We all have that friend with the stunning house and a knack for hosting summer’s most memorable nights. So this year, make sure to show your appreciation with a standout thank-you gift. Here are a few ways to wow, whether you’re crashing for just a night or the whole weekend.

Best Hostess Gifts

The Overnighter

  • Bring a treat from your hometown – think local beer or baked goods that aren’t available where you’re headed. Pack the brews in a monogrammed tote or take along a cake stand for the sweet eats.
  • Give your host an item that suits the guest room for future visitors to admire, like a carafe, coffee-table book, or scented candle.

 

Best Hostess Gifts

The Weekender

  • Come bearing a collection of entertaining musts: a personalized carryall complete with snacks, a cheese board, wine, wineglasses, and a favorite board game. Then, kick-start the fun.
  • Post-trip, send a framed photo from the weekend. Memories? Coming right up.

 
Equip your arsenal with these picks and more in our Gifts Under $30: Never Show Up Empty Handed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, July 1, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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July 1, 2015

It happens each year. You have every intention of getting holiday shopping done early, but parties, dinners, and life just get in the way. Luckily, this season we’ve rounded up three no-fail finds you can not only grab at the last minute, but buy in bulk for future festivities.

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The Wine Stopper
Mastering gift swaps is simple. Just keep these on hand and pair with a bottle of vino.

The Scarf
No measurements? No problem. This versatile extra is one-size-fits-all.

The Lip-Gloss Set
Bold or subtle? No matter her preference, she’ll find a shade to suit her every mood.

The Handpicked Holiday Shop: Last-Minute Gifts Boutique opens Saturday, December 6, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

What is your go-to holiday gift? Tweet us at @ruelala.

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December 6, 2014

You can always ask – whether or not you will actually receive it often depends on how you ask.

Here are some suggestions for (tactfully) requesting what you really want.

Dear Rue: Cash Gifts

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December 5, 2013