by Joe Henry | December 27, 2018
'Tis the season for home entertaining. But alas, your favorite employees' cookware is merely functional -- it's certainly not the sort of equipment that looks great on display. And in this era of social sharing, it's not enough to simply be a great chef, one must also be mindful of the presentation. 

Williams-Sonoma's business gift selection is the easiest place to start. The high-end kitchen retailer is known for its eye-catching kitchenware products. 

If you want to show an employee how truly special she is, get the Ruffoni Historia Copper seven-piece cookware set, with acorn finials. Hand hammered in the Italian Alps, this is truly a special cookware set, each piece crafted from a single sheet of copper, so you know it's durable. Each lid has a handle shaped like an acorn, adding an extra-special touch. 

This is cookware that truly pops -- an eclectic set for someone with culinary skills worth showing off. 

Williams-Sonoma also carries products from the high-end appliance company Smeg. While Smeg appliances have a distinctly retro feel -- despite their ultra-modern construction -- this year, the company has partnered with Dolce & Gabbana to add unique flair to their already attractive designs. 

Smeg's electric kettle, two-slice toaster (pictured above), and citrus juicer each have the Dolce & Gabbana touch, and are part of the Sicily Is My Love collaboration. Each item is wrapped in attractive icons and images that bring warm Italian flair to any home.

Going beyond Williams-Sonoma, Elite Creations -- an incentive merchant recently acquired by Incentive Concepts -- has a whole line of luxe cookware brands, including Emile Henry USA. Check out the Emile Henry USA stewpots, available both in 5.5-quart and seven-quart sizes.

Not only are these ceramic items attractive and made in France, they can be used in a number of different ways, from simmering soup to braising a delicious cut of meat. Use it on the stove, in the oven, on an open flame or even the microwave. This item is highly versatile and, seeing as it comes in a rich burgundy, is gorgeous to look at as well.

For the true chef, Elite Creations also carries Mauviel1830, and the brand's M'150s seven-piece copper and stainless steel cookware set will make its recipient the envy of all their friends. Made in France and constructed of copper and stainless steel, this set offers superior cooking performance. It heats evenly and much faster than other metals, and at a range of 1.5mm to 2.5mm thick, they're incredibly durable.