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Gift Guide: 9 Thoughtful Hostess Gifts for Less Than $50

My mom always told me to never go to anyone’s house empty-handed, and it's a very important and courteous rule. But buying gifts for everyone who invite you over gets pretty pricey. Luckily, we've found some inexpensive, yet creative and unique gifts to bring over to the party hostess no matter the occasion.

No matter who invites you over for a dinner party, housewarming or casual cocktail event, it's important to arrive with a thoughtful gift in hand. We have a fun arrangement of gifts for any party hostess, from cookware to kitchen accessories that definitely won't break the bank.

And to make sure that you're saying thanks properly after the event, check out our list of ways to say thank you across the globe.


  • Starbucks Fan Favorite Coffee Basket ($39.99)

    Everybody loves a good cup of coffee, especially a tired hostess who has been working hard to entertain her guests! Bring this Starbucks basket from 1-800 Baskets to show just how much you appreciate her hard work.

  • Fall Cup of Cheer Bouquet ($44.99)

    Bring something that tastes as good as it looks. With this edible fruit basket from Fruit Bouquets, you and your gift will stand out as that something extra special.

  • Classic Pears, Apples & Cheese Gift ($49.95)

    Who doesn't love pears, apples and cheese all together? The sweet and savory flavors all come together in this gourmet gift box from Harry & David your hostess will love.

  • Pretty Scented Candle ($35)

    Scented candles are a must-have for any home, especially when you're entertaining guests. To make sure you give something that not only smells amazing, but looks good when displayed, check out the Crystal Cane Candles from Agraria. We're loving Bitter Orange for the fall and winter months.

  • Clever Cutting Board ($45)

    Cutting boards are functional and make for a fun statement piece. This cutting board from Etsy is not only durable, it's also really clever.

  • Cactus ($39.99)

    Of course, you could always bring flowers to your host. But something unique, such as this cactus from 1-800 Flowers, is even more personal and memorable. Plus, they don’t need much care, and will last a really long time.

  • Girlie Apron ($32)

    Even though aprons usually end up covered in spills and splatters, you can still find a cute apron you're not ashamed to wear in front of guests. This pretty polka dot apron from Anthropologie makes for the perfect hostess gift for anyone who loves spending time cooking and baking in the kitchen.

  • The Ultimate Grilling Rub Collection ($27.95)

    For my friends who grill I’m obsessed with this rub collection from William Sonoma. It gives them some ideas for future dinners, and hopefully reminds them to invite me over! (P.S. - make sure you use them on your Stock Yards steaks!)

  • Funny Serving Platter ($23.95)

    I like silly useful gifts, and this serving tray from Fish Eddy is right up my alley! For my friends who can’t help but leave a mess in the kitchen, this couldn’t be more perfect.

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