The Best Home and Entertaining Gifts to Shop This Year

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The Best Home and Entertaining Gifts to Shop This Year
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Over the past nearly two years, we've spent more time than ever on our couches and in our kitchens. As a result, we've developed a new appreciation for the items that make spending time at home feel cozy and fun, despite the less than ideal circumstances. And now, many of us are looking forward to opening up our homes and actually entertaining friends and family again.

So, when making our holiday wishlists and shopping lists this year, we found home and entertaining gifts — like a chic do-it-all pan and a projector to upgrade our movie-watching experience — to be some of our most coveted items.

Whether you're shopping for yourself or a loved one, here are some of the home and entertaining items we're shopping this year.

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Our Place 'Always Pan'

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We know, this pan is all over Instagram, but I can attest it actually lives up to the hype. On top of looking nice on your stovetop, it's functional (you can use it to braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, and boil) and, most importantly IMO, it's extremely easy to clean.

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Brooklinen Throw Blanket

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If you're struggling to find a gift for the person who has it all, you can't go wrong with a throw blanket — like this stylish two-toned version made from super-soft lambswool — for cozying up on the couch or reading in bed.

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Estelle Colored Wine Stemware

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These hand-blown wine glasses, made by glass artisans in Poland, make having a glass of wine at home feel more special and fun — and they'll create a visual impact on your bar cart when not in use. (The hardest part is deciding on which colors to choose.)

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Gray Malin New York City Puzzle

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This 500-piece puzzle, featuring photographer Gray Malin's aerial shot over Manhattan and Central Park, would be a perfect $25 Secret Santa gift — if you decide to give it away. It's also two-sided, so it will keep you entertained for many cozy winter nights ahead.

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Boy Smells Holiday Votive Set

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This festively packaged votive trio from cult-favorite candle brand Boy Smells is an ideal gift to have on hand for that person you forgot about. I mean, who doesn't love a chic candle?

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Catching Up Over Cosmos Cocktail Kit

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A seasonal cocktail is always a crowd-pleaser at any party, but tracking down all the incredients can be stessful and time consuming. Enter: This curated Cosmopolitan kit from Cointreau and Jessica Alba that comes with all of the ingredients, bars tools, and glassware you need to make and serve up the perfect Cosmo. It's the perfect hostess gift to bring to any holiday gathering this season.

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Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Speaker

Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Speaker

If you need a speaker that's both great for playing nusic at home and for throwing in your backpack or beach bag for your next vacation, this is the winner. A few features we love: It's waterproof (in fact, it can even float), sand and dust-proof, has a 12-hour battery life, and also provides excellent, rich sound.

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Cook This Book

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"A modern guide to becoming a smarter, faster, more creative cook," this cookbook from food editor and receipe deloper Molly Baz is a great gift for anyone who wants to spend more time cooking and less time ordering takeout this year.

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Aesop Bathroom Trio

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Fancy hand soap is the gift everyone wants but doesn't want to buy for themselves, trust me. (This one also happens to smell so incredible you'll be coming up with new excuses to wash your hands.) Rounding out the set is a room spray and post-poo drops – bathroom essentials for anyone who loves to entertain.

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Jonathan Adler POP Coasters

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These fun coasters (which come in a pack of four) from Jonathan Adler will stand out in any home. They can be used as traditional drink holders or as a catchall for your jewelry — although they're so pretty you may not want to cover them up.

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The Sill Monstera Deliciosa

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Call me a stereotypical millennial, but I'm always thrilled to receive another plant to add to my collection. Especially in these WFH times, plants can add some much-needed zen vibes to your living/office space — and can even help with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Cinemood Portable Projector

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Many of us haven't yet gone back to the movie theater, but with this portable smart projector with a built-in speaker, you'll be able to recreate the feeling from the comfort of your couch, or on the go. You an easily stream from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube and Hulu or download shows and movies directly to the device when you can't connect to Wifi.

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Peace Vase by Justina Blakeney

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Add a sculptural focal point to your entryway table with this artistic bronze peace vase.

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Global Classic 10-Piece Takashi Knife Wood Block Set

Global Classic 10-Piece Takashi Knife Wood Block Set

Being quarantined turned many of us into budding chefs. If you have a friend or family member who fancies themselves as the next Bobby Flay, these knives are bound to make their day. Designed to the exacting standards of Japanese professional chefs, this set comes equipped with a full assortment of all-purpose and specialized kitchen cutlery, housed in a bamboo block.

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Oculus Quest 2 Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset

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Nope, VR isn't just for gaming. This headset makes it possible to sit front row at a live concert, join group workouts, and hang out with friends all over the world — all without leaving your living room.

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