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Christmas Gift Guide: 9 Gifts for the perfect Southern hostess

9 Gifts for the perfect Southern hostess

If one of your loved ones seems to have it all and can already entertain in style, it can be challenging to find the perfect gift for him or her. The host(ess) with the most-ess may already have seemingly infinite serveware and decor, but let us let you in on a little secret — there's always room for one more beautiful bowl. Here are all the best hostess gifts, straight from the Shop at Southern Kitchen.
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Stoneware & Co. 26-inch Platter

Stoneware & Co. 26-inch Platter ($95)

This oblong platter from Stoneware & Co.'s Louisville Collection makes an elegant serving piece for just about anything your loved ones can dish up in the kitchen. It functions especially well as an appetizer platter, or as a dish for small baked goods. (In other words, if your giftee is a cupcake fanatic, this platter is perfect.) Each piece of pottery from Stoneware & Co is made by hand in Louisville, Kentucky, so you know you'll be giving a gift that will last.
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Hoffmaster Woodworks Balancing Wine Bottle Holder in Cherry

Hoffmaster Woodworks Balancing Wine Bottle Holder in Cherry ($23)

This hand-crafted wine bottle holder is an elegant, functional and gravity-defying piece of art for any wine-loving hostess. Each bottle holder is carefully sawed out of large, rough-cut lumber and then meticulously shaped, sanded and stained for a beautiful, smooth finish. Even better: This bottle holder is surprisingly stable — bumping a table on which it sits is no problem at all. And even most nearly-empty but tightly-sealed bottles maintain balance, so go ahead and open that bottle of wine.
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Bean & Bailey Nesting Bowl Set

Bean & Bailey Nesting Bowl Set "Oceanaire" Collection ($125)

Southern. Handmade. Quirky. All of these characteristics drew us to Bean & Bailey. Their products are truly original, and you can feel the passion that went into making their products when you hold them, which makes each of their pieces perfect for gift giving. This versatile set of handmade nesting asymmetrical bowls from their pottery will add a unique touch to any kitchen. And they're built to last: Each bowl is cast in porcelain, glazed with a clear glossy glaze, and fired to 2230 degrees to assure strength and durability, all in Bean & Bailey's small ceramic studio in Chattanooga, Tennesee.
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Stoneware & Co. 2 1/2-quart Pitcher

Stoneware & Co. 2 1/2-quart Pitcher ($65)

Any host or hostess who loves iced tea or sangria will find this elegant pitcher from Stoneware & Co. a perfect addition to their kitchen. Its classic silhouette tapers toward the hand-formed spout, allowing smooth pouring, and its easy-to-grip handle is molded separately and lovingly applied by hand for a seamless appearance and lasting durability. Like all of our other picks from Stoneware & Co., this pitcher is hand-made in Kentucky, so you know it is built to last.
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Crafthouse By Fortessa® Ice Bucket with Lid

Crafthouse By Fortessa® Ice Bucket with Lid ($100)

This stainless steel ice bucket from Crafthouse is one of the best gifts you'd never think of. Not only does its thoughtful design make it easy to scoop out cocktail ice, and for that ice to sit high above any dripping watter, but it also is just the right size to hold a six-pack of beer or two bottles of wine plus ice. A clip on the underside of the lid makes sure it has a home while serving up some cocktails. Pair it with the Crafthouse by Fortessa ice scoop and you'll really be in business.
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Cilio Piave 4-Piece Cheese Knife Set

Cilio Piave 4-Piece Cheese Knife Set ($35.95)

Say your fromage-feasting hostess has all the cheese boards she needs, but doesn't yet have a specific knife for each type of cheese at Whole Foods? This four-piece stainless steel cheese knife set from Cilio will set her straight. It includes 5-inch hard cheese, soft cheese and Parmesan cheese knives, plus a fork for picking up any stray crumbles, and they all come nested in a wooden box — perfect for gifting.
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Boothill Blades Cheese Board Set

Boothill Blades Cheese Board Set ($64.99)

Help the hostess in your family offer up their next cheese course with rustic elegance. The cheese board itself is both beautiful and functional, as it is made from edge grain native walnut, curly maple and cherry woods. In our exclusive set, we combine this board with a cheese knife and a honey dipper, so your loved one will be ready to plate up an afternoon snack as soon as it comes out of the box. All three items are hand-crafted in Tennesee by the husband and wife team of Kylie and Jared Thatcher, the duo behind Boothill Blades.
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Crafthouse Concerto Punch Bowl Set

Crafthouse Concerto Punch Bowl Set ($199.95)

You can't have a party without great food and drinks. To make serving guests a breeze we suggest whipping up a batch of Southern Kitchen's punch and serving it in the Concerto Punch Bowl. With a graceful and pleasantly surprising shape, this Concerto punch bowl set will be music for your eyes. Designed specifically for decanting and serving wine, the set is perfect for a party-sized punch or a big-batch cocktail. Each set comes with a glass ladle and six matching glasses.
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Kate Williams is the former editor-in-chief of Southern Kitchen. She was also the on-air personality on our podcast, Sunday Supper. She's worked in food since 2009, including a two-year stint at America’s Test Kitchen. Kate has been a personal chef, recipe developer, the food editor at a hyperlocal news site in Berkeley and a freelance writer for publications such as Serious Eats, Anova Culinary, The Cook’s Cook and Berkeleyside. Kate is also an avid rock climber and occasionally dabbles in long-distance running. She makes a mean peach pie and likes her bourbon neat.