When the holiday season calls for a seemingly endless schedule of fanciful affairs, we appreciate the entertainers and hosts in our lives a little more than usual. Finding a present for the person who has everything is a cinch with this curated collection of hosting essentials — here are our gift guide suggestions for the person who loves entertaining.
Tau Chess Table by Reflex of Italy from Sarsfield Brooke
For evenings spent lounging around libraries, where a little more stimulation than conversation is required, we like to lean on Reflex of Italy’s gorgeous Tau Chess Table, found locally from Sarsfield Brooke. Acting as the cornerstone of a games room revival, or sliding in subtly alongside a home bar, this is an entertaining essential for any home-hosted affairs.
Tom Dixon Puck Coupe Glasses from ECC
All hosts need a collection of convivial glassware they can rely on when the occasion calls for it, and these coupe glasses are just as show-stopping as the drinks they’re intended to contain. With a thick, coloured stem, they’re both sturdy and reminiscent of the retro revival we’re loving right now.
Artek Tea Trolley 900 from Kada
If entertaining is the key, then ensuring one is equipped for all situations that may arise is essential. Artek’s totally cute tea trolley has been inspired by British tea culture, and the habitual moments and memories that come with it.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance Speaker from Bang & Olufsen
Gone are the days when speakers are solely reserved for function. Instead, Bang & Olufsen is living proof that they too can be the hallmark of grand design. This speaker couples the brand’s signature sound technology with an artistically-designed facade, creating a speaker that is more akin to a sculptural work of art.
Riedel Bar Double Rocks Glass from The Studio of Tableware
Made in collaboration with renowned spirits specialist Zane Harris, these glasses are perhaps the pinnacle of Riedel’s Bar Drink Specific Glassware collection — ensuring the perfect gift for any happy host in your life. Made of durable European crystal, these glasses are dishwasher-safe, ensuring any post-party clean up is a total cinch.
Cocktail Shot Measure (And Bottle Opener) from Exhibit A Brand
This handy, sleek tool is crafted right here in New Zealand and is an essential for any bar this summer. A simple shot measure (in both double and single iterations), with a handy bottle opener built into its sturdy, almost brutalist structure, this stylish jigger is for the person who takes at-home entertaining seriously.
Lorenzi Milano Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bar Set from Mr Porter
Emphasising the natural elegance of raw materials, almost reminiscent of a tiki bar (in an elevated way, mind you), this Lorenzi Milano set is a sentimental gift that all entertainers are sure to love. Complete with 13 pieces in a stunning leather-covered case, it’s sure to last the ages.
Poltrona Frau Isidora Mobile Bar from Studio Italia
Personal and intimate, but not lacking in function, this mobile bar is an ode to sumptuous style. Built on elegant caster wheels, the bar opens like a book, revealing everything one needs for an evening of imbibing with friends.
Peak Spherical Petal Ice Cube Tray from Paper Plane Store
Unless intended otherwise, the best drinks are always served cold. And these petal ice spheres prove the case that ice can play into the creative, theatrical appeal of a cocktail. The best part? The sphere melts much slower than its traditional counterpart, meaning drinks aren’t so quick to water down. (We think these make cute secret Santa and stocking stuffer gifts, too.)
Tiffany & Co. x Andy Warhol Limited-Edition Playing Cards from Tiffany & Co.
A continuation of the games night theme, where holiday evenings are spent playing cards at the bach (poker anyone?), this glorious set is perhaps the most opulent we’ve ever seen. The limited-edition deck is a collaboration between Tiffany & Co. and some of Andy Warhol’s famed works (drawing on pieces he did for the brand back at the height of his fame), and the stunning box will look at home on any curated coffee table or bookshelf.
Broste Bubble Cocktail Glass from Frobisher
Doubling as champagne coupes, these cocktail glasses are the right amount of whimsy and cool. With frosted bubbles in the hand-blown glass detailing, each piece lends its own personality to any space. Decidedly celebratory, we think.