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Gifts for the Home Entertainers

Salute Their Hosting Services


There are many players that contribute to a winning holiday season, but the real MVPs are the hosts. The ones doing the dirty work behind the scenes so you can kick your feet up and sip a whiskey neat. The best in show deserve the best in gifts.

But hosting doesn’t only pertain to November and December. The hosts and hostesses you admire most are always ready for the big game or chic dinner parties, and go the extra mile for your kids’ sleepovers. They impress with their gourmet cooking skills, reunite friends for dancing and champagne flute clinking, or just have simple backyard wine nights. Whatever it may be, these orchestrators of your favorite memories deserve to have their efforts reciprocated. How can you show your appreciation for these home entertainers you may wonder?

A re-gift mediocre bar of soap that just barely checks the box won’t suffice. Of course, there’s not one right answer or a singular gift that’s suitable for all, so we’ve rounded up a list of exceptional finds to ease your holiday shopping this year.

We all have that one friend who really could start their own restaurant right out of their home kitchen — their cooking is that good. With a recipe book from Sugar Paper, they’ll be able to keep track of their grocery list, family recipes, and daily foodie thoughts in one place. For your friends that prefer to use cookbooks, these Travertine Marble Bookends made of Japanese Rose Gold stainless steel were handmade in Mexico and can be found online at Blue Print. Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now and Chappell Hollingshead is here to advance the cheese and meat boards even further. Shop her handcrafted boards that can be personalized and used for serving, display, or cutting.

For the creative mind who’s always adding artful items to their home, a colorful stepladder from Urban Space Interiors is both decorative and functional. Score a hole-in-one by gifting a custom painting or print of your friend’s favorite golf course made by Houstonian Ally Aiken. Frame a family photo in the Mother of Pearl picture frame from Madison 214 for a gift that’s sweet and easy.

Scroll to shop the best gifts for the host in your life.

Chap's Choppin' Tops is a local female-owned business that sells handcrafted boards that are great for Charcuterie, cutting, and serving. (Photo: Chap's Choppin' Tops)
Handcrafted Charcuterie and Cutting Boards Made Locally
Chap's Choppin' Tops
Dallas-based company that makes hand-poured candles made from natural ingredients. (Photo: B's Knees)
Hand-Poured Natural Candles Made in Dallas
B's Knees Fragrance Co
A Loving Table by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Shelley Johnstone Paschke is a guide to creating beautiful tables and gatherings. (Photo: Amazon)
A guide to creating beautiful tables and gatherings by Texas-natives.
A Loving Table Book
/hunt Slonem cocktail napkins from Neiman Marcus. (Photo: Neiman Marcus)
Hunt Slonem Embroidered Cocktail Napkins
Neiman Marcus
Ceramic Bubble Bowl from Blue Print Store Dallas. (Photo: Blue Print)
Ceramic Bubble Bowl
Blue Print Store Dallas
LoveShackFancy Apron from Hedley & Bennett. (Photo: Hedley & Bennett)
LoveShackFancy Apron
Hedley & Bennett
Handmade Travertine Marble Bookends from Blue Print. (Photo: Blue Print)
Handmade Travertine Marble Bookends
Blue Print Dallas
Estelle Colored wine Glasses. (Photo: Estelle)
Colored Wine Glasses
Estelle Colored Glass
Enjoy the Perk Dish Towel. (Photo: Enjoy the Perk)
Veuve Hand Towels
Enjoy The Perk
CB2 Cocktail Glasses. (Photo: CB2)
Eve Coupe Cocktail Glasses
DLK SERving Spoons. (Photo: DLK)
Serving Spoons
Fantasia Fish Pitcher. (Photo: Food52)
Fantasia Fish Pitcher
Learn how to make bread with this cookbook from Magnolia. (Photo: Magnolia)
Simple Guide to Making Bread At-Home
Gift someone a glazed porcelain tray for olives, chocolate truffles, or snacks. (Photo: HAAND)
Tapas Night Glazed Porcelain Tray for Olives or Snacks
Basketweave Knives from The Avenue (Photo:The Avenue)
Basketweave Knives
The Avenue
This Baccarat Papillon Lucky Butterfly comes in multiple colors. (Photo: Bering's)
Baccarat Papillon Lucky Butterfly available in multiple colors
Longhorn Salt + Pepper Shakers from Biscuit. (Photo: Biscuit)
The perfect Salt + Pepper Shakers for a Longhorn fan
Recipe Book from Sugar Paper. (Photo: Sugar Paper)
Keep family recipes safe in this Recipe Book
Sugar Paper
Custom paintings of golf courses from Ally Aiken Designs. (Photo: Ally Aiken)
Custom Paintings and Prints of Golf Courses
Ally Aiken Design
This decorative and functional stepladder comes in four colors and would be a unique gift for any art-lover. (Photo: Urban Space Interiors)
Decorative & functional stepladder (avail. in 4 colors)
Gift a snowman cocktail shaker from Pottery Barn for a festive holiday gift. (Photo: Pottery Barn)
Gift a snowman cocktail shaker for a festive holiday gift
Pottery Barn
Hand-thrown mugs by Keith Kreeger in Austin. (Photo: Keith Kreeger)
Mugs Hand-Thrown in Austin
Keither Krenger
Williams Sonoma Tea Kettle. (Photo: Williams Sonoma)
Copper Tea Kettle with Lotus Knob
Williams Sonoma
Every Texan will love this cowboy hat wine stopper from Arthur Court. (Photo: Arthur Court)
Every Texan will love this cowboy hat wine stopper
Arthur Court
Did someone say shots? Gift these reusable hand-carved Himalayan Salt Glasses to a tequila-lover. (Photo: Uncommon Goods)
Reusable Hand-Carved Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses
Uncommon Goods
Frame a family photo in this Mother of Pearl Madison214 Frame. (Photo: Madison214)
Frame a family photo in this Mother of Pearl Picture Frame
Madison 214
Biscuit Scalloped Serving Plate. (Photo: Biscuit)
Scalloped Melamine Serving Dish
LoveShackFancy Linen Napkins. (Photo: LoveShackFancy)
Linen Napkins with Stitched Trim
Mosser Glass Cake Pedestal from Bering's. (Photo: Bering's)
Mosser Glass Cake Pedestal


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