I hate showing up¬†to someone’s house¬†empty-handed, even when the hostess says, “Oh…just bring yourself.” That’s why I always have so much fun¬†scoping out¬†affordable hostess gifts¬†for you all each year.¬†While we¬†can always grab a bottle of¬†wine or fresh flowers, around the holiday¬†season it’s smart to stock¬†up on¬†affordable¬†little gifts ¬†for impromptu gift-giving, just so you have them on hand. And I found the perfect thing with¬†the gourmet chocolate covered pretzel rods from Fatty Sundays.

You guys? This is like my dream holiday gift stash gift: They’re affordable, they’re not too fussy, and they’re a perfect token for anyone from a hostess to your manicurist to your kids’ teachers. Well, anyone who likes delicious things, that is. Run by two¬†Brooklyn sisters¬†(represent, neighbors!), the company refers¬†to their pretzels¬†as “thoughtfully flavored” and I’d say that’s a perfect description.

No foodie will go unimpressed.

In general¬†I’m¬†not big on over-the-top chocolate dipped things which are smothered in candies and sprinkles and gummi bears all at once, which is why Fatty Sundays¬†pretzels are perfect. They’re subtle and sophisticated and very pretty, with flavors like Peppermint Crunch and an outrageously good Salty Toffee¬†which, bless their souls, are made with excellent dark chocolate. I even like the kraft¬†paper packaging.

Gourmet chocolate pretzel rods from Fatty Sundays | Perfect hostess gifts

For younger tastes,¬†there are options like a milk chocolate PB&J pretzel¬†and a white chocolate rainbow sprinkle pretzel that my kids would fight for. There are actually 20 flavors in all, including an option to customize your own colors. And there’s¬†a gluten-free gourmet chocolate pretzel rod¬†too, which will make a lot of people very happy.

At just $6.95 a box, I’d grab a ton of them and keep them¬†for all those little gift-giving occasions and surprise visitors¬†you know you’ll forget about. Also, it will make the flat-rate shipping charge worth it.

Nothing like a friend showing up at your house unexpectedly with her kid (surprise!) and you being able to conjure up a gift, already wrapped and ready for him.

Shop the gourmet chocolate pretzel rods from Fatty Sundays.

Updated: Holiday orders get $9.95 flat rate shipping starting November 27. And visit our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for more gift ideas for foodies, hostesses, and beyond.