The best gift ideas for any host this unusual holiday season

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Melanie Sutrathada is In The Know’s lifestyle contributor. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter for more.

If you’ve ever hosted a party, you know how much time and effort goes into it. There’s the planning, invites, food, decorating — and the list goes on and on. It isn’t an easy job!

As an attendee of a get-together, it’s only fitting that you show your gratitude to the host with a small gift. For instance, I used to always bring wine or chocolates — which are still welcome, of course! But lately, I’ve been wanting to go the extra mile with a gift that feels really special.

Whether you’re attending a virtual party or celebrating among close, immediate family, here are some gifts that will make you the best guest this holiday season.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

Shop: Fujifilm Instax Camera, $64.20

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If your host is forever talking about how they misses the good old days, then this Fujifilm Instax camera will earn you some brownie points. The camera design is so cute, and the whole vintage polaroid vibe is the perfect way to memorialize this holiday season. This is a gift your host will pull out at every single celebration to come.

Get the party started

Shop: Adorn Pop Champagne Soiree, $110

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This little bundle of joy is an amazing holiday starter kit that your host will absolutely love you for. The Pop Champagne Soiree by Adorn is everything a person needs to throw a dazzling and unforgettable celebration. The bundle includes tableware, decor and awesome party accessories like balloons, party hats and fringe blowouts! Adorn makes decorating easier than ever before for a host.

Sweeten up any celebration

Shop: Zach And Zoe Honey, $20

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Hone in on your inner queen bee this holiday by giving your host a jar of incredible Zach and Zoe Honey for their next charcuterie board. This family-owned business produces organic honey that’s been listed as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things this holiday! Choose from wildflower, ginger or lavender, or spice it up this season with delicious matcha honey — yum! A sweet gift like this is sure to be a welcome addition to your host’s kitchen (and their tastebuds).

Light up your host’s life

Shop: Otherland Candle Gift Set, $36 – $89

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Nothing says, “You are the best host ever!” like a set of gorgeous candles. I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many, especially when the candles are as phenomenal and luxe as the ones from Otherland. A friend surprised me with a few of them recently, and I think of her every time I light one of them. Create a custom Otherland candle holiday gift box and create an idyllic ambiance worthy of your host. There are six different candle fragrances to choose from that range from fresh and floral to smokey and sweet.

Arrive in style

Shop: Scout Bags Spirit Chillah, $18

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There’s nothing less appetizing than a glass of mellow white wine. In the words of Alexis Rose, “Ew, David!” Of course, you can wait for your wine to chill by putting it into the refrigerator, or you could skip that step by putting your booze in this awesome Spirit Chillah by Scout. This insulated wine bag is super stylish and cute, making it perfect as an amazing host gift that they’ll use again and again.

Help your host get cheesy

Shop: Personalized Compact Swivel Cheese Board, $78

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Holidays are all about friends, family, togetherness, love, kindness… and, of course, delicious food. I mean, just thinking about glazed ham and gingerbread cookies is making me drool! What better way to fill those rumbly tummies than to help your host display their delish treats on a personalized cheese board? This gorgeous gift is made from bamboo and starts as a little triangle that can be swirled into a tiered server, which you can then fill with all kinds of appetizers and snacks. There is also a hidden drawer that holds a set of stainless steel knives, which gives your host one less thing to worry about.

Cozy up to your host

Shop: Figleaves Poppy Penguin Print Pajamas, $60

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Staying at home during the holidays? Or maybe heading to a small celebration that will run into the wee hours? Well, help yourself (and your host, of course) glam it up with this Poppy Penguin Print Pajama set from Figleaves. These jammies are not only super comfy, but the design is also so adorable and playful that your host will never want to take them off. Give these tiny penguins a chance to guide you and your host through another wonderful holiday season, and you won’t be disappointed. After a long day of entertaining, these PJs will be the highlight of the night.

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