Sake set with four cups
You can afford to bring a bottle of Japanese sake with this stylish but affordable set. Other colours and designs are available to match your host’s home. $23 from iwannagohome!, #01-35/36 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade. Tel: 6737 8858

Three hanging glass vases

Three hanging glass vases
Have a bouquet of flowers at the ready so your host can instantly brighten up his or her living room. $19.90 (small), $23.90 (medium) from Nook and Cranny Living, www.nookandcranny.com.sg

Bread box with chopping board
Be thoughtful with this two-in-one gift. Your host gets a lightweight metal bread box with wooden lid that doubles up as a chopping board. $59 from Egg3, #01-10/11/12, 33 Erskine Road. Tel: 6536 6977

Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home by Julie Carlson
The book that all home owners will love. Inside: great design ideas and insights from kitchen to bedroom that needn’t be expensive. $60.46 from Books Kinokuniya Singapore, #0309/10/15 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 5021

Tine K Home soaps
No suds about it, everyone needs to wash their hands. Even more so with natural soaps from Portugal in refreshing scents like green fig, mandarin and white tea, and ginger. $38 (liquid handsoap), $19.90 (bar soap) from Dreamweave & other stories, #01-34 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6333 1669

Morrocan Tadelakt containers
These marrakesh vessels will elicit the most chit-chat from fellow guests. Get these plaster pots in lime, blue and purple in three different sizes. $25 (small), $50 (medium), $60 (large) from Modern Eclectic Living, #01-14 Cendex Centre, 120 Lower Delta Road. Tel: 6273 2204

Cake pedestal
This sleek stoneware centrepiece accommodates luscious cakes up to 30cm in diameter. Pop the matte black beauty into the dishwasher after a round of dessert. $34.95 from CB2, Peranakan Place Complex, 178A Orchard Road. Tel: 6732 5333

Marble Paddle Server and Three-Piece Farmhouse Cast Iron Cheese Knife Set
Cheese aficionados will swoon. The artisanal paddle oozes rustic charm, matched by the set of uniquely sculptured knives to suit cheddar and Parmesan or soft Brie and creamy goat cheese. $26.95 (paddle) and $49.95 (knives) from Crate and Barrel, #04-21/22 and #03-25 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6634 4222

Sardines snack forks
No one will have a bone to pick with these designer party players. They come in a sardine-style tin with a lift-off lid and these stainless steel forks are great for olives, canapés and cheese. $32 (set of six) from Molecule, #02-33A Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade. Tel: 6733 2732

Twining’s After Dinner Mint
Steep this premium tea from London after the plates have been cleared. Part of the Prestige Signature Blend Collection, it’s a light caffeine-free and refreshing palate cleanser with a hint of lemongrass. $94.16 from Café Mocha, Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6845 1066

VIÃ’A SPOTS tumblers from Schott Zwiesel
These’ll jazz up any drink with their red, blue, green, grey, purple and amber hues. Pick a colour that might best suit your host, or get all six. $14 each, from Zwiesel Kristallglas Boutique, 40 Club Street. Tel: 6324 2931

Inverted vase/candle light holder
Turn expectations topsy-turvy with this multi-purpose vase and candle holder. Flowers go in to brighten the day, while candlewicks glow to illuminate the night. $41 from BI&L Collections, #01-01, 12 & 13 Mohamed Sultan Road. Tel: 6235 0933

Speak up snack plates
Let these ceramic creations by Balvi do the talking with their compliments. $39 (set of two) from Molecule, #02-33A Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade. Tel: 6733 2732