Holiday parties have to be hosted by someone! For that person who is always cooking, baking, and filling your plate with the most delicious dishes, why not gift them something that will make prep just a little bit easier (besides your hands-on help). Here is our gift guide for the entertainer of the group. Bonus: you’ll benefit here too since all these gifts will only make for even better gatherings.
1. Lagostina Ingenio Essentials Collection
Storage space is often an issue when it comes to the cottage kitchen. Luckily these non-stick pots and pans won’t have anyone sacrificing mouth-watering meals for the sake of a shelf. They have removable handles and both the cookware and the lids stack. Trust us—this is a game-changer for cooks with small kitchens at a budget-friendly price point. Buy the set here.
2. Folklore-Embossed Rolling Pin
Give the gift of inspiring someone to bake (where, again, you will reap the rewards) with a rolling pin that easily presses a seamless wintery pattern into pastry. Whether the master chef wants a festive pie or dozens of cookies to put on display, the design will stay crisp and make every pastry look too good to eat! Buy it here.
3. Yeti Tundra Cooler
We don’t have to try and convince you that YETI makes the best coolers out there, but we might have to convince you to get one for someone other than yourself. This durable, portable cooler is the only thing you need to keep wine and beer cold during summer BBQs at the cottage. Buy it here.
4. Animal Plates from Canadian Tire
These plates are the perfect mix of festive and function. Your host will love them for Christmas day, but the overall winter theme makes them perfect for anytime from November through March. Next time you go over, you’ll have a plate to pile on the appetizers, like these easy bacon ones. Buy the plates here.
5. All-Clad D3 Compact Set
If you’re looking to give a little more this holiday season, All-Clad makes a similar set to Lagostina with a few key differences. This set is triple-bonded stainless steel—words wannabe professional chefs live for—and have flared edges for easy, drip-free pouring. Although the handles aren’t detachable, they are smaller than your average cookware set and will fit just about anywhere. Buy the set here.
6. Victorian Christmas Tree Decorations from Lee Valley
Nothing sparkles and shines like a little tinsel on your tree. Help the party-thrower of the group with their decorating by gifting these made-in-Canada ornaments are identical to the originals they decorated with in Victorian times. The tin-plated steel will last through generations—and sparkle on your tree—so it’s really a gift that can be passed down in the family. Buy the ornaments here.
7. Deluxe Games Board
Every good party needs a game, right? Give the gift of endless entertainment with this three-in-one board featuring cottage classics like crokinole, checkers, and chess. Handmade from walnut and birch wood, you’re guaranteed hours of fun that can withstand any amount of disc-flicking action. Buy the game board here.
8. Popcorn Machine
Dessert doesn’t have to be stressful—all you need to do is plug this in and turn it on. Freshly popped popcorn smells delicious and is a little easier to eat after a big meal than a slice of apple pie (although we do love pie). The best part? Guests will be able to serve themselves. Buy it here.