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25 Practical Hostess Gifts Under $25 That They'll Actually Use

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1. A cheese slicer that lets you adjust the thickness to get the perfect slice of cheese every single time.

Promising review: "This is the best cheese slicer I've ever seen or used. It is very sturdy. It cuts with ease, and I'm sure will last for years to come. I couldn't recommend any product more highly than I do this one. In fact, I liked it so well, I purchased three more to give to friends as small gifts. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't like to own one of these!" —Keith L BurkheadGet it from Amazon $10.
Amazon

Promising review: "This is the best cheese slicer I've ever seen or used. It is very sturdy. It cuts with ease, and I'm sure will last for years to come. I couldn't recommend any product more highly than I do this one. In fact, I liked it so well, I purchased three more to give to friends as small gifts. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't like to own one of these!" —Keith L Burkhead

Get it from Amazon $10.

2. A set of 12 floral wine charms ideal for when they have a bunch of people over and need to figure out whose wine is whose.

Promising review: "These are beautiful and work great. I didn't really understand from the main picture how they worked, but each flower has a little hole near the base that you slide the stem through to make a loop around the wine stem. They are bright, colorful, and durable. I love them and may get them as a gift for a friend." —Angela SGet it from Amazon for $9.95.
Amazon

Promising review: "These are beautiful and work great. I didn't really understand from the main picture how they worked, but each flower has a little hole near the base that you slide the stem through to make a loop around the wine stem. They are bright, colorful, and durable. I love them and may get them as a gift for a friend." —Angela S

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

3. A mixology cocktail shaker with directions for making different drinks, so they'll always look more knowledgable than they actually are.

Get it from Think Geek for $24.99.
Think Geek

Get it from Think Geek for $24.99.

4. A hot-air popcorn popper that'll provide them with delicious popcorn to serve in just a couple of minutes.

Promising review: "We love popcorn, but this makes popcorn fun, healthy, and enjoyable. It's so fresh and tasty without any mess. The popcorn pops in the same amount of time it would take to microwave a bag, and you never have to worry about burning it. The best part is, this unit is so compact it takes up very little counter space, so you can leave it out so you are always ready for a healthy snack." —PunkPacoKeithGet it from Amazon for $19.99.
Amazon

Promising review: "We love popcorn, but this makes popcorn fun, healthy, and enjoyable. It's so fresh and tasty without any mess. The popcorn pops in the same amount of time it would take to microwave a bag, and you never have to worry about burning it. The best part is, this unit is so compact it takes up very little counter space, so you can leave it out so you are always ready for a healthy snack." —PunkPacoKeith

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

5. A pour-over coffee maker so they can easily make scrumptious coffee, no machine required.

Promising review: "This is super easy to use, and it makes a mean cup of joe. It is nowhere near the price of a Chemex. I use mine on a daily basis and would absolutely recommend this product to any of my friends who love coffee." —Brad LemonsGet it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 17- and 34-ounce sizes).
Amazon

Promising review: "This is super easy to use, and it makes a mean cup of joe. It is nowhere near the price of a Chemex. I use mine on a daily basis and would absolutely recommend this product to any of my friends who love coffee." —Brad Lemons

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 17- and 34-ounce sizes).

6. A spatula adorned with adorable pups, because baking with the help of dogs makes everything better.

Get it from Sur La Table for $12.
Sur La Table

Get it from Sur La Table for $12.

7. A bathroom guest book to help them keep track of visitors (and give those visitors something fun to do while they sit on the porcelain throne).

Promising review: "This book was one of the BEST gifts I've given! I gave it to my boyfriend's dad who likes to host a lot of parties, and he has a great sense of humor, so when I gave this to him, he and his wife cracked up in genuine laughter and actually really, really loved it. I've gone back since I gave this gift at Christmastime, and people actually use it! It's so funny to read through, and it also has a really nice cover and looks like great quality. I absolutely would order this book again." —OliviaGet it from Amazon for $14.50 or Barnes & Noble for $14.95.
Amazon

Promising review: "This book was one of the BEST gifts I've given! I gave it to my boyfriend's dad who likes to host a lot of parties, and he has a great sense of humor, so when I gave this to him, he and his wife cracked up in genuine laughter and actually really, really loved it. I've gone back since I gave this gift at Christmastime, and people actually use it! It's so funny to read through, and it also has a really nice cover and looks like great quality. I absolutely would order this book again." —Olivia

Get it from Amazon for $14.50 or Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

8. A wine aerator pourer that attaches to a wine bottle so they'll pour the perfect glass of vino every time.

Promising review: "I bought this for my dad, who really likes his wine. He didn't think it would do much to the taste of the wine so I had him try some cheapish wine without this aerator and then had him try it with the aerator and the taste was like night and day. He's tried it on some of his better wine and while it does change the taste a little, it wasn't as drastic as the improvement on the cheaper wine." —JasonGet it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in black and silver).
Amazon

Promising review: "I bought this for my dad, who really likes his wine. He didn't think it would do much to the taste of the wine so I had him try some cheapish wine without this aerator and then had him try it with the aerator and the taste was like night and day. He's tried it on some of his better wine and while it does change the taste a little, it wasn't as drastic as the improvement on the cheaper wine." —Jason

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in black and silver).

9. An oven mitt that will not only protect their hand when pulling stuff out of the oven, but remind them who runs the world.

Get it from ModCloth for $15.
Amazon

Get it from ModCloth for $15.

10. A set of mini bamboo serving trays, because everything is cuter (and tastier) when served in miniature form.

Get it from Amazon for $16.49 or Paper Source for $18.95.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $16.49 or Paper Source for $18.95.

11. A set of gold measuring cups and spoons that will look so chic in their kitchen that they'll actually want to cook more.

Promising review: "These are amazing. So cute! I’m obsessed with gold, and these are the perfect amount of gold and shiny. They're super aesthetically pleasing, functional, and strong. I couldn’t be happier." —Tara M MignognaGet it from Amazon for $21.95.
Amazon

Promising review: "These are amazing. So cute! I’m obsessed with gold, and these are the perfect amount of gold and shiny. They're super aesthetically pleasing, functional, and strong. I couldn’t be happier." —Tara M Mignogna

Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

12. A salt rimmer dish that will keep their cocktail skills ~sharp~ as they make tasty margaritas.

Get it from ModCloth for $15.
ModCloth

Get it from ModCloth for $15.

13. Some Poo-pourri to keep the bathroom smelling fresh and clean no matter how many guests wind up using it.

Promising review: "I got this to put in my bathroom after two of my guests at a Christmas party got in a fight over how one of them stunk up the bathroom. It sits on the back of the toilet for anyone to use. So far no more fights!" —AmyGet it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in 20 scents and six sizes).
Amazon

Promising review: "I got this to put in my bathroom after two of my guests at a Christmas party got in a fight over how one of them stunk up the bathroom. It sits on the back of the toilet for anyone to use. So far no more fights!" —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in 20 scents and six sizes).

14. A quirky set of six wine condoms that will help any leftover bottles of wine ~last for days~.

Amazon

Promising review: "These are amazing. I bought them as a Christmas gift for my wine-loving sister-in-law. She loved them! I ended up buying myself some too. You can use them more than once. They are slightly hard to get on, but that just assures a tight seal. I especially like that you do not have to worry about your wine stoppers' height fitting in the fridge." —sznic

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

15. A movie misquote game, which will have everyone in stitches as they transform classic movie quotes with phrases from other films to create the funniest one.

Seriously, people will probably be talking about this game for weeks!Get it from ModCloth for $25.
ModCloth

Seriously, people will probably be talking about this game for weeks!

Get it from ModCloth for $25.

16. A red wine stain remover for any mishaps that will inevitably take place during parties (even parties of one, no judgment).

Promising review: "I purchased this item, and it sat on the shelf for a few months without use. Then, last night, I spilled a whole glass of red wine on to my cream-colored sheet and blanket. I followed the instructions: absorbing all the liquid with paper towels, then moistening the stains with water, then spraying liberally, then wiping off. After about two rounds of this, the stain almost completely disappeared. I'm very impressed. It was definitely worth the cost because I otherwise would have had to replace my sheet and blanket! It works wonders with fresh stains if you act quickly, but I'm not sure how well it works for set-in stains." —Mrs. RochesterGet it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in three styles) or from The Grommet for $7.95.
The Grommet

Promising review: "I purchased this item, and it sat on the shelf for a few months without use. Then, last night, I spilled a whole glass of red wine on to my cream-colored sheet and blanket. I followed the instructions: absorbing all the liquid with paper towels, then moistening the stains with water, then spraying liberally, then wiping off. After about two rounds of this, the stain almost completely disappeared. I'm very impressed. It was definitely worth the cost because I otherwise would have had to replace my sheet and blanket! It works wonders with fresh stains if you act quickly, but I'm not sure how well it works for set-in stains." —Mrs. Rochester

Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in three styles) or from The Grommet for $7.95.

17. A large metal serving tray to help celebrate everything even after the holiday season is over.

Get it from Amazon for $19.43 (also available in six other designs).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $19.43 (also available in six other designs).

18. A cheese plate set with a etched snowflake design and wooden spreader to artfully display everyone's favorite party food: CHEESE.

Get it from ModCloth for $25.
ModCloth

Get it from ModCloth for $25.

19. A cookbook that's also a subtle hint that you want the recipient to host more parties so you can try all the recipes without having to make them yourself.

Get it from Amazon for $13.74, Barnes & Noble for $19.25, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $13.74, Barnes & Noble for $19.25, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

20. A three-pack of eco-friendly reusable food wraps for your environmentally conscious friend so they can cut down on their plastic waste and still keep food fresh.

Read our full review of them here.Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product, but I'm trying to reduce my use of plastic wrap. I was wrong, and I love this! It's very very easy to clean. So far I have used it to cover a plate with pizza on it and a red onion. Your warm hands mold it perfectly. I purchased a set for myself and my daughter. She loves them also!" —yarnqueenmmGet it from Amazon for $18+ (available in honeycomb, geometric, or clover print).
Amazon

Read our full review of them here.

Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product, but I'm trying to reduce my use of plastic wrap. I was wrong, and I love this! It's very very easy to clean. So far I have used it to cover a plate with pizza on it and a red onion. Your warm hands mold it perfectly. I purchased a set for myself and my daughter. She loves them also!" —yarnqueenmm

Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in honeycomb, geometric, or clover print).

21. A three-piece essential coffee tool set to up their coffee game and transform them into the barista of their dreams.

The set includes a coffee scoop that clips to the coffee bag, a milk frother, and a digital timer to help measure precise brewing and pouring times. Plus, it comes in a gift book, so there's no wrapping required!Get it from World Market for $19.99.
World Market

The set includes a coffee scoop that clips to the coffee bag, a milk frother, and a digital timer to help measure precise brewing and pouring times. Plus, it comes in a gift book, so there's no wrapping required!

Get it from World Market for $19.99.

22. A mini donut maker because who doesn't need a mini donut maker to serve delicious donuts for dessert at every party?!?!

Promising review: "I absolutely love this. It makes four mini donuts in a matter of minutes and comes with a few different recipes. I will definitely buy again. It makes a great finger dessert for parties. I'm totally gonna give it as a gift for Christmas! I made 20 donuts in about 30 minutes, including the food prep." —MonicaGet it from Amazon for $16.92.
Amazon

Promising review: "I absolutely love this. It makes four mini donuts in a matter of minutes and comes with a few different recipes. I will definitely buy again. It makes a great finger dessert for parties. I'm totally gonna give it as a gift for Christmas! I made 20 donuts in about 30 minutes, including the food prep." —Monica

Get it from Amazon for $16.92.

23. An electric bottle opener that makes opening wine so easy they'll never have to struggle to pull out a cork again.

This removes corks in seconds, can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, and has a built-in rechargeable battery. Promising review: "OMG! I LOVE this wine opener. It opens with ease. I don’t post many reviews, but this is definitely worth the money. I can't say enough good things about this wine opener. It comes with an awesome charging stand and foil cutter. Don’t waste your time on other electric wine openers. This is the one! I love it! The blue light is really cool too!" —Allison ParksGet it from Amazon for $19.94.
Amazon

This removes corks in seconds, can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

Promising review: "OMG! I LOVE this wine opener. It opens with ease. I don’t post many reviews, but this is definitely worth the money. I can't say enough good things about this wine opener. It comes with an awesome charging stand and foil cutter. Don’t waste your time on other electric wine openers. This is the one! I love it! The blue light is really cool too!" —Allison Parks

Get it from Amazon for $19.94.

24. An adorable personalized apron they'll get a ton of use out of and want to show off at every party they throw.

It can be personalized with ANY text you'd like (even hashtags!) in black or metallic text, and comes with the option to add polka dots to the pockets.Get it from ModParty on Etsy for $17+ (available in seven colors).
Etsy

It can be personalized with ANY text you'd like (even hashtags!) in black or metallic text, and comes with the option to add polka dots to the pockets.

Get it from ModParty on Etsy for $17+ (available in seven colors).

25. A set of coasters so beautiful guests *might* actually use them instead of just setting drinks down wherever they feel like it.

Get a set of four from NancyNoreth on Society6 for $12.
Society6

Get a set of four from NancyNoreth on Society6 for $12.

When you see the dessert table across the room:

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