It’s the entertaining season, and no one wants to show up to the party empty-handed. But what to bring? According to etiquette expert Emily Post, your gift doesn’t have to be over-the-top. “Always appreciated, it doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive; simply consider the nature of the occasion and local custom when making your choice.” To help, we’ve curated a list of gifts to help you show your appreciation for all the effort your host has made.
H&M’s sculptural gold candle holders are made with 100% recycled aluminum and come in three sizes. Gift them on their own, or grab a pair of candy-cane-inspired taper candles to go with.
Festive Bistro Tile Coaster,
Anthropologie’s popular Bistro Tile Collection has gotten a seasonal makeover with the introduction of limited-edition holiday designs. These 24k gold-decaled glazed coasters are available in two festive patterns.
Frosted Pine Wreath Chargers,
These functional and festive charger plates resemble miniature frost-crusted pine wreaths. They can be used to keep tabletops safe from hot dishes, or to create a unique and memorable table setting.
Dried Flowers Wine Glasses Set of 2,
These unique glasses have dried flowers in soft, warm colours. They’re the perfect choice for raising a glass of world-class natural wine – or any wine. They’re dishwasher-safe, too.
Ceramic Olive Oil Dispenser,
This beautiful handmade ceramic oil dispenser can be ordered in two different material options – metal, for holding olive or other cooking oils; or plastic (which doesn’t corrode) for vinegars, soy sauce or soap.
Grow Wild wines are named for the wildflowers that grow abundantly between the label’s vineyards in Ontario. The Rapturous Red is fruity and a bit sweet, with notes of cherry, plum and a bit of spice.
Trio For Wine Gift Box,
Salted Co. Fancy Cocktail Nuts
Toronto-based Salted Co. Fancy Cocktail Nuts takes the guesswork out of entertaining with its snack-worthy nuts. This trio comes with three jars of Marcona and Valencia almonds, paired with ingredients like candied rosemary and spicy chili, made for enjoying with wine.
Eataly Signature Classic Panettone,
Canada’s new favourite destination for authentic Italian groceries and gifts has launched their own line of panettoni. Eataly’s Signature Classic Panettone is fluffy and just-sweet-enough, with a generous helping of raisins and candied orange peel.
Negroni Lovers Duo,
The negroni-lover in your life is sure to appreciate this gift set that includes a vial of Top Shelf Orange Bitters (handcrafted in small batches by Top Shelf Distillers in Perth) and a jar of the Cocktail Emporium’s candied orange slices.
Marble Butter Bowl and Knife,
Pass the butter, please. H&M’s elegant yet affordable butter dish comes with a marble bowl base and a brushed-gold stainless steel butter knife that handily slots across the top. This versatile piece will get used year-round.
Mini Collection Dark,
3/4 Tonic Maison
3/4 Tonic Maison’s drink mixers are naturally-flavoured and bold. This gift set comes with four products made for pairing with dark liquors: Vermillon, Old Fashioned and chocolatey Coco Café syrups, along with a vial of aromatic bitters from the also-Montreal-based Sombre & Amer.
Plain Recycled Cotton Accessories,
This simple oven mitt and apron set will come in handy in any kitchen (including your own, should you wish to treat yourself). It comes in white, black, red or yellow recycled cotton fabric.
Blume’s superfood-filled tea and coffee blends make flavourful, healthy lattes that are perfect for warming up on a winter day. The limited-edition gingerbread blend is made with ginger to support digestion, then naturally sweetened with date, molasses and lucuma.
Festive House Cupcake Kit,
Classic cupcakes become a festive seasonal dessert with this decorating kit. The house-shaped package contains red-and-green cups as well as paper toppers in five different shapes (a Santa, Christmas tree, gingerbread man, candy canes and reindeer).
Mug And Sock Set, Black & Gold Heart,
There’s a reason mugs and socks make some of the most popular gifts: everyone can find some use for them. This gift set has a cozy pair of knitted pink socks and a large porcelain mug decorated with golden hearts (if you’re shopping for a host with more rustic style, snag the plaid set).
Wood Tray (Large),
This spacious wooden serving tray is made of bentwood (wood that has been wetted and bent into curved shapes). Perfect for leaving out on a coffee table or buffet, but also a functional serving piece.
The Wine and Cheese Board Deck,
Food stylist Meg Quinn makes wine and cheese pairing easy and accessible with this giftable card deck. It has 54 cards featuring 50 different pairings for wines, cheese and unique snacks (such as bourbon- and cheese-stuffed figs with Chenin Blanc).