Around the holidays it's common to be invited to a party and asked to bring a gift for a Secret Santa (also known as a Pollyanna) gift exchange. These gifts are usually inexpensive, and meant to add a little fun to the party. There are many ways the gifts are exchanged, but often the participants don't know who their recipient will be. Therefore, you need to choose a gift that will be enjoyed by all. What better gift, than an item that will be used at your group's next party?
Give one of these mitts in a festive color. They work great, are washable, and everyone can use one.
You can never have enough of these. Whether you're stirring a pot, scraping a bowl, or flipping a pancake, the more spatulas the better.
Whether tending bar, drying dishes, or cleaning up spills, you can never have enough dish towels when you entertain.
It's always handy to have an attractive ceramic trivet to bring hot dishes to the table.
Not only are bamboo cutting boards useful and beautiful, but they're also eco-friendly. They're harder than maple, yet good for your knives, you can use them for prepping vegetables, slicing lemons and limes for your bar, or bringing assorted cheeses to your guests.
Most hosts need a cheese slicer at some point in their entertaining career. You can choose from a stand alone slicer, or one that comes with a board.
I think wine glass charms are one of the best recent inventions in barware. They eliminate confusion over who has which glass and avoids abandoned drinks when guests aren't sure.
With an entertaining journal, hosts can keep a history of their most memorable and successful party moments, and turn to it for guidance when planning future events.