Raised by free-spirited, food-loving parents in North Carolina, Amanda McClements founded the Washington, D.C. boutique Salt & Sundry to share her love of cooking, entertaining and design. Amanda and her team are constantly on the hunt for new pieces that reflect the shop’s urban bohemian aesthetic.
As we move into holiday party season, it’s smart to begin thinking about how you’ll show your appreciation for all the festivity and hospitality that’s headed your way. You never want to show up to a party empty-handed, and while a bottle of wine is always a welcome gift, I love dreaming up more creative surprises for the host or hostess. Why not pair a favorite small-batch food with a pretty serving dish, or a sweet bouquet of flowers arranged in a handmade bottle that can be repurposed in the kitchen? Anything with a personal story behind it really leaves an impression. To jump-start your imagination, I’ve gathered some of my go-to gifts for entertainers here. Order some now — before the invitations start rolling in!
Serving trays are so versatile for home entertainers, and X Nasozi‘s handcrafted versions, made with patterned fabric and birch wood, are cheerful and chic.
We love how Red Raven adds a glam, feminine touch with dashes of 14-karat gold. It makes these petite, hand-painted dipping bowls feel extra special.
The combo of navy and copper on this eight-inch porcelain bottle is mesmerizing — it would make such a statement stationed atop a bar cart.
We’d pair this perfectly utilitarian salt cellar with one of our East Coast sea salts for a cool, minimalist hostess gift.
This apron’s mix of African textiles, rugged denim and leather makes us swoon. What a sharp gift for a style-minded cook!
Fill this handsome cedar-wood carrier with a favorite craft beer or an interesting assortment of cocktail bitters for the discerning drinks enthusiast in your circle.
We love how Peg & Awl make everyday items more beautiful. Bonus points if you happen to raise chickens and can fill this reclaimed-wood rack with homegrown eggs.
The herringbone pattern on this adorable textured salt cellar will appeal to chefs with an eye for design.
A great soap for the sink is such a wonderful indulgence, and Haven‘s all-natural products smell incredible. This one is scented with orange, cardamom, vetiver and black pepper.
We are so crazy about blue and white patterns, which is why we fell in love with Art & Manufacture‘s gorgeous designs. Tip: Gift this bottle with your favorite olive oil.
Our shoppers love giving these seed bombs, along with a pot for a sunny kitchen window. (The recipient will be reminded of you again and again as the flowers bloom.)
A simple, graphic tea towel makes such a sweet (and endlessly useful) gift for your favorite cook. The design on this cotton-hemp version is screen-printed by hand in the designer’s San Francisco studio.
A house filled with the aroma of mulling spices in winter is so inviting. We love these for hot wine or cider.
The humble jug gets an elegant upgrade with a rich persimmon glaze and a gold rim. These would look so pretty holding a single bud on a table.
We love the clean lines and matte finish of these multipurpose canisters, available in six complementary hues. They’d make a great addition to any kitchen.