25 Gifts For Host Family16 min readReading Time: 10 minutes
Should I get host family gifts? This question pops into the minds of many travelers when they suddenly realize that “homestay” is exactly what it sounds like.
A homestay is an invitation to understand others’ day-to-day lives better. It’s good to think of some small unique “thank you” gifts before you set off on a journey!
#1 A scrapbook
When it comes to a gift that’s sentimental and meaningful, it’s hard to top the scrapbook! Making a scrapbook for your host family means giving them a physical representation of the time you’ve spent together.
It means collecting and printing photos, as well as any other tokens of your au pair year, like movie tickets or seashells from the beach.
And it means laying it all out nicely, perhaps with captions or labels that will help keep them remember the places you went and activities you did together as a family! Get one here
#2 A Sheet Pan
If your host has been baking (or stress-baking) up a storm, set them up for sweet success with this great baking sheet.
This clever cake pan is a potluck-er’s best friend: Bake a 9×13” sheet cake or batch of brownies in the pan, then pop on the accompanying metal lid and it’s ready to head to dinner. Use the lid to keep any leftovers fresh right in the pan.
The natural aluminum is superb at conducting heat for even rising and baking, and will never rust or warp. Get one here
#3 A Desk Calendar
Desk Calendars are the perfect gift for the new year. Start your calendar on any month and create a custom desk calendar using your favorite photos with styles you’ll love.
This desk calendars are perfectly sized at 5×11 and printed on high-quality card stock with a handsome and durable built-in easel for display. Get them here
#4 A Tea Sampler
If they’re tea-drinkers (or striving to become one), gift this sampler set, which includes 12 popular loose-leaf teas and infusions. When only the best will do, turn to this tea gift set filled with 12 of our most popular loose leaf teas and infusions.
With a certified crowd-pleaser for every taste and every occasion, it’s almost too good. Includes Buddha’s Blend, Caribbean Crush, Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, Organic Cold 911, Organic Cream of Earl Grey, Organic David’s Breakfast Blend, Forever Nuts, Organic Japanese Sencha, Just Peachy, ORganic Mother’s Little Helper, Organic Super Ginger and S’mores Chai. Get it here
#5 A Digital Picture Frame
More than just a digital photo frame, Aluratek raises the bar with its new Digital Lifestyle Device (DLD). View hi-resolution pictures, listen to music and watch home videos easily on the 8″ TFT true color LCD at 800 x 600 resolution.
Simply insert your camera or camcorder’s SD / SDHC card or a USB drive directly into the frame. Pictures will automatically start in a slideshow mode.
With the built-in 512 MB on-board memory you can also transfer your favorite digital files directly from your computer fast and easy without any software. Get it here
#6 A Vacuum Cleaner
If part of their hosting routine is a solid stress-clean in the hours and days before the first guest arrives, help lower some of that stress and give them the tools to success with this high-powered, efficient vacuum.
Shark’s original full-sized Powered Lift-Away. The pod detaches to deep-clean, hard-to-reach areas while still delivering power to keep the brushroll spinning. Get one here
#7 A Special Scented Candle
For a cleaner candle that she gets to have some part in making, give your hostess with the moistest a Siblings candle.
The Delicate rose is perfectly balanced with bold citrus and damp, earthy oak moss. Repurpose a vessel you already have as a candle. Simply melt, pour and enjoy.
It comes with 10 oz of all natural, scented eco-friendly coconut blend wax. Non-toxic wax is free of parabens, paraffin and phthalates. Fragrance and essential oils are free of phthalates. Get one here
#8 A Juice Maker
Whether they’re making lemonade from scratch or juicing limes for their signature cocktail, every host or hostess will love having a powerful, easy-to-use juicer.
Minimize damage to delicate vitamins and minerals from heat and processing. Breville’s Cold Spin Technology has been shown to transfer less than 1.8°C while extracting juice.
And the 850 watt motor processes even the toughest fruits and vegetables in just seconds. Get one here
#9 A Robe Coat
Give them permission to wear a robe all day—yes, even if guests are over—with this cozy, flowy pick.
This is the statement piece that will turn heads. With beautiful velvet trim and a modern design, this kimono is slightly heavier and easy to clean and care for, making this flattering robe your elegant kimono cover up for delightful nights in or a festive short kimono cardigan for decadent nights out. Get it here
#10 A Peg Game with their Name
Make your hostess gift personal with this custom table game: Get the host family’s last name engraved in the base, and they’ll have a fun game to leave on the coffee table or bookshelf for guests to enjoy in every subsequent gathering.
This board offers features not found on other travel boards. There are two full tracks, so you don’t have to track which lap you are on.
The tracks aren’t next to each other, so it’s easier to grab pegs. Get it here
#11 A Party Cooler
If it’s an outdoor party, bring a gift suited to the setting. Made of durable steel with a stylish colored finish, it’ the perfect companion to any outdoor gathering.
This 80 quart (20 gallon) cooler has two openings, so you can easily access both sides and features convenient handles on each side as well.
A drainage hole located on the back lets you quickly remove excess water while a convenient bottle opener with cap catcher is attached to the front. It features four wheels which allows you to bring this cooler with you anywhere you go and then keep it in place with two locking wheels. Get it here
#12 Mixing Bowls
Any host will love having a few extra bowls around, whether for serving up appetizers or mixing up their famous dishes and recipes.
These steel mixing bowls with lids are nearly indestructible, easily cleaned, and won’t retain food odors and stains like plastic. They also look great in both the kitchen and dining room with stylish brushed steel exteriors and a polished interior finish. Get them here
#13 A Nesting Tray
Whether they’re all about keeping things corralled—even guests’ keys—or they’re trying to craft the perfect side-table vignette, these streamlined nesting trays will give them a hand.
In this tray, you’ll find a selection of high-quality materials chosen for a lower impact and a longer lifespan including aluminum, solid ash wood, and hard recyclable plastic. Get it here
#14 A Kitchen Speaker
If she loves playing music—while cooking, cleaning, hosting, reading, whatever—but doesn’t love the look of techie speakers, give her this beautiful ceramic speaker, which can fit in nicely among her other tabletop decor.
With an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, the app lets you easily switch between Bluetooth devices. Plus, it includes product tips to help you get even more from your speaker. If you want to use Stereo or Party mode for multiple SoundLink Revolve speakers, you can use the app for that, too. Get one here
#15 A Nice Pair of Joggers
After a long day (or week) of prepping, hosting, and cleaning, there’s probably nothing your hostess wants more than to kick back and relax—and there’s nothing more comfy to relax in than Tommy John’s loungewear, which comes in five colors.
A French Terry essential, these joggers are designed for total comfort featuring an easy straight fit and drawstring waistline.. They’re soft, french Terry Jogger Sweatpants with drawstring cord made of 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester. Get them here
#16 A Fun Game
Make sure every party you attend this holiday season is the best time ever by giving the gift of laughter.
This cute, compact tin is filled with 50 hilarious and thought-provoking questions asking players to choose between two equally good, unpleasant, or absurd scenarios.
With a wide range of intriguing questions, this family-friendly party game leads to interesting conversations. Get it here
#17 A French Cookbook
Foodies will savor this stunning coffee-table book about all things French food—from recipes to guides to oysters and frites.
There’s never been a book about food like Let’s Eat France! A book that feels literally larger than life, it is a feast for food lovers and Francophiles, combining the completist virtues of an encyclopedia and the obsessive visual pleasures of infographics with an enthusiast’s unbridled joy. Bon appetit! Get it here
#18 Special Syrup
Everybody wins with this small batch of simple syrup: Use it to flavor Shirley Temples for the kiddos and Pink Ladies for the grown-ups.
Pure maple syrup is an all-natural energy booster and a superior sweetener choice to help fuel your body before, during and after a workout.
These maple cans are only made from 100% pure natural maple syrup, and just as you would expect, it does not contain ANY artificial ingredients. Get it here
Your hostess has likely been on her feet all day preparing, and she’s not likely to get a break until the party begins to wind down. In Morocco slippers are called ‘babouches’, which are made of 100% Moroccan leather at the bottom.
We’ve used suede to give it that winter look. Moroccans love wearing their babouches everywhere in the house. These babouches are traditional in style and are more decorative. Get them here
#20 A Steel Pitcher
This classic pitcher can hold water, coffee, tea, and even mixed drinks. It’s sleek, modern, and subtle—perfect for fitting into whatever party your favorite hostess has planned next.
Crafted in high grade, food safe stainless steel, this durable pitcher will never break or crack and is much lighter than glass alternatives. The integrated ice guard allows for an easy pour of chilled beverages while avoiding the splash of an escaped ice cube.
An excellent option for mixing up a pitcher of margaritas, refreshing lemonade or serving water during a dinner party. Get it here
#21 A Throw Blanket
This cozy throw can fit into any style home. The recipient of this hostess gift can put it on display—and let guests wrap up in it if they get chilly—or keep it to herself for relaxing post-party.
Featuring a lovely tasseled design, this light, lovely throw completes any ensemble in an effortless style. Get it here
#22 A Kitchen Apron
At any dinner party or cocktail situation, there’s bound to be some running back and forth between the kitchen and the party.
If you’re bored with the same, generic aprons you find literally everywhere you look then you are in the right place! Get ready to look as good as you cook! You will always be looking the part in one of our funny aprons whether it’s a family dinner party, a BBQ or just cooking up a storm in the kitchen! Get it here
#23 Mold Tray
If she’s known for her irresistible cocktail concoctions, bring this ice maker to the next party. The fruit tray mold for resin casting are made of high-quality silicone material, very soft, easy to release and clean.
It is perfect for making agate flakes, coasters, cake trays, fruit trays, tea trays, and various decorative ornaments. You can use it for DIY crafts as you like. Get it here
#24 Wine Chiller
Ideally, you’ll arrive at the party with this wine chiller and a bottle of wine ready for drinking; she can pop the chiller in the freezer and use it at the next party when the chilled bottles are all gone.
Impressive quality brushed nickel plated Premium & Majestically large Ice Bucket Wine chiller with Large Steel stand. A fantastic addition to your kitchenware and barware. An authentic Aluminum doubled walled insulated bucket for minimum heat exchange. Get one here
#25 A Honey Dipper
Truly special host and hostess gifts don’t have to be expensive. Take, for example, this honey dipper and tea measuring set. Honey bobs make great gifts for any occasion.
They are not only highly decorative but also very utilitarian. They are meant to be used! Each honey bob was assembled from a variety of hardwoods and individually turned on the wood lathe.
They are sanded to a high polish and finished with mineral oil and beeswax hand rubbed into the grain. The photo shows the variety of woods. Get one here