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Ceramic gifts don't always have to be mugs. No, ceramic gifts can be much, much more. We're talking totable lunch containers. Cookware made of locally-sourced clays. And storage containers for your garlic. You can find tons of functional ceramic gifts that'll get used every day in the kitchen. Here, we've rounded up a selection of covetable, highly-useful ceramics that come in handy for storing ingredients, cooking rice, eating cereal, and more. And, of course, we've included some great mugs, tumblers, and bowls as well.
Instead of keeping stray bulbs of garlic on the counter or hidden in the crisper drawer (those papery skins get everywhere) keep them in this pretty little container. This garlic jar from Montreal-based maker Jarre has a stoneware base and a corian top and is designed with freshness in mind.
Olive Oil Cruet
A cruet protects olive oil from light, heat, and oxygen. It's especially key to have one since experts say a bottle of olive oil only lasts one to two months once it's opened, and that's if it's been stored properly. We love the cloudy blue of this hand-thrown cruet—and that the removable stainless steel spout makes for easy cleaning.
It might be tempting to buy more than one of these Japanese-made Hasami porcelain sugar pots—to hold more ingredients than sugar, like salt and red pepper flakes. They're stackable and have a little notch to hold a spoon. The minimalist sugar pot is a great gift for any coffee or tea lover.
This little wheel-thrown matchstick holder makes a lovely gift when paired with a set of beeswax taper or votive candles. It also doubles as a match striker: Fill it with strike-anywhere matches and run them along the unglazed strip of ceramic at the base to light.
There's no ingredient you use more in the kitchen than salt, of course. That's why this adorable beehive salt cellar should be essential for all. This vessel from Vermont-based studio Farmhouse Pottery is a functional and stylish choice, whether you keep kosher salt by the stove or flaky sea salt on the table—or both.
This clay rice cooker showcases Kinto's minimal, thoughtful kitchen design. It has enough room for four servings of rice and the material and shape are fashioned for perfect heat retention and even heat transfer. It allows for just the right amount of pressure, resulting in evenly-cooked grains.
A donabe is key to making a Japanese hot pot recipe, sure—but you can also use it for soups, stews, or bibimbap (the rice gets nice and crispy against the ceramic bottom). The textured surface and wabi sabi aesthetic make it beautiful enough to serve as a centerpiece as well.
BUY IT: Hakeme Donabe, $63 at Jinen
A Roomy Lunch Bowl
A chic lunch container is a sure-fire way to get excited about nextovers and desk salads. With a glazed ceramic interior, non-slip exterior, and a strong plastic lid that snaps closed with a strap, this lunch container offers style and function. It's microwave- and dishwasher-safe, too.
A Little Lunch Bowl
For someone who wants something more dainty than the W&P Porter bowl, this little guy is just the thing. It has a clear plastic cover so the lucky recipient can remember what they brought for lunch, or see leftovers easily in the fridge. It's microwavable, and comes in a few pretty painted patterns.
Coffee Pour-Over, Jug, and Cup
This thoughtfully-made coffee set will make your morning cup something worth lingering over. The handmade coffee pour-over funnel, which fits Hario and Kalita paper filters perfectly, sits on small, stout jug. The set comes with one four-ounce mug, but more can be purchased individually to round out the set for a couple.
These cute pastel dishes are a great ceramic gift for someone who frequently throws dinner parties—or just has a deep love of condiments. They can be used for oils, nuts, seasonings, or small snacks. They're made in Portugal for direct-to-consumer table setting brand Year & Day; they have a chic semi-matte glaze; and they are safe for the dishwasher, freezer, microwave, and oven up to 480 degrees.
These sculptural serving spoons might look very sleek and fancy, but they can actually go in the dishwasher between uses. Just take care to be gentle with their slender handles. Reviewers say "the profile is so slim but they still feel sturdy" and that they "love the weight" of the spoons, which can be purchased alongside matching bowls, plates, and mugs.
We'd happily use this bowl for more than the morning meal, though it is excellent for a serving of granola or oatmeal. The bowls are made in Asheville, North Carolina from regional materials. And the wide, shallow silhouette makes them great for snacks, soups, and little hands.
A Spotted Serving Dish
Classic Scandinavian design gets a pop of color with this spotted serving platter from Dansk. We love the rough edges and the hand-painted look of the burgundy and navy dots—and, that the whole platter can be put in the dishwasher and microwave.
Unlike your standard glasses, these ribbed ceramic tumblers can hold both hot and cold beverages. Each one is made by hand in Brooklyn, New York.
The trendy ceramics of now tend to be made exclusively in muted color palates—these elegant pitchers are a welcome exception perfect for batch cocktails, wine, or iced tea. Go ahead, add a pop of color to the table.
A Delicate Spice Bowl
Put this dandelion-shaped spice bowl on the table brimming with flaky salt, chopped herbs, or chili flakes. The delicate white porcelain number is handmade in Japan and is sure to elevate any condiment or seasoning.
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