Unwrapped: Gifts For The Host That Aren’t Wine

Go beyond the liquor store

'Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, it’s 31 days of gift giving; for a month, we’ll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list—from your hard-to-please parents to your ’90s-loving BFF and even your spoiled pet. Filled with creative picks that got our pulses racing, our Unwrapped holiday gift guides will make Christmas shopping a breeze this holiday season.

Here's the simple truth: The greatest gift you can give a host is granting them with your company. There is nothing a seasoned party planner loves more that having guests attend one of their famed soirees, enjoy the food and wine, and participate in great conversation with their other circles of friends. The holidays are probably the only time these hospitable individuals appear on Pinterest and dig into their old Domino copies (the ones pre-closure in 2009), looking for themes, table setting ideas, signature cocktails pretty enough for the clear jar pitchers they've been storing away, and, of course, recipes for their annual Christmas party. 

While no host will be disappointed by a good bottle of wine (and we emphasize good) gifted to them, you will be one of the many guests going that route come the gathering. For proof, just observe the bottles of wine filling up the fridge at a faster rate than the doorbell ringing. And while there is nothing wrong with that, especially if you know your host's favorite grape variety and vineyard or brand of Champagne, this year calls for more creativity. Plus, what better way to snag an invitation to the next party than with a gift that slays? Ahead, 20 of our favorite picks.


Photograph courtesy of August Morgan.

August Morgan, Plastered Cocktail Napkins, $36 for a set of four, available at August Morgan.

Is there anything more perfect than these cocktail napkins? Maybe only these "Whino" ones.