20 Awesome Host Gift Ideas for Under $25

Send your favorite holiday organizer something special this year.

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October 21, 2020
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The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, which means virtual holiday parties are on the horizon. If someone has invited you to a virtual holiday bash and has taken all the precautions to ensure it’s as safe and as fun as possible, the very least you can do is thank them with a host gift.

A bottle of wine or batch of your famous, homemade chocolate chip cookies can be complicated to shop, so we encourage you to think outside the box this year. Fortunately, a great host gift doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. To help, we’re sharing 20 amazing options to add to your cart for $25 or less. Not only are they affordable, but they can also be safely shipped to your recipient. So, whether you’re celebrating near or far, your host can get the appreciation they deserve.


In case you didn’t get the memo, 2020 is the (unofficial) year of sourdough bread. If your host has been posting all their baking accomplishments on Instagram, they’ll love Bryan Ford’s new tome. This book has tips, techniques and recipes, to help them take their sourdough skills to the next level.

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It doesn’t matter if it’s a virtual happy hour or Zoom dinner party, no celebration is complete without some snacks. With drizzles of toffee caramel and bacon bits, this decadent popcorn hits a happy medium between sweet and savory. Your host can enjoy solo once the party’s over.

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What are you supposed to get the host who has everything to throw a great party? Feast your eyes on this fondue pot from Zen Kitchen. With six companion dishes and pronged sticks, this set will wow any crowd (when the time is right). Now, the million-dollar question: Do you fill it with cheese or chocolate?

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Consider Modern Sprout’s Basil Grown Kit the gift that keeps on giving. Not only will this affordable plant bring some life into their kitchen, but your host can also reuse the basil leaves in some of their favorite recipes.

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Between organizing the food and beverages, creating the perfect icebreakers, and finding a free hour on everyone's calendars, your host put a lot of effort into throwing a great party. And what better way to kick back and relax afterward with a warm, luxurious bath? With a photogenic design and all-natural aromas, this bath bomb set from Moonlight Holistics is one gift that will appeal to all the senses.

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If you want to treat your host to some holiday decorations — ’tis the season, after all — check out this pizza-shaped ornament from Old World Christmas. Not only will this give any Christmas tree a pop of personality, but we also wouldn’t be shocked if it gave your recipient a hankering for a cheesy slice.

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As far as we’re concerned, you can never go wrong with a big box of chocolates. Fashioned into adorable heart shapes, this slow-cooked caramel chocolate recipe is almost too pretty to eat. (Keyword: Almost.)

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Or, if your host prefers their chocolate in liquid form, checkout these hot cocoa mixes from Harry & David. This set comes with four, mouth-watering flavors — caramel, milk chocolate, white chocolate and peppermint mocha — so there’s something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Plus, it comes in adorable tin canisters, making this a considerable upgrade from the hot cocoa they buy at the grocery store.

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Candles often get a bad rap for being a lackluster host gift. But, if you buy one with a indisputably delicious scent, it can be the exact opposite. With sweet notes of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves, among others, this candle will smell like an indulgent treat. And, thanks to longer burn time, your host can enjoy this gift long after dessert is served.

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Now is definitely not the time to lose track of your drink. For the host who gets the whole hosuehold involved, they’ll love receiving these wine charms from Danielle Taylor Co. Not only is the tasseled detailing adorable, but it’ll also help their family members keep track of their stemware. That way, everyone can have a good time without worrying about drinking from someone else’s stemware.

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Instead of bringing your host a bottle of wine, wow them with this pretty stopper from 313 Design Studio. Available in 28 different colors and styles, this gift is bound to receive a lot of compliments. Plus, unlike your go-to- bottle, this stopper will last long after the vino is poured.

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As far as we’re concerned, you can never have too many coffee mugs in your cabinets. This monogrammed style from Anthropologie is personalized enough to feel special. Plus, whenever your host uses it, they’ll think back to their great party.

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No party is complete without a delicious charcuterie board. While you could try to send your favorite wedge of cheese or some prosciutto, you'll get the best bang for your buck with RSVP International’s board. This gorgeous, marble-inspired option comes with its very own knife, so they can slice their favorite varietals to perfection.

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Sometimes, the simplest gift ideas are the best. Whether they’re reheating frozen foods or making multiple courses from scratch, hosts are always picking up new goods at the grocery store. Fortunately, this pad from Godly Gorgeous offers a convenient (and pretty) place to make a shopping list — and check it twice.

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Let’s make it a party with some new cooking accessories. Festooned with a classic Ina-ism, this stylish spatula donates a portion of its proceeds to No Kid Hungry. A cute affordable gift that gives back? Consider us sold.

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Every host has a solid rotation of crowd-pleasing dishes. Instead of fussing with a bulky recipe box and stray cards, they can keep all their meals documented in this adorable notebook. (The baking-inspired cover makes this great idea even sweeter.)

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If you’re dropping off some homemade goodies, why not kill two birds with one very stylish stone? Gift your contributions to some gorgeous, reusable storage bowls, and let your organizers keep them afterward.

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Help them take their caffeine spread up a few notches with this gorgeous tea gift box. Not only is it delicious, but the tea is also made with whole flowers. (That way, it’ll look like there are large, beautiful blooms in each tea cup.)

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Game night has never been so delicious, thanks to this puzzle from Snack Stack. With a total of 500 pieces to assemble, this set will offer ample fun for the entire household. Plus, when you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful view of one decadent sandwich.

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While a delicious menu and cozy atmosphere is important, no party is complete without some great conversation. With 135 questions in a beautiful, acrylic box, this adorable set from TableTopics is a great way to break the ice even over a video chat.

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