Entertainment Value

Gifts for hosts and hostesses with the mosts and mostesses

'Tis the season to rock out with your crock out. What better gift to give friends who like to entertain than this woodlands-inspired piece of crockery ($248)? Ladle out warming winter stews to a chorus of guests' "ooohs" and "ahhhs" and "mmm, elk."

Like to party? Want to make sure you're invited back next year? Check out the antlered tureen and other gifts for consummate hosts in the Party section of this year's Tasting Table Holiday Gift Guide.

theCoastal coasters | Beverage dispensers

There's lots to like here, from teardrop-shaped beverage dispensers ($60) for friends who make batched cocktails (thank you, friends!) or geometric coasters ($25) to put those drinks on and give cocktail hour a pop of color.

Your R.S.V.P. may not be required. These gifts should be.