Never arrive empty-handed!

I’m always in need of a last-minute hostess gift with a  holiday calendar full of parties and open houses or last-minute nights with friends to celebrate the season. I try to keep a small stockpile of hostess gifts on hand so I’m never unprepared. And, because I always stock up with the aforementioned holiday gift wrapping supplies, pulling together a beautiful hostess gift in a pinch is easy. Here are three of my favorite go-tos:

Beautiful Dish Towels

Throughout the year, I pick up cute and colorful dish towels as these make for great, affordable hostess gifts. Simply tie them up with a beautiful, festive ribbon and you’re all set.

A Coffee Table Book

If you know your hostess well, finding a book that speaks to their interests is a great way to go. Wrap it up with a bright red bow and slide a thank you card inside and you’ve got the perfect gift. 

  • Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval, $38, Barnes & Noble
  • Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone, $37, Barnes & Noble
  • National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks, $65, REI

A Bottle of Wine

When all else fails, you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine! I like to select a varietal I know the hostess likes and package them in a cute wine bag.

  • Freemark Abbey Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine, $65, Balducci’s
  • Thankful You’re Hosting Wine Bag, $10, Paper Source
  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier Wine, $19, Balducci’s

Katie Urban is a lifestyle blogger and hosts A Touch of Teal. Read her blog to find the perfect desk-to-drink or weekend outfits, travel guide for your next adventure, home decor ideas—and cocktail recipes for when you have people over, a new book to read, or just reflections on life as a millennial living in DC.