A very happy Monday and welcome to the sixth installment of "Let me entertain you," a new series of weekly posts that I’ll be running throughout this epically festive — and epically food-heavy — time of year. The topic? Holiday entertaining and the paraphernalia needed to make your gathering — whether it’s a traditional Turkey Day dinner with the extended family, a booze-heavy winter solstice shindig, or an intimate Christmahanakwanzaka brunch amongst friends — go off without a hitch. The emphasis is on products that boast one or all of the following eco-friendly attributes:

a. handmade
b. made from sustainable or recycled materials
c. domestically manufactured
d. durable/made-to-last so in that they’ll be used not just this holiday season for many more seasons to come. 
 
So far in the series, I've zeroed in on eco-friendly holiday entertaining goodies including coastersbarwarelinens, serving trays, and candle holders. Today, I'm turning the well-dressed holiday table and focusing not on items for the party-giver but for the gift-bearing party-goer in an attempt to answer the perpetually vexing question: What in the world do I bestow a most gracious and green-minded holiday party host or hostess with that's not a fancy bottle of booze (okay, I've included that as an option, too)? Here are a few ideas ... 

 

Brooklyn Slate Co. Cheese Board @ Brooklyn Slate Co. ($24 - $28)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalkboard Tablet by Peg & Awl @ Branch ($22 - $37 w/stand)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milk Carton Creamer and Sugar Sack @ VivaTerra ($25 - $29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Kitchen Shea Butter Soap @ aHa! Modern Living ($5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous Helen Wine Glass Lampshades by DeKoop @ MoMA Store ($16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Square One Cucumber Vodka @ Dean & DeLuca ($39.75)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antler Dishtowel @ Terrain ($22)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip it! Wine Shot Glasses @ UncommonGoods ($45)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook" @ Amazon.com ($13.25)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mistletoe General Store Candle @ Terrain ($25)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Bon Bon Set - Herbal Teas @ Uncommon Goods ($14.95) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legnoart Sombrero Buffet Party Dish @ House & Hold ($59.99)

 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) reports on design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.