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Great Gifts for Gracious Hosts

When the chore of holiday dinner falls on someone else, many folks break out their happy dance. Now all you must do is show up. Preferably on time, and NOT empty handed! A small (or not so small) token of your appreciation is a lovely way to thank your host for their gracious hospitality. We’re here to make choosing a thoughtful gift less daunting. If you have two hosts, we suggest bringing two gifts. It's only fair!

One thing that all hosts have in common is that they love to throw a party. This is a good place to start when thinking about what they would appreciate and cherish. Here are a few standouts.

For the home bartender, the ChirpyTop® Wine Pourer comes in several festive colors and the little bird whistles while it pours. For an extra special touch, include a bottle of their favorite wine with the ChirpyTop®. Handsome and refined, lead-free Riedel Neat Glasses are an elegant addition to any home bar, or how about a set of retro-inspired Whiskey Sour Glasses, also from Riedel. A familiar bar brand, Rabbit, introduced two new and novel cocktail accessories this year, the Crushed Ice Mold and the Freezable Cocktail Maker, both make unique gifts. If you are looking for a set of old-school stemmed bar glasses, this Cocktail Coupe Set fits the bill. Wine aficionados will love these new, elegant, German-made Stölzle Wine Glass Sets. A bestseller for years, the Screwpull Original Table Corkscrew is another must-have for the home bar.

If you are looking for a laugh, we’ve got a variety of products to choose from that are sure to produce more than just a grin. Case in point, Fred & Friends Roach Clips keep your bagged snacks fresh and your friends amused, or frightened. At least once anyway! Looking for something a bit more irreverent and sassier? Browse our Blue Q Oven Mitt Collection and our assortment of Cocktail Napkins with Attitude.

For serious cooks and bakers, a cookbook is always welcome. Salt Fat Acid Heat, the 2018 James Beard Winner from Samin Nosrat is a pleasure, as is her Netflix series of the same name. Laurel is the first cookbook from Philadelphia’s own restaurateur and Top Chef, Nicholas Elmi. Adeena Sussman celebrates a tableau of flavors in her book sababa — Fresh, Sunny Flavors from my Israeli Kitchen. Next up, From the Oven to the Table is a new book from James Beard award-winning author Diana Henry. Any Dorie Greenspan fan would appreciate another book from this prolific food writer, Everyday Dorrie.

For the cook who has everything, a new and popular gadget will do just the trick. Here are 7 gadgets that are worthy of kitchen drawer space.

The Supoon and Mini Supoon are ingenious at scraping and scooping up every last bit from a jar, bowl, plate, pan or pot. The OXO Large Vegetable Prep Peeler is an answer to our prayers. It peels soft-skinned-squash along with other large veggies and it's perfect for shredding cabbage. Ok, this one may not fit into the kitchen drawer but, it is one of the fastest growing trends in home cooking. If your host doesn't already have a Sous Vide, it’s high time they did. If they already have one, this Sous Vide Made Simple cookbook would be a great addition. You can use the Chopula to flip, but it's also super-strong to securely lift foods, and you can use the special off-set side to chop ingredients like ground beef right in the pan! This little gem crushes garlic without making a mess or breaking a sweat, Joseph Joseph Helix Garlic Press.

For the baker who has everything, a new Bundt pan or a popular baking gadget is always a happy addition. Here are 5 gifts that bakers will love.

New this year, Nordic Ware’s Magnolia Bundt Cake makes a stunning cake that is easy to decorate. A new wonder from J.K. Adams, the Lovely Rolling Pin is one they’ll covet. The beautifully scalloped edge of Emile Henry’s Pie Dish makes this dish extraordinary, and for a limited time you can save $15. A good cookie press is essential if multiple batches of holiday cookies are on the to-do list. The OXO Good Grips Cookie Press features a ratchet mechanism that is quicker and more comfortable to use than the old trigger-style cookie press. These Stoneware Christmas Cookie Stamps are cute and fun for baking and displaying as part of your Christmas decor.

A little something for the holidays. Bringing a festive gift that your hosts can use at their next holiday soiree, such as English Christmas Crackers is very thoughtful, and may even score you another invitation! A colorful Holiday Apron will put them in the spirit, or let them lay out a big holiday welcome with one of our Holiday Doormats or Holiday Cocktail Napkins. A pound or two of our freshly roasted Three Brothers Coffee would be a good choice, especially given our wide selection of roasts and flavored coffees.

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