Selecting glassware for the home, or as a gift for any occasion, can be a challenge. You want to think of what its function would be in the home, as well as its aesthetic beauty and appeal. If you are looking to create a display of distinctive pieces for a particular area, that may never be actually used, you would have a much wider range to choose from than you would have if you were simply going for functional.
Some glassware can be both beautiful and functional, a factor that can weigh heavy when choosing, especially if it is meant to be a gift. Glass decanters or carafes, whether for wine or other spirits, make a great gift idea for anyone you know that has a love for entertaining, and pursuits that would see such a gift getting a great deal of use.
Still other glassware, whether in single pieces or in sets, are simply designed to be functional, with an understated beauty all their own. Juice glasses, shot glasses, glass tumblers and highball glasses, and the like are now being designed by houses that create all kinds of useful items for the home, and will often be coordinated to match. These are the ones best chosen for hostess and housewarming gifts.