It’s that time of year again. You are beyond thrilled to be invited to a friend’s summer home for the weekend. But, oopsie, you forgot to purchase a hostess gift. I have your back. Seriously, I was blessed to have friends with amazing beach homes growing up, even though we didn’t have one of our own. I was always a gracious guest and arrived with chic gift in hand. Here are some sure ways to keep those invitations coming (even if it’s just for a meal!).
1. Jeff Koons Elephant Coupe Plate, 2015
This is the perfect summer gift for art lovers. Glazed porcelain; 12.5″ diameter (31.6 cm); presentation box; printed signature and numbered on verso. Limited edition of 2,500. Produced by Bernardaud.
2. Dinner With Jackson Pollock by Robyn Lea
While I can’t really have dinner with Jackson Pollock, this cookbook is the next best thing. It is an especially great hostess gift for fellow Collectistas. I purchased a half dozen and prewrapped them, so I am good to go for those last-minute invites at the beach.
3. Rab Labs Serving Tray
A hostess with the mostest can never have too many beautiful serving trays.
Serving tray: wood, with gray/white stones on handles; 15.75″ L.
4. Cathy’s Concepts Personalized BBQ Grill Tools (Set of 11)
It doesn’t get more practical than a grill set in the summer. And, no one is purchasing a monogrammed set for herself.
5. Le Labo Personal Candles
You know I am not a candle person, but I live for Le Labo. Their scents are perfect gifts because you can personalize the “For” section. My wonderful interior designer gifted me a set for “peace and happiness.”
6. The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook
Konstantin Kakanias is the illustrator—need I say more? Oh, and the recipes are great too.
7. Yayoi Kusama Towel
Vamos a la playa in style, arties.
8. Aerin Shagreen Coasters
Nothing says beach house like a set of four chic shagreen coasters.
9. Croco-Stamped Leather Backgammon Set
Bring your host the most fashionable version of the consummate summer game.
10. Design in the Hamptons by Anthony Iannacci
I mean, is there anything more apropos than a Hamptons book when you visit the Hamptons?