There's something so gracious about a pitcher at the table, whether it's full of wine, flowers, or water. To us it's the very shape of warmth and hospitality. We've been admiring the small ones they sometimes use for flowers at Zazie, which have a French country feel, and went looking for one after eating there the other night, as a gift for our dinner companion. These ceramic Tavern Pitchers from Vietri are formidably sized and come in several earthy colors. Available in two sizes at Outside-In Kitchen in Aptos (an hour south of SF), and also at their online store for $98 - $125.