The holiday season likely comes with a few party invites and maybe a sleepover or two! Let your hosts know you appreciate all that behind-the-scenes work with a lovely hostess gift. We’ve rounded up practical, affordable items that are all class without a ton of cash—many of these are under $20. Click through the gallery to get your ideas.

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1. Modern Geo Glasses Set

These stylish Geo Glasses from Root7 are both classic and mod and have a decidedly terrarium-like quality to them. With metal edges (in gold or black) and heavyweight, hand-blown glass they are way sturdier than average glassware, and twice as chic, too.

$40/set of two

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2. I Should Have Known That Party Game

All that hosting can be exhausting so why not provide a little entertainment? This little trivia party game is totally crowd-friendly and the kiddos will probably surprise you when they know some of those things you should have known! Plus your gracious hosts can keep on hand for the next round of guests.


Buy it at Uncommon Goods

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3. Flour Sack Towel Set

You can buy this entire set of five clever towels and gift them all at once or divvy the up among households. Their 100% cotton and handmade. Pair with a bottle of wine, spices or other items if you want to up the game and the laughs. Funny and useful, who wouldn’t want it?


Shop them at ShowerThemWithGifts1 store on Etsy


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4. Chosen Foods Avocado Oil

Why give boring old olive oil when you can give antioxidant-rich avocado oil instead? Chosen Foods Avocado Oil has a great buttery taste and it won’t smoke until 500 degrees (unlike olive oil), so it’s a great all-around cooking oil that is heart healthy and yummy!


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5. Harper + Ari Sugar Cubes

These look scrumptious but they are actually “dessert” for you skin, perfect for that wind-down after all the guests have gone. Your hosts will appreciate that you treated them to this sweet new product from Harper + Ari. Comes in six different “flavors.”


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6. Bag Trio from TWELVELittle

Little bags to organize everything in purses, diaper bags and suitcases? Yes, please. Delight your hosts with a simple little trio of chic bags that will be used again and again. Divide them up between three people or gift the whole set (removable handle keeps all three pouches together).  The medium-sized pouch is fully insulated, too!


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7. Greetabl Gift

If you're looking for a hostess gift that doubles as a thank-you-for-hosting, step it up with this gift card set from Greetabl. You can customize the card with photos that can be detached and put on display, and then add a gift to the package. Scented candles, beauty products, and other sweets all tuck nicely into the gift box. You can even add confetti! We're in love with the bourbon cedar candle currently on offer. Items arrive 3-5 days after order, so if you're sneaky you can add party pics and really surprise your hosts!

Gift items range from $2-$30.

Customize one now at 

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8. Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker

No need to head out to Blue Bottle to get that pour-over fix this time: this slick little pot from Coffee Gator makes five cups of coffee, is easy to set up and clean. (There's also a 3-cup version for $24.97).


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9. Etta + Billie Lavender Room & Body Spray

Once all the damp (stinky) boots and food scents have cleared the house, a few sprays of this super fresh room spray will give your hosts’ home a nice little palette cleanse. And if they need to sneak off and spray it right onto their own bodies to keep calm and carry on? Well, they can do that, too.


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10. New Zealand Manuka Honey Chocolates

Giving should be selfless, but if your hosts happen to bust open these award-winning, dark chocolates while you are still there, we're pretty sure you won’t complain. They contain just three ingredients: honey, dark chocolate (99% cocoa) and either mint or ginger. Gluten-free, dairy-free and Kosher!

$19.99/1 lb. bag.

Stock up at 


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11. Galvanized Container Cardamom + Vetiver Candle

Part of the Chip and Joanna Gaines Hearth & Hand line at Target, this chic but neutral candle is festive enough for the holidays with a woodsy but not too “in your face” artificial scent. It’s a big one, too, with over 100 hours of burning time and


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12. Kip & Co Pink Spice Dish

Give your party planners something to grace the table during and after the crowds have come and gone with this fancy little salt and pepper dish set, new this year from Kip & Co. It’s on-trend, pink and gold combo is perfect for spices, sea salt or condiments.


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Do you have a cool go-to hostess gift? Let us know in the comments below.

—Amber Guetebier


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