‘Tis the season for Christmas parties and celebrations! While hostess gifts aren’t necessary, they are certainly appreciated. Most people have enough “stuff”, so aim for gifts that are consumable or something that everyone uses. Here’s a list of hostess gift ideas that can be found in Columbus. These also make great office, friend, or extended family gifts and teacher gifts – basically, any adult in your life!
Hostess Gift Ideas: Food
Buckeyes: Whether homemade or purchased, Buckeyes are a perennial Columbus favorite as long as the recipient or family doesn’t have peanut allergies. These can also be made with other nut butters.
There are so many amazing bakeries around Columbus that you surely have a favorite. Here are some great options that are Columbus favorites.
Sweet Tooth Cottage Bakery in Powell
Cherborg Bakery in Bexley – My personal favorite; everything is gluten-free and nut-free, but you wouldn’t know it.
Pattycake Bakery near Clintonville – Organic and vegan options
Piece of Cake in the Short North – Offering more than just amazing cakes
Bake Me Happy in Merion Village – Gluten-free and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to cookies, scones, pies, cupcakes, muffins, and bars, you’ll find nostalgic homemade treats such as Oatmeal Creme Clouds, King Dongs, Zebra Cakes, Spongies, and more.
Pistacia Vera in German Village and North Market – Homemade beautiful macarons and other sweets
The Suisse Shop in Polaris – Delivery within Central Ohio available
Nothing Bundt Cakes in Gahanna, Dublin, Lennox Center – Bundt cakes from bite-sized to party-sized
Golden Delight Bakery on Bethel
The Original Goodie Shop in Upper Arlington
Mozarts in Clintonville – Features European and Austrian baked goods, including traditional holiday desserts such as Yule Logs, Strudels, Lebkuchen, and more
Schmidt’s in German Village – Perfect for the cream puff lover
Cheryl’s Cookies in various locations, as well as the Corporate Headquarters in Westerville
Winans Chocolates & Coffees in German Village, Dublin, and Downtown Columbus
Anthony Thomas Candy Company with locations throughout Columbus, as well as the factory store
Le Chocoholique: Storefront has closed, but you can purchase online and at several local retailers.
Pure Imagination Chocolatier in Grandview Heights
Eagle Family Candy Company in Clintonville
Schmidt’s Fudge Haus in German Village
Al’s Delicious Popcorn on Bethel Road
Shirley’s Popcorn in Westerville
Pam’s Popcorn in Gahanna (formerly in the North Market)
Doc Popcorn at Polaris Fashion Place
Columbus Ice Cream
Pick up a pint (or 3) or ship it. Include some toppings or an ice cream scoop from this brand, which was recommended by Jeni herself (and I concur).
Your hostess will need a good pick-me-up the next day! Pick up some local beans or other coffee treats at one of the local coffee shops suggested by The Columbus Coffee Experience.
Columbus beer, wine, liquor
Find all the best options via Drink Up Columbus. Whether they open these for the party, or enjoy them another time, beverages are always appreciated.
Other Local Goods
Krema Nut Company in Grandview Heights – Offering homemade nut butter, as well as all chocolates, nuts, jams and jellies, popcorn, and other food gifts. Try the Hot and Spicy Peanut Butter! The Krema Kitchen served gourmet sandwiches and milkshakes, but are closed during the holiday season.
Local maple syrup or honey or local jams or jellies. You can find these in specialties grocery stores and year-round farmers markets, as well as the shops listed at the bottom.
Yutzy’s Farm Market has plenty of great consumables and local goodies
CaJohns Salsas and Sauces offers SO many tasty salsa, and cooking and table sauces.
Hostess Gift Ideas: Home
Flowers and plants are a great option, but if you bring flowers, bring them in a vase so the hostess doesn’t have to scramble to find somewhere to put them just as the party is starting.
Air plants or succulents are perfect plant options for anyone – green thumb or not. These tiny plants need very little care, and are completely adorable. Find them at florists, Whole Foods, Garden Centers, and Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s sells adorable air plants in glass bulb ornaments that can exist with just a spray of water every now and then.
Candles are a standard option, but they are such a standard option that I’d avoid them so the hostess doesn’t receive more candles than she can burn in a year. I have a box of candles that have been gifted to me that I just never can get through. But if you’re going this route, head to Candle Lab and pour your own high quality candle – 100 scents are available. These candles burn so nicely, and the scents last! You can also give a gift certificate, so your recipients can pick and pour their own favorite scents.
Hand soap and cute towels. Check local shops, or TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Home Goods.
Ohio or Ohio State ornament, but only if they are fans, of course.
Eat & Explore Ohio Cookbook & Travel Guide by Christy Campbell includes favorite recipes of local chefs in Columbus, while highlighting the most popular events and festivals.
Weird Ohio: Your Travel Guide to Ohio’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Loren Coleman ” The Buckeye State has lots and lots of strange people and unusual sites, and they burst forth from every page of this, the biggest, most bizarre collection of Ohio stories ever assembled: Weird Ohio.”
Columbus-area stores with lots of local hostess gift options
Still not sure what you’re looking for? Head to one of these stores that have a ton of great, local gift options.
Wholly Craft – I’d venture to say you could find something special for everyone on your Christmas list at Wholly Craft. As one of the OG’s in local alternative craft world, it’s basically a huge alternative craft fair in permanent form. They have a little bit of everything for everyone, so make sure you stop in the store during your holiday shopping!
Celebrate Local – Located at Easton, this store offers Ohio-made artisanal goods from 300+ Ohio small businesses! You’ll find locally-made apparel and jewelry, housewares, and lots of amazing local foods! You can also shop online if that suits you better.
The Ohio Craft Museum offers handmade jewelry, accessories, decorations and more from independent local artists. You’ll find options at all price points.
North Market has so many vendors that it’s easy to find something for everyone – especially if looking for consumables.
Whole Foods carries lots of local brands throughout the store and has local section as well.
Storge OHIO in Powell carries affordable, stylish, and practical products from small businesses all over Ohio. Shop in store or online.
Morgan House has rooms and rooms of goodies
What on Earth? in Upper Arlington features Earth-inspired products, art, and jewelry.
Don’t forget to check out our Columbus Gift Guide for more options!