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11 Extra-Thoughtful Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

You've been invited to a friend's home for dinner, a party or a classic game night. Instead of bringing a bottle of wine as a hostess gift, try something a bit more creative. Here are 11 extra-thoughtful hostess gifts to give this holiday season.

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Instead of giving flowers and making your host scramble to find a vase, succulents make great hostess gifts because they can go anywhere, they require very little care and they last a long time. Follow these 12 tips for making a terrarium with succulents.

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Customized Coasters

Coasters make for great hostess gifts. Whether you make them yourself or buy a set in keeping with the host’s decor, those coasters are sure to get plenty of use. These coasters, made from tile, could not be easier to make!

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Your Favorite Book

If your host is an avid reader, give the gift of your favorite book. Include a note about why it’s your favorite and why you think they’d enjoy reading it. If you need more storage space for books, check out these 33 bookcase projects and building tips.

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Does your hostess love a good cup of coffee? Give the gift of a special blend or a gift card to a favorite local coffee shop. These are the 10 mistakes everyone makes when brewing coffee.

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If the host loves cooking, give a flavored or gourmet salt. There are plenty of options to choose from—smoked salts, fleur de sel or a kosher salt infused with herbs. To find the right one for a hostess gift, visit a cooking store or specialty grocery store. These 25 handy hints will help any home cook.

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Chocolates always make for great hostess gifts. Give the host some artisan chocolates or truffles they can enjoy after everyone leaves. Never do these 10 things when hosting house guests.

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Tea Towels

Tea towels make for a great hostess gift. Look for unique patterns, funny quotes or even monogrammed towels. She’ll think of you every time she uses them.

DIYers will love these 20 gifts under $20.

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Baking Accessories

If the host is known for her baked goods, give the gift of unique cookie cutters! Look for cutters in shapes and sizes they probably don’t already have. Cookie and cake decorations are also a great gift, such as unique sprinkles. Who knows, maybe they’ll use them and share the treats with you! Check out these 12 clever kitchen hacks you never thought of before.

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Cooking Oil

Specialty cooking oils make for great hostess gifts if your host enjoys cooking. Splurge on a rich olive oil or look for an infused oil that can be used to finish off dishes, such as truffle oil or an olive oil infused with rosemary. Wrap gifts like a pro with these handy tips.

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Herb Kit

An herb growing kit is a hostess gift that will keep on giving. During the holidays, choose herbs that are easy to grow indoors, such as chives, mint or basil.

These 10 indoor herb planters make a great addition to any home.

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A Game

Would the hostess enjoy a game to play after all the guests have gone home? Give the gift of your favorite card game or make the host a tic-tac-toe board!

If you’ll be hosting overnight guests this holiday season, check out this list of what you should do to prepare your home.

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Rachel Brougham
Writer and editor with a background in news writing, editorial and column writing and content marketing.

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