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If you're heading to a friend or family member's for a party this holiday season, don't forget a gift for the hostess! While it might seem a bit old fashioned to bring anything other than a bottle of wine, chivalry is not dead, friends. A small gift can show your gratitude and appreciation for all the time (and money) the hostess has spent putting together the event, whether it's a big bash or a small dinner party.
Of course, most people get wrapped up in deciding what's an appropriate gift to give, and the answer is easy: What the hostess would like or actually use? But, don't feel the need to go overboard. Think of things like: a nice candle, a fun game, unique candy or a small cocktail kit.
While we're talking etiquette here, keep in mind that when giving the gift, you should try your best to be discreet, as not everyone may be as up-to-code on hostess gift-giving as you are and you don't want to make things awkward. And, if you do decide to bring wine or a food gift, don't feel offended if the hostess doesn't put it out to share—let them have their gift!
Below, we've rounded up 25 appropriate and thoughtful gifts for every type of host or hostess, all under $25.
Ranch Cookbook, $25
Monogram Mug, $10
Peach Oven Mitt Set, $24
Prosecco Pong Drinking Game, $24.99
Garden Greeting Pot, $24