Hostess Gift Guide for Summer 2022
If you are lucky enough to get invited to someone’s home or boat this summer, you definitely want to take a hostess gift so you get invited again next year. As I’ve mentioned before, I love giving and ephemeral gift like food or wine with something that will they will have once the others have been consumed. I’ve put together over 40 suggestions so you have no excuses to arrive empty handed.
I brought my friends in the Hamptons a bottle of rosé, wine glasses, a wine coaster, and salad servers from Ralph Lauren Home.
This book, Sofia Coppola: Forever Young, was just published in May so chances are your Sofia obsessed friend probably doesn’t have it yet. If you know they have a DVD player, include a copy of one her films with the book.
Bring this chic Rectangle Rattan Serving Stand with a cake you made or piled high with croissants and other breakfast pastries.
If your friends have a flat yard, you should bring them this Maine Coast Croquet Set with Boat and Tote and find out who’s the most competitive.
Headed to Italy on your friend’s private jet? You might have to splurge on this Gucci frieze-print metal candle for them.
Headed to a house without a pool, bring along this cute Giant Inflatable Luxury Kiddie Pool that’s available in eight different colors and patterns.
Anyone for whom aesthetics are important would appreciate this lovely colored Foam Beach Bat Set.
Your British friend or anyone with an affected accent should be the recipient of this Fortnum & Mason Breakfast Hamper.
Headed to a Newport cottage this summer? Why not take a copy of The Lost Summers of Newport with a museum bookmark tucked into the pages. If you want to make an even better impression, include A Newport Summer as well.
Make a strawberry rhubarb or apple pie in this pretty Old Havana Pie Dish that your host can use for years to come.
Headed to your friend’s new beach house? I’d bring along this sorbet scoops beach umbrella to keep their skin from getting scorched.
If your friends or family members have a ping pong table, I am sure they would love a pair of these Vintage Wooden Tennis Racket Ping-Pong Paddles (each sold separately).
Bring four bottle of rosé in this chic Rattan Wine Holder and have a tasting party.
Bring this book, Entertaining in Style: Nancy Astor and Nancy Lancaster: Table Settings, Recipes, Flower Arrangements, and Decorating, and all the ingredients to make one of the delicious recipes.
Keep the kids entertained and off their phones by teaching them backgammon on this Leather Backgammon Set.
Bring this set of three Laguiole Cheese Knives along with a professionally made charcuterie tray and you will be invited back every weekend.
Bring this Mochaware Pitcher filled with peonies and I guarantee it will be a hit.
Obviously, you have to know your host’s decor but if it includes blue, this Soleil printed linen cushion would make a perfect summer gift.
If you’ve asked your bridesmaids to travel to your destination wedding, this four piece striped packing set that can be monogrammed would make a thoughtful gift for the trip.
I think a bottle of rosé is the perfect summer hostess gift as long as it’s given with another gift. This set of four Pool Party Embroidered Linen Cocktail Napkins comes in a coordinating linen envelope and would be perfect to thank someone for inviting you to their pool party.
Bunny Mellon Style is the book you give to your most elegant and well mannered host.
I have to friends who are Diet Coke addicts. I’d take them a 12 pack and this pair of very chic Wicker Short Drink Sleeves. They are also a lot less expensive than the ones I bought a few years ago.
I love the color combo of this set of classic stripe beach bats.
Bring this Wisteria hand-painted porcelain salad bowl filled with cherries or other summer produce.
Have this Jute Carryall Tote monogrammed with your host’s initials and fill it with snack food for the weekend.
Gift your host this 2-Piece Cheeseboard & Knife Set along with an array of cheese and crackers and a bottle of wine.
This Casa Melocoto Painted Jug would be perfect gifted with a bouquet of wildflowers. It comes in a lot of other colors and would look pretty with a few of them going down a table.
Headed to Cape Cod, take a copy of The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story, 1910-1960.
Take and Island Tray along with a stack of magazines or your host’s favorite snack food.
Does one of your friend’s have a favorite cocktail? Gift them a bottle of alcohol with this Canvas and Leather Cocktail Shaker and a package of pigs in a blanket with this 9-Piece Canvas and Leather Cocktail Pick Set.
This Crocodile-Embossed Leather Travel Card Set is the easily package present for your friend with the yacht. Just make sure you let them win at all the card games.
Bring a pair of these Lily Scalloped Metal Tole Planters with pretty flowering plants for your friend with the new summer house.
Pair this set of Lemons Linen Embroidered Cocktail Napkins with a bottle of Limoncello.
Buy the kids this Dive Set is all the different colors and hire a swimming and diving teacher to give them a a lesson.
I love the pattern on this Gardenshire Pitcher and Gardenshire Platter. I’d take them along with the ingredients for a great summer dish.
Your fashion obsessed friend would appreciate this Little Guides to Style: The Story of Four Iconic Fashion Houses Volume I and Volume II.
If your host loves to gamble, they need this gold Four Piece Dice Set.