Surprise Your Hostess With A Gift She’ll Love

February 6, 2019
Gift Ideas
jason wolfe

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties and New Year’s get togethers abound.

But sometimes it can be difficult deciding what to bring as a hostess (or host) gift.

You can always show your appreciation with flowers, chocolates, or even the tried and true bottle of wine. But what if you’d rather bring something more personal and more useful than the usual items?

Party-goers in Pittsburgh are in luck-- we’ve put together this list of awesome hostess gifts you can bring to your next party. She’ll be thrilled to receive something out of the ordinary!

We can’t think of any easier way to give a hostess gift than with a GiftYa electronic gift card. GiftYa offers cards to each of the stores listed below, as well as to many more in Pittsburgh and online. Whether your hostess needs new serving utensils or an elegant wine decanter, you’ll love the ease of sending a GiftYa card. You never have to worry about them forgetting their gift card at home either, because there is no physical card! How easy is that?

Below are great hostess gift options if you want to:

1. Toadflax

More than just beautiful flowers! Image courtesy of Toadflax
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550 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

This little boutique is nestled into the urbane Shadyside business district and is a place you’re sure to find the perfect elegant hostess gift.

In addition to their beautiful flowers-- many of which are tropical and aren’t widely available fresh in Pittsburgh-- Toadflax is also home to some other wonderfully luxurious items.

If your hostess likes her home to be beautifully scented, try picking up some a reed diffuser and oil. They also have a wide variety of bath items and lotions.

“Though Toadflax may have a strange name, this shop has a delightfully well curated collection of books and soaps and various accessories. I'm so happy that I dropped in here for a quick stop with my friend this summer. This is a great place to shop for a gift for that impossible-to-buy-for friend or family member or for a housewarming gift.” - Yelp Review

2. Modern Mercantile

Modern Mercantile
This cute little shop in Carnegie offers anything from candles to aprons! Image courtesy of Modern Mercantile
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233 E. Main St.
Carnegie, PA 15106

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Tues-Sat 11am-6pm

Stop into this cozy shop if you’re looking for a special gift for your party hostess. Modern Mercantile offers small batch items like hand soap, candles, and even laundry detergent. If your hostess has a pooch, consider picking up some of their homemade dog treats as well! You won’t have to worry about bringing something ordinary from this store.

“Just left. Lovely shop and very friendly and interesting proprietor! It's a small, well curated selection, not overcrowded but still with nooks and crannies to explore. Love it and will return.” - Yelp Review

3. North Ave. Candles

North Ave Candles
This local shop specializes in artisan candles, made from the finest ingredients. Image courtesy of North Ave. Candles
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Sold in various stores in Pittsburgh

Anyone can give the gift of a candle, but when you purchase from  North Ave. Candles, you’re getting a candle made by an expert and only in small batches.

They’re made locally by the owner, who only uses the finest wax, wicks, and oils to make a candle like no other. There are a couple of different themed collections as well, including candles that are influenced by bees, banned books, and dinosaurs. With a variety of gorgeous scents, you should have no problem picking one out your hostess will love.

They are sold their website and at various locations, shops, and events throughout picture. You can find out where here,

“I got my first candle years ago. I remember if filling my whole room. Not overbearing but enough to make a difference. Every time I’m thinking of gift ideas or need some more for my house, North Ave Candles is my first choice.” - Facebook Review

Buy a GiftYa To North Ave. Candles >

4. In the Kitchen

In the Kitchen
This tried and true kitchen destination has been around since 2002. They’re experts in all thing foodie! Image courtesy of In the Kitchen
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1725 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Mon-Thurs 9:30am-5pm
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 8am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm

If your hostess loves to cook up anything and everything, then In the Kitchen is a great place to find a gift she’ll use more than once.

From the simple like knives and pans, to the more complicated like popcorn makers and food processors, whatever culinary need she has can be met here. Don’t forget to check out their selection of aprons, towels, and oven mitts too!

“This is a very unique shop in the strip, that just so happens to be my favorite kitchen store. To my knowledge, this store is a home grown place unique to Pittsburgh with hand selected merchandise. They have everything you could ever want for your kitchen.” - Yelp Review

5. Sur la Table

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Pick up those hard to find, upscale kitchen accessories at this store. Image courtesy of Sur la Table
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2681 Sidney St., Ste. B-209
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm
Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 12pm-6pm

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary for your hostess, consider Sur la Table. Their items appeal to the upscale, established cook who already owns all the basics. Consider a lesser known option like fruit or nut tools to add to her kitchen. They offer all the premium brands as well, so if you know your hostess is in the market for something in particular, you can be sure to find it here.

“What a find for kitchen "stuff" of all sorts and I'm not even a cook!  Everywhere I looked I found such fun gadgets -- cute corn cob thingies you stick into the ends to hold on to and silicone ice cube trays in bright colors (of which I bought because I currently have none).” - Yelp Review

6. Wendell August Forge Ornament

Wendell August Forge Ornaments
A beautiful ornament from Wendell August Forge is a nice way to keep your gift in the spirit of the holidays. It’s also one she can decorate the tree with year after year. Image courtesy of  Wendell August Forge
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2074 Leesburg Grove City Rd.
Mercer, PA 16137

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Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

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If your headed to a holiday party, a nice personalized ornament from Wendell August Forge would be a great gift for any hostess. Pick one up in a pretty, neutral color, and it’ll be sure to match any decor she has. They are all hand crafted at the forge, and there is quite a selection. Be sure to check out the Pittsburgh-themed ornaments!

“The store has a lot of cool home decor related products like ornaments, lotions, necklaces, rings, jewelry, bracelets, candies, kitchen materials, posters, artwork, paintings, and just so much more.” - Yelp Review

7. Shari’s Berries

Shari's Berries
Give the gift of chocolate or fruit, or combine the two! Image courtesy of Shari's Berries
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You can’t go wrong with a gift basket from Shari’s Berries. Known all over the country to their chocolate dipped strawberries, they also offer gift baskets, cakes, and cookies as well. What hostess wouldn’t love a nice box of berries to enjoy at her leisure after the guests have gone home? If chocolate is not her thing, they have a big selection of fruit and nut baskets as well.

8. Basket of Pittsburgh

Basket of Pittsburgh
Any hostess would love to receive a basket full of fruit, nuts, and all things Pittsburgh! Image courtesy of A Basket of Pittsburgh
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210 Bilmar Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

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Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm

Basket of Pittsburgh ships Pittsburgh-themed baskets all over the country and includes all kinds of goodies made by local vendors. But you don’t need to ship this to another state to enjoy it! Your hostess will be delighted to see all the items included, and know that they all have a tie back to Pittsburgh. Their baskets include a little bit of everything, including fruit, nuts, jerky, coffee, candy and much more.

“Everything was in pristine condition!  The food items were gorgeous, delightfully Pittsburgh themed, fresh, and delicious.  The hand-painted wine glass is whimsical and so well done.  Additionally, all the other Pittsburgh Penguins gifts were epic.” - Yelp Review

9. Amanda Lee Glassware

Amanda Lee Glassware
Surprise you hostess with a hand painted set of glasses from this local artist! She’ll love that they’re one of a kind. Image courtesy of Amanda Lee Glassware
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931 3rd St.
Oakmont, PA 15139

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Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 10am-5pm

Looking for that one of a kind hostess gift you just can’t find anywhere else? Be sure to stop by the Amanda Lee Glassware studio in Oakmont and browse her hand painted glasses. Your hostess will think of the thoughtful guest every time she reaches for her favorite wine glass. Perhaps she’ll choose to use it at her next party!

10. Jams from Batch

Jams from Batch
Local, fresh and handmade jams. Available in store and at shops around Pittsburgh! Image courtesy of Batch
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230 W. Main St.
Saxonburg, PA 16065

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Tues-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 9am-4pm

Just a short ride north from Pittsburgh and you’ll find Batch, a cute little store in Butler County that makes amazing jam.

Sourced from local ingredients, they have quite an extensive list of flavors. From you traditional ike Strawberry Mojito, to more eccentric like Black Blue and Bourbon, you’ll find the perfect gift for a hostess in no time.

They do more than jam as well, making soups, breads, salads, and quiches.

If you want to save a trip, check their lists of retailer providers in the Pittsburgh area.

“Best Soup. Love the jams. Quiche, breads and desserts are to die for. Top that off with owners that are super people. All star place" - Facebook Review

Pittsburghers love attending parties, and they really appreciate all the time preparing, cooking, and cleaning their hostess does to make sure the occasion a successful one. Why not show your thankfulness one of these unique gifts? What gifts have you brought to a Pittsburgh party? Let us know in the comments!


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