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Roses are red, violets are blue, your hostess has plenty of candles, thank you. So put down the soy “Linen Fresh” scent and turn to one of these unexpected gift ideas that are not only luxurious but also immediately useful.

Moda Operandi

A Wicker Buffet Dome

Cheese boards are old hat. But a wicker vessel is as fresh as a royal wedding fascinator. Stick a sweet treat inside or prep it with a linen napkin so she can easily plate her own goodies. Either way, the woven texture makes this a great gift for anyone throwing an outdoor fete because it’ll keep creepy crawlies well away from the food. 

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La Marca

A Custom Bottle of Bubbly

Citrusy and fresh with hints of honeysuckle and fruit, a bottle of crisp La Marca Prosecco is any host’s dream gift. Want to take it one step further? Use La Marca’s custom label service, which allows you to order a personalized label that they’ll print and ship right to your doorstep. Our personal favorite? “But first, La Marca Prosecco.” Put the bottle on ice and wait for a toast or encourage your host to pop it right away and get the party started.

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Goop

A Stainless Steel Bottle Cooler

Speaking of bubbly, this puppy is double walled and vacuum insulated, meaning it’ll keep your La Marca cold without ice. It’s even adjustable to fit whatever size bottle your host wants to chill. Oh, and it’s easily portable (as all Prosecco should be). 

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Amazon

An Icebreaker Card Set

The key to any good party is great conversation among guests, but the key to getting guests to open up can be a bit trickier. This beautiful box of cards nips awkwardness in the bud with 100 questions that encourage thoughtful conversation on a range of topics and—more important—really gets the party going.

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Amazon

An Echo Dot and Bluetooth Speaker

Alexa is great, but not when outlets are sparse. Instead, gift your hostess the wireless Echo Dot and Ultimate Ear’s Boom 2 Yeti Speaker combo. The 360-degree speaker has amazing sound (as in, real deep base) and the Echo Dot lets party guests request any song they please.

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Shopbop

A Colorful Croquet Set

We’re not sure what we love most about this hostess gift: the upscale entertainment á la an English garden party or the pretty pastel detailing. While she probably has more Cards Against Humanity decks than she can handle, this charming game is one she probably hasn’t been given before.

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Amazon

A Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker

Not only will this look fabulous on her countertop but she can also use it to get her guests to leave when she’s ready for bed (hint, hint). Bonus points if you bring along a bag of gourmet coffee grinds from your favorite local shop.

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Shopbop

A Stain-Removal Kit

Because accidents happen. And no one has ever complained about being the guest who saved the day.

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