Birthdays, holidays, dinner parties, and housewarmings are, in a word, fun. They give us an excuse to gather with friends and family to do nothing but celebrate each other and unwind. What could be better? Well, there is one part of the whole ordeal that could be a little better: the hunt for the perfect gift. Finding a token of gratitude that's stylish, thoughtful, within budget, and likable is a tall order, so we took it upon ourselves to find 16 little trinkets and home décor objects that anybody would love to unwrap. They're much more unique than a candle—in fact, we made sure to exclude candles altogether.
Scroll through below to bookmark your favorites and keep these handy for upcoming birthdays, dinner parties, and housewarmings. Or start getting your holiday shopping done ahead of time, or just treat yourself to your favorite goodie below.
If you do end up going the candle route, supplement your gift with an elevated lighter so the receiver can stylishly strike the mood. This cool green marble Zippo lighter will do the trick.
If you're going over to someone's house, it's always nice to leave it cleaner than the way you found it. That means helping with the dishes and making sure you don't leave any watermark stains with your glasses. It also means you'll kill two birds with one stone if you bring these fun raffia coasters as a hostess gift.
We could all use a little help keeping our finances organized and in check. We probably don't need any more encouragement to be spend-happy, but this cheeky money clip is too cute not to make someone laugh, even if they don't go out and treat themselves every time they pull it out.
This crystal snowflake ornament is proof that small can still mean special.
Equal parts bulk item and luxury gift set, this beautiful collection of mini handsoaps is a great gift for anyone who hosts frequently.
Here's another iteration of the classic candle gift. Since choosing a fragrance for someone else is always a gamble, opt for an undeniably chic candle holder instead.
For anyone who loves to cook and also loves fashion, this is the gift to give. It also happens to boast a cover pretty enough to earn it a prime spot on the coffee table.
Created with beautifully vibrant dried flowers, this smudge stick is the thoughtful but affordable gift you've been looking for. Write a nice note to go along with it and call it a day.
If your friend loves interior design, gift them this classic coffee table full of gorgeous homes and rooms.
Who wouldn't want a chocolate bar? Especially one that looks as beautiful as it tastes, thanks to the edible flowers in it.
Anything that encourages a little rest and relaxation will be well received. These California-inspired linen slippers fit the bill.
Okay, we lied, there is one candle on our list, but it's part of a set, so there are other gifts as well, which makes it feel more complete and thoughtful.
This beautiful ceremonial matcha tea set is the perfect gift for any habitual tea drinkers in your life. It'll make their daily ritual just a little more special.
On a similar note, this coffee maker will give any kitchen extra style points and make that morning grind a little more exciting.
Aside from candles, wine is probably the most common hostess gift default. Up the game a little and make your gift stand out by also bringing a cool wine bottle key.
Cheese, please. This cheese box basically makes it easy for you to transport a cheese plate. To make things easier on them, offer to bring over the charcuterie plate and leave this handy box as a gift.
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