Ever wondered what would be a cool hostess gift besides that lame bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers that are sure to die soon? Well here is a compilation of a few awesome gifts that your gals AND guys will love and will not break the bank - which is always a "good thing"
Red Envelope Sunflower Kit, $40
Flowers are a lovely idea, but only last a few days. Instead, arrive with this kit containing terra cotta pots, organic soil, seeds and instructions on how to grow lasting sunflowers.
BUY ONLINE NOW Red Envelope sunflower growing kit, $40; at redenvelope.com
Juicy Couture Monopoly, $58
Not only is this a fun gift, it provides entertainment for a girls' weekend get-together.
BUY ONLINE NOW Juicy Couture Monopoly game, $58; at neimanmarcus.com
Dior Book, $19
Assouline's coffee table books add instant panache to any room and come in a variety of topics from architecture to fashion—including this Dior tome that covers the design house's history from Christian Dior himself to John Galliano.
BUY ONLINE NOW Dior book by Assouline, $19; at saks.com
Don Julio Tequila, $33.50
When bringing wine gets old, try joining the party with Mexico's best-selling tequila and a bag of limes in hand.
BUY ONLINE NOW Don Julio tequila, $33.50; at bevmo.com
Voluspa Candle, $18
The brown color of this three-wick candle works with most homes' decor. The French Bourban Vanille scent is rich, but not overpoweringly sweet.
BUY ONLINE NOW Voluspa French Bourban Vanille candle, $18; at planetbeauty.com
Note Cards, $6
Ever-useful, note cards are an easy token of appreciation, and these from Linda and Harriett work particularly well for the fashionista among your friends.
BUY ONLINE NOW Linda and Harriet handmade dress cards, $6; at lindaandharriett.com
Zagat Guide, $35
The handy Zagat restaurant guide is a useful gift for any foodie, restaurant lover or traveler. And this 2009 edition is leather-bound to give it an extra touch of sophistication.
BUY ONLINE NOW Zagat 2009 America's Best Restaurants guide, $35; at saks.com