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

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