By Anna Kocharian and Elly Leavitt

Published on December 21, 2017

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While the gift of your presence is probably enough, it’s always thoughtful to go the extra step and get your host something they’ll not only love, but actually be able to use. When the standard bouquet of flowers or bottle of wine just won’t cut it, you need to get creative. Which is where we come in: Here, some of our favorite unique finds any host is sure to appreciate.  

 
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Bower Table Tile Coasters, Coming Soon, $18

In addition to the obvious practicality of this gift, these geometric coasters can also be arranged into a tiled trivet for a cool tabletop accent. Thanks to expert craftsmanship, they look more expensive than they actually are—ideal for any gifters shopping on a budget. 

 
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Washed Linen Check Print Napkins, Chango & Co, $58

Good quality napkins are a small luxury that make everyday dining feel just a little bit more upscale. Plus, they’re so much more eco-friendly than paper napkins. Gift these simple linen napkins to help your host build out their dinnerware collection.

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Host, W&P Designs, $34.99

For the entertaining enthusiast, this all-encompassing book is essentially a foolproof guide to throwing the best fetes!

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Rose Bath Basket, Maeree, $150

The holidays are stressful. Give the gift of relaxation with a luxe basket full of spa essentials: Bath salts, pink clay soap, and even an organic cotton blanket make for the ultimate treat-yourself bundle.

 
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Brass Bowl, Cloth & Co, $25

Each of these brass bowls is hand beaten in India, making each one slightly different. Ideal for storing smaller items that would normally just be laying around, they’re definitely a useful present—and at just $25, you can buy a few in varying sizes to gift to your host as a set.

 
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Rosa, Codigo 1530, $38.99

Bring the party with you in the form of this pretty pink tequila. Código 1530’s “Rosa” is aged in Cabernet wine barrels in Napa, so the alcohol takes on a hint of the wine’s color as well as some of the floral, fruity notes.

 
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Mimira Canape Plate, Anthropologie, $8.40

Anthropologie teamed up with North Carolina-based ceramicist Lindsay Emery to create this vibrant-hued collection. Inspired by watercolors, each plate is sure to bring a pop of color to your host’s kitchen. Mix and match the six options for an eclectic set.

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Boule Vase, The Line, $150

Equal parts functional and appropriately chic, this polished brass vase can either stand alone as a structural accent or be filled with florals. Bonus points for pairing this with an overflowing bouquet. 

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Glass French Press, Yield, $85

Because everyone deserves a morning coffee ritual that comes complete with a style-focused element. 

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Mara Serving Collection, Hawkins New York, $150



Composed of green marble and a lustrous brass foot detail, this serving collection’s robust characteristics establish it as an iconic piece no dining set should be without. 

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Bottle Carafe with Brass Lid, Menu, $32.48

A streamlined carafe with a sleek brass detail, to give your bar cart the minimalist upgrade it deserves. 

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Customize Series Market Bag, Apolis, $68



A truly statement-worthy bag, made for early morning farmers’ market runs. Choose from a wide variety of available cities, or customize it to your hostess’s locale. Pair this gift with a curated selection of your favorite goodies!

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Mara Marble + Copper Utility Canister, Hawkins New York, $50

We’ve had our eyes on this marble utility cup for a while now. Hollowed out of a marble slab and set on either a brass or copper base, this piece’s effortlessly chic composition exudes simplicity and decorative versatility. 

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Beach Series Pitcher, Helen Levi, $150

A perfectly-imperfect handthrown piece, clad in an abstract detail and subtly contrasting color trio, for the rustic kitchen. 

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Stone Spice Grinder, Tom Dixon, $125

A shallow marble well coupled with a brass clad cast iron ball, adds a modern touch of glam to the everyday kitchen. 

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Italian Cookbook Set, Juniper Books, $294.99

For the foodie – a complete Italian cookbook set, which features mouthwatering recipes, amazing photography, and compelling snippets of Italian culture. 

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Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup, Tipplemans, $29



This slow smoked Vermont maple syrup offers subtle undertones of Willett bourbon, and is (naturally) best when paired with a side of homemade waffle or pancake mix.

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Pineapple Cocktail Shaker, W&P Designs, $79.99

A lustrous accent that no bar cart should be without – this 3-piece cocktail shaker is a party in itself. 

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Mooney Throw, Daniel Fletcher, $230

This woven cotton blanket is not only the coziest throw, but it can also double as a wall hanging too!

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Celebrate Everything, Darcy Miller, $19.83

For the hostess who never fails to wow—a whimsically illustrated book filled with endless sources of inspiration for just about every aspect of entertaining.

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Pattern Tumblers by Allison Fox, Hawkins New York, $18



These whimsically patterned pieces were made for a chic mix and match moment. Who said water glasses couldn’t be stylish?

This story was originally published November 9, 2017. It was updated December 21, 2017.

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