10 Hostess Gifts You Can Overnight from Amazon for $15 or Less

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You can do better than flowers and wine. Even if you wait until the last minute.(Image credit: Luis Alvarez/Getty Images)

It is officially the time of year when basically every day is either a holiday party or the holiday itself. In other words, ’tis the season for thoughtful, charming, and unique hostess gifts. “Thank you so much for having us!” a good hostess present says. Also, “Thank you for allowing us to drink red wine in your immaculate living room!”

I like to imagine I am the type of person who keeps a handful of small but lovely tokens on hand; tokens harvested from my many exotic travels. This would be evidence that I am the kind of person who plans in advance, and also proof that I am always thinking of others. I am not. I rarely plan for anything. Also, I don’t go that many places.

Still, it is something to aspire to. Someday may we all have well-stocked gift cabinets; wonderlands of objects just waiting to be presented to our many beautiful friends.

Until then, here are 10 delightfully inexpensive hostess gifts you can order on Amazon with free Prime shipping.

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1. The Mini Bar, $14

This set is cheeky because it’s bar-related and it’s mini! Get it? Anyway, its size makes it a great gift for an apartment-dweller or anyone with limited space. The set includes eight little notebooks, organized by ingredient (whisky, rim, gin, etc!).

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2. Bananagrams, $10

Your hostess can open this right away and use it to help entertain guests while the turkey finishes up in the oven. It just might distract everyone enough and keep them from bringing up politics.

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3. Sea Salt Shack Classic Variety Pack, $15 for four, two-ounce bags

This quartet of fancy sea salts is pretty and extravagant and the kind of thing your friend would never buy for herself, which is exactly what a hostess gift should be.

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4. Absorbent Stone Coasters, $13 for six

A hostess can never have too many coasters. These are super-absorbent, which means they won’t stick to cups when people go for a drink, and are just seasonal enough to be festive (but not so seasonal a hostess can’t use them all year).

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If your hostess has a dog, she’ll appreciate that you thought of Fido. Bring this and the pup will have something to do while everyone else eats the big meal.

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The thing about this cheese knife set is that it looks so much more expensive than it really is. Get this for anyone you’re looking to impress.

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7. Mason Jar Shot Glasses, $9 for six

I am not a shots drinker, and still I am intensely charmed by this rainbow set of teeny-tiny Mason jars. They can be used to serve or store 2.4 ounces of anything! Truly, who among us can resist?

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These markers are actually one of the bestselling hostess gifts on Amazon and I’m thinking the people have a point. This is a great gift for anyone who is tired of constantly trying to reunite people with their wine glasses.

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Whether your host is traveling later in the year or not, I’m guessing she’ll be able to put this to good use.

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For your aunt with a sense of humor — and a penchant for olive oil, this pourer is sure to elicit a “Hey, look what I got” reaction. Be prepared for everyone to start asking you where you found such a cheeky-yet-useful gift.

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