What you thought of: The occasional bottle of wine for friends.
What you forgot to save for: Gifts for all 10 of the cookouts you've been invited to, plus an attractive something for the lovely acquaintances who invited you to their beach house.
How to get a good deal: Skip the last-minute dashes to the liquor store—they always involve spending more than you intended. Instead, check out our recommendations for hostess gifts. Pick the one you like best, stock up on it and give it out at every party. Our selections start at $8, and they're so good, you'll be guaranteed a return invitation.