25 perfect hostess gifts under $30

Whether you're heading to a friend's summer home or a backyard dinner party this weekend, you'll need to bring your host or hostess a little token of appreciation. Your host will usually have wine and food covered (though a gracious guest always asks what he or she can bring), so instead, come with something a little outside the box. While flowers always bring a smile, there are many gifts (under $30!) that will keep your hostess smiling long after the blooms fade. Before setting out to find the perfect token of appreciation, think about your hosts' taste and the things they love, because a gift that shows you know your host surpasses any other—and bonus points if it's something they actually need. From gardening to post-party R&R, we've outlined 25 perfect hostess gifts, all under $30.

Hostess gifts under $30
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Hostess gifts under $30
The Gardener

Why not treat your garden-lover hostess to something sweet and floral? Whether it is a new bud vase or a beautiful pack of seeds, your hostess is destined to swoon.

Floret Summer Peaches & Greens Seed Collection, $25, shopterrain.com; Caterpillar Bud Vase, from $20, uncommongoods.com; Kobo Plant the Packaging Floral Candle, $28, uncommongoods.com; Sustainable Village Haws Brass Planter Mister, $20, amazon.com; The Sill The Tillandz with Air Plant, $20, thesill.com

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The Entertainer

Your friend who loves to entertain probably has the wine and flowers all sorted out. Gift a party essential that can be used over and over like a serving platter or notepad to help plan the next soiree.

Belvoir Summer Fruits Pressé, $10, shopterrain.com; Meri Meri Fruit Party Picks, $9, mouth.com; Koromiko Corkscrew, $24, koromiko.com; Mrs. John L. Strong Don't Forget Tablet, $29, mrsstrong.com; Suite One Studio Mimira Platter, $24, anthropologie.com

The Foodie

No one loves a special bottle of olive oil or fresh laurel leaves more than your foodie pal. Even better if the packaging is pretty enough to showcase on the counter.

Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Spicy Honey, $14, bushwickkitchen.com; La Vie Rustic Fresh Sweet Bay Laurel Leaves, $20, food52.com; Jacobsen Salt Co. Oyster Salt Cellar Pair $16, food52.com; Frankies 457 Spuntino Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $25, amazon.com; Heather Taylor Home Sunflower Tea Towel, $22, heathertaylorhome.com

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Gifts to Unwind

If your host tends to stress over the party, bring something to help de-stress post party, like a charcoal eye mask or soothing tea.

Incausa Palo Santo Incense, $10, abchome.com; Tea Forte Herbal Retreat Tea Collection, $20, shopterrain.com; The Faded Farmhouse Dried Lavender Bunch, $14 for information: thefadedfarmhouse.com; Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask, $23 for information: theline.com; Herbivore Calm Bath Salts, $18, herbivorebotanicals.com

For the Morning After

Think ahead and bring something your host can enjoy the morning after, like fresh coffee, pastries from their favorite bakery, or pancake mix.

Leif Batik Coffee Scoop, $15, leifshop.com; Bee's Wrap Medium, $20 for set of 3, food52.com; Nügg Beauty Depuff Eye Mask, $15, nuggbeauty.com; American Spoon Buckwheat Pancake Mix, $8, spoon.com; La Colombe Nizza, $12, lacolombe.com

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Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, December 2001

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