16 great gifts for people who love entertaining
Help them get the party started
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Everyone has that one person in their life who was born to entertain. For me, it’s my mother—when I first had friends over after moving out, I was shocked to learn that you don’t actually need to plan several appetizers and leave out an olive plate every time company comes. But for Sue, who lives in the South, entertaining is an art, and both home and kitchen should always be prepped to accommodate party guests.
If you need gift ideas for people like Sue who love to entertain, we’ve got you covered. From Instant Pots to high-end pitchers, these are the highly rated gifts you can present to your host or hostess with the mostest. (But if you are specifically looking for gifts to bring to a party, check out 17 host gifts that are better than wine.)
1. An adorable plant tailored to their tastes
Entertaining is as much about aesthetics as it about the event. Home decor has a huge impact on the success of an evening, and while entertainers don’t always need to go all out by buying new wall decor and mixing up their furniture, they do love sprinkling their homes with new decorations. Fresh plants can have a huge impact on the coziness of a home, which is why we recommend picking up a potted friend from The Sill.
The Sill’s expansive collection of plants is perfect for entertainers of all levels, from those with green thumbs to those who somehow end up killing even plastic plants. Their plants come in various sizes, making them ideal for most budgets. The Sill also offers virtual plant consultations, which teach plant owners how to provide the best care to their new green friends and can make a great addition to your gift.
2. Dish towels that also teach them about wine pairing
Who doesn’t love a gift that doubles as decoration and educational material? These highly rated dish towels from Uncommon Goods make great gifts for the wine-loving entertainer. They are decorated with large grids that show which wines to pair with different meals, even displaying which type of wine glass is best suited for the drink at hand. While the towels are made from cotton, reviewers note that they’re best used as decoration instead of actual towels.
3. A large grain cutting board that also acts as servingware
I live in a small house with very little kitchen storage, so I own almost no servingware. Instead, when we have guests, I serve appetizers and small bites on our large grain cutting board. It’s gorgeous, sturdy, and doubles as an actual cutting board, so I can prep and display on the same surface. This Ironwood cutting board is made from acacia wood, which gives it that beautiful grain and texture. Be careful with what you prepare on this board—oils can stain the wood, so don’t decide it’s the perfect surface for cutting a turkey, because even though it works, it will leave your cutting board with large grease splotches (she said, sobbing). Thankfully, you can maintain your acacia wood cutting board by lightly rubbing it with coconut oil.
4. A smart speaker that lets them play their favorite tunes
If you’re shopping for a person who loves to entertain, consider looking at smart devices that can help them refine their hosting skills, like an Amazon Echo Dot. This small speaker is perfect for any room in the house and connects to myriad apps. It’s perfect for setting background music and controlling other smart devices the giftee may have in their house. It’s our favorite affordable Echo—oh, and did we mention it has nearly 55,000 5-star reviews on Amazon?
5. A subscription to a wine delivery service
If you’ve got someone on your list who loves throwing parties, you can bet they love receiving wine. Opting for a nice bottle is always a great choice, but take it up a notch by getting them a wine subscription box. We tested some of the most popular wine subscription boxes, including Blue Apron, Firstleaf, and HelloFresh. Our top recommendation is Blue Apron—they offer a wide variety of wines each month (when we tested, there were 23 bottles to choose from), plus they had the most helpful and interesting information to accompany our selections. Firstleaf is another great option—they didn’t quite have the variety that we loved with Blue Apron, but the bottles were bigger and they had a more robust customization process when we signed up.
6. The world’s best kitchen tool—a dutch oven
I feel passionately about many things in life, with my dutch oven being toward the top of the list. It can be used to prepare just about any dish, from dips to sauces to stews and even bread. Entertainers who spend lots of time preparing meals for their soirees will love having this kitchen essential to help them during prep time.
We tested the best dutch ovens and recommend the Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte, which provided even cooking and delicious flavors each time we used it. The Staub can run upwards of $300, so for a better value, we suggest the Lodge Round Dutch Oven, which is about $55 on Amazon. But personally, I can’t live without my Cuisinart Dutch Oven—we didn’t test this one in our labs, but it’s my absolute favorite cooking tool and costs less than $40.
- Get the 7 Qt. Staub Round Cocotte from Amazon for $319.95
- Get the Lodge 6 qt. Dutch Oven from Amazon for $54.90
- Get the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 3 Qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Lid from Home Depot for $39.96
7. This graphite pitcher that’s both beautiful and functional
This highly rated pitcher from The Home Depot is a classy addition to any entertainer’s kitchen. It comes in 11 different colors, so you can pick the shade that best matches your giftee and their kitchen. My mother has an assortment of black and white servingware that sits on top of her counters, so this black pitcher is perfect for her home. It’s made from graphite, which makes for a gorgeous finish, but must be treated properly to avoid scratches—don’t wash it in the dishwasher or allow it to scrape against stainless steel utensils.
8. A serving rack that can be used for sweets, apps, and small bites
Presentation is a huge part of entertaining. This three-tier cake stand is a great way to serve appetizers, vegetables, crackers, and fruits. Reviewers note that the simple colors make it well suited for both casual and formal events. Your entertainer can load them with cupcakes for a child’s birthday party or cover them in small bites for the next holiday gathering.
9. Our favorite pressure cooker: the Instant Pot
A tool that will save your host from having to wash five more dishes? Sold—especially when that tool will prep a full meal in less than 30 minutes. We tested the best pressure cookers and found the Instant Pot Ultra to be the best one. It provides your giftee with a wide range of programmable options, meaning they can set it and forget it while bustling around the kitchen and preparing the rest of the feast.
10. A classic Crock Pot for those who love their dips
Though they take longer to prepare meals, slow cookers provide just as much convenience as pressure cookers. Your giftee can prep dips or appetizers in their Crock-Pot and leave them roasting all day while preparing the rest of the menu. This 7-quart Crock-Pot is our choice for best value slow cooker—it’s easy to transport, light enough to carry around the house, and thankfully painless to figure out how to use.
11. A hilarious book that teaches them to make delicious cocktails
Need a cute and funny gift for the entertainer? Try this cocktail book available on Amazon called Tequila Mockingbird. My sister got this book for Christmas a few years ago and it absolutely lives up to its amazing title—it’s filled with drinks whose titles are as delicious as the beverages themselves. Even if your entertainer doesn’t quite have a fully stocked bar, they’ll surely enjoy displaying this treasure of a book in the kitchen or on a coffee table.
12. This pistachio pedestal that’s as useful as it is cool
Some snacks—like pistachios and raw peanuts—are ideal for serving at parties, but leave a trail of shells behind. Your entertainer likely doesn’t want people to feel like their home is the Texas Roadhouse, so get them a tool that will collect the discarded shells and prevent them from piling up on plates, tables, or floors. This pistachio pedestal from Uncommon Goods is specifically designed to capture shells, and it comes with a 4.8-star rating from more than 800 reviews. It’s a great, unique gift to give any person who loves entertaining.
13. This game-changing electric wine opener
Know anyone who can’t quite figure out how to work a wine opener? I hope so, because every time I grind cork bits into my Chardonnay, I tell myself I’m not the only one. An electric wine opener is great for people like me, but also wonderful for anyone who throws parties and finds themselves opening multiple bottles a night. I have this model from Oster and it is an absolute treat: You simply push the opener down on the bottle of wine, press the button, and then treat yourself to that delicious, cork-free first glass.
14. These adorable and fashionable monogrammed coasters
You know what’s fun? Throwing parties. You know what’s not fun? Cleaning up after them, especially if guests leave their marks—literally—by leaving water marks on your favorite table. Help your giftee avoid water marks by gifting a set of classy monogrammed coasters. Both Anthropologie and Nordstrom sell gorgeous and highly rated sets that come in all letters, so this comes down to personal preference (and your giftee’s own style). Get a set entirely in one letter or get creative and buy a set that spells their name.
- Get the Marble Monogrammed Coasters from Nordstrom for $10
- Get the Marina Monogrammed Coaster from Anthropologie for $14
15. Himalayan salt tequila glasses for the entertainer who’s young at heart
These stunning Himalayan salt tequila glasses are perfect gifts whether your giftee enjoys tequila or not. They’re beautiful enough to serve as decorations, but still functional as standalone glasses. Each set is unique—they’re handmade by an artist from Florida and sold at Uncommon Goods, where they have more than 700 5-star reviews.
16. An incredible row boat serving bowl for the nautical decorator
Whether they live at the beach or just wish they did, we all have that one friend whose house is decorated in anchors, sea shells, and buoys. Indulge them with this large boat that doubles as a salad bowl, complete with wooden oars that serve as salad spoons. Its unique style makes it an ideal gift for friends who love entertaining, as it can act as a beautiful centerpiece and conversation starter for their next get together.
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