You don’t want to show up to the celebration empty handed.

By Jaime Milan
April 18, 2019

A lot of work goes into planning the perfect Easter meal for family and/or friends to gather around the table and enjoy.

And, of course, the best way to thank your host is to show up with a small gift, as a token of your appreciation. Not sure what to get? Let us help: These 8 picks from Trader Joe’s are thoughtful, perfect for springtime, and are all $10 or less.

A bottle of wine

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It may seem a bit cliché, but don't let that stop you. A bottle of wine is a classic hostess gift for a reason. And right now, as the weather warms up, it’s nice to sit outside with a cold bottle of rosé. Bring this one chilled if you want your host to serve it at the party, or bring it room-temp to indicate it’s meant just for them, to be enjoyed later.

La Ferme Julien Rosé, $6.99

A hydrangea

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This bright pink hydrangea has “spring” written all over it. And it would look as gorgeous on a sunny kitchen windowsill as it would planted in the ground. Because it’s potted, it’ll outlive any cut flowers so your host will think of you every time they look at this plant’s fluffy blooms.

Hydrangea, $9.99

Potted basil

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If your host or hostess is not in need of flowers or has a bit of a black thumb, opt for something more practical. Basil can grow indoors or outside, and it’s pretty hard to kill. Regular waterings and sun will reward them with a fragrant herb that’s delicious in pesto, pasta, cocktails, and more. Put it in a pretty pot to make it even more special.

Basil, $3.99

A Tapas Kit

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It’s always nice to show up with a small appetizer so your hostess doesn’t feel pressured to put a meal on the table ASAP. They can choose to serve this ready-made cheese plate now, or save it for later. It includes a Spanish cheese sampler kit, marinated olives, and pita bite crackers. Best part? All together, the total is less than $10.

Tapas Cheese Sampler ($4.49), Marinated Olives ($1.79), Pita Bite Crackers ($2.99)

Grapefruit Candle

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Trader Joe’s candles are highly underrated—and this limited-edition grapefruit scent is no exception. It’s small, but has an impressive bright, citrusy throw that will scent an entire room. Buy two and wrap in a cellophane gift bag with a ribbon as a sweet gift.

Candle, $3.99

Breakfast Kit

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When you’re hosting, it’s easy to buy a ton of groceries for the meal you’re planning...but forget entirely about breakfast the next morning. Buy some non-perishable breakfast essentials—like coffee, pancake mix, and syrup—to make your host’s next morning meal a breeze.

Pancake Mix ($1.99), Maple Syrup ($4.99), Dark Roast Coffee ($3.99)

Chocolate Truffles

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You can’t go wrong with bringing a box of chocolates. This box may be inexpensive, but we promise that the quality doesn’t reflect the price. Plus, they’re already gift wrapped—what’s not to love?

Chocolate Truffles, $5.99

Lavender Salt Scrub and Lotion

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Hosting can be stressful, so give them a little gift to pamper themselves. These both have therapeutic lavender essential oil to help banish any lingering anxiety. Buy them separately, or together for a DIY gift set.

Lavender Scrub ($5.99), Lavender Lotion ($4.99)

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