10 Hostess gift ideas under $50

In Living, Style by Jessica McFadden3 Comments


Everyone wins with hostess gifts: your host feels appreciated and adored, and you have something to hold in your hands when you arrive at her abode. This round up of beautiful and useful tokens of your appreciation take your gifting game up a notch from the usual bottle or bouquet. All 10 hostess gift ideas are less than $50 (some are $20 and under!) but they feel luxe and will show your host your love.


1. Mysticeti Whale Salt and Pepper Shakers $26 anthropologie – Show your appreciation for a home chef with a whimsical S&P set.

2. Format Tray $39.95 CB2 – You will overload your hostess with chic with this minimalist clear acrylic tray she can use anywhere and everywhere in her pad. 

3. Tocca Candele da Viaggio Gift Set $42 Tocca – If there is any gift more elegant than this boxed set of four votives in Tocca’s most celebrated scents, we have not found it yet.

4. Mykonos Stripe Ice Bucket $45.99 Jonathan Adler – Your host will be digging the Mad Men vibe from this acrylic ice bucket, perfect for holding cocktail cubes or chilling a bottle.

5. Mini Plateau Basket $20 Indego Africa – This 6″ diameter basket will bring a bit of Rwanda to your host’s home. All proceed benefit education programs for African women artisans, and the packaging will include beautiful literature explaining the social good aspects of your gift.

6. Potted Double Stem White Orchid $49.95 ProFlowers – If you already stayed your welcome, it is not too late to be a gifting guest. Send this beautiful phalaenopsis potted orchid with a heartfelt note of thanks. 

7. State Cutting/Cheese Boards $48 AHeirloom on etsy – Give the gift of state pride with a handmade wood cutting/cheese board. AHeirloom will custom make and place the heart on the location of your host’s home town.

8. Personalized Boat and Tote Bag $24.95-39.95 L.L. Bean – There is nothing more classic for summer than a canvas tote bag. Make an extra effort by having it personalized for your host with her name, monogram or a cheeky moniker.

9. Pretty Pouches $16-32 Kate Spade Saturday – Versatile zippered pouches in adorbs patterns can be used by your hostess for an array of organization functions and double as cute clutches. At this price, you can pick up a couple (or get one for yourself.)

10. Butter London Tops and Tails Nail Polish Kit $15 Sephora – Your beauty guru girlfriend will totally appreciate this practical and luxe five piece polish set.

Meet the Author | Jessica McFadden

Jessica McFadden (@JessicaMcFadd) is a mom-blogging, freelance-writing, bass-cranking-in-the-minivan mother of three. She writes the award-winning local website A Parent in Silver Spring for parents in the DC area, as well as the lifestyle blog A Parent in America. Jessica has been called a mom blog must-read and featured in media such as CNN and Forbes. Her blog is also a top resource for Washington, DC area parents. Jessica has contributed to The Washington Post, Nickelodeon, TLC and elsewhere. She is also a prolific vlogger at her YouTube channel and also hosts Real Life Style with Jessica McFadden on MomTV. But her favorite gig is being a mom to Charlie, Eve and Alice.


  1. How nice getting a gift while shopping. All women, even men, are very happy with the gift. Although its value is small. However, it is an award that has always been warmly welcomed by consumers, wherever they may be.

  2. I love these ideas! I am always stumped as to what to buy.

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