Anyone can run to a nearby liquor store and pick up a bottle of wine, but your hostess will be much more impressed with your thoughtfulness if you opt for something else. Whether it’s something they share that evening with guests, or something they save for themselves, these gifts will be greatly appreciated.

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Soyil Natural Soy Wax Candles

(Starting at $14,

Show your smart and savvy hostess you appreciate her hospitality with a dye-free, natural soy wax, small batch candle. Seasonal fragrances can help her warm her home with a welcoming scent, plus, soy won’t mark up walls with that nasty black soot.

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Wine Glass Mahogany Appetizer plates


You can bet your host won’t be able to wait to break these out for guests to use atop their wine glasses as they graze all of the amazing food at the party. Each set includes four plates, and they fit securely on most wine glasses.

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Kombucha Brewing Kit


The new Kombucha Brewing Kit includes everything your party host will need to start brewing his or her own Kombucha at home. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll be offered some at your next get-together.

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Merry and Bright Coaster


Whether it holds a wine glass, a serving spoon, or something else, you hostess will find plenty of use for a well-crafted coaster or two.

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Electric Corkscrew Bottle Opener


This electric corkscrew makes uncorking wine bottles fun and easy. It’s entertaining to watch and so easy to use. Light flashes when in use. Opens bottles in 7 seconds. Includes a foil cutter for removing seals.

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New Phone, Who Dis? Adult party game


Holidays parties can mean a gathering of people who might not know each other well. Small talk can only go so far. Gift your host with this hilarious gift โ€” think Cards Against Humanity, but in texting situations. It requires zero talent for small talk or skills, meaning it’s a perfect game to play with a bottomless bottle of wine.

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Mozzarella and ricotta DIY cheese kit


This fun, DIY kit makes eight batches of 1.5 pounds of homemade cheese. Kit includes 2 instruction booklets, fine cheesecloth, dairy thermometer, vegetable rennet tablets, citric acid, and cheese salt.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera


Give a gift that will help everyone remember a piece of the annual wine-soaked holiday party.

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Marble Cheese Knives


Because is it even a holiday party without a cheese platter? These elegant white marble cheese knives pair perfectly with any wood, slate, or ceramic charcuterie board or other serving pieces.

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santa vintage tea towel


Because can party hosts ever have enough festive tea towels?

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. Sheโ€™s thrown away just as many meals as sheโ€™s proud of.