A hostess gift isn't supposed to be extravagant. It's a token to uphold your 'never arrives empty handed' title and make the other guests look bad. No hostess wants to fake gush over something that screams last minute (scented candle) and since Takashimaya on Fifth Ave closed there's no go-to hostess gift store. The following gifts are the perfect blend of personal and applicable to anyone. Gift giving is an art and as in every medium, you have to provide what they don't know they want. Whether you're spending the weekend at a family friend's vacation house or crashing on your sister's couch, these gifts will ensure your Favorite Guest streak continues. Always make your bed, refill the Brita, and bring a present.

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