The 9 Best Hostess Gifts, According to Professional Party Attenders


We asked a handful of the city’s most popular personalities to let us in on the coasters, candles, and basil plants they bring to parties—and that get them invited back.

“I’ve been giving these out the past couple of months. They’re printed on beechwood and they’re really graphic and nicely made.” — Emmanuel Platt, Director of Merchandising at MoMA

Areaware Table Tiles$23, Amazon

“This bright-red flower print is my favorite from Marimekko. I usually see it as a tablecloth, but I love that it comes on a teapot.” — Wendy Goodman, New York design editor

Marimekko Unikko Teapot$98, Amara

“People only buy bags of ice when they’re having a rager, but even if they’re just having people over for drinks I find that they run out all the time. I’d also get Lillet Blanc. Drink that on ice with a slice of lemon peel — it’s mad delicious. Such a good spring-summer drink.” — Jonah Reider, chef

Lillet Blanc$22,

“I just got my friend this candle, which basically means fire in the woods. It smells incredible and I would happily bring it to anyone’s house. If you’re really good friends, you get the big one, and if you’re just chill you bring the small one.” — Brendan Fallis, DJ and entrepreneur

Feu de Bois Scented Candle, 5.6 oz.$62, Neiman Marcus

“Depending on the host, I think a properly rolled joint is a very nice gift. If not that, I usually go with incense. A bottle of Champagne is kind of played out, so it’s nice to bring something different and surprise them a bit.” —Chris Black, founder of Done to Death Projects and author of I Know You Think You Know It All

Astier de Villate Aoyama Incense$50, ABC Home

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“I love to bring plants because they’ll have it around for a long time and if you’re going to someone’s apartment it doesn’t have to be big. Bring a pot of basil and whenever they see it they’ll say, Oh, so-and-so gave it to me.” —Cornelia Guest, socialite and author of Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining

Terra-cotta Clay Pot$9, Home Depot

“In the summer I always do rosé. Clos Beyless is my favorite because it comes in a beautiful blue bottle, but it sells out fast, so I’ll usually get Whispering Angel. If it’s a close friend I’ll buy them a case.” — Ramona Singer, Real Housewives of New York

Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2015$20,

“Now that it’s getting warmer I’ve been buying people baby pools to fill with water, ice, and drinks like beers, Champagne, and chilled wines. It works for rooftop parties, garden parties — we even put one in the house the other day. I’ve been getting funny ones depending on the person, but I’ll mostly stick to Hello Kitty.” — Naomi Shimada, model

Hello Kitty Easy Set PoolFrom $44, Amazon

“It’s fun to get wine or Champagne, but it’s even nicer in a metallic gift bag. It’s a super simple and easy way to make something look special.” —Nicholas Anderson, co-founder of Confetti System

100 Mylar Wine Bags$27, Amazon

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