Odds are, despite any of our best efforts, we’re not drinking as much water as the doctor thinks we should. This mutual shortcoming may pique your interest as a practical gift-giver. And yet, a water pitcher doesn’t have to be a slyly condescending gift, pushing the recipient toward ideal hydration. This earthenware piece from Brooklyn-based company the Six Bells could hold a batch of margaritas, a bouquet of flowers, or nothing at all. The homewares store is the brainchild of the Wing’s Audrey Gelman; a cottagecore haven where you can find quilts, hand-painted butter dishes, and other quaint accouterments you might spot littering a cabin in a Laura Ingalls Wilder book.
This particular vessel, a rotund pitcher etched with a small blue floral design, is part of a larger line of dinnerware sourced from Puglia. The ceramics are made in collaboration with a family studio that can trace its history back to 1580 (more casa than cottage, perhaps). But despite almost half a millennium of history, this pitcher makes for a functional décor gift for a modern home. You can add other pieces from the collection, like a bowl or serving platter, to ensure your recipient is eating in style, too.