A 20-SOMETHING’S GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS

You have a problem. You’re in your mid-twenties, and your parents want to come to yours for Christmas. “Your mom’s friend Debra saw the Kelly Clarkson sing at the tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center, and now she’s jealous, so it looks like we’re having a New York City Christmas this year.” They’re going to be all up in your George Foreman (that’s a Mariah Carey reference),and you need to be ready. Seriously, you have to try. Try and resist the urge to appear “over” Christmas: Avoid solo cups in place of glassware, disposable foil baking “dishes” in place of the good stuff, and PBRs in place of craft cocktails.

We’re here to help with a super-duper easy and wallet-friendly hosting guide.  We’ve separated our suggestions into three categories below, and divvied up the goods in price-specific categories.

1. COOK AND SERVE

Essential and Totally Affordable:

Sefton Flatware and Cometa Plates

Your parents will literally think they’ve done an awful job raising you if you guys sit down to a table of mismatched silverware and plates that your old roommate stole from 24-hour diners. This really nice and functional set is inexpensive and you have no excuse not to get it.

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Highly Recommended:

Square Bowl Natural

Please. We’re begging you not to serve the salad or the mashed potatoes in a plastic bowl meant for batter mixing batter. This is what you need.

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Splurge:

Le Creuset Bakeware Set Marseille

One word: Le Creuset. It’s the end-all-be-all of bakeware, and your parents will know this and mentally pat you on the back (if not literally).

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Bonus Funtime Stuff:

Cheese Board XL Black

It’s a cheese board… that you can draw on. Come on! And now you won’t have to hear your parents say “Which one is the one that gives me incredibly smelly gas? The pungent runny one?” You (or your poor mother) can just scribble a little note on the board. Christmas already smells better, doesn’t it!

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2. COCKTAILS 

Essential and Totally Affordable:

The Duka Cocktail Shaker

If you’re going to make cocktails this Christmas, you’ve got to have it.

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Highly Recommended:

The Bar Tool Set

Totally within your price range, and hey, it’s not only cool-looking and impressive. It really comes in handy. Trust us.

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Splurge:

Cocktail Syrup Variety Pack

Get fancy! Organic and artisanal? Yes, please.

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            Bonus Funtime Stuff:

Cocktail Hour Notebook

This is fun to have around the house, and totally useful. These are good, classic recipes and retro illustrations.

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3. WINE STUFF

            Essential & Totally Affordable

            Bola Stemless Wine Glasses

You can’t serve your mom and dad wine in a bunch of mismatched coffee mugs this year. YOU CAN’T.

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Madrid Wine Set

Come on, this is an amazing deal, and you’d actually be nuts to pass it up.

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Splurge:

16-Bottle Wine Bar

Looking to become a true wine connoisseur? Start here. This is a puny price for a pretty impressive piece of machinery.

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Bonus Funtime Stuff:

Luckies Chain Bottle Holder

Trippy, right?! It’s sort of a gag-gift, but it looks classy and well-designed and fancy, too. So, it’s parent-safe. Your dad will definitely say, “Well, this is just so cool, kid!” 

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Jordan Shavarebi

Notes

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