5 Thoughtful Host Gift Ideas for the Holidays 

Hosting gifts

Heading over to a relatives for the holiday festivities? Don’t get caught without a thoughtful host gift! Bringing a special gift is a simple way of saying thank you for the efforts they are going to as the organizer to make your holidays a bit more magical. To give you some inspiration of what to bring, we’ve compiled five thoughtful host gift ideas that are sure to impress your friends and family and get you invited back in the future.

Holiday platter

Holiday Platter

If you’re going to a potluck or think the occasion calls for bringing food, a holiday platter with charcuterie or crudites will be a hit. Guests can enjoy your tasty creation and the host can keep the tray to use in future years. Depicting a wintry scene with elves and flying reindeer, our Berry & Thread North Pole 17″ Platter is a beautiful, hand-painted Christmas gift for any host. We also love the Lastra Holiday Handled Rectangular Platter and Lastra Holiday Oval Platter as host gifts – both feature hand-painted Christmas trees with red birds on Italian stoneware.

A Cozy Throw

Want to give your host a little something to make their holidays extra cozy? There’s nothing better than a soft throw. One can never have too many throws, especially when entertaining guests. From our soft brushed cotton Pezzo Throw to our decorative pom-pom Oulu Throw, snuggling up with these soft blankets will keep away the chill all winter.

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Set Of Cloth Napkins

A set of napkins, whether classic and simple, or holiday-themed like our Berry & Thread North Pole Set of 4 Napkins will be much appreciated by any host this holiday season. They make a great gift because they are lightweight and easy to travel with while being a great price point. They’ll add flair to any dinner table, or can be handed out to guests with cocktails. 

A Chinoiserie Vase/Planter

Instead of taking your bouquet of flowers or houseplant in the disposable packaging they came in, elevate your gift by putting them in a one-of-a-kind vase. For example, our chinoiserie Ming Planter can be filled with a plant, flowers, or fresh eucalyptus, as is seen here. Of course, you can also present it empty – it makes a beautiful gift regardless.

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A Design-Forward Game Set

Games are always a fun host gift! Instead of picking an ordinary board game, opt for one that balances form and function. For example, our Tic-Tac-Toe Board features stylish brass X’s and O’s on a natural-finished bone board. Or, consider our elegant Royal Dominos Set, which makes for an eye-catching piece of decor when not in use. Both of these can be played while guests are over and serve as decorative objects once everyone is gone.

Get Inspired: Unique Host Gifts From GDC Home

While all of these beautiful gifts are perfect for hosts, they can also be given as holiday gifts to friends and family. The blend of functionality and beautiful design elements will stand out far more than a bottle of wine or a candle. For more inspiration, stop by our Charleston furniture stores to browse through our collection of gifts and home decor. Make your host gift one they will remember!

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Berry & Thread North Pole Set of 4 Napkins

The mythical, folkloric world of the North Pole is hand illustrated in this new holiday collection.

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Lastra Holiday Oval Platter

Delight in the magic of the holiday season with the Lastra Holiday Oval Platter.

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Royal Dominos Set

A beautiful piece of functional decor, this Domino Set is anything but ordinary.

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Pezzo Throw

Made in Portugal from soft brushed cotton with a fun fringe trim, it works in both modern and traditional spaces.

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