Unique Gifts for the Host

by Morgan Surajram October 07, 2021

Unique gift ideas for the host, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

Fall is here! It always feels like such a magical time of year. The transition into shorter days and cooler nights. A time to give yourself permission to slow down and cozy up inside with a good book, your favourite blanket and a cup of tea. It means pumpkin spice flavours, oversized sweaters and changing leaves; but most importantly, it means spending time with family and friends. Scout has you covered with a curated list of unique gifts for the host or hostess for all your fall dinner parties and gatherings.

FOR THE HOST THAT ALWAYS HAS A NEW HOBBY

For the art-loving hosts in your life, we have been loving the paint-by-number kits from Elle Crée and think the Fox with Chicory Paint-by-Number Kit is the perfect project to immerse into the fall spirit. Assembled in Portland, Oregon, each kit includes hand-mixed paints and illustrations by the talented botanical watercolour artist Rachel Austen. Elle Crée donates 5% of profits to social and environmental initiatives such as The Oregon Food Band and the Black Resilience Fund. 

The Sea to Sky Cross Stitch Kit by Diana Watters can also be an exciting new challenge for the host that’s always looking for a new hobby to take up. Diana is a Toronto based maker who creates beautiful DIY cross stitch kits in various patterns and scenes. This kit comes with everything you need to create a mountain landscape reminiscent of cottage weekends.

For those hosts that may enjoy a longer project, we recommend the Sitting Room DIY Kit by Hands Craft. This kit creates a beautiful mini sitting room scene complete with the most delicate details for hobbyists looking for an intricate challenge. 

FOR THE HOST WITH KIDS

Fall family gatherings are extra excitement-filled with kids around. Keep them occupied while the adults catch up over a glass of wine with the unique gift of Scary Bingo, by Chronicle Books. This bingo version is brightly illustrated, easy to play and sure to get kids into a spooky, festive mood. 


For the host who loves family game night or whose children are coming home from university for the festivities, we think The Family Game by School of Life is a perfect way to make up for lost time. This game is designed to start conversations to reconnect, reminisce, and create new memories. A meaningful gift inspiring family connection.

FOR THE HOST THAT HAS EVERYTHING

 

We've all got that hard to shop for relative or friend! A thoughtful choice for the person that has it all would be something they can consume. You can't go wrong with Pumpkin Spice Tea from New Moon Tea Co., a recent addition to the Scout collection! This fall-themed delicious treat will surely be an after-dinner favourite. 

A perfect pairing to the tea would be a set of mugs from Kinto. Their Ceramic Lab mug series uses a special local sandstone from where they're made, Hasami in Japan, a village with a long tradition of pottery craftsmanship. 

Another thoughtful gift for the home would be the Classic Turkish Towel by Lualoha. These versatile towels are ideal for beachy destinations, picnics and travelling due to how lightweight they are and their quick-drying capabilities. Being super absorbent, they work wonderfully in the home as well and come in different colours to match the home’s decor.  


FOR THE HOST THAT LOVES HANDMADE

During the fall season, nature gives us beautiful colours and wildlife to witness. Gift your host that has an appreciation for handmade one of Kate Golding's beautiful tea towels. Not to choose favourites, but we love the Canada Geese Tea Towel. Created and designed by local textile designer Kate Golding, she draws inspiration for her designs from observing the nature around her. 

Handmade lovers will always cherish the care put into handmade soaps and candles. We recommend the Northern Pine Soap, by Skipping Stone Soap, which has the fresh scent of pine trees. Pair Northern Pine with Homecoming's Ginger Flower Saffron Scent candle for a woodsy and relaxing fall duo. We love Homecoming's reusable ceramic vessels. They flawlessly elevate the experience; it's a hostess gift we know they'll appreciate. 

 

FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONSCIOUS HOST

A valuable gift for the environmentally conscious host is the multi-purpose Swedish Dish Cloths by Danica. Your host will be appreciative of these 100% compostable cloths. They come in various patterns, so you can thoughtfully choose a print your host will love.

Another perfect eco-choice are the reusable napkins from Ten & Co. Available in sets of 4 in a variety of patterns and colours, not only are these a waste free addition to any home, but also a spot on choice for someone who loves to host dinner parties and gatherings with loved ones. 

Wrap your host's gift in one of Wrappr's machine washable and biodegradable Furoshiki Gift Wrap's. These wraps come in different sizes and patterns designed by artists around the world, and are versatile in their use. Where one sees gift wrap, another sees a head or a neck scarf! 

Lastly, don't forget to include a thank you card with your host's gift! We recommend a cute, themed card like the Squirrel Acorn Card by local artist Joojoo Paper. If you've got many gatherings coming up, we suggest TeNeues’ Cozy Cabin Thank You Boxed Set Cards for an autumn scene theme. Browse our Thank You collection here to find the perfect card for the generous host.

 

We hope you enjoy the fall season as much as we do! These moments of gatherings feel even more meaningful as our time with loved ones has been so short over the last year and a half. Sharing a meal, a glass of wine or even just time together is precious. Happy fall!

 

 


Morgan Surajram
Morgan Surajram

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Morgan is a Toronto-based copywriter with a love for a hot cup of tea, art and creating. Her background in music makes her passionate about helping people harness their creativity to showcase their best and most authentic selves.

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