The golden rules of party hopping are: Bring a gift, have fun, and try not to break anything. With regard to the former, we compiled a list of host and hostess gifts that are sure to impress, regardless of budget. Whether you’re bringing a small token of appreciation to a friend’s gathering, or angling for an annual invite to a major bash, these nine gifts have you covered.

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Under $20

Mid-Century Modern Wine Stopper

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Cellar-worthy wines and bargain bottles look elegant beneath this gold-finished, mid-century modern wine stopper. Price: $10

Bring Me Wine Socks


Want to show your host you appreciate all the effort that goes into planning a holiday fete? These comfy unisex socks are fun and funny, and tell your hard-working host, “Hey, I get it.” Price: $12

Wine Bottle Ugly Christmas Sweater


Are you attending an ugly Christmas sweater party — or just wish you were? Why not bring a bottle wrapped in this glittering little holiday number? Price: $12

Under $50

“Be My Guest” Drink Tray

This welcoming, easy-to-clean tray can be used to ferry drinks across a crowded room, or rest atop a bar cart as a handsome way to store frequently used bottles. Price: $46

Porcelain Bracelet Flask


Encourage your host to wear his spirit on his sleeve with this ceramic bracelet flask, a riff on early-19th-century hip flasks (no, seriously) and a stylish way to survive the season’s stresses. Price: $41

Handmade Wine Cork Maps


If your host entertains often and has a slight exhibitionist streak, these hand-made state and country maps can be filled with wine corks to share local pride and celebrate parties past. Prices vary by map; from $45

When Budgets and Spirits Are Boundless

The Homemade Gin Kit

DIY types will appreciate this fully loaded gin kit that transforms a bottle of vodka into gin in a mere 36 hours. (Those hoping to go the extra nine yards might consider gifting alongside an expensive bottle of booze. Here are some of our favorites.) Price: $50

Spiegelau Authentis Decanter

Designed for top restaurants, this Spiegelau crystal decanter is blessed with clean, timeless lines. Best of all for busy hosts? It’s dishwasher-friendly. Price: $79

Bar Apron & Tool Set

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For serious cocktailers, Brooklyn designer Izola created this sleek bar kit containing a muddler, tongs, stirring spoon, strainer, and measuring cup, all within a chic canvas apron. Price: $90

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