10 Gifts to Keep on Hand During the Holiday Season

In case of surprise guests or unexpected gift exchanges.

Even if you've already bought gifts for everyone on your list — family, friends, coworkers, secret Santas, etc. — there's always the chance that an unexpected guest will drop by for an evening with gift in tow, or a last-minute exchange will pop up. So, to make sure you're not caught off guard, it's always a good idea to keep a few simple, sure-to-please gifts at your home. And having them wrapped and ready to go might not be a bad idea either.

Don't worry if you're not sure what kind of gifts to keep on hand, though, we're here to help. Read on for 10 holiday gifts that seem like anything but an after thought.

1: Moscow Mule Mugs

$19.99; target.com

2: Agate Coaster Set

$51.80; zgallerie.com

3: Gilded Cheese Board

4: Pink Travel Mug

$12.99; hm.com

5: Party Plate Set

$12.99; HomeGoods stores

6: Olive Oil Trio

7: Gilded Books Matchbook Set

8: Kate Spade Compact

9: Carry-On Cocktail Travel Pack

10: A 6-Pack of Your Fave Holiday Beer

12 Thoughtful Gifts Based on Zodiac Signs

See All Photos

Zodiac Gift Guide: Aries

(March 21- April 19) Ah, Aries—the zodiac’s lovers of shiny new gadgets and adventurous experience. Cover all your bases and gift them with this Crate & Barrel’s drool-worthy 11-Piece Copper Fondue Set. These fiery spirits enjoy the spotlight and will love showing off their ultra-trendy copper kitchen gear to friends and family alike. $120.00; Crate & Barrel

Photo By: Crate & Barrel

Taurus

(April 20- May 20) Gift them with the signature sips they love and wrap up Simon and Schuster's The Essential New York Times Recipe Book. With nearly 500 pages to flip through, this book offers countless classic cocktail recipes that any traditional Taurean will appreciate. $29.95; store.nytimes.com

Photo By: Nordstrom

Gemini

(May 21- June 20) "Double the trouble is double the fun"—that is, as far as Gemini are concerned. Represented by twins, Gemini are chatty, social butterflies that never say no to a night on the town. A gift they are sure to get mileage out of? This coquettish cocktail napkin, just as cheeky as their personalities. $38; Waiting on Martha

Cancer

(June 21- July 22) Cancers are happiest when cozied up at home with friends and family. The gift they’ll love? A set of lariat hanging frames, complete with prints of your favorite captured moments together. The classic design and neutral colors ensure that these frames will stand the test of time, meaning that Cancers will always have their loved ones hanging nearby. $38.00; Anthropologie

Photo By: Anthropologie

Leo

(July 23- August 22) Leo boasts the bold, self-confident spirits of the zodiac. What better gift for the self-loving Leos, then, than one that incorporates their impressive lion symbol? We’re confident that these regal fire signs would appreciate this posh needlepoint pillow by Jonathan Adler. A lion tail adds a flirty touch, while a proper crown completes the regal design. $98; Jonathan Adler

Photo By: Jonathan Adler

Virgo

(August 23- September 22) Virgos are the perfectionists of the zodiac. With high-standards and particular tastes, Virgos are especially intimidating to shop for. So what is the perfect gift for a perfectionist? Our bet is placed on this gorgeous Williams-Sonoma Marble Wine Chiller. It gifts these earth signs the ability to serve their most prized whites at their intended, proper temperature. A perfectly chilled pour, to the very last drop. $59.95; Williams-Sonoma

Photo By: Williams-Sonoma

Libra

(September 23- October 22) Libras head the good-vibe tribe and always look for peace and harmony in their lives. Gift them a reflection of their own positivity with these funky, gold metallic hand figurines. Perfect for dressing up a foyer or styling a bookshelf, these decorative digits are sure to earn you a smile and two thumbs-up from any Libra pal. $37.47; Wayfair

Photo By: Wayfair

Scorpio

(October 23- November 21) Scorpios are known no-nonsense personalities and an incessant need for control in whatever situation they find themselves in. Gift them a trinket they can appreciate with this glossy, ceramic catchall. It features a cheeky quote from Mark Twain that aligns with these fire sign’s zero-tolerance policy for dishonesty. Even better? They can put it just about anywhere and use it for just about anything. $45.00; Waiting on Martha

Photo By: Waiting on Martha

Sagittarius

(November 22- December 21) Sagittarius are known for their never-ending wanderlust and constant need for adventure. Add an extra dose of fun to their travels with this Carry-On Cocktail Kit from Modcloth. It comes complete with a fool-proof recipe, all the mixer essentials and even a linen coaster—all the Sagittarians need to do is pick their favorite booze! $24; W&P Design

Photo By: Modcloth

Capricorn

(December 22- January 19) Capricorn pride themselves on practicality and having a strong work ethic. So what’s the perfect (and totally pragmatic) gift to wrap up for one of these busy-bees? We love this sleek acrylic phone dock that doubles as a ruler. $16.00; One Kings Lane

Photo By: One Kings Lane

Aquarius

(January 20- February 18) Shopping around for an ever-eclectic Aquarius? Look no further—the Muse Blanc Ceramic Candle by Jonathan Adler is here to deliver. This candle gives off a crisp, floral scent as it burns and features sculpted faces reminiscent of the Classics. A guaranteed source of inspiration for these artistic air-signs. $78.00; Jonathan Adler

Photo By: Jonathan Adler

Pisces

(February 19- March 20) Pisces are innately intuitive, empathetic and tend to go above and beyond to bring their loved ones a sense of comfort. Gift them with a dose of their own medicine and wrap them up in this luxurious, roped fringe throw blanket, courtesy of Anthropologie. This blanket will bring the Pisces fish back into their element with saturated, water-inspired indigo color and ultra-soft threading. $78; Anthropologie

Photo By: Anthropologie

Keep Reading

Next Up

Keep Pipes Warm During Cold Spells

Check out these 7 tips to keep your pipes from freezing in the winter.

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Before you deck the halls, see which holiday decor can help you sell.

'Vintage Flip' is Back for Season Two

Tina and Jessie Rodriguez have great things in store for the new season of their old-home renovation series — and a new addition of their own.

10 Incredible Kitchen Makeovers From Fixer Upper

Missing Chip and JoJo? We've got your Fixer Upper fix.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Jeff Devlin

The Stone House Revival host and master carpenter also happens to be a guitar aficionado.

'Good Bones' Season Two is Headed Your Way

Those mighty Indy women, Mina and Karen, are back for a second season of home renos and rescues in their city's historic neighborhoods.

10 Marble Bathrooms We're Swooning Over RN

Marble, marble everywhere...and we can't get enough of it.

10 Steps to an Orderly Kitchen

An organizing expert offers expertise for kitchen organization and storage solutions.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts