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Habitus Christmas Gift Guide: For the ones who entertain

Habitus Christmas Gift Guide: For the ones who entertain

Habitus Christmas Gift Guide: For the ones who entertain

Whether throwing a small dinner for friends, or gathering the whole family together, this is the enviable Christmas Gift Guide for those who love to entertain at home.

It’s that time of year again, the festive season is nearly upon us. Habitus is curating a series of gift guides to make this time of year a little lighter and more seamless, all with quirky, clever and desirable design items.

In this edit, we’ve sourced designer pieces for that person in your life who loves to entertain – or perhaps it’s the wishlist of your dreams!

Set the table

Spritz tablecloth in Klein and napkins in Limone

Bright and beautiful, the Spritz range is a little slice of the Mediterranean for your table. Say goodbye to the La Nina with a fresh set of table linens from L&M Home. See the Spritz tablecloth and napkin set.

Make a statement with Robert Gordon serving ware

The Poet’s Dream collection by Robert Gordon – the household name of Australian ceramics – is structured and faceted to bring a touch of drama and elegance to the table. Available in a range of bowls and jugs in neutral colours.

Fruity tingles with Helle Mardahl’s colourful glassware

Danish glass design studio Helle Mardahl is a saccharine infusion where form and function are expressed through playful yet practical creations. Liven up any table with the unique range of jugs, bowls and glasses, available from In Good Company.

For the seafood lovers

For many, the festive season means a fresh array of seafood – what better accompaniment than to serve it up on plates with bright illustrations of all the crustaceous classics, drawn by Daimon Downey. Add another dimension of fun with a two-toned scalloped edge placemat underneath, both from In the Roundhouse. See the Seafood plates, and scalloped placemats and napkins.

Bring European summer vibes to the table

Local homewares and fashion brand Alex and Trahanas’s latest collection – La Spiaggia – explores what makes life in Puglia, Italy a warm and dazzling affair. Abundant with water, nostalgia and an amber glow – the serving dishes and ceramic plates are fresh and inviting and sure to make a splash when you (or your loved one) entertain.

Cocktail hour

Lee Broom’s On the Rock Martini Glass

Art Deco and modern all at once, the finely crafted On the Rock Martini Glass by Lee Broom is one to pour a drink into and absolutely savour. Made with lead crystal and a solid Carrara marble base, it brings a delightful twist, and makes a show-stopping moment for those who love to entertain. Available from Space.

A botanical pairing

The Botanist Gin has paired up with Sydney-based florist Eden + Bell to create a festive season centrepiece. This specially crafted Christmas gift pack features flowers and plants inspired by the botanicals fused in the gin. The arrangement features gum, holly and chamomile, which complements the mint, thyme and chamomile that stars in The Botanist’s flavour profile. Available from edenandbell.com from 1 December.

For the at-home Barista

New out on the market, the La Marzocco Micra is a scaled down espresso machine perfect for the countertop, without compromising on quality. Each machine uses many of the same parts and materials as the industry-respected commercial machine but has been thoughtfully redesigned for at-home use. 

Entertain whisky lovers with Hibiki’s limited-edition blend

Renowned Japanese whisky brand Hibiki has released a limited edition blend – Blossom – finished in Sakura casks (cherry blossom). The Sakura Blossom season is a celebrated part of Japanese life, where flowers bloom and signify the arrival of Spring. Capturing that spirit in its bottle design, and infusing the whisky with a delicate flavour by finishing the blend on Sakura wood casks – this limited edition run is a joyful creation.

Kitchen essentials

Kaylene Whiskey tea towels

Irreverant and icon, Indigenous artist Kaylene Whiskey creates inspiring paintings that reference the pre-Internet eighties age she grew up in, in rural South Australia. The Tina Turner and Dolly Parton tea towel is the epitome of her bright and pictorial style – you can literally turn an everyday item into a work of art. Available from Third Drawer Down.

Cooking accompaniments

Australian homewares and accessories brand Bonnie & Neil has all the necessary accoutrements for those who spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking up feasts. Each piece features original prints in beautiful colour palettes, printed on linen – our personal picks are the Capri Yellow apron, the Tiny Checkers Peach oven gloves and the Capri Yellow oven mitt – but all the patterns can be mixed and matched to suit.

Stay tuned as we curate more Habitus Christmas Gift Guides in the lead-up to the holidays.


Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aleesha seeks out the unique people, projects and products that define the Indo Pacific region. Aleesha was previously the editor of Indesignlive.com and has written and contributed to various publications and brands in her 10 years in the architecture and design industry, bringing intimate insight to her stories having first trained and practised as an interior designer. Her passion for mid-century design and architecture began while living and working in Berlin.