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 ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Let me entertain you: Host and hostess gifts
A fancy bottle of hooch is a solid yet oh-so-predicable way to warm a holiday party host or hostesses' heart. Here are a dozen unique gifts ideal for eco-minded