A good host always looks out for others, whether it’s making guests feel welcome, taking care of everyone’s meal, or setting up an Instagram-worthy tablescape to make the evening feel special. I’m thinking about. But the holiday season is your chance to change the script and show your hosts that you’re thinking of them, too. Bringing them a gift is a basic way to thank your host for all their thoughtful work. The only question remains: what to give?
For those who like to bring out special tableware for their guests, there’s a world of creative and quirky gifts out there, even if it seems like you already have the entire CB2 catalog. If so, this simply means that, as the gift giver, you can allow the other person to do things they wouldn’t normally do. For example, consider serving plates turned into disco balls, chopstick rests shaped like bok choy, three-dimensional candle holders, and even candles disguised as buttered toast. A playful take on essentials, these items are sure to bring joy and spark conversation at your next gathering. And, as the recipient of a new and valuable work, you may be able to secure an invitation to the next production.
friendly serving spoon set
These wavy wooden spoons, as the name suggests, are perfect for serving friends. Serving Friends spoons by designer Serena Liu come in three of her styles: flower, wave, and hand, each of which brings fun and joy to your table. Additionally, a salad server is an especially useful gift for hosts.
A set of sophisticated and captivating plates
The smooth matte glaze finish and uneven texture of these dinnerware make them the perfect striking set for your meal, or a statement centerpiece. Either way, it adds a touch of edginess to a sophisticated atmosphere.
A platter perfect for parties
No party is complete without a mirror ball. Luckily, this serving tray from Kailo Chic delivers that dazzling effect without driving anything into the ceiling. Featuring groovy dimples and reflective surfaces that mimic a ball, this platter adds the perfect festive touch to any special occasion.
some abstract napkins
For those who love something bold and bright, you can’t go wrong with this napkin set from Cold Picnic. Full of abstract shapes and colors, they’re sure to liven up your tablescape. Plus, it’s sustainably made using Oeko-Tex certified fabrics.
There are also some cute chopstick rests.
Anyone who sees an adorable chopstick rest that looks like food will fall in love with it. Wing On Wo & Co. and Mogutable serve everything from bok choy and dumplings to rice balls and xiao long wraps. It’s also easy on your wallet, so buy several to create an attractive set.
coasters for table setting
Earlier this year, rising tableware designer Sophie Lou Jacobsen unveiled her first collection of metalware, aptly titled “Setting the Table.” The metal swirl stainless steel trends. Perfect for hosts who are always up to date with the latest designs.
quirky salt and pepper grinder
Homeware brand Dusen Dusen knows how to entertain. Its online shop is a whimsical world of patterned decorations, including this new limited edition salt and pepper grinder set. It’s functional and decorative at the same time, giving you the best of both worlds.
colorful cake stand
This cake stand from Anthropologie puts a slightly more colorful twist on the traditional cake stand. Whether used to elevate a dessert or add a level to a tablescape, the stand makes a cheerful addition to any host’s tableware collection. If it’s within your budget, pair it with a glass dome for a beautiful contrasting color.
Some scalloped placemats
Anyone who loves entertaining will appreciate a good placemat. His two-piece set from La Double J adds a romantic touch with scalloped edges and bright colors. For intimate gatherings, keep it monochrome or combine different colors.
candle like butter toast
Inedible objects that look like food always leave a lasting impression. This Butter Toast Candle by Collin Garrity is shaped in stoneware to look like toasted bread surrounding a butter-shaped candle. It’s probably the next best thing to sliced bread. At least, that’s what it looks like.
This spotted clay mug from Utility Objects with a protruding “rock” is oversized, sturdy, unique and interesting. When the host opens the package, be sure to tell them that these protrusions are actually pieces of recycled clay reformed into conglomerate rock.
Butter dishes that steal the show
London-based Emma de Clercq handcrafts her ceramics through her studio Brutes Ceramics. Her textured, geometric butter plates are eye-catching with abstract motifs, pops of color, and clean designs. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having an excuse to add butter to a dish. This will give you the perfect temperature for your spread.
Kelly Pau is a culture and design writer whose work has been featured in Salon, The Cut, Vox, and more.