These sets serve up conversation as well as seasonings.

By Bridget Hallinan
September 30, 2019
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When you’re planning a table setting, you might think of using wine glasses or plates as a way to make a statement; however, we’d also like to make the case for quirky salt and pepper sets. Small but essential, they come in all sorts of fun designs, from penguins with gilded gold bowties (yes, really) and elephants to a Star Wars set perfect for your dark side. They’ll definitely catch the eyes of your guests when they reach for seasoning at your next dinner party—read on for all of the fun designs we found. 

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The One-Hander 

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Although at first glance this set looks like it’s topped with bunny ears, said ears are actually handles that, when squeezed, allow you to grind out fresh salt and pepper with just one hand. 

Chef’n PepperBall & SaltBall Set, $32 at  


The Poodles 

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For the dog lover in your life, these artistic, almost balloon animal-reminiscent salt and pepper shakers would make a nice gift. They’re made of porcelain and designed by Jonathan Adler—as an added bonus, a gift box comes with your order.

Jonathan Adler Poodle Salt & Pepper Shakers, $48 at 


The Pinky Swear 


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For a clean, minimalist aesthetic (and the opportunity for plenty of pinky swear jokes), pick up this set of salt and pepper shakers from Neiman Marcus. 

DOIY Pinky Swear Salt & Pepper Shakers, $25 at 


The Sleek Orchid 


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If you’re in the market for something more luxe, these ($100) salt and pepper shakers would make an elegant addition to your place setting. 

Michael Aram White Orchid Salt & Pepper Shakers, $100 at


The Penguins 


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Do you need a salt and pepper set made to look like penguins wearing bowties? Probably not. But should you get it anyway? Absolutely. 

MacKenzie-Childs Penguin Salt and Pepper Set, $38 at 


The Rockets 


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These oversized salt and pepper mills definitely make a statement—they’re 14 inches tall, crafted from beech wood and aluminum. 

Blast Off Salt and Pepper Mills, $50 at


The Elephants 


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The animal theme continues with this black and white elephant set from Kate Spade, part of a larger collection named for the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

Kate Spade Woodland Park Elephant Salt & Pepper Set, $30 at


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