The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Entertainer

No one deserves a gift around holiday times more than the ever gracious host/hostess, am I right? Maybe you've got some parties coming up and are scrambling for some new ideas on gifts to give, or maybe someone on your list is the ultimate dinner party thrower. Whatever the reason, these 24 gift ideas are sure to make the entertainers on your list happy.

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When in doubt, you can't go wrong with pretty, polished, and a touch of whimsy. Fresh flowers, like this gorgeous winter bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers, are always a great go-to, but you can also flex your floral muscles with inspired pieces like this Juliette Rose Apron, Fields Abloom Thank You Cards, or Flower Cocotte from Le Creuset. Speaking of go-to gifts, can a stellar hostess really have too much wine, like these great message-ready speak wines, or drink accessories, like a cocktail shaker in the prettiest pink or this glam textured pitcher? I don't think so, and neither will she. Serve up something sweet by gifting the Beta Pastry Server, some patterned dessert plates, and a pair of ikat tea towels. And lastly, a cocktail recipe book full of gorgeous illustrations and a mercury glass candle would be welcome additions to many homes.

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I love a natural texture or rustic element for entertaining, because not only is it a strong, classic look, but it also inspires a fuss-free, relaxed environment, which in my book is a happy environment. Pieces like this reversible prep and serve board, marble print potholders, driftwood knife block, and agate soap holder evoke that sense. Classic gold elevates necessities, like the Lion Salt and Pepper Shakers from Nate Berkus, or the Top Shelf Bar Tool Set from CB2. St. Frank offers the coolest authentic traditional finds, like a tablecloth of West African mudcloth and coasters modeled after Rwondan peace baskets, for a truly special gift in all price ranges. And lastly, a foodie/chef could appreciate receiving this Todd Snyder apron, designed in collaboration with chef Dan Kluger, the Food and Beer book, where beer is elevated through fine dining pairings, and a spicy syrup set or organic mint grow kit to give their go-to's an extra flavor boost.

What's your favorite entertaining gift?

Need some more gift giving ideas? Check out my guides for the Trendsetters, Free Spirits, and Techies!