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Gift Guide: 10 Summer Hostess Gifts

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Gift Guide: 10 Summer Hostess Gifts

Christine Chang Hanway July 08, 2014

As Independence Day festivities wind down and summer socializing gears up, it’s time to brush up on visitor etiquette. Want to guarantee a return invite to your friends’ summer houses?  We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite gifts that would thrill any house-proud host or hostess.

Above: Sarah recommends ceramics from Eric Vandermolen, a Remodelista Market vendor. “For a longer stay I would consider the teapot and for a short stay, the tea cups are a lovely choice,” she says. Teapot, $250; Tea Cups, $35 each from Nicky Kehoe.

Above: Alexa proffers hand-printed linen tea towels with hot-pink trim by Piano Nobile, a Remodelista Market vendor; the Ledger Print is $30. 

Above: An easy-to-care-for-houseplant repotted in a planter of your choice marks friendship and the passage of time as it continues to grow over the years. Recently, I was the happy recipient of the drought-resistant Senecio Mandraliscae from Isabelle Palmer, aka The Balcony Gardener (she’s also one of our guest judges for the Gardenista Considered Design Awards). For a wide array of planters, see 10 Easy Pieces: Little Black Planters, 5 Favorites: Petal Colored Planters, and Concrete Planters from Tasi Masi

Above: Margot’s guest policy is to bring a good-quality knife so that she can help with cooking detail. On the luxury end: the Coltellerie Berti Chef’s Knife is $296 from Quitokeeto. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Editors’ Favorite Chef Knives.

Above: Izabella likes the Concentric Soap Dish because its both attractive and practical–inner rings keep the soap elevated and dry; $36 from Provisions.

Above: Francesca is a fan of the Noaway Countertop Compost Bin made of walnut and nice looking enough to sit in full view; $129 from Provisions.

Above: Julie likes to bring a Salt Bowl by Mud Australia ($16 from Max and Moritz), along with a jar of Wellfleet Sea Salt ($8 for three ounces).

Above: Jane presents her hosts with a Wood Citrus Squeezer accompanied by the promise of fresh OJ in the morning, in the hopes that she’ll be rewarded with fresh mojitos in the evening; $20 from Alessi.

Above: Michelle arrives armed with a magnum (or more) of AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence; $32.95 per bottle or $197.70 per case.

Above: Justine brings her hosts/hostesses a Waxed Canvas Market Bag for farmer’s market excursions. Based on their brown-paper brethren, these are reusable; $60. See 10 Easy Pieces: French Market Totes for more market carriers.

The Perfect Picnic Basket is a great gift for the outdoorsy host; also see 10 Easy Pieces: Canvas Storage Containers for practical gift ideas. And you could always show up with The World’s Most Adorable House Plant as seen on Gardenista.

Need lots of inspired gifts? Have a look at all of our Gift Guides

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