In my mind, coasters are infinitely giftable. They are small, generally inexpensive (although you can definitely find ones to splurge on), and a welcome addition to nearly anyone's home.
With that in mind, and with fall dinner party season in full swing, here are 15 sets to browse and buy so you never show up empty-handed.
- Table Tile Coasters, $15 for six from MoMA Store: We love the way these coasters create an optical illusion.
- Decked-Out Pink Stone Coasters, $39 for four from West Elm: These glam stone coasters with a gold stripe are perfect for your girliest friend.
- Cacti Coasters, $25 for six from Clive Roddy: When not in use, these coasters serve as a fun and interactive sculpture.
- Ten-to-Sen Letterpress Coasters, $5.50 for five from Uguisu Store: If paper coasters are more your style, opt for these simple letterpress ones. Each set comes with five of the same pattern.
- Garima Dhawan Dance Coasters, $21 for four from All Modern: We're tempted to rename these the confetti coasters. They're perfect for any party.
- Japanese Pressed Wood Coaster, $5 each from Kaufmann Mercantile: These stately wood coasters make a great add-on gift with a bottle of Scotch and some rocks glasses.
- Punched Metal Coasters, $15 for six from World Market: Part of the reason we love these coasters is that they remind us of a tin ceiling.
- Slate Coasters, $24 for four from Brooklyn Slate Company: These mini slate boards, in red or black, are perfect for the beverages that go along with your cheese course.
- Stained Glass Coasters, $75 for four from Uncommon Goods: Have a friend who loves color? These handmade coasters are the perfect choice.
- Pallet Coasters, $23 for five from Firebox: We can't decide what we love more: the cheeky design or the punny tagline: "For Heavy Drinkers."
- White Nautical Rope Coasters, $18 for four from Mystic Knotwork: It might not be exactly boating season, but these will add a bit of nautical flair to even the most land-locked coffee table.
- Handmade Turkish Tile Coasters, $26 for four from Etsy: Brighten up a bland living room with these intricately patterned tile coasters.
- Colorful Corkboard Coasters, $22 for four from Third Drawer Down: You'd never guess that these stunningly colorful coasters are made from cork.
- Thomas Paul Zodiac Coasters, $13.50 for three from All Modern: Each astrological symbol is given the true Thomas Paul treatment with these coasters.
- Animals in Suits Berkley Illustration Coaster, $20 for six from Etsy: We can't help but chuckle each time we spy these dapper critters.