9 Unexpected Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Invited Back

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Traveling for the holidays is nearly always stressful. You've got to contend with tons of traffic, unpredictable weather, jam-packed airports, expensive tickets, and figuring out how to fit all of your gifts in your suitcase.

Nerve-racking as it is, hosting someone for the holidays can be even tougher. These people are inviting you into their home, for goodness sake — and they've likely spent a lot of time setting up the guest room and planning meals, even though they'll tell you it's no trouble. This holiday season, don't forget to show your appreciation with a hostess gift. Sure, a bottle of wine or box of chocolates would be fine, but you can do better. Pier 1 has dozens of thoughtful gift options, many of which cost less than $25. Show up with one of these unexpected but wonderful hostess gifts and you'll get more than a polite thank you — you might even get invited back next year.

Festive Flutes
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Festive Flutes

Pair these stemless Champagne flutes ($20) with a bottle of bubbly for a gift that's sure to please any hostess. The gold handwriting on the flutes adds a touch of holiday sparkle, but the recipient could still use these glasses year round.

Clever Cheeseboard
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Clever Cheeseboard

Name one person who wouldn't like this handy cheeseboard ($30) that comes with four different cheese knives concealed inside and ready for use. We'll wait.

Fuzzy Throw
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Fuzzy Throw

This snuggly-soft faux-fur throw blanket ($45) will be an instant hit with almost anyone. The subtle animal print is on-trend without being too dramatic.

Family-Friendly Games
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Family-Friendly Games

If you're staying with a family with young kids, opt for a gift that the entire group can use — like this nifty combination game board ($25). Since it includes chess, checkers, Chinese checkers, ludo, backgammon, dominoes, and tic-tac-toe, there's an option for everyone!

Cork Shadow Box
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Cork Shadow Box

Wine connoisseurs will love this shadow box ($35) that displays their corks. It's a great way to turn something disposable into a lovely keepsake.

Chic Cookie Jars
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Chic Cookie Jars

No matter your host's design aesthetic, these simple cream-colored jars ($30) will look gorgeous. They look just as good in rustic farmhouse kitchens as they do in midcentury modern ones.

A Framed Photo
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A Framed Photo

Visiting faraway family for the holidays? Add a photo of the two of you together to this sweet frame ($8) for an unforgettable gift.

Wintry Wine Charms
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Wintry Wine Charms

Just looking for a little something? These holiday-themed wine charms ($10) are incredibly affordable.

Personalized Vase
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Personalized Vase

A bouquet is a classic hostess gift, so why not take it to the next level by adding a vase ($25) personalized with your host's last initial? It makes an ideal centerpiece for a holiday table.