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13 unique hostess gifts to make sure you get invited back again

Never show up empty-handed (or with a boring bottle of wine) again! These gorgeous gifts destined to delight any host.
/ Source: TODAY

While you undoubtedly learned the old adage about never showing up somewhere empty-handed, there’s no rule book to help you figure out exactly what to bring.

Whether you’re stopping by a friend’s holiday party or spending the weekend with family, a thoughtfully chosen token reminds your host that their hospitality is appreciated (and says more than a generic bottle of wine).

Click here to get the best holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Gift ideas: Christmas, holidays

1. Color-Cut Cake Stand, $12, Anthropologie

Hostess gift ideas

This dishwasher-safe piece looks a lot more expensive than it is, which means more room in your budget to splurge on scrumptious cupcakes.

2. Ripple Carafe by Ferm Living, $40, Burke Decor

Best hostess gifts
Burke Decor

Beautiful and useful, this piece is perfect for water, wine or even orange juice for the morning.

3. 24 Piece Bonbons Box, $88, Stick with Me

Best hostess gifts
Stick With Me

Make a meaningful impression with these almost too-pretty-to-eat hand-shelled bonbons. The key word is almost and the book-like packaging is the icing on the cake!

4. Drink Stirrers, $22, Food 52

Best hostess gifts
Food 52

An instant conversation starter, these stirrers are destined to be a hit at every cocktail party.

5. Cold Bruer Drip Coffee Maker, $80, Amazon

Iced coffee maker

Perfect for your picky friend who wants their beans on ice — even in the dead of winter.

6. Le Feu De L’Eu Le Feu Peche Candle, $62, Clic

Hostess gift ideas

Who doesn’t love a double-duty gift? These candles not only smell great, they function as beautiful decoration.

7. Peppermint Artisan S’mores Kit, $22, Mouth

Hostess gift ideas

On snowy days that call for Netflix and a fire, your host will want to have this kit on hand.

8. Birch Backgammon Set, $96, Pendleton

Hostess gift ideas

When the holiday madness dies down, game lovers will appreciate having a stunning board to battle on.

9. Chef’n Ice Cream Sandwich Maker, $20, Williams-Sonoma

Hostess gift ideas

This novelty gift makes a great activity for overnight stays. Be sure to pair it with a pint of ice cream ... or two!

10. Hand Care Set and Tray, $45, Murchison-Hume

Hostess gift ideas

A little gesture to make cleaning up seem not quite as bad.

11. Ceramic Match Striker, $38, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co

Hostess gift ideas
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

One of those items you don’t know you need until you have it, this match striker is especially great for acquaintances — it works for every style and personality!

12. Hafold Grange Teasel Paperweight, $58, The Line

Hostess gift ideas
The Line

A seriously chic alternative to fresh flowers.

13. Tea Towels, $33 each, Julie Song Ink

Hostess gift ideas
Julie Song Ink

These tea towels add some winter cheer to the kitchen, without screaming “holiday.” Seasonal and stylish, just the way we like it!