You can skimp on price without looking like you’re skimping on quality.
Impress your holiday hosts this year.
It’s not hard to wow with gifts for your holiday host this season — even if you only have $20 to spend, says etiquette expert Elaine Swann. The secret: “Find something that is going to be very unique but does not look like you’re cutting corners.”
To do that, Swann suggests thinking outside of the box to find something thoughtful, remembering the importance of presentation, as stylish packaging can make even inexpensive gifts seem luxe.
With that in mind, as part of our ongoing holiday gift guide series, the staff at Moneyish found 10 gifts that will impress any host or hostess this year — all for under $20.
BIN 8 Multi Kitchen Tool, $7.90: This is literally eight different kitchen tools stacked into one. Without taking up a plethora of space, it combines a funnel, a lemon juicer, a spice grater, an egg masher, a cheese grater, a lip opener for jars, an egg yolk separator, and a measuring cup. It’s a must-have for anyone who loves to cook.
Slate Cheese Board by Cobble Creek, $11.99: This sleek slate cheeseboard features two elegant handles for easy lifting, and makes a lovely base for everything from Brie to Jarslberg. Add in a few of your favorite fruits and crackers and voila: The perfect cheese platter for guests.
NEST Fragrances Votive Candle, $16: This two-ounce candle, whose fragrance is “Birchwood Pine,” comes in a stylish votive featuring white and gold accents. Amazon’s description of the product touts that it “creates the aroma of a majestic winter forest by blending white pine, fir balsam and Birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber.”
Microwave Popcorn Popper, $14.99: Shaped like a teapot, this popper is made of microwave-safe glass and can be used to pop whole kernels of corn without the need for buying pre-bagged microwavable mixes — which can be loaded in butter, salt, or oil. Plus, it comes with a built-in butter melter, which is part of the silicone lid.
Geo Wine Charms, $20: Similar to the Origami set of charms, this set of six wine accoutrements will give any simple wine stopper the Midas touch. The set includes one black rubber stopper and can interchange any of the six artfully-shaped topper charms.
Crate & Barrel Cocktails for the Holidays Recipe Book, $20: Cheers to this. Any host or hostess who is known for crafting signature cocktails will love this. They’ll benefit from the “help of the editors of the award-winning Imbibe magazine,” who have compiled 50 “classic and contemporary drinks for every festive occasion.”
Flannel Fleece Luxury Throw Blanket, $14.99: This cozy throw blanket — available in 14 colors ranging from dark navy blue to sophisticated ivory — is made of microfiber, making it the perfect way to wrap up and stay warm this chilly holiday season.
Personalized cutting board, $19.95: Fashioned of bamboo and featuring an engraved, personalized message of your choice (such as “Holidays with Will & Emma, 12/23/17,” or something like that), this 11 x 8.5” cutting board with a custom touch is great for hosts who like to cook or need a rustic yet charming display for cheese or other hors’ d’oeuvres.
Monogrammed kitchen towels, $12: These personalized dish towels come in a variety of color schemes and monogram options, from primary colors to glittery alternatives to spice things up.
Wood Wine Bottle Balancer, $9: Rather than giving a basic bottle of wine, give a gift that will elevate any bottle to new heights (literally), instead. This architectural “gravity defying” wine stand is made of wood and engraved with the phrase “Good Wine Good Times,” and suspends your bottle horizontally in the air on a slanted riser. It’s an impressive way for your host to show off his or her bottle of booze in style.
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