese Paddle Board $79.99 CAD


Fancy Bowls – For the Classy Host

Your hosts are working hard behind the scenes. Clean dishes run out faster than you think. In the middle of a party, there’s usually no time to run the washer or stand at the sink washing dishes! Take a load off your host by gifting an extra set of dishes. This might not be the most typical gift, but they’re practical and will come in handy. Consider gifting a set of two, so they’re versatile and can be used to serve meals or finger foods throughout the night.

Flato Home has you covered with various porcelain bowls from our popular Kiri Collection. These lovely bowls come in different sizes and stylish patterns. An 8 oz bowl is ideal for smaller food servings, snacks, or sauces and dips for a crowd. The 22 oz bowl is ideal for soups or salads. The hip, fun and bold bowls, plates, and serveware are a must-have for any home. They’re great for the holidays and durable enough for everyday use! The patterns can be mixed and matched to create your own unique display!

Teal Linear Leaf Bowl 8 OZ 4.5" $5.99 CAD

Sakura Bloom Bowl 22 OZ 6" $11.99 CAD

Like the idea of gifting dinnerware, but not sure where to begin? Check out the Flato Home blog - Important Things to Consider When Shopping for New Dinnerware- - to help decipher different materials and the best options for the occasion.


High Quality Napkins and Placemats

Napkins and placemats are other practical hostess gift ideas – because they are likely to run out and get dirty throughout the night. It will be a relief to have some extras on hand. Napkins are just what you need to quickly clean up messes. A placemat on the other hand, is designed to cover the portion underneath one plate and protect the table beneath.

No one wants to deal with a stain during a party. If a mess happens, it’ll be localized on one placemat - so washing up is simple and you don’t have to worry about your furniture being damaged. Wiping, shaking off crumbs and applying stain-remover is easier when you’re dealing with one small item. A placemat also mutes the clinking and clanking of dishes onto a bare tabletop. This is a minor, overlooked detail that can make a huge difference in the middle of a packed holiday dinner. We told you – it’s the thought behind the gift that counts.

Flato has many high-quality napkin and placemat sets to choose from. Each will add an elegant finish to your host’s tabletop with a classic solid or striped design. Available in a convenient set of four and machine washable to make them easy to care for. Choose from a range of colors to suit any décor or occasion.

The Stripes Napkins (Set of 4) $4.77 CAD

The Stripes Reversible Placemats (4 Pieces) $14.99

Make Flato Home your complete bathroom, kitchen, home décor and gift giving destination! Whether you're going to a friend’s dinner party or attending a holiday gathering at a coworker's home, showing your gratitude with a small token of appreciation is always welcome. We hope you enjoyed the Flato Home shortlist of kitchen and serveware hostess gift ideas.

Upgrade to the Flato Lifestyle today. Happy holidays!