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Christmas is about bringing people together, celebrating with loved ones to spread joy and cheer.
Many will find themselves invited to someone's house to dine and feast on delicious food - and spill wine on the table cloth as elbows bump pulling Christmas crackers - wearing paper crowns for the rest of the day.
If you've been lucky enough to be invited, but have been told not to bring anything, does that really mean nothing at all?
If you're uneasy about arriving empty-handed, we list some fail-safe items your host will love and be glad you brought. (As a side note, never come empty handed!)
Whether you're close with the hosts or not, this bottle of bubbles is a fail-safe gift they, and the rest of the house, will love.
Unlike most other bottles of $22 plonk, Chandon's Brut exudes elegance and style, thanks to its chic branding - the gold embossing is made for Christmas.
The clean, bold label has the appearance of a $50-plus Champagne, at an affordable $22 which delivers a tasty aperitif or post-dinner celebration.
Even better, you can pick it up from just about any bottle-o on your way over. If you're doing this, buy the cold bottle, trust us.
At $15.95, give your host a beautiful mini Glasshouse candle, packaged neatly in festive wrapping, designed to hang off the Christmas tree like a bauble.
It is a sweet, thoughtful gift that isn't too extravagant, but is elegant and fun.
Your host can light the candle to reveal the scent of vanilla bean, frankincense and coconut, while you mingle, or they can hang it on the Christmas tree with its rich red and gold offering a perfect last-minute touch.
Someone always needs a cuppa, especially at Christmas.
Discover pools of custard, warming spices, fresh gingerbread and teleportation to Nan’s kitchen.
T@ says its tantalising feature teas are here for a good time, but not a long time.
A step up from the chocolate you normally buy is Koko Black, with same-day delivery, providing a seamless shopping experience and really leaving no excuse to not bring something.
With beautiful handmade collections starting from $29, you can give a really special box like this truffle collection in a limited-edition star box with five delicious flavours.
Your host will love biting into four Aurelia Champagne Truffles, five classic Belgian truffles, four Gianduja truffles, four liquid salted caramel truffles and four Orange and Cointreau truffles.
We may just buy one for ourselves, now we're here.
Everyone loves a biscuit with a cup of tea at the end of the night, so arriving with a beautiful tin of shortbread biscuits will be welcomed.
From just $2, you can pick up a tin from Woolies and buy some choccies or mince pies while you're there.
It's often the simplest gifts that are most heartily received.
These shortbread biccies are perfect for the kitchen bench or to pass around after the Christmas Day hype has faded into Boxing Day.
Choose from traditional festive red and other colours.
Is your host a plant lover?
Why not give them a small terrarium to neatly add a touch of green anywhere in the house?
Unlike indoor plants, terrariums are a great gift because they're neat, create no mess and best of all, require little to no care.
Make your own or order one online to be delivered, choosing from a wide range of succulents and species that sit there and look pretty, without needing attention.
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