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Doesn’t it feel like summer was just here? And yet somehow, the holiday season is already kicking into high gear. Don’t ask us how we got here, but it’s time to prep for one of the most fun, busy times of the year. With so much going on during the weeks ahead, stress is inevitable. On top of all the other gifts you have to buy this time of year, it’s easy to forget to bring a little something when you’re invited to a holiday party. But a small token of appreciation can go a long way. We’ve got you covered with 10 hostess gift ideas under $25. Consider it our holiday gift to you.
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Flowers are a thoughtful hostess gift – until you realize you’ve just added another task to your host’s to-do list. Now, on top of taking coats and pouring drinks, they’ve also got to get those bad boys into some fresh water. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem: Leave your host with a beautiful gift that will far outlast fresh flowers by presenting them in a Von Geometric Vase ($13 each). Metallic and modern, these vases are a perfect addition to any home’s decor. And, because their mouths are small, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a large bouquet.
When you’re rushing from event to event during the holidays, it’s common practice to pick up a bottle of wine en route to present to the event host. And, let’s be honest, with the stress of hosting during the holidays, they will probably need a little liquid therapy. So why not contribute a playful complement to the inevitable bounty of bottles your host will receive? The Guzzle Buddy Wine Glass ($20) is a conversation-starter – and a gift your host just might end up leaning on during this busy time of year.
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If your host is crazy enough to throw a party during the holidays, they probably entertain on a regular basis. It can become tiring to constantly have to come up with new and interesting finger foods to set out at a party. That’s why a charcuterie board or cheese plate is a favorite – just rotate in whichever items caught your eye during your last trip to the grocery store. Give your host a beautiful place to display said food by presenting them with a sheesham wood (also known as Indian Rosewood) charcuterie cutting board ($25). It has an eye-catching shape, and the hole at the top makes it easy to hang out of the way when it’s not in use.
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Have we harped enough on the stress of the holiday season? When searching for hostess gift ideas, you’ll see a lot of alcohol-based suggestions. And while those are probably most welcome, they’re not the healthiest way to deal with the social heat of the holidays. Pair a couple of teaspoons ($6) and this tea bag holder ($9) with some of your favorite tea for a gift that invites your host to practice some healthy self-care after the party. These items come in a wide range of colors so you can get something that truly fits your host.
Treat your host to something delicious and help them simultaneously step up their cocktail game. You might think a jar of cherries is a weird gift, but the difference between these Luxardo Maraschino Cherries ($20) and the maraschinos you’re used to in your Shirley Temple is astronomical. Think Rolls Royce versus a second-hand unicycle – really. For the host who loves to make craft cocktails and is always experimenting with new recipes, this is an ideal gift.
Sprinkle a little magic on your host or hostess this holiday season. This iridescent Unicorn Bottle Stopper ($10) is equal parts youthful, elegant and affordable. And, as we mentioned, your host is sure to have plenty of wine bottles in which to use it this holiday season. When the holidays are over and the wine runs out, it could be a fun addition to a bar cart’s decor or a conversation starter atop a crystal decanter.
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When you’re hunting for hostess gift ideas, it’s natural to seek out ones that spread some seasonal cheer. The problem? A lot of them are ho-ho-hokey. But not this beautiful Jingle Bell Bottle Opener ($13). With an eye-catching brass sheen, this opener is equal parts seasonal decor and useful bar addition. Come on, you’ve been at the party where people couldn’t find an opener and ended up using the countertop. Protect your hosts’ home and help them celebrate the season with this small-but-impactful gift.
When you’re cooking and the recipe calls for garlic, a freshly minced clove is a must. It’s also a huge hassle. Sure, a garlic press can take some of the work out of the process, but then you’re inevitably stuck trying to clear the leftover bits from your press before they cement in place. Make your host’s future food prep simpler by presenting them with this Garlic Rocker ($15). With a few presses of the palm, you’ve got a beautifully minced clove without the daunting cleanup. Plus, you protect your host from odorous hands. The rocker captures the minced pieces in its shallow bowl so you can easily dump them into any dish.
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Are you sensing a theme? Wine is a key player in a number of the best hostess gift ideas. Help your hosts protect their tables by adding a sleek, stately marble wine coaster ($20) into the mix. It’s a pretty addition to any centerpiece and it gives people a place to put those pesky bottles of red that inevitably drip and leave rings as the night wears on. No one wants to see their nice holiday linens stained. Help them help their guests keep a tidy table by bringing this thoughtful gift with you.
During the holiday season, finding time to unwind is key. Treat your host to a mini spa setup with this Activated Charcoal Detox Gift Set ($25) from Little Seed. This set comes with an activated charcoal farmstead milk soap bar that’s handmade with goat’s milk from Little Seed’s family farm in Tennesse. It’s paired with a detox scrub – and who couldn’t use a little detox this time of year? Heck, you might just need to grab one for yourself while you’re at it.
What’s your favorite hostess gift to give? Have you ever received one that really blew you away? Share your thoughts in the comments so we can all get some additional hostess gift ideas to make this holiday season a little simpler.