Great & Useful Hostess Gifts for Under $30

I am not of the mind that a hostess gift is always required. Personally, when hanging out with friends we play it pretty low key and prep doesn’t involve much more than a quick trip to Trader Joe’s. But, every once in a while you’re going to find yourself realizing you need to bring a hostess gift. For those moments, I love a gift that can be used immediately and then kept for parties (and everyday life) to come.

These picks are versatile enough to be given year round, so stock up now and you won’t find yourself scrambling later.

Shown above, clockwise from top left:

Built NY 2-Bottle Fishnet Wine Tote
Bright colors and an open weave design make this wine carrier really festive. Bring it over with two bottles that you can open during the festivities.
$16.99 at Macy’s

Prepara Herb Savor
These days it’s all about fresh and local. Fill this handy herb saver with mint and you’ll be muddling mojitos all night.
$20.34 at Amazon.com

Glass Oil & Vinegar Cruet
Uniquely designed cruet holds both oil and vinegar. Holds 13 oz. oil, 3 oz. vinegar (not included). Pair this with a baguette and start noshing away.
$29.95 at Sur La Table

CB2 4-piece Core Martini Set
4-piece set: one 24 oz.; 2.75″dia.x8″H cocktail shaker, two 8 oz.; 6.75″H martinis, one 1 oz./2 oz.; 4.5″H double jigger.
$24.80 at CB2

Le Creuset Dijon Honey Pot
Made of the same virtually nonporous stoneware as the Le Creuset bakers, this honey pot features a snug-fitting lid and French bee design. Includes dipper with easy-clean silicone head and hardwood handle. Sixteen-oz capacity. Bring this over with a block of blue cheese and some walnuts and you’ll get raves over your awesome cheese plate.
$25 at Sur La Table

Acacia Wine Glass Top Appetizer Plates
Love these! No more balancing a napkin and a glass. 4″ x .5″.
$16.95, set of 4, at Catching Fireflies

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