Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

5 Thrifty & Unique Holiday Host Gifts

Twinkling lights, evergreens, and cozy nights by the fire “” it’s officially the holiday season! Unfortunately, that also means the to-do list is growing. This year, cut down on stress by keeping a few host gifts on hand, so you’re well-prepared when a last-minute invitation comes your way.

Out of ideas? Goodwill’s thrift stores have you covered. Here are five thrifty gift ideas that will wow your hosts and go beyond the expected:

#1: Holiday Goodies with a Vintage Twist

Gifting something home-baked comes from the heart. It’s also affordable. This year, elevate your sweet treats, whether cookies, sweet bread, or muffins, by gifting them in a gorgeous vintage bowl or platter thrifted from Goodwill. The right piece will add the perfect elegant or festive touch!

#2: Finer Flowers

If you’re unsure what your hosts like, flowers are always a safe bet. But rather than pay top dollar for an arrangement from a florist, here’s a frugal option: Fill a thrifted vase (or pitcher) with cut stems purchased at your local market. You’ll save big, and your hosts will have a nice vase to keep. For an additional holiday touch, bring a poinsettia in a thrifted basket instead of cut flowers!

#3: A Night of Relaxation

ireland book from goodwill

Planning a party is a lot of work. As a thank-you, reward your hosts with everything they need to melt the stress away! Pair a few thrifted books with a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine that can be enjoyed once the dishes are washed and the guests have gone home for the night. With this gift, you’ll definitely secure an invitation to next year’s soirée.

glass jars from goodwill

#4: DIY Candlelight

There’s little better than a cozy candle during the holidays. If you’re the crafty type, consider creating homemade candles out of thrifted jars or containers! Melt wax found at a craft store, add the fragrance of your choice and a wick, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind gift from the heart.

#5: Personalized Gift Baskets

If you’d prefer a more personalized gift option for your hosts, the possibilities for thrifted gift baskets are endless! Find a basket at a Goodwill thrift store, then fill it with all your hosts’ favorite things. You might even be able to create the entire basket out of items found at Goodwill!

Using thrifted items for your host gifts gives you the chance to create something they’ll love. It’s also sustainable, and supports Goodwill’s mission to provide a path to vocational success for individuals with disabilities, our nation’s veterans, and others facing barriers to employment.

Find the Goodwill thrift store nearest you, and get ready for the invitations sure to come your way!