The Host

These thoughtful gifts for your hosts will help make their house party-ready.

 Holiday Gift Ideas for the-Host

1. Sophisticated Scents

Jo Malone’s onyx candle has notes of amber and black orchid, cardamom, ginger and water lily and is the sophisticated sort of gift that guarantees another invite.

Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Candle, $75. Available at Holt Renfrew.

2. Brew Master

Serious tea drinkers know that the best tea doesn’t come in a bag. This press has a filter so you don’t need one. Bonus points for the double wall design that keeps the brew piping hot for a really long time.

Bodum Columbia Double Walled Tea Press, $100. Available at Mighty Leaf.

3. Couture Corn

This outside-the-box gift allows you to choose from an array of intriguing popcorn varieties like Black Pearl and Midnight Blue, and a host of tantalizing seasonings like Cocoa Caliente (a mix of dark chocolate and chilies), Amish Caramel and Country Fair Dill Pickle.

Gourmet Popcorn and Seasoning Kit, $28. Available at

4. On Board

Chances are a busy host also has a well-used cutting board that could use a little TLC. This oil ensures it stays in fighting shape.

Cutting board oil. $36. Available at Plain & Simple.

5. Hot Sips

A great reference guide for winter staples like mulled cider and hot toddies. This cocktail book also provides great ideas for cocktail party snacks.

Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks. $16. Available at

6. Game On

Buy the host some extra prep time and keep guests entertained with this addictive game.

Pub Game Coasters, US $15. Available at Restoration Hardware.

7. Good Scents

Like the sweet smell of just-baked cookies, this cinnamon, clove, orange peel and allspice berry brew makes the whole house smell divine.

Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spices. $16. Available at Williams-Sonoma.

8. Say Cheese

A set of these brightly coloured knives from an iconic French brand is certainly a good gift. The fact that they are dishwasher-safe makes it a great one.

Laguiole Cheese Knife Set, US $32. Available at Anthropologie.

9. Pretty Useful

These gorgeous glass bottle stoppers can be put to use immediately. Though just how long they actually stay in the bottle is another story.

Glass Bottle Stoppers, $25. Available at Pottery Barn.

10. Table Setting

If there’s one thing someone who entertains a lot could use, it’s multiple sets of dinner napkins. These linen ones are the finishing touch to a well-thought-out dinner party plan.

Linen napkin, set of 4.  $19. Available at Chapters.