The holidays are my favorite time of year. It’s a time to spend with family and close friends, enjoy decadent dishes, and my favorite –exchange thoughtful gifts. Most of those I shop for love spending time in the kitchen like I do. Whether your loved one is a cooking aficionado, a helpful hand during prep time, or an expert on wine, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of the top gift picks this year that will elevate your culinary lifestyle long after the holidays.

Holiday Spirits

A great wine can elevate any dinner menu or gathering. This year, share the joy and gift a Jardesca Holiday Spritz Gift Set, so loved ones can indulge in bold flavor during a quiet night in or a day of entertaining. Jardesca, a refreshing blend of three California wines, is enlivened with a grape spirit and will delight any wine-lover. Make sure to remind the recipient of this elegant gift to keep the wine bottles at optimal temperature so they get the most out of every sip.

Lovely Linens & Holiday Greens

Well-made linens are the perfect gift for the classic entertainer. A striped or lightly-patterned linen topped with greenery can bring a tablescape to the next level.

Another classic gift is a seasonal floral arrangement like those highlighted by Valley Brink Road. Surprise and delight a friend or family member with a bucket of blooms or gorgeous flower bundle to place on their holiday table or add life to their personalized kitchen.

Home for the Holidays

Carefully curated housewares are always a hit when it comes to thoughtful holiday gifts. Pastel glazed stoneware, unique glass votives, or a hand-painted pot can give a kitchen the added oomph it needs to stand out. The perfect plant holder or decorative canister, it’s the ultimate gift with a variety of uses.  And, no matter what design style you choose – from a bold pattern to a minimalistic print – it will surely bring a smile to the face of someone you’re shopping for this holiday season.

Party-Ready Platters

Nothing is more enticing than a classic marble platter loaded with appetizing favorites. A large serving platter is a must-have for any kitchen. From hors d’oeuvres to hand crafted cocktails, an artisan platter is every entertainer’s dream. Gift a marble board or an engraved wooden platter to someone you adore. If you’re feeling really daring, a board accompanied by the recipient’s favorite cheeses, nuts, meats, and crackers is sure to taking things up a notch.

A Pop of Color

A little color can go a long way in the wintry months. Designer Lauren O’Donnell loves to add a bright burst to an otherwise neutral kitchen space. Surprise a loved one with something colorful and cheery such as a beautifully styled vase. A bold blue or pastel pink will be a breath of fresh air following the flurry of red and green during the holiday season.

What gifts are you most excited about giving this holiday season? Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on our social channels: and @Thermador.