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Elegant Gift Ideas for the Consummate Host

Living well is an art best practiced among friends. Hosting next of kin, colleagues, and friends during the holidays calls for that special alchemy of tradition and reinvention. Preparing clever takes on classic comfort foods and decorating with unexpected seasonal décor is a recipe for cherished gatherings and long-term memories. Nothing brings joy to the holiday season quite like quality time spent with those we hold near and dear. Whether you find yourself a guest or a host this season (or both in equal measure), we curated a list of host gift ideas to inspire your merriest season yet. 

Entertaining in style provides a welcome opportunity to upgrade those everyday practical pieces to artful accents and whimsical details around the house. It’s no secret that we are partial to a mostly neutral color palette when it comes to design but if there’s ever a time to indulge in vibrant pops of color or bold statement accessories, it’s now. Wine-hued tabletop editions in honed marble, warm bronze home accessories, and forest green accouterments abound creating the most inviting of winter wonderland spreads. Keep scrolling for the entertaining additions that have us swooning as we deck the halls.

Looking for more gift ideas? Head to our holiday gift guide hub for a curated look at everything we’re adding to our carts this Winter.

Elegant Gift Ideas for the Consummate Host
Elegant Gift Ideas for the Consummate Host

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Hand-crafted out of a unique slab of brown Calcutta marble and marron travertine, this is a game of Tic Tac Toe that’s worthy of display. 

This wine-hued cooler brings subtle seasonal tones to serving. Festive yet understated.

Crafted from warm brass, this cheerful, minimal design is as sleek as it is practical.

Glazed in creamy white with a nubby texture, the tall terracotta vase has the look of an ancient find that will shine in any modern home.

A spirited and timeless serving board instantly elevates a holiday tablescape. We love the autumnal hue of this rosa marble edition. It feels equally at home next to a Summer Rosé as a Holiday cheese plate.

The focal point of a fabulous cheese board will always be the brie, but why not embellish the spread with luxe serving ware? A feast for the eyes, this marble and wood dome board adds height and depth to the buffet.

Richly deserving the title of iconic, this masterpiece of mid century Scandinavian design looks as contemporary now as when originally created in 1952.

Curl up with a pack of Ghai’s non-alcoholic spirits built to share. Complete with a festive puzzle, you’ll have everything you need for a healthy night in or post-revelry recovery. 

The reactive grey glaze and rustic leather handles give this stylish ice bucket an artisanal look and feel.

Composed of carbonized pure ash wood, this beautiful wood paddle serving board is crafted to last. The finish is resistant to water and cracks for an enduring, natural appeal.

Crafted by hand in France, Cire Trudon’s luxurious candles feature a unique wick specially designed to optimize each fragrance as it burns. Named for novelist Mary Shelly, this particular edition is ideal for cultivating an air of intrigue and warmth with notes of cedar, wood, and patchouli.

A culinary favorite for group parties, Raclette is decadent and festive, especially when the temperature drops. This elegant copper and concrete serving set makes setup a dream.

For the consummate host, luxurious hand soap is ever a welcome gesture. A delicate blend of Lily of the Valley, musk, amber, and violet, Byredo’s Suede fragrance is velvety, sultry, and clean.

Crafted by family-owned woodworking company, De JONG & Co. this sculptural tabletop set references clean lines in food-safe walnut. It reads as functional art in the kitchen with a thoughtful construction that is designed to last forever.

Seasonal serving platters can make every bit the statement when they’re crafted from a beautiful marble like this one.

This special and distinctive design features a silhouette that reminds us of stacked river stones. It may read as a sculpture, but it functions as an everyday seasoning tool.

What charcuterie board would not benefit from a little glamour? Hosts that love a little drama will surely delight in this gilded knife collection set. It’s a party in itself.

Game night enthusiasts will no doubt be keen to display this handsome and well-appointed addition to Poker night. Crafted from black shagreen, the sleek and alluring design has us hankering for a martini shaken not stirred.

Contribute luxe alcohol-free spirits to the spread via Amaro’s playful and chic collection. The packaging is sure to earn pride of place on the bar cart and every host will appreciate the extended menu option for guests not partaking.

Portable and always popular, the Sonos line of small sound gadgets is a go-to gift every year. The technology just keeps getting better and these small devices are welcome in any room in the house.

We love the rich texture and pure deep hue of this elegant mohair throw. Elevated, cozy home must-haves are always thoughtful ideas for those who cherish a night in with a good book above all else.

A raw yet refined incense holder welcomes guests with an inviting fragrance while reading as objet de art. Functional design accessories that perform double duty are fast favorites for entertaining.

Sculptural candle holders instantly liven up the entryway, guest bathroom, or coffee table. This sable-toned handcrafted ceramic edition marries organic curves with modern precision. No two are exactly alike.

A warm, textural throw in a muted hue is perfect for those looking to add a spot of color without straying from natural tones. The earthy green hue gives a playful nod to holiday film favorite, The Grinch.

Entertaining overnight guests might just be the perfect opportunity to curate a home spa in the way of plush towels and upgraded bathroom essentials.

Designed by Richard Sapper and part of MoMA’s permanent collection, this artful coffee maker boasts an impressive pedigree. For those who find an equal fix in java and design, it offers the best of both worlds.

Architectural and beautifully contained, this extra-large outdoor candle is housed in concrete and features a bug-repellant blend of essential oils from citronella to lavender. Perfect for outdoor fire-pit gatherings or BBQ aficionados.

Elevated barware is always a welcome addition for any host. Spruce up the bar cart with this impeccably-luxe set. Beauty and utility strikes again!

Buttery soft and built to last are two of our top criteria when investing in bedding. We’re of the mind there’s nothing more inviting in the cooler months than oatmeal Linen sheets. Treat yourself or someone special to this immaculately crafted set.

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