We’ve all thrown our fair share of parties, but every group of friends has an undisputed master of ceremonies. These merrymaking mavens flaunt an encyclopedic knowledge of recipes, possess more cufflinks than baseball caps, and can (reputedly) coax champagne from a kitchen tap.
So what do you buy for the ultimate host? Not another set of wine glasses, but a gift that’ll help their soirees reach new heights. To get you started, here are 10 of our favorite holiday picks for the 5-star reveler.
With speakeasy mania in full swing, the run-of-the-mill cocktail shaker is beginning to lose its novelty. This distinctive specimen has all the functionality of a standard shaker, with a dash of Southern charm that complements any old-school mixing setup. For the full monty, bundle it with a W&P Jigger and Muddler.
Embellished porcelain coasters make a practical hostess gift—but who says practical has to be boring? Protecting tables from guests' frosty martini glasses, these essentials are inspired by the teal-colored sea surrounding the Greek island of Santorini and the tinseltown glamour of Hollywood.
From mixing mishaps to burnt crostini, a good host needs protection from the side effects of his duties. However, not every guy wants an apron that reads “Kiss the Cook.” This rugged canvas variation will keep him clean without ruining his Dapper Dan aesthetic.
The consummate hostess has nails as manicured as her English rose garden. Keep her in classic polish hues with this collection from chic fashion brand Ruffian. Best of all, the long-wearing formula will stay chip-free from the first toast to the post-party cleanup.
To keep your favorite entertainer looking his best, you can’t do better than a versatile styler. With finishes ranging from matte to glossy, this adaptable hybrid can pull off almost any look, whether it’s texture for a low-key soiree, or a slicked-back Gatsby for a night at the New Year’s Eve ball.
Every hostess needs a conversation-starter, and wearing this brightly hued lip gloss should do the trick. This instant enhancement from Laura Mercier delivers eye-catching shine, while its moisturizing formula keeps lips plump and soft. Better yet, it’s designed to last—because no hostess worth her salt has time for frequent touchups.
A great entertainer has the right tool for every job, and when serving whiskey to a purist, chunks of ice simply won’t cut it. These soapstone cubes are specially designed to chill fine spirits without diluting them, giving your host a revolutionary (and reusable) new tool to add to their arsenal.
Candles are a perennial gift win, but why not branch out a bit with this classy little number instead? Each bottle is filled with a concentrated scent that is diffused with the help of handsome white birch reeds.
Not every party-thrower cultivates vintage champagne and classic coattails; some are born with a decidedly mischievous streak. These four classic gags combine humor with a vintage aesthetic that’s sure to liven up any party with some very serious funny.
Table decorations made from birch trees…how could we resist? These one-of-a-kind placecard holders lend a touch of rustic elegance to the dinner table, and reusable chalkboard cards make them both high-impact and low-maintenance.
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