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Special Gifts for Hosts and Hostesses That Will Get You Invited Back

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Planning even small get-togethers is no small feat amid the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic. Thank your hosts for the time and effort they’ve put into having you over (even if it's a socially distanced backyard gathering) by bringing an equally thoughtful gift. But by thoughtful, we don't necessarily mean expensive — the options on this list start as low as $2. 

For more inspo on how to shop for the many types of people in your life, check out our highly recommended roster of Unique Gift Ideas.

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Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories
Amazon
The Bouqs Co. Flower Subscription
The Bouqs Co.

The Bouqs Co. Flower Subscription

$36/month and up from The Bouqs Co.
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If they always have people over (or, during COVID times, are hosting virtual get-togethers for which chic backdrops are de rigueur), they could undoubtedly use a steady supply of gorgeous fresh flowers. That's where you come in. Each month you can have flower arrangements sent over around the themes of farmer's market, classics, roses, or seasonal.

Mixology 10-Piece Bartender Kit
Amazon

Mixology 10-Piece Bartender Kit

$60 from Amazon
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With ice tongs, a double-lever corkscrew, double-sided jigger, and rust-proof shaker, this comprehensive set covers a range of mixology duties. Even better, it's neatly and stylishly displayed in a bamboo base. Looking for a nice bottle to pair with the gift? Check out 20 Best Whiskeys Under $50.

Trådlös Honey Dipper And Tea Measure
Ikea
Nacho Grater
W&P Design

Nacho Grater

$8 from W&P Design
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If they’re famous for their taco nights, they’ll love this golden nacho grater. Shaped like a pyramid, it has four sides for shredding, slicing, shaving and grating cheese as desired.

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Martha Stewart Wine Co. Subscription
Martha Stewart Wine Co.

Martha Stewart Wine Co. Subscription

Around $50/shipment from Martha Stewart Wine Co.
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The consummate host or hostess may be having fewer guests over these days, but we bet they're still sending out bottles regularly to mark birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions they never forget. This wine subscription will ensure they always have a bottle for themselves within reach. With each delivery, they'll receive six bottles of red, white, or a mix of each, and the price evens out to a very reasonable $8.33 per bottle.

Related: 20 Affordable Wine Clubs That Will Satisfy Even the Snobs

Wick Trimmer & Snuffer Set
Hudson Grace

Wick Trimmer & Snuffer Set

$24 from Hudson Grace
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It’s a safe bet that other guests will bring candles for the hostess. Do her one better with this matte black duo: a trimmer so she can cut wicks to a quarter inch (this helps candles burn cleaner and longer), and a snuffer so she can put out flames with minimal smoke.

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Spiral Twist Candle
Uncommon Goods
Ceramic Kitchen Speaker
Hudson Grace

Ceramic Kitchen Speaker

$75 from Hudson Grace
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A few good tunes can help time in the kitchen go by more quickly. This ceramic speaker looks like a decorative piece, but can be used to blast music once a smartphone is dropped into the top slot.

Related: Cool and Creative Gifts for Music Lovers

Customizable Floor Mat
The Grommet

Customizable Floor Mat

Price: $75 and up from The Grommet
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With hexagonal tiles that can be arranged any way you want (might we suggest your hostess or host's signature greeting?), this vintage-inspired floor mat is lovely gift. It comes with 150 black and white silicone tiles; additional sets of colored tiles can be bought separately.

Deck of Playing Cards
Kaufmann Mercantile

Deck of Playing Cards

$15 from Kaufmann Mercantile
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For design-minded and detail-oriented hosts, not any old deck will do for game night. This deck has been meticulously redesigned, from the illustrations to the typography to the gold foil.

Related: 19 Fun Family Games to Keep You Entertained at Home

The Gourmet's Smoking Cloche
Uncommon Goods
Striped Fair Trade Candles
Etsy

Striped Fair Trade Candles

$22 from Etsy
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This take on the statement candle prioritizes color over form with neon and neutral stripes arranged in eye-catching combinations. Bonus: There’s no beeswax here, so this set of four fair trade candles will be welcome in vegan homes.

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Match Striker
Cool Material

Match Striker

$32 from Cool Material
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From food-warming tea lights to mood-setting column candles, the prolific entertainer can always use a match. This chic match container is not just a stylish storage solution but functional too: it lights those puppies when you drag the match head along the black striker strip. 

Clean Me Up Before You Go Go Swedish Dishcloth
Boldfaced Goods

Clean Me Up Before You Go Go Swedish Dishcloth

$7 from Boldfaced Goods
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It’s reusable, compostable, and can absorb up to 15 times its own weight. But this Swedish dishcloth’s best feature is the not-so-subtle way it invites guests to pick up after themselves.

Related: Gifts for Disorganized People

Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Wireless Speaker
Amazon

Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Wireless Speaker

$199 from Amazon
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No matter where an event is taking place, hosts can achieve immersive, uniform sound with this 360-degree speaker. It's water-resistant and has a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 12 hours, so they can keep the party going. It also has Bluetooth compatibility and can be linked with other SoundLink speakers for multi-room listening.

Amaranth Vase
Amazon
Kitchen Dynamix Culinary Torch Rose Gold
Amazon

Culinary Torch

$25 from Amazon
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This useful culinary torch — which comes in a rose-gold finish —will add plenty of flair to the budding chef's kitchen arsenal. The handheld butane torch can be used for a variety of purposes, including caramelizing crème brûlée, browning meringues, searing meat, melting cheese for a perfectly gratinéed french onion soup, making s'mores, and more.

Moon and Jai High Vibe Home Kit
Moon&Jai

High-Vibe Home Kit

$49 from Moon & Jai
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If your hosts are New Agey types, they’ll want to clear their space of external energy after having people over. Moon & Jai’s High-Vibe Home Kit promises to do just that through a cleansing ritual that’s carried out with the provided crystals, stones, incense, and Palo Santo.

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Stone Cold Marble Wine Chiller
CB2

Stone Cold Marble Wine Chiller

$40 from CB2
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A nice bottle of wine is always a good host or hostess gift, but you’ll be kicking things up a notch if you present it in this marble chiller. This elegant vessel is watertight, so it can moonlight as a vase when it’s not cooling a bottle.

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Fold-by-Number Cloth Napkins
MoMa Design Store

Fold-by-Number Cloth Napkins

$42 from MoMa Design Store
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This six-item set inserts some fun into the stuffy art of napkin folding. Each of the washable cotton napkins comes in a different color and can be made into a unique design by following the built-in instructions.

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French Bread Slicer and Cutter
Wayfair

French Bread Slicer and Cutter

$41 from Wayfair
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With an angled knife slot and elevated surface, this wooden bread box provides a place to safely slice up baguettes and other long loaves. A properly placed napkin beneath the box will keep crumbs in check.

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Kitchen Guide Poster
H&M

Kitchen Guide Poster

$35 from H&M
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Whether your host is an amateur chef or experienced cook, this decorative poster addresses questions that arise in the course of preparing a meal: How many grams are in an ounce? What does parboil mean? How long does it take for green asparagus to boil? What should the internal temperature be for well-done pork? Thanks to strong graphic design and typography, it looks pretty good up on a wall, too.

Partyclette
MoMa Design Store

Partyclette

$30 and up from MoMa Design Store
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Entertainers who’ve tired of cheese boards can mix it up with the Partyclette — which, as the name implies, is a shindig-friendly take on the Swiss raclette tradition. This enamel pan melts cheese in just 40 seconds. Unlike electric raclette grills, it’s powered by tealight candles, making it perfect for outdoor gatherings.

6 Piece Stainless Steel Whiskey Stone Ice Cube Set
Things Remembered

Stainless-Steel Whiskey Stones

Price: $35 from Things Remembered
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If you're obligated to bring something for a self-aggrandizing host, these 1-inch ice cubes might be the perfect gift. Not only do they keep drinks chilled and undiluted by melting ice, but they can be customized with the host's initials so that no one forgets whose booze they’re sipping. 

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The Capper
W&P Design

The Capper

$5 from W&P Design
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This pocket-sized device tops standard bottle openers with an additional function: it can recap bottles as well. For the person who hates throwing out unfinished drinks, wants to prevent on-the-go spills, or doesn’t want to get caught with an open container, it’s a supremely functional gift.

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Korken Bottle With Stopper
Ikea
Gianna Dishes With Lid
CB2
Fancy AF Rolling Papers
Haus of Karyn

Fancy AF Rolling Papers

$2.50 from Haus of Karyn
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They might use a more elegant turn of phrase, but the bottom line is that their parties are fancy AF. Pay tribute to their hosting skills with this booklet of rolling papers, which you can break out at the afterparty.

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World's Smallest Vacuum Cleaner
Firebox

World's Smallest Vacuum Cleaner

Price: $19 from Firebox
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This tiny little gadget could prove infinitely useful for the busy host or hostess, allowing them to quickly suction up dinner table crumbs or dust bunnies and then tuck it away out of sight.