What do you get the friend who spent three hours listening to you vent after a particularly hard day? What about your neighbor who not only watered all your plants while you were on vacation, but fertilized them, too? And don't forget about your aunt, who came to town just to clean your house when you were so sick you could barely get out of bed. (And in fact, you didn't. For days.)
It's alarming to think where we'd be without the small, surprising, and often unfailingly generous help given to us by friends and loved ones. Here are 10 ways you can thank them this season — and add something pretty or fun to their kitchen in the process!
- Ambatalia 10-in-1 Wrapping Cloth, $29 from Quitokeeto: Endlessly versatile and multi-functional, this is the gift that keeps on giving. Make sure to include a little card with all the various ways the cloth can be put to use around the kitchen!
- Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co Rosemary Cutting Board Oil, $35 from March: Of course you can oil wooden cutting boards and utensils with a much, much cheaper bottle of mineral oil, or a homemade concoction, but that's why this swanky cutting board oil makes the perfect gift: it really feels like a splurge. The slight rosemary scent is so lovely (it also comes in lemon), and you can use it to oil slate, marble, and soapstone.
- Marble and Wood Cutting Board, $39.95 from West Elm: An ideal entertaining accessory for cheese, charcuterie, and hors d’oeuvres. Cut food on the wood side; keep it cool on the marble side.
- Mauléon Rouge Oven Set, $35 from Token Collective: A fantastic French-made oven set, with stripes that steal the show. Chic and practical.
- Mel Kadel Streams and Fields Linen Tea Towel, $20 from Poketo: You can never go wrong giving a linen tea towel as a gift, particularly one as vibrant and beautiful as this patterned piece from Los Angeles-based artist and illustrator Mel Kadel.
- Areaware Table Tile Coasters, $15 from Unison: Love these coasters! When you're not using them individually, place them side by side to create a geometric statement on the coffee table — or just a large trivet for a pot of tea or coffee.
- Striped Taper Candles, $26/set of two from Leif: Striped taper candles definitely fall into the category of fun and fanciful — just the thing for the friend who cheered you up on a dark day.
- Milk Bottle Match Striker, $38 from Farmhouse Pottery: I've always had a soft spot for sweet, small standalone pieces on the table — a ceramic creamer, a great carafe, the perfect salt dish. This milk bottle match striker fits the bill. You can store matches in it and — better yet — strike them right on the bottle's base.
- Cat Study Mug, $14 from Anthropologie: If your friend loves cats, then there's really nothing else to say about this. Done!
- Menu New Norm Mini Carafe, $19.95 from AllModern: A gorgeous porcelain carafe in a variety of soft, soothing colors. It's not too big or small — it's just right.