Unique—and refreshingly inexpensive—hostess gifts under $10

Alphabet Mugs, $6, westelm.com-
Try one or two of these in your host’s initial(s)â€"paired with or without your favorite roast.
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 3:32 PM EDT

Chances are you've been invited over to a friend's house for a party or meal sometime over the next two weeks, and naturally, you don't want to arrive empty-handed. But after all the gift shopping you've done this month, I'm guessing you-like me-have neither the inclination nor the budget to spend a ton. Here, a slideshow of ten chic, unexpected, super-affordable (everything is under $10) tokens of thanks that nearly any host or hostess would appreciate.