By Trae Bodge /
November 27, 2015
A $25 cashmere sachet from Lizzy Shaw.

Get ready, the holiday party invitations are about to start pouring in! From the bash that your boss throws every year to countless tree-trimming gatherings, you’ll have a packed social calendar. And no, it’s not a good idea to show up empty-handed. Instead, ignore the host who says “just bring yourselves!” and present her/him with a small token of holiday cheer that won’t cause you to go over budget. (A friendly reminder: prices are subject to change.)

Bauli Pandoro

Cost: $10.99 at certain gourmet grocers

When I first saw this cake, I loved the cool conical-ish packaging, but assumed that what lay inside would taste like a holiday fruitcake (gross). With some trepidation, a few friends and I – including some fussy kids – gave it a test drive. It was so tasty that we demolished it in minutes!

Wax Lodge Bark Carved Flameless LED Candle

Cost: $12.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

These flameless candles have a minimal, rustic feel that works really nicely with all sorts of home decors, from modern to beachy. You will definitely see them on display the next time you visit (and not just because you are visiting).

Josh Cellars Wine

Cost: Around $16 at local liquor stores

Wine is generally a safe bet, and Josh Cellars has a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir that are both crowd pleasers. Josh Cellars also offers gratis customized labels for your wine. Just go online, create your design and they mail them to you free of charge.

Rabbit Wine Tote

Cost: $10 at Amazon

Add another layer to your wine gift with this nylon tote. It insulates and protects the bottle during transport and collapses when not in use. There’s even a little side pocket if you wanted to add an opener or another accessory.

Novogratz Collection 3qt. Gnome Cookie Jar

Cost: $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you love to bake around the holidays, fill this generously sized guy with some of your tasty treats. He’s so adorable that he’s bound to be the star of the party.

Lizzy Shaw Studio Cashmere Sachets

Cost: $25 at Lizzy Shaw Studio

Moths can do major damage to sweaters and these silky soft lavender cashmere sachets keep those buggers away. They’re made from recycled cashmere and available in several colors for the holidays … so cute that it’s tough to tuck them away.

Go Comb Brass Lace Mirror

Cost: $15.99 at Go Comb

This chic wallet-sized metal comb also functions as a mirror. There are more manly versions, too, which are great for heads and beards.

Chocolate Pen

Cost: $24.92 at Kmart

The perfect gift for the hostess with kids, the Chocolate Pen will provide endless creative fun for everyone in the family. Use the molds to form designs or go freehand. Kit includes brown, white, blue and pink tubes of chocolate, the motorized chocolate pen, molds, tips — the works. You can find more gift ideas for kids here.

Elements Beer Beards Bacon Wall Bottle Opener

Cost: Price: $18.99 at

What host doesn’t want one of these for their man cave?

Cold Brew Coffee Infusion Bottle

Cost: $19.99 at ThinkGeek

Get with the cold brew craze and gift one of these bottles. This glass container, with its extra fine, reusable filter and neoprene sleeve, makes cold brew coffee easy to make and convenient to transport.

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