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2013 Gift Guide for Holiday Entertaining
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A little help is always welcome around the holidays, which is why we’ve compiled a guide of festive hostess gifts as well as items to make your own home beautiful, inviting, and imbued with holiday cheer!
By the Editors of Traditional Home
Produced by Lucy Fitzgerald and Julianne Hilmes
Bright copper adds a look of warmth and a hint of days gone by. The handcrafted Old Dutch Solid Copper Double Chiller has a seven-quart capacity and is lacquered to resist tarnishing. $66, amazon.com
All photography courtesy of retailer unless otherwise noted.
Be sure to check out all of our holiday gift guides.
Tabletop Ornaments and Dinnerware
Entertain in style with sumptuous tabletop ornaments and dinnerware from Royal Crown Derby. Shown here are the Imari Holiday Castleton Candlestick, $925; the Boxed Gold Aves Fluted Dessert Plate, $235; the Christmas Red Squirrel, $255; and the Imari Holiday Sandwich Tray, $595.
See another gem from Royal Crown Derby on the following slide.
Royal Commemorative Ornament
The new Royal Baby Oval Bauble is a classic ornament that commemorates the birth of England’s latest royal. Its motifs are the feathers of a cygnet, a rose in bud, and a blue butterfly, all signifying new life. $145 from Royal Crown Derby.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint and chocolate is always a winning combination, but never more so than in this Peppermint Party-to-Go Hot Chocolate Pack, with 8 chocolate sticks to put in steaming mugs of milk and garnish with slices from two fluffy marshmallow batons. $16, from Ticket Chocolate.
Firenze Medici Hostess Tray
Put some shimmer into the holidays with this Firenze Medici Hostess Tray, $88, from Juliska, with a subtle pattern in gold and platinum.
See matching party plates on the following slide.
Firenze Medici Cocktail Plates
Array nibbles like figs or cheese on this set of four shimmering Firenze Medici cocktail plates from Juliska, $148.
Easy-to-Install Mirror Frames
Transform your powder room for holiday guests with MirrorMate frames, custom made to fit your mirror. You can press them right onto the glass of a bare mirror, even while it’s on the wall. There are over 65 styles to choose from (Lexington shown here). Prices start at $99.
That’s a Wrap!
Make gift presentation efficient with enough materials to wrap 10 gifts, neatly organized in a collapsible box, with no scissors or tape needed. The Erin Condren Gift Box Briefcase includes boxes in fun, colorful patterns to make gift-wrapping a breeze. Wrap, tissue, stickers, bows and enclosure cards for $34.50, erincondren.com.
Festive Serving Tray
Rich, warm colors and a classic design with reindeer make this rectangular serving platter one she’ll want to use every year at the holidays. Made in Umbria of terra bianca, from Vietri, $167.
Stainless Steel Stircicles
Stircicles, made of stainless steel, make a nice stocking stuffer for the bon vivant. Filled with freezer gel, they keep cocktails cold without having to use ice. $23 for a set of four, from CorkPops.
Angelic Tea Set
Fly her to the moon with this Celestial Coffee and Tea Set by Lladró,maker of fine porcelain. Handles and lids are formed into angel wings; golden stars sparkle on glazed white porcelain. Pieces are sold separately: teapot, $675; sugar bowl, $500; tea cup, $450; creamer, $375; cake plate, $265; coffee cup, $190.
Seasonal Address Book
Keep track of your Christmas card recipients with this Balsam Fir Address Book with 128 tabbed and alphabetical pages. From Michel Design Works, $14 at amazon.com.
Wine Chiller and Pourer
Put the Vinoice Wine Chiller and Pourer in the freezer at least two hours before party time; then insert it into your bottle of newly opened wine. It will maintain wine at its ideal temperature throughout the festivities. $28 from CorkPops.
Holiday Lights Storage Duffel
While greeting cards depicting puppies entwined in a tangle of Christmas tree lights are cute, the tangles aren’t so delightful when you’re decorating. The Holiday Lights Storage Duffel, $50, stores up to 1,500 feet of mini lights or 800 feet of large lights. The set includes winders, movable padded dividers, and an easy-view window lid.
Wintry Greeting Cards
One of our editors who still writes cards and letters the old-fashioned way loves stationery from Felix Doolittle, like these wintry greeting cards, for their classic look and affordable price: 10 cards for $20.
Santa Claus Platter
A classic rendering of Old St. Nick on this round-handled dishwasher-safe platter, designed by Alessandro Taddei, should please the traditionalists on your list. (Now all they have to do is bake the cookies.) $167 from Vietri.
See another holiday platter from Vietri on the following slide.
Holiday Turkey Tray
This small oval platter depicting a plucky turkey in the Tuscan countryside makes it a fun piece to use in the fall. Hand-painted on terra-cotta in Tuscany, $99 from Vietri.
Yummy Hand Soap
Made with shea butter and aloe vera, this generous sized (17.8 fluid ounces) bottle of Christmastime Foaming Hand Soap by Michel Design Works, $9.50, carries a scent that will have you humming “Jingle Bells.”
Personalized Family PJs
Gather the family around in matching bright red, coat-style jammies for holiday photos. They’re made of a comfy cotton/poly blend that gets softer with washing; $24.99 to $39.99, from Personal Creations.
These hand-felted 3D mistletoe ornaments multitask when you hang them from a tree or mantel, or in a window—or dangle one above your sweetheart. $46 each from Arcadia Home.
Glam Gold Platter
Handcrafted in Turkey, the Ruffle Glass Gold Platter serves up a little glam for the holidays. $72 from Vietri.
Floor Cleaning Products
Pine needles. Tinsel strands. Cookie crumbs. Yikes! No elves are necessary to do the dirty work, because cleaning is a breeze when you use Bona Floor Cleaning Products before (or after) holiday gatherings.
Red-and-White Party Plates
With idyllic snow scenes rendered in ruby on white, scalloped Party Plates, $98, from Juliska’s Country Estate collection feature a Main House, Garden Conservatory, Stable, and Boathouse. These petite plates are ideal for holiday gatherings.
See matching partyware from Juliska on the following slide.
Delightful Dip Set
From Juliska’s Country Estates Collection, the Dip Set ramekins, $55, are as practical as they are pretty: These durable containers are oven- and dishwasher-safe.
Food Storage Solution
Say goodbye to mystery leftovers, crumpled aluminum foil, and trying to match containers to lids. Clear Plate Toppers, $9.99, latch securely onto plates and are stackable, airtight, and microwaveable.
Thank your host or hostess with a box of handmade Salt & Ayre chocolates from Harbor Sweets. (We couldn’t resist sampling the café au lait truffle sprinkled with coffee crisps.) Nine-piece assortment, $16 from Harbor Sweets.
Perfect for parties are these Bon Apetit Paper placemats from Layla Grace, $25 for 50. The host can write both the menu and the guest names on them.
Classic Felt Stockings
The traditionalist will appreciate this classic stocking in red and chocolate with a star motif, in hand-felted and hand-appliqued wool felt. $76 from Arcadia Home.
You’ll be humming “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as you place your two turtledoves (ta-da!) on your holiday table, where they will provide plenty of shine. $26 for the pair, from Wisteria. They each hold a battery operated tealight candle (not included).
Gilded Pastry Server
Flecks of gold in the intricate latticework handle make this pastry server the right touch for presenting a superlative dessert. From the Bugatti Collection at Vietri, $77.
Give some pizzazz to your foyer or powder room with this new Starflowered Mirror, embellished with stars and scattered with rhinestones. $99 from Wisteria.
2013 Holiday Gift Guide For the Home
Need more gift ideas? Check out furniture, accents, and more in our gift guide for the home.
The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]
This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.