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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 more of Cheapism's 2022 Holiday Gift Guides.


Prices and availability are subject to change.

The Capper
Amazon

The Capper

$3 from Amazon
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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 (and budget-friendly) gift.


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Henro Company Match Striker
Amazon

Henro Company Match Striker

$25 from Amazon

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Match strikers make a unique and stylish gift while also being functional, which is always an apt equation for a great gift. This striker is handmade in North Carolina and comes ready to present in a natural ivory muslin pouch or a festive handprinted Christmas pouch. 


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Korken Bottle With Stopper
Ikea
Cactus Wine Glass Markers And Stopper Set
World Market

Cactus Wine Glass Markers And Stopper Set

$8 from World Market

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Get that vibrant host with the sparkling personality something that's as colorful as he or she is with this set. Made of silicone, it includes one bottle stopper and six markers. 

MightyFix Ecofriendly Starter Bundle Kit
Amazon

MightyFix Ecofriendly Starter Bundle Kit

$20 from Amazon

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This bundle of sustainable household products includes an all-purpose cleaner, wool dryer balls, silicone food savers, and compostable-yet-stylish Swedish dishcloths. 

Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories
Amazon

'Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories'

$12 from Amazon
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This “dinner diary” is a place for frequent entertainers to record the guests in attendance, dishes served, and music played at events they’ve hosted, making it easy to recreate their most successful soirées — or simply relive them.


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The Sill ZZ Plant
The Sill

Potted Plant

Various prices from The Sill

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Plants add vibrancy to a space while also helping remove impurities from the air, something that any host or hostess is sure to appreciate. The Sill has a number of live plants available in simple yet gorgeous pots. For something that's virtually impossible to kill, we recommend a pothos or ZZ plant.

Deck of Playing Cards
Kaufmann Mercantile
Taylors of Harrogate Teas Box Set
Amazon

Taylors of Harrogate Teas Box Set

$11 from Amazon

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You can never go wrong with something they can use to wind down after the party is over. This set of 48 teas encompasses eight different varieties: English breakfast, Earl Grey, decaffeinated breakfast, lemon & orange, pure assam, green tea with jasmine, organic peppermint, and organic chamomile. Reviewers, who give this set an average of 4.7 stars, say it offers "high quality tea for a good price."

The Bouqs Co. Flower Subscription
The Bouqs Co.
Authentic Clay Tequila/Mezcal Shot Glass Set
Amazon

Authentic Clay Tequila/Mezcal Shot Glass Set

$26 and up from Amazon

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Made in Mexico by local artisans, these shot glasses are the real deal for anyone who loves the occasional sip of spirits, and they make a unique and unexpected gift. You can get them in a two-pack or four-pack set, and they come in six eye-catching colors.

Mixology 10-Piece Bartender Kit
Amazon
Twisted Wares' 'Shut Up Liver ...' Dish Towel
Amazon

Twisted Wares' 'Shut Up Liver ...' Dish Towel

$16 from Amazon

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Functional and funny, this flour sack cotton tea towel makes a great gift for the host or hostess who is always serving killer cocktails. 

Amaranth Vase
Amazon
New Year, New Beginning Candle
Uncommon Goods

New Year, New Beginning Candle

$30 from Uncommon Goods

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It's been a long year or two. Here's to 2022 being better for one and all — a sentiment your favorite host is sure to appreciate. This soy wax candle releases a relaxing aroma of cypress, bayberry, and patchouli, and is decorated with black obsidian, pyrite, citrine, and tiger’s eye for extra good vibes.

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.


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Martha Stewart Wine Co. Subscription
Martha Stewart Wine Co.
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

$78 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.


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Customizable Floor Mat
The Grommet

Customizable Floor Mat

$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.

The Gourmet's Smoking Cloche
Uncommon Goods

The Gourmet's Smoking Cloche

$200 from Uncommon Goods
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Who dreams of adding a smoking cloche to their kitchen cabinet? The person who loves to whip up a fancy cocktail or dish for their friends, of course. With this fancy kitchen-and-bar accessory, your favorite host or hostess can do everything from add complex notes to a Bloody Mary to smoke-cure some gouda for their cheese board.


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Striped Fair Trade Candles
Etsy

Striped Fair Trade Candles

$41 and up 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.

Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Wireless Speaker
Amazon

Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Wireless Speaker

$219 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.


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Culinary Torch
Amazon

Culinary Torch

$18 and up from Amazon
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This useful culinary torch — which comes in a gold, red, or silver 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.


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High-Vibe Home Kit
Moon & Jai

High-Vibe Home Kit

$40 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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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

$30 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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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

$16 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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Gianna Dishes With Lid
CB2
Fancy AF Rolling Papers
Haus of Karyn

Fancy AF Rolling Papers

$3 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

$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.


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The Adventure Challenge Books
The Adventure Challenge

Adventure Challenge Scratch-Off Guide

$45 from The Adventure Challenge

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Chances are that if your hosts are types who like to entertain, they're also open to all kinds of adventures, in general. These books contain 50 scratch-off suggestions for fun bonding activities with spouses, partners, family, and friends. Each "surprise" adventure comes with an estimated time commitment and cost, usually $20 or less. And each entry includes a place to include a photo and notes, so books become cherished keepsakes even after the challenges are long-completed. There's also a version for solo adventures, a "naughty" edition, and bundles that include an instant camera.


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