The pressure to impress can sometimes saturate our days during this most festive time of year. With peak party season upon us, it’s critical to remind ourselves that hosting a holiday gathering takes work, be it the cooking and cleaning or just the basic emotional labor of keeping everyone entertained.

You could be arranging your own humble abode in preparation for the holiday season (in which case, godspeed), but if your calendar includes visiting others in their homes, we recommend always showing up to the shindig with a helping hand and a thoughtful gift. Here are 10 your host will actually want.

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