Whether you plan to stop by a friend’s new apartment or attend a dinner party at a family member’s house, giving a host gift is always a fantastic idea. No matter how big or small your gift is, this simple gesture of appreciation goes a long way.
And if you’re looking for the perfect host gift but are short on time, look no further than Amazon. The buzzy site is a treasure trove of items any host would love to receive.
Because the site is so jam-packed with options that can have you scrolling for hours, we turned to the experts for advice on what’s worth ordering. From gorgeous candles to personalized decanters, here are ten of the best host gifts you can buy from Amazon in less time than it takes you to RSVP to that invite.
Raychel Klein, a Seattle-based professional organizer, certified KonMari consultant, and founder of RayBayBay, says she prefers to give gifts that won’t clutter a home.
“I always think about the hosts’ personalities and what products they would truly use,” she explains. Klein likes to pick up something consumable or personalized if she knows the host well.
Another item on her host gift checklist? The gift should have an “elevated luxe feel,” she says. Keeping this in mind, she shares that this decanter is a beautiful choice.
“I also love the personal touch of custom engraving,” Klein adds. “This is especially meaningful when attending a party for a special event, such as a baby shower or housewarming. It lets the host know that you put a lot of thought.”
A host gift that is pretty and functional also makes a great host gift, says Samantha Pratt, principal designer and founder of Samantha Ashley Designs in Chester County, PA, who says this cheese slicer has both qualities.
“It’s simple and timeless in style, too, which makes it great for anyone’s kitchen,” Pratt explains. “And it is likely not something they already have.”
The best part? It can be used as a serving platter for charcuterie, too. All you have to do is add some meat, nuts, and fruit, and you’re good to go.
Any host will appreciate a diffuser that levels up the scent in a home from blah to amazing.
“Our noses give us a first impression that we may find hard to let go,” says Nikki Klugh, an interior designer based in Omaha, NE. “Let your host give a great first impression with a wonderful-smelling home.”
Be sure to wrap this one up with an assortment of essential oils like lavender and bergamot.
Become your host’s new favorite person by gifting a candle from Le Labo. Recommended by Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design, this chic candle exudes quiet luxury.
Whether placed on a side table or lit on the kitchen counter, it can instantly elevate the feel of any room. If you really want to go all out, pair this pick with a beautiful box of matches or a candle wick trimmer.
Agate coasters help protect surfaces and make for great home decor. And this pick comes in blue, green, purple, or a natural stone color.
“We love to give these beautiful, natural agate coasters,” says Pratt. “They’re also not something everyone thinks of, but are definitely needed to protect furniture.”
If you want to take it one step further, give these pretty coasters with a pair of gorgeous wine glasses or coffee cups.
Pratt points out that a warm, cozy blanket like this one is always a fan favorite.
“It’s a beautiful throw, great for decor, and is also soft and warm to lay on the sofa with and watch a movie,” she says.
If you’re unsure which color to order, choose a neutral shade, like buttercream or sandstone, that mixes well with different color palettes.
Sure, tea towels come in handy when cleaning up messes and drying endless dishes. But tea towels don’t always have to be put to work; they can also be hung in the kitchen to add a pop of color.
These funky towels, which are recommended by Klugh, are available in many different prints and patterns, so there’s something for everyone on your host list.
“Save your host’s countertops from hot pots and pans, in style, with a beautiful trivet that looks and functions great,” says Klugh.
These potholders are made from food-grade silicone and come in sets of three. They’re aesthetically pleasing and add a touch of excitement to any table.
A wood serving board is a gift that keeps giving—your host can use it to serve charcuterie, freshly baked cookies, or even cocktails.
“Give your host a helping hand by bringing a serving board full of finger foods to help feed their guests,” says Klugh. “If you don’t have the time to curate all of this, they will still appreciate the board by itself.”
These eye-catching, vintage-looking board games look great on any shelf. The best part? They provide hours of entertainment, too.
Mazzarini recommends this set, which includes three iconic board games: Clue, Scrabble, and Monopoly.