Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the ‘Host/Hostess’

Welcome to our multi-part “Holiday Gift Guide” series! We hope that you’ll find some great ideas for all of the folks on your shopping list. As always, let us know if you have gift guide requests in the comments.

If the people on your shopping list are anything like me, they’d probably love to receive gifts that might make hosting parties and get togethers a little easier and a lot more attractive. I really enjoy having people over for wine, holiday dinners, or just to watch a movie or football game. Regardless of the event, I’m always looking to make the experience enjoyable for others by making my home feel warm and inviting, and providing them with a cocktail or appetizer. Here are a few gift ideas for the host or hostess in your life!

• BEVERAGE TUB: I received THIS exact tub last Christmas and it’s one of my favorite hosting pieces. I love the hammered detailing and how beautiful your wine and beer look as they’re chilling. This is perfect for folks who want to jazz up their table/counter display and free up a little more space in their refrigerator.

• WHISKEY DECANTER: This is a great gift for someone who might want to add a little character to their bar cart. Placing your whiskey in a DECANTER eliminates the eyesore of an ugly label, but be sure to remember which type of whiskey or bourbon you’ve added in case your guests ask. Also, who doesn’t want to feel like a bougie bartender at the end of a long day?

• CUSTOMIZED CUTTING BOARD: Some of the most beautiful custom cutting boards I’ve seen are made by WORDS WITH BOARDS (and they’re crafted right in our neighborhood!). They even create vegan, gluten free, and kosher specific boards so those of you with dietary restrictions will never run the risk of cross contamination. Plus, they make for a beautiful photo of your spread! I have the large personalized cutting board on my list this year (hint, hint Mike).

• CANDLES: One of the easiest ways to make your home seem more inviting is to light a candle, specifically one that smells less of food and more of a crackling fire, leather, or spruce tree. A couple of my favorites are WINTER by Bath and Body Works, BALSAM & CEDAR by Illume and ISLAND MOONLIGHT from the Bella by Illume line.

• WINE SUPPLIES: What’s a party without wine? Certainly no party I want to attend. Joking (kinda). As a hostess, I can never have enough WINE RELATED ITEMS. This includes wine glasses, corkscrews, foil cutters, decanters, stoppers, charms, sulfite filters, etc. Get creative and build someone a wine ‘must haves’ gift basket; it’s sure to be a hit.

• PITCHER OR DRINK DISPENSER: Whether I’m serving iced tea on a hot day or sangria for Wine Club (™), a PITCHER or DRINK DISPENSER is one of my most used hosting “accessories”. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a great piece, either—Target and Crate & Barrel have excellent, yet affordable, options.

• PORTABLE SPEAKER: Whether you’re looking for background noise or pump up jams, a cordless/rechargeable speaker will be a huge hit at your next get together. Any brand will do, but we have THIS BOSE SOUNDLINK and it’s served us well for 3 years.

These are some of my most loved, most used hosting pieces. Other great options are bar accessories, old fashioned glasses, cocktail shakers, serving bowls and platters, and vases. My only advice when purchasing any of these items is to stick to a neutral color palette so that your host or hostess will be able to easily work them into the mix (think gold, silver, marble, wood, glass).

Cheers and happy shopping!

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