Hostess gifts are hard to find — especially when it's someone you know well and you can't give the same go-to gift you gave last year. And yeah, you could totally pick something up at the mall (do those still exist near you?) or even the grocery store, but Etsy has a bunch of hostess gifts that are way more unique and surprising. And they're still budget-friendly!
We hunted through the pages and pages of Etsy products to find these: the best hostess gifts for $22 or less. Scoop one up now for your favorite cook or party-thrower!
1. Small Salt Cellar Bowl, $7 at FurbelowandBibelot
This little bowl measures 2.75 inches in diameter and has an unglazed chocolate-colored exterior with white glazed interior. It can be used to hold salt of course, but also rings (during dish duty), a used tea bag, soy sauce, and more.
2. Baked with Love Stamp, $14 at HelloLoveCoPress
You can handle this stamp two different ways: You can make your own treats (cookies, banana bread, etc.) and add a cute little tag to your goodies before you present them to your host, or you can gift this stamp to a host who loves to make her own baked goods. So many options!
3. White 4-Inch Candle Matchsticks in Jar, $16 at StudioPortmanteau
Few things are classier than reaching for a jar of matches (with a strike pad on the side) to start a candlelit dinner. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle and give this to your friend who throws those oh-so nice dinner parties.
4. Mini Cactus and Mini Planter, $17 at TierraSolStudio
What's the best-sized plant for a studio apartment? A teeny, teeny tiny one that fits on the slimmest of window ledges. And actually, even people with lots of space will find this super adorable. Because we know you're wondering: Yes, it's a real plant!
5. Sea Rose Gin Infusion Kit, $14 at VenasFizzHouse
For the host who loves to mix up interesting cocktails, this is a mix of fruit, herbs, and sugar, which create an aromatic blend to upgrade bottom-shelf gin. You definitely don't have to gift the booze, too, but you can if you're trying to round up this little token into a larger, more meaningful gift.
6. Green Tea Vial Gift Set, $18 for five at LovewildDesign
This tea set comes with five perfectly sized vials of tea including blueberry, grapefruit, raspberry, honey lemongrass, and cucumber mojito. The vials come in this hand-printed muslin bag, so you don't even have to wrap anything.
7. Bottle Stopper, $22 at BrushFactory
The facets on this wooden bottle stopper are inspired by crystal-shaped geodes. Each stopper is unique (no two are the same) — just like your friends and family.
8. Herbs Print, $5 at saltandcove
Waited unil the last minute to figure out a hostess gift? No worries! This kitchen-worthy print can be bought and downloaded in an instant. Then, all you have to do is print it out and pick up a frame on your way to the party.
9. Holiday Cocktail Napkins, $14 for 20 at carinapaperco
So often we suggest buying cloth napkins as a gift, but paper napkins can be useful at times too. These Thanksgiving-themed napkins are a cheeky little gift for a Friendsgiving and something the host can likely use right away. If you're shopping post-Thanksgiving, these holiday-themed napkins should do the trick.
10. Highball Wood Cocktail Muddler, $18 at TwoTmbleweeds
Instead of flowers, think about picking up a bundle of mint and this wooden cocktail muddler. Tell your host that it can also be used a pounder, should she need to get rid of some holiday frustrations.