Gift Ideas for Your Holiday Party Host

’Hour Detroit’ staff share their favorite local products to give (and receive as) the holiday party host.
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Photograph by Rebecca Simonov.

Picking out a gift to thank your holiday party host for their hospitality isn’t always easy. You want something that clearly delivers your message of appreciation, but not something so extravagant that things get awkward.

Here, we’ve asked some of the staff at Hour Detroit for the best local products they’ve ever given (or received) as the holiday party host. We hope it helps you as you try to find the perfect host gift this holiday season.

Note: The included gift ideas are pictured above. They are listed in clockwise order starting from the top left. 


Coto de Gomariz (María Álvarez Serrano) X Albarino

Get it for $31.50, at Elie Wine Co., 1601 14 Mile Road, Birmingham; eliewine.com.

“I like to select a wine that is out of the ordinary and aligns with the host’s tastes. Seek out the local stores that have a deep list: The Royce, Elie Wine Co., Red Wagon Shoppe, etc. And don’t hesitate to ask the on-site team for help.”

– Nick Britsky, Digital Director 

Tea Forté Petite Box Herbal Tea

Find it for $26, at Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson; leonandlulu.com

Bacanha Fleur de Sureau Brut Syrup

Sold for $22, at Urbanum, 6545 Woodward Ave., Detroit; urbanumdetroit.com.

Detroit Tile Coasters

Get yours for $10 each, at Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson; leonandlulu.com.

“Coasters are the best hostess gift I’ve received. There are a lot of beautiful designs out there, and it’s a practical gift, too — it seems like you could always use more coasters.”

–  Olivia Sedlacek, Copy Editor 

Birmingham Chocolate Bonbon Assortment

Just $18 for a 9-piece assortment, at Birmingham Chocolate, 1260 Woodward Heights, Ferndale; Birminghamchocolate.com.

Lavender Candle

Score one for $20, at EveryBody by Dutton Farm, 64 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac; everybodyinc.com.

“When giving candles, I always shop from local brands. My favorite is Every Body candles by Dutton Farm, a Rochester-based nonprofit that employs individuals of all abilities to produce its products.”

– Kate Walsh, Editor 

Cherry Jam

It’s a great deal for just $10 for 8.5 oz., at Cherry Republic; cherryrepublic.com for locations.

“Food gifts are always my go-to — especially anything from Cherry Republic. This Michigan staple will even gift-wrap your purchase, making you look like a true gifting pro.”

– Lindsay Richards, Creative Director

La Paludier Guerande Fleur de Sel

Get it for $17, at Urbanum, 6545 Woodward Ave., Detroit; urbanumdetroit.com.


This story is from the November 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.

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