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Holiday Party Hostess Gift Plan

12/13/2011 09:36 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

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One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is all of the parties; catching up with old friends and family, and making new friends, too. But, the plethora of parties means a gauntlet of gift buying and if you're not prepared it can get overwhelming. Lucky for you, Gifts.com hosted the Giftee Awards this year and asked people across the country to nominate their favorite gifts in any of 10 categories. One of those categories was Best Hostess Gift. So, here are the Top 10 Hostess Gifts as determined by the public and our expert panel of judges; the Gifts.com Gift Gurus & others from Stylelist Home, RetailMeNot, Parents Magazine, Pronto.com and more. Now, get your shopping out of the way so that you can enjoy all of the celebrating! Happy holidays.

WINNER Best Hostess Gift!

The Corkcicle -- Part cork, part amazing faux-icicle, this magical new invention is the latest way to keep your wine at its optimal temperature for over an hour. $23.

My Favorite Finalists:

Trudeau Flower Wine Charms -- These are the new way to make your mark, on your wine glass, at a party. $8 for a set of 12.

Owl Mugs -- Owls are the animal of the year for adults and children and these adorable mugs are one way that the hostess can bring the trend into her kitchen. $29 for the pair.

Reidel O Tasting Set -- Each has a unique bowl shape designed to bring out the best in specific varietals, one each for Syrah/Shiraz; Cabernet/Merlot (Bordeaux); Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo; Reisling/Sauvignon. $49.95 for the set of 5.

Set of 4 Stacking Acrylic Wine Glasses -- Crate & Barrel never ceases to amaze and this brilliant little invention means no more disposable wine glasses and no more cleaning up shattered glass. $9.99 for the set.

Carved Wood Bottle Opener -- Bottle openers always make great gifts because they get used and go missing so often. These vintage inspired openers are hand-carved and feature brass details. $23.