Gifts for the Holiday Host/Hostess

Manners are something we are taught from a young age here in the South. Say “please” and “thank you”, keep your elbows off the table, and don’t talk with your mouth full are just a few that are hammered home. So, if you are headed to a dinner or party over the holiday season, it is only natural that you are thinking about the perfect host or hostess gift. These do not need to be expensive, just thoughtful. We have some great ideas that you are sure to love.

A great bottle of wine or a curated selection of craft beer is a gift that you can never go wrong with. Whole Foods Market has a selection that is out of this world. We love the Criterion Collection which offers wine lovers a variety of wine styles from around the world. Your biggest issue is red or white?

Or maybe your host or hostess is more of a beer drinker. Whole Foods Market has a great selection of craft beers that are sure to please even the pickiest beer connoisseur. We recommend the Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale or the Flying Dog K9 Cruiser.

Sometimes you just want to break out of the box and some up with a gift that is a little more personal. Destin Commons has you covered. We looked all over and here are some of our other favorite host/hostess gifts.

For the Love of Books

Books are often overlooked as a host or hostess gift, but they often the most valued. Books-A-Million has anything and everything you can imagine but here are a few of what we loved. A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

Yes, we all know and love this classic Christmas movie. “You’ll shoot your eye out” and “Fragile…Must be Italian” are quotes that are instantly recognized. This is the book that inspired the movie that we watch religiously year after year.

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

We love anything Southern related and here Southern born Reese Witherspoon shares how she infuses her heritage into different components of her life. A must read for a true Southern gal!

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines can do little wrong in our opinion and we love this collection of recipes that she has shared with us. This is perfect for the host or hostess that has a love of cooking.

A Little Pampering

Women love to be pampered and what could be better that a great smelling gift from Lush. Personally, we could spend hours playing with all the concoctions in Lush but we have narrowed it down to just a few of our favorites.

Rosy Christmas

This sweet smelling gift of Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan makes the perfect treat for winter skin. Plus, the fragrance is out of this world!

Christmas Candy Box

Nothing says thank you like this sweet box of bath goodies. Your hostess will love being able to unwind with this thoughtful gift of bath bombs, bubble bar and shower gel.

Turkish Delights

During the holidays, we all need to stay caffeinated. And Store & Story is now carrying Turkish coffee pots called a cezve. This is more of an espresso style coffee that is brewed with sugar. Delicious and strong!

Or check out these stunning votive holders. They come in a variety of vibrant colors that look dazzling when lit. This gift is unexpected and unique and something your host will treasure forever.

Gifts of Ease

‘We know that time is of the essence during this time of year. And you cannot go wrong with a gift card to a favorite store. Pop into Starbucks, Bass Pro Shop or Destin Commons’ Guest Services and pick up a gift card. You cannot get much easier than that!


These are just a few of our suggestions but come and check out everything Destin Commons has to offer. You are bound to find the perfect gift and have a great time enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays while visiting us.

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