If you're the eater in a dinner-party relationship — the person who comes over to chow down — then you may want to thank your entertainer by adding them to your holiday list. You could opt for a nice bottle of wine, but since that is so obvious, why not get them something a little more unique? There are quite a few things for the dinner party enthusiast, you can surprise them with this clever baguette tray and knife ($38) — it is a bit specialized, but is still a load of fun — or splurge and get them a new set of placemats. These Chinoiserie ones from DwellTable ($88) are a bit pricey, but absolutely charming. Scroll through the list for more dinner-party gift ideas.
At first glance you may think, wow what's with the up-side-down wine glasses? But look a little closer and you'll notice that these are not, in fact wine glasses. No that's not a ruby Pinot Noir and a yellow-y Chardonnay; it's actually red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. The bottom of the wine glass shaped bottles slide off to create a steady slow streaming pour of oil or vinegar that is super easy to measure. I think these are quite stylish and would look lovely sitting on a sleek black granite marble-top or rustic wooden stove end, but then I think about the hassle of actually filling them. Even though they come with a handy dandy filling funnel, images of an olive oil mess instantly come to mind. I can't decide whether I love them or hate them, maybe I would love them as a gift...what do you think, Ming oil and vinegar set: love it or hate it?
I found these expensive wineglasses that look like cheap disposable plastic cups on stilts. They're called "sommelier" and are handblown in the Czech Republic by Maxim Velcovsky for Qubus Design Studio. A single glass will cost £25 (about $50). On one hand I think they're quite cheeky, but on the other, I think they're rather ridiculous (not to mention expensive). What about you, what do you think?