New Year’s Host Gifts Under $50 That Aren’t Champagne (And Are on Amazon)

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Gifts that will get you invited back next year.

Whether you’re heading to your buddy’s cabin in the Catskills for the long weekend, or a friend’s apartment for a New Year’s Eve party, sometimes it’s nice to bring a host gift that isn’t a bottle of Champagne. Or sometimes it’s nice to bring a little extra something in addition to a bottle of Champagne. Here are some New Year’s host gifts, which if you order today, will arrive pre–ball drop.

If They're Hosting You for the Long Weekend

A cozy weekend in the country calls for some cozy, fancy tea — packaged in a tin box commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces of the United Kingdom, no less.

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Harney & Sons Royal Palace Tea Sachets in Historic Royal Palaces Tin $16, Amazon

Pair that somewhat old-fashioned tea with these modern, designy mugs by Jansen & Co.

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Jansen & Co. Mug $21, Amazon

The foodies are calling this one of the best cookbooks of the year: Dorie’s Cookies, by cookie queen Dorie Greenspan, will delight your host (and mean they might bake you cookies over the weekend).

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Dorie’s Cookies, by Dorie Greenspan $20, Amazon

Named one of the best getaway games by Vulture, Dominion is an addictive “deck building” game that’s apparently very easy to learn and involves “treasure,” “victory,” and “action” cards.

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Dominion: 2nd Edition Board Game $30, Amazon

Or you can go the good old-fashioned murder-mystery route. This one is set on a California vineyard following the discovery of a dead body.

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Murder Mystery: A Taste for Wine and Murder $16, Amazon

A Steven Sondheim coloring book that the Broadway baby will get a kick out of, and will provide hours of mindless sitting-in-front-of-the-fire fun. Throw in some colored pencils and make it a twofer.

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Color Me Steven Sondheim: A Coloring Book $10, Amazon

Quite possibly the most indulgent and delicious thing you could possibly bring: Italian black-truffle almond butter.

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Squirrel Brand Black Truffle Almond Butter $20, Amazon

Give your host a leg-up during the snowball fight with this Deluxe Snowball Blaster that comes with a snowball press (for making perfect balls) and can fire them up to 80 feet away.

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Wham-O Deluxe Snow Ball Blaster $30, Amazon

For a crafty sort: a shibori tie-dye kit. Pair it with some white napkins, which you all can have your way with.

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Shibori Tie Dye Kit $14, Amazon

Just cuz: toilet paper adorned with America’s real first family, the Kardashians.

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Kardashians Toilet Paper $10, Amazon

If They're Hosting You For a New Year's Dinner/Party

Make the night a little more interesting with the Chambong, which is a bong … but for Champagne.

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Chambong (Two Pack) $35, Amazon

These graphic Bower coasters are both festive and useful.

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Bower for Areaware Table Tiles $31, Amazon

You really can’t go wrong with a Champagne-scented candle from Jonathan Adler. (Here’s another holiday candle we love.)

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Jonathan Adler Pop Candle $42, Amazon

If they’re slightly more rustic types, they’ll love these New England cabin-y incense sticks from Maine. (Related: Todd Oldham’s favorite incense sticks.)

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Paine’s Balsam Fir Incense $9, Amazon

An over-the-top party hat for an over-the-top host.

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Amscan Sparkling New Year Deluxe Feather Tiara Party Accessory $7, Amazon

When in doubt: Go with a box of some good old-fashioned See’s chocolates.

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See’s Candies One Pound Assorted Chocolates $34, Amazon

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New Year’s Host Gifts Under $50 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)