Adding someone as a VIP Sender with the mac?

macOS and Mac Apps

I definitely already know exactly how to add someone as a VIP sender using iOS, but is there an equivalent where if I don't have the Mail app opened, I could still get a notification in my notifications area on my mac for certain contacts when they e-mail me? If so, where do I go to do this?

Using Big Sur 11.2.3. And loving it, by the way!