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2019 CLJ Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Entertainer

November 27, 2019

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We love to have people over. We have sort of an open-door policy when it comes to dinner time. But we still marvel at friends and family members who are *perfect* hosts and hostesses. You know the type: Their home is seemingly always clean, their table is set to the nines, and their menu is unforgettable. They inspire us all! And not just because they send us home with leftovers! This season, wrap up something meaningful for your favorite entertainer, and don’t hesitate because you’re sure they already have candlesticks and charcuterie boards: They got to be good at this, in part, because they’ll well-stocked on party pleasers. Add to their bounty and score those coveted invites for another year.

1. The prettiest White Wooden Matches Bottle for their coffee table, your eye candy as they’re serving hors d’oeuvres in the living room. $9

2. Marble Cheese Knives for the most elevated cheese board experience. $29

3. LES Scented Candle: black currant, peach blossoms, jasmine, cardamom, and white cedar — a marvelous aroma with which to welcome guests. $36

4. “Please Ring” Doorbell Button for making a fancy first impression. $21

5. Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit that they’ll proudly serve with a variety of warm breads, a crowd-pleasing appetizer. $39

6. On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography by Bill Cunningham – a gorgeous coffee-table book and conversation-starter. Watch their guests pour over this one! $41

7. Clear Glass Carafe for sparkling water, juices, or anything they want to dress up for the table. $16

8. Suits Linen Cloth Dinner Napkins – These luxe-feeling linens go with everything, look eclectic on a dinner party table, make a lasting impression on guest laps. Your host will beam will pride. $39

9. Stoneware Salt & Pepper Shakers that will make everyone will ask them, “Where did you get these?!” $20

10. Linnea’s Lights Candle – They’ll love it because it says “Gather” on it, and they’ll think of you every time they smell its nutmeg, tonka, and vetiver. $34

11. Victrola 6-in-1 Wood Bluetooth Mid Century Record Player – This turntable, CD, Cassette Player, and Radio with Bluetooth capability will have all their bases covered for creating the ultimate party playlist. $129

12. “Well, Come On In” Doormat – The happiest welcome for the one who loves to welcome everyone. $68

13. Taper Candle Holder Set – This trio will be their go-to every time they set the table. $24

14. Hayes Black Marble Cheese Board – Your favorite entertainer likely has several boards in rotation. They’ll love this one because it’s understated and chic. Watch them set this one next to their boss, in-laws, or anyone they want to impress. $29

15. National Park Play Cards that they’ll use to distract guests with Gin Rummy while they clean the kitchen. (How do they always do that?!) $14

16. Round Bread Boards – A host’s staple! Watch them proudly serve breads, meats, cheeses, dips and all manner of snacks on these handsome boards. $105


More gift ideas for the home and host! And the 2019 gift guide so far!!


What do you think?

  1. Lisa says:

    Love all the gift ideas! A great blog with great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  2. KP says:

    FYI the glass carafe in number 7 is way cheaper ($4) if you buy it off Ikea rather than Amazon. To each their own.

  3. Those candle sticks are to die for! Love this

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