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

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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

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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; Nordstrom

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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 tray, just as cheeky as their personalities. $60.00; Waiting on Martha

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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

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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 glossy, golden lion ceramic jar from Francesca’s. $16.00; Francesca’s

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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

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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

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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

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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! $24.99; Modcloth

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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

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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

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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 Bainbridge Island Throw, courtesy of Anthropologie. This blanket will bring the Pisces fish back into their element with saturated, water-inspired colors and delicate gold threading. $98.00; Anthropologie

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