"Oh, another bottle of red? You shouldn't have."

Jaime Milan
November 28, 2018

It’s always nice to show up with a little something for the host or hostess at a holiday party, but a bottle of wine can be tricky: What kind of wine do they like? Do they even drink?

Plus, wine is just so... predictable. When you’re heading to a gathering—especially around the holidays—it can be good to bring something different, fun, and relatively inexpensive, which is where Trader Joe’s comes in to save the day. These finds are all under $10, and any host would be happy to receive these gifts.

Paperwhite Bulbs

Trader Joe’s has a gorgeous (and super cheap) selection of flowers, and a bouquet would be a fine hostess gift, but there’s something extra special about paperwhite bulbs. It’s a fun little game to plant them in water, soil, or on top of pebbles and wait for them to bloom. After planting, they take about a month to bloom, and when they do, they make a gorgeous holiday centerpiece. Since they’re only $2.99 at Trader Joe’s (including the vase), you can stock up on a few and bust them out in a pinch.

Truffle Salt

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Truffle Salt is one of those things home cooks (probably) won’t buy themselves, given that it’s a little fancy, and more expensive. But truffle salt lends all kinds of yummy savory notes to almost any food: Grilled meat, veggies, pasta, and more. And it keeps forever, so you don't have to worry about it going bad. Plus it’s just $3.99.

Mixed Popcorn Tin

Who doesn’t love a tin of popcorn this time of year? This one’s only $9.99 and it’s packed with four yummy flavors: kettle corn, olive oil and sea salt, caramel and cheese, and white cheddar. Your holiday movie marathons just got so much better.

Holiday-Scented Candle

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Instagram users can’t seem to get enough of this piney holiday scent. The candle is made with a soy-coconut wax blend and has notes of “warm cedarwood and sweet balsam.” Oh, and it’s a steal at only $4.

Box of Chocolate Truffles

This festive little box of truffles is so adorable, and it comes wrapped with a perfect bow. This gift feels luxe, but it’s just $3.99 for the whole package.

Grump Tree

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Grump Tree 🎄

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This little lemon cypress tree looks like it came straight from Whoville, and would make a whimsical centerpiece for your host. It’s just $7.99—even the Grinch couldn’t resist this holiday steal.

Olive Wood Cutting Board

We can’t believe this cutting board is only $11.99—we know, it's *technically* over $10, but it looks so chic! Pair it with your favorite holiday-themed cheese for a truly special hostess gift.

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