20 Fall Hostess Gift Ideas Under $25
20 Fall Hostess Gift Ideas Under $25
20 Fall Hostess Gift Ideas Under $25

Thanksgiving is literally around the corner.

We have six more weeks until the big bird graces our tables once again.

This is my son’s favorite holiday because it involves food. He’s a huge fan of the traditional fare…turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes. If I deviate too far from this, I’ll be the only one consuming it. I always try to sneak a little something new in but if I get the “thumbs down”, trust me…my name goes on the left over container.

While all my peeps are “traditional” when it comes to the Thanksgiving meal, I do love making the day extra special in the way we set the table, enjoy the meal and celebrate life together. It’s kind of funny when you think about our calendar year. We give the year just one day to really hone in on what we are grateful for.

If you’re anything like me, I need more than just one.

We have so many reasons to share our gratitude.


Before we moved from Texas to North Carolina 12 years ago, we had large gatherings combining both my family and my husbands. On average, 20-30 people would be under one roof. It was loud, fun, crazy and the food was always super delicious.

Today, our thanksgivings are smaller since our family is 1000 miles away. We’ve celebrated with friends on occassion but no matter the size, they are just as memorable…and just as tasty.

While I’ve attended many feasts, I’ve also hosted many as well.

As a hostess, I’ve always appreciated the kind hearts that went out of their way to bring a small “thank you”. It showed me that they cared and were grateful to be in our home, sharing a meal with us and making memories.

Hostess gifts don’t have to cost a lot and to prove it, I searched and gathered handfuls of hostess gift ideas all under $25 to inspire your gift giving hearts!




Emily Post, my good friend (wink wink), and I agree that a hostess gift is fitting when you are invited to a dinner party, housewarming, special occasion (where there is a guest of honor), or a weekend visit.

Large formal dinner parties do not require a gift, especially if you don’t know the host well.

If you dine with friends regularly, a gift is not always necessary, but the thought of one does count. I truly believe the heart behind the gift, no matter what the occasion, is always felt.


  • Wine or Champagne
  • Flowers (preferably in a vase)
  • A potted plant
  • Chocolates (dark is my favorite…just sayin)
  • Specialty food items such as jams and jellies or other condiments, fancy nuts, olives, olive oil or vinegars
  • Items for the house, such as cocktail napkins , notepad/pen, note cards, guest soaps and lotions, a picture frame , or a scented candle.
  • A CD, movie or book is also appropriate if you know your host’s taste.
  • Something unique to your host if you know her interests.



If you like putting thought and effort into creating your own gifts, here are some fun ideas that you can pick from.

The nice thing about DIYing one or more of these ideas is that you will end up with multiple gifts to share. Think of parties and gathering you’ll attend, as well as friends, neighbors, teachers, your mailman, etc…all the people you’d like to give a little something too as a “thank you” for being in your life.

1. My Blessed Life Gourmet Chocolate Pretzels

Easy Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels, My Blessed Life

Easy Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels

2. A Farmgirl’s Dabbles Spiced Rosemary & Thyme Nuts

Spiced Rosemary & Thyme Nuts, A Farmgirls Dabbles

Spiced Rosemary & Thyme Nuts

3. Simple Bites Herbed Salt

Herbed Salt

Herbed Salt

4. HGTV Mulled Wine Kit

HGTV Mulled Wine Kit

HGTV Mulled Wine Kit

5. Boxwood Avenue Leaf Stamping Tea Towel


Leaf Stamping Tea Towel, Boxwood Avenue

Leaf Stamping Tea Towel

6. Pepper Design Blog Rosemary Olive Oil

Rosemary Olive Oil, Pepper Design Blog

Rosemary Olive Oil

7. Suburban Simplicity Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub, Suburban Simplicity

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub, Suburban Simplicity

8. Evermine Holiday Stovetop Simmer

Stovetop Simmer, Evermine

Stovetop Simmer, Evermine

9. Bless Her Heart Y’all Maple Bacon Bourbon Popcorn

I’m gonna try this one myself!

Maple Bacon Bourbon Popcorn, Bless Her Heart Y'all

Maple Bacon Bourbon Popcorn, Bless Her Heart Y’all

10. The Idea Room Stamped Wooden Spoons

Hand Stamped Wooden Utencils, The Idea Room

Hand Stamped Wooden Utencils, The Idea Room




If you prefer to buy because DIY is not your thing or you simply prefer the ease of enjoying someone else’s talent, check these ideas out.

1. Hello You Candles Grateful

Grateful Candle, Hello You Candles

Grateful, Hello You Candles

2. Oh Nuts Cornucopia

Oh Nuts, Corucopia

Oh Nuts, Corucopia

3. Pier One Monogram Napkins

Monogrammed Napkins, Pier One

Monogrammed Napkins, Pier One

4. FTD Fall Flowers

FTD Fall Flowers, Count Your Blessings

FTD Fall FLowers, Count Your Blessings

5. Amazon Guest Towel Caspari Berry Branches


Amazon Disposable Guest Towels

Amazon Disposable Guest Towels

6. Wayfair Terrance Dining Bowl Set

Wayfair, Mint Pantry Terrance Dining Bowls

Wayfair, Mint Pantry Terrance Dining Bowls

7. William Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter

William Sonoma, Pecan Pumpkin Butter

William Sonoma, Pecan Pumpkin Butter

8. William Sonoma Pecan Pie in a Jar

William Sonoma, Pecan Pie in a Jar

William Sonoma, Pecan Pie in a Jar

9. Papyrus Friendship Carb Day Cards

I think Thanksgiving and all holiday gatherings involving food could qualify for for this “quote”.

Papyrus, Friendship Cards

Papyrus, Friendship Cards

10. Essential Journeys Cranberry Orange Poppyseed Soap

Essential Journeys, Cranberry Orange Poppyseed Soap

Essential Journeys, Cranberry Orange Poppyseed Soap

Side Note: I have personally used and gifted several of Kimberly’s soaps and candles. She makes a great product and is local in the Asheville area. Essential Journeys do check her out.


Whether you choose to DIY or purchase your hostess gifts, make sure you give yourself enough time to have them ready for life’s little celebrations. I tend to stock up when I find a good thing. You never know when you’ll need a little something to share.

If you choose to give a potted plant, check out my post on the succulents I made for all my hostess gifts this past summer. Instead of using succulents, you can pick up a small rosemary plant instead. Painting the pots was simple and fun and my family and friends loved them.

Rustic Shimmer Pots

Rustic Shimmer Pots

Here’s a little bonus idea as well for your home or a as a gift…


Pay attention to your calendar so you can schedule in the necessary time to make and or shop for what you need. Reverse engineer your calendar beginning with the end in mind. We’re trying to teach our son this concept now as he’s navigating homework, projects and tests. Let me tell you…the struggle is real!

Seriously though.

This is such a simple idea and if applied to all our areas of life, even holiday gift shopping and planning, everything will run so much smoother. So get out your calendar. Make a list of your upcoming needs, events, gifts, projects, etc. Decide on your “due date” as you work back to the “start date”.  When you do this, you’ll sail through the holidays stress free!

And if you don’t, you can at least give it your best shot with a little thoughtful planning, effort, chocolate (of course), and a bottle of wine nearby.


Let’s hear it…

What’s your favorite hostess gift to give and /or make?

Please share below.

If you see something in this list of Fall Hostess Gift Ideas, be sure to make a note of it or “pin it” in case you need to come back to this.

If you come across a great gift idea, do share! You know…we women love options!

Cheers to you and yours!

Lisa Jennett Wood

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