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This teapot comes with its own knitted cozy that looks charming displayed on a tray and is fun to use for unexpected drop-ins. $25, target.com / Paul.Weber

The holidays are packed with big parties and impromptu gatherings. ďAs a rule, if youíre invited to someone's home, you should never show up empty-handed, regardless of how well you know ó or don't know ó the hostess,Ē says John Newlin, editor in chief of Livingly Media, publisher of Lonny magazine (lonny.com). ďA hostess gift is a timeless way of saying thank you, in a very personal and tangible way.Ē Stumped on what to bring? Try these ideas:

The Efficient Host. Treat friends who love to entertain to a clever wine spout that keeps wine chilled for up to an hour out of the fridge. A simple gel rod freezes within 30 minutes, and the silver spout makes for drip-free pours no matter the bottle. ($28, corkpops.com)

The Favorite Neighbor. This teapot comes with its own knitted cozy that looks charming displayed on a tray and is fun to use for drop-ins. ($25, Editor's Note: Unfortunately, this item is available in stores only. Enter your zip code )to find a local Target store that has it in stock.

The Garden Guru. The modern design of a Korean hand plow is actually centuries old, and the hand-forged blade is a multitasking master. The sleek edge saves time planting seeds. ($21, nybg.org)

The Intrepid Twosome. Give that jet-setting couple a modern way to ID their luggage. A programmable QR code lets you update contact info for each trip. ($10, givesimple.com)

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