In Gohar World, candelabras are adorned with eggs, baguettes are sheathed in satin bags, and candles take the form of salami, fried chicken, and pineapple upside-down cake. The creatives behind the if-you-know-you-know line are sisters Laila and Nadia Gohar, who, despite launching products in 2022, are now synonymous with fêtes that appear more fit for a 1930s Surrealist still life than anything else. But the artful can also be useful, and the borderline absurd makes for memorable gifting fare this holiday season.
A fish-shaped lemon squeezer mists salads and cocktails with a fresh spritz of citrus but also serves as an objet d’art to be admired atop a bar cart or counter. It’s a foodie gift that transcends its everyday job. For something slightly less practical, there’s a lovable whimsy to a bottle apron made from Battenburg lace. Tied onto a Champagne bottle, it feels as if a member of the kitchen staff from Beauty and the Beast escaped their rural French village for a new home. The piece serves no real purpose beyond bringing joy to guests at a future dinner party, and that’s precisely the point.
If you need a break from the preholiday work rush, simply scrolling through the Gohar World website will not only serve as a soothing break from Zoom meetings or spreadsheets, it might offer a few more unusual gift ideas for the friend who loves to host or appreciates the luxury of a beautiful object. Just be sure not to shop on an empty stomach, or the pastry-shaped candles will be the first thing in your cart.