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17 Gifts To Keep On Hand For Surprise Guests

Last-minute gifts under $20 everyone wants.
11/09/2017 06:58pm ET | Updated November 12, 2018

We’ve all been there. That moment when an unexpected guest arrives during the holiday season and you have nothing to give them. Whether they’ve showed up unexpectedly, or they slipped your mind while you were doing your holiday shopping, there’s nothing worse for a “Type-A” host than having an ungifted holiday guest.

Even if it’s just a trinket of appreciation, keeping gifts on hand for those you didn’t anticipate is an easy way to make the holidays less stressful. Be prepared for those just-in-case moments with these gifts under $20 that are sure to impress anyone who walks through your door this holiday.

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Here are 17 gifts to keep on hand for surprise guests:

1
A travel hot sauce gift set, for those who like things spicy.
Uncommon Goods
For the guest with a spicy palate, this travel size get set of hot sauces will make the perfect stocking stuffer.
2
A really stylish wine stopper.
Target
Buy a few of these and keep them on hand for any unexpected guest.
3
This World Salt Tower, for those with a savory tooth
Food52
Let your guest tour the world's various flavors with this World Salt Tower from Food52.
4
A set of luxury lotions.
Sephora
Boxed lotion sets are the easiest gift because you don't even have to wrap them.
5
Flavored bitters, for your boozy guests.
Amazon
For the foodie guest, this inexpensive bitter by Woodford Reserve will elevate their drink game.
6
A pair of warm gloves.
Target
These warm flip top gloves are a practical gift that anyone who texts will appreciate.
7
A for the new year.
Bando
Give the gift of organization with this 12-month planner.
8
A portable charger
Amazon
Never met anyone who didn't need a charger on the go .
9
A gift card to a universally loved lunch spot.
Amazon
This universal gift is sure to please anyone.
10
Artisanal coffee beans.
Blue Bottle Coffee
We're not sure of anyone who can resist some artisanal coffee beans, especially when they come from Blue Bottle.
11
A sweet-smelling candle.
Target
You can't go wrong with a scented candle, and this one's been deemed the best dupe for the Capri Blue Volcano candle, a cult favorite scent.
12
An anti-anxiety coloring book.
Amazon
This best-selling book is perfect for those looking to unwind after a long day.
13
A beautiful mug.
Anthropologie
This adorable gold speckled mug is *almost* too stylish to sip from.
14
A set of beautiful coasters.
Anthropologie
A nice set of agate coasters are the perfect addition to any home.
15
A fun word search, the perfect stocking stuff.er
Amazon
This word search book will keep anyone entertained for hours.
16
A pair of fuzzy winter socks.
Amazon
It's not until your'e an adult that you realize how practical it is to get a pair of warm socks on the holidays.
17
A wintery dish towel, for some added festivities.
World Market
Because everyone could use a new dish towel to replace the ratty one in their kitchen.