Here come all of those holiday parties! Some of us sincerely look forward to the onslaught of social interaction and some suffer from downright anxiety contemplating all of the "people-gathering" this time of year. Either way, it is a common courtesy to bring a gift to the host whenever a party is in someone's home.

Don't let wondering what on earth to bring as a gift become another source of stress for you. A bottle of wine is always a nice gesture. However, you may want to bring something a little different.

Remember, when it comes to gift-giving, it's thoughtful to consider the person. If you know someone is trying to avoid drinking or perhaps they are a burgeoning chef, the gift you bring should reflect that.

Here are a few ideas for your consideration:

A packet of 5 to 10 of your favorite recipes alongside one of them, prepared.

Bring one of your favorite holiday candles for them to enjoy--keep in mind if the host is a man or a woman, and try to avoid overly strong scents to avoid a "scent mis-match."

How about a loaf of freshly made bread with a pretty ribbon? Most people find baked goods a delicious alternative.

If you know your host loves chocolate, gift them some after-dinner gourmet chocolates.

Is your host a coffee lover? Bring a pound of special coffee they can serve after dinner.

If your host is a reader, many find receiving a book a charming gift. If you're close, why not highlight some of your favorite passages that you think they'd find particularly compelling.

How about a holiday guest book that people can sign and comment about what fun they had after the party? They'll love reading this later.

Even a bag of great pasta with a jar of sauce that you love is a nice offering and makes for an easy meal for them to have the next day after all of their party planning.

What are some other ideas for host gifts? Let us know in the comments.

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