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by on August 1, 2012

As we commence travel month here at FashionIndie, we’re looking forward to exploring the best places to visit and how to get there in style. As we get older, friends move to different parts of the country and world, much to our dismay. But there is an upside to the separation: vacation!

Staying with friends when you travel saves money and let’s you spend more time with your pals. But you should never arrive empty-handed. If you’re stuck on what to bring your female friend when she so graciously welcomes you to her home, here are 7 hostess gifts that say “thanks for letting me crash.”

Illamasqua Alter Ego Mystery Selection Box
For the spontaneous friend who loves surprises, Illamasqua’s Alter Ego Mystery Box, exclusive to Debenhams, is the perfect summer treat. Besides nail varnish in Collide and Liquid Metal in Electrum, every product inside is a secret color for your gal to discover. $59.26 Debenhams


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Contributed by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.