Gift Guides - November 20, 2019

12 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hostess

They’re the Monica Gellars of our lives: the ones who keep the fridge stocked, the wine chilled, the food plentiful, and our loved ones connected. Whether they’re hosting the monthly book club, a casual Friday night dinner, or this year’s holiday party, you’ll always find them taking time to tend to others. 

This year, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best holiday gifts to give a little something back to those who always offer an extra seat at their table.

 

Petrified Wood Serving Board - Terrain, $58

This serving board is more than just a functional platter for the hostess. Made from petrified wood, it’s a unique conversation piece that adds an organic touch to any tablescape.

 

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The Drunken Botanist - Amazon $15

This N.Y. Times bestseller combines botany with cocktails and breaks down the ingredients that make up the most famous mixed drinks around the world. It includes more than 50 cocktail recipes as well as gardening tips for DIYers to elevate their own at-home bars, making it a thoughtful gift for any hostess. 

 

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Ceramic Milky Way Pitcher - McGee & Co, $67

Whether it’s used to display fresh flowers or to serve orange juice over brunch, this durable stoneware pitcher adds a natural and collected vibe to any space.

 

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Woven Basket With Leather Handles - Etsy, $45

Your hostess will feel oh-so-chic leaving the market with wine, fresh flowers, and hors d’oeuvres for their latest gathering packed away in this sturdy woven basket with long leather handles. 

 

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Loop Handle Cheese Knife Set - Terrain, $32

This budget-friendly gift idea makes the perfect surprise for a host whose pride and joy lies in their infamous cheeseboard displays.

 

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Hammered Copper Imperial Pint Mug - Williams-Sonoma, $32

Your host’s homemade Moscow mules are about to be kicked up a few notches. These copper mugs are handmade in Turkey and offer character and warmth to any home bar. 

 

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Helena Embroidered Tablecloth - Furbish Studio, $175

Tablecloths can be easily swapped to work with different decor and seasons, making them an ideal gift idea for any hostess. This one is sourced directly from Jaipur, and can also work as a gorgeous bed covering. 

 

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Olive Wood Salad Servers - Shoppe by Amber Interiors, $32

These olive wood servers are carved by Kenyan artisans, adding a handmade touch to your host’s serving platter.

 

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Chroma Wine Glass (set of 6) - Verishop, $60

Whether you’re pouring lemonade or vino, these mid-century inspired tumblers offer easy elegance to guests in all entertaining situations. 

 

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Misto Coasters (Set of 4) - West Elm, $27

A host’s worst nightmare is cleaning up at the end of the evening only to find water rings on their beloved tabletop. This chic set of four coasters makes a thoughtful gift that they’ll proudly display at their next soirée. 

 

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Bash Copper Beverage Tub - Crate & Barrel, $89 

Any experienced host can confirm that a beverage tub is one of the key ingredients to successful entertaining. Since it leaves beverages iced and on display, guests can grab what they need without tracking down the host for an additional beverage.

 

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Personalized Doormat - Pottery Barn, $109

To a host, an entrance sets the tone for the evening. First impressions are important for making guests feel welcome, so they’ll greatly appreciate the chance to show off a polished entryway thanks to this personalized doormat.

 

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Dinner Diaries Book - Amazon, $40

Dinner Diaries shares handwritten answers about entertaining from highly acclaimed hosts, like chef Alex Hitz. Along with personal notes, it includes illustrated seating charts, guest lists, place cards, and advice on the best conversation topics. A perfect gift for the host who wants to get it just right. 

 

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There’s no better time than the holidays to show our appreciation for those who open their doors to us time and time again. After all, where would be without the Monica Gellars of the world?

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