What do you get for the host who already has two silver ice buckets that he keeps at either end of the dinner table, so that sparkling white is at optimal temperature throughout the meal? Or whose tuberose-scented candles already dot every room of her apartment? These are people who entertain and entertain well—frankly, they live well, too.
It’s time to bring out the big gift guns. Check out these 10 host gifts that range from prices and sizes big and small but that all suit the recipient who enjoys the finer things in life.
Drink Stirrers ($22 for set of 10)
Safari-themed cocktail stirrers aren’t the kind of accessory most people buy for themselves, even if those people are brilliant entertainers. So you do it for them. They’ll appreciate the conversations these lions, rhinos and bears start.
It looks like a Leica and operates like a Polaroid—but better, like a Leica. The first instant-film camera from pro photographers’ favorite brand comes in a variety of colors (orange, mint or white) and with a self-timer mode, so your host can take the picture and be in it too.
Norden Idyllwild Incense ($20)
This earthy mix of cedar, sage, vetiver and citrus burns for 45 minutes, snuffing out any lingering scent of poached fish or roasted vegetables. At a dollar a stick, it definitely isn’t your drugstore incense.
This limited-edition whiskey is smooth enough to live up to Frank Sinatra’s name—and even the most elegant host’s expectations. The gift will make an incredible impression, from the gorgeous packaging to the spirit’s lasting vanilla finish.
Granulated Alpaca Throw ($139.90)
One can never have too many blankets. The design of this throw is so simple it looks chic draped over a living room sofa—or over a pair of bare feet, after the heels have come off.
Iconic Bay Area shop AG Ferrari’s namesake pastas—new this year—are all made with 100 percent organic durum wheat semolina and are cut with bronze dies. This means they have imperfections and bumps that hold onto sauce better than the super smooth stuff made with all-white flour. They are, shall we say, the Ferrari of pastas.
Patina Lighter Case ($180)
Made of solid brass with a beautiful turquoise-colored patina, this case fits standard Bic lighters. Now your host’s guests won’t have to ask for a light; it will be prominently displayed on the coffee table.
Issey Miyake Green Hued Galaxy Socks ($38.50)
Japanese designer Issey Miyake is known for his technology-driven work, and these striped ones are no exception. The vertical line pattern helps make even swollen post-dinner-party clean-up ankles look fashionable.
Payton Cosell Turner Custom Illustration ($200–$500)
With two weeks’ notice, Connecticut artist Payton Turner will paint a watercolor portrait of your host—or his cat or whatever else you might dream up—on archival art paper. Now that’s a thought that counts, huh? Price ranges depending on size, which can go up to 10 inches by 10 inches.
Pink Mountain Salt ($22)
A little ridiculous and a lot of fun, this contraption is for a true cocktail geek. Charles Joly, the former head bartender at The Aviary in Chicago, designed the glass box to smoke cocktails with flavored wood chips in less than a minute. Quite the show piece, eh?