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Hostess Gifts: 10 Gifts That Will Make You the Best Holiday Guest Ever

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Get ready, the holiday party invitations are about to start pouring in! From the bash that your boss throws every year to countless tree-trimming gatherings, you’ll have a packed social calendar. And no, it’s not a good idea to show up without hostess gifts. Instead, ignore the host who says “just bring yourselves!” and present her/him with a small token of holiday cheer that won’t cause you to go over budget. (A friendly reminder: prices are subject to change.)


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Bauli Pandoro 

Cost: $10.99 at certain gourmet grocers

When I first saw this cake, I loved the cool conical-ish packaging, but assumed that what lay inside would taste like a holiday fruitcake (gross). With some trepidation, a few friends and I – including some fussy kids – gave it a test drive. It was so tasty that we demolished it in minutes!

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Wax Lodge Bark Carved Flameless LED Candle 

Cost: $12.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

These flameless candles have a minimal, rustic feel that works really nicely with all sorts of home decors, from modern to beachy. You will definitely see them on display the next time you visit (and not just because you are visiting).


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Josh Cellars Wine 

Cost: Around $16 at local liquor stores

Wine is generally a safe bet, and Josh Cellars has a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir that are both crowd pleasers. Josh Cellars also offers gratis customized labels for your wine. Just go online, create your design and they mail them to you free of charge.

Rabbit Wine Tote

Rabbit Wine Tote 

Cost: $10 at

Add another layer to your wine gift with this nylon tote. It insulates and protects the bottle during transport and collapses when not in use. There’s even a little side pocket if you wanted to add an opener or another accessory.


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Novogratz Collection 3qt. Gnome Cookie Jar 

Cost: $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you love to bake around the holidays, fill this generously sized guy with some of your tasty treats. He’s so adorable that he’s bound to be the star of the party.

You can find more gifts under $25 here.

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