Many of us are venturing out in the coming weeks to visit dear friends and family members. And in many cases, we’re crashing at their homes. Which is all cool and good, as long as we arrive with a lovely and thoughtful gift in hand. To help ensure that we all get invited back, our correspondent has curated a list of the best unique and luxurious thank you gift ideas for the host and hostess this year.
It is not a good idea for a house guest to show up empty-handed
You’ve packed your newest swimsuit, some SPF, a little white dress and the latest summer read. At last you are finally visiting your friend’s vacation home for a blissful and much needed getaway. You may think you are all set, but you have one last task to complete before you roll – a gift for your host or hostess.
While we know you weren’t planning on showing up empty handed, don’t reach for the bottle of wine or flowers just yet. We think you can do a tad better. Show them just how much you appreciate their friendship and being welcomed into their second home by bringing a chic and thoughtful gift instead.
From a digital frame that recounts some of your most cherished moments together to a cozy cardigan that’s perfect for all night chats to make up for two whole years of on again, off again social distancing, we’ve found 20 elegant gifts to bestow on your summer house host. All that’s left for you is to revel in your coveted time together.
20 best luxurious thank you gifts for the host and hostess
1. a fun pool float
The pool party will definitely be a hit if you bring this retro inspired Cult Gaia x Funboy Luxury Pool Lounge ($149).
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2. a colorful salad bowl
For a host who really loves to entertain, splurge on one of Mario Luca Giusti’s divine Supernova Salad Bowl ($216). From caesar to garden, it’s perfect for serving their favorite go-to salad. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors to match almost anyone’s style.
BUY NOW – $216.
3. bocce set
Terrain’s stylish Backyard Bocce Set ($268) will offer plenty of fun in the sun, not to mention take pressure off your host to entertain.
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4. town & country key chains
Help them stay organized between their two abodes with these minimalist Town & Country Key Chain Pair ($38) from Sir/Madam.
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5. beach blanket
This oversized Business & Pleasure Co. Beach Blanket ($139) will delight even the pickiest host.
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6. home fragrance
Cire Trudon’s Josephine Room Spray ($240) looks as good as it smells with notes of bergamot, sandalwood, jasmine and white musk.
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7. kitchen towels
Who amongst us couldn’t use a new set of kitchen towels? Coyuchi’s Fillmore Organic Kitchen Towels ($64) have a worn in vintage look and are made with a dry, open weave that’s highly absorbent, much like a tea towel.
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8. a complete picnic set
They will have everything they need for a garden party with this Charleston Picnic Basket ($650) from Picnic Time.
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9. a beautiful vase
Fill up this Vietri Viva Santorini Geo Tall Vase ($124) with a handmade bouquet.
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10. digital frame
Pre-fill this Skylight Frame ($170) with some of your favorite memories together and reminisce about the good old days throughout your stay.
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11. a sleek beach bag
Packing a bag for the beach or a boat trip will be a breeze with this generous sized and brightly colored All Over Striped Tote from Kule ($188).
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12. weighted blanket
Anyone who has hosted guests knows that it can be tiring, no matter how much you enjoy having their company. This knitted Bearaby Cotton Napper ($199 – $279) will help to melt away stress and have them resting easy.
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13. a raclette grill
Pair a wedge of beautifully melty raclette cheese with Swissmar’s Electric Raclette Maker ($165) for a fun, interactive take on the standard cheese plate.
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14. sleek backgammon set
Make game night more chic with this Terra Cane Backgammon Set ($115) from Two’s Company.
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15. a beautiful candle
If you ask us, a candle is always a good idea. Style Union Home’s Jill Candle ($220) not only smells beautiful, but will look beautiful wherever they decide to place it.
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16. a cozy cardigan
Instead of a throw blanket, what about a comfortable coastal grandma style cardigan like Zimmermann’s lush Dancer Oversized Cardigan ($695)? You do still owe her for the one you nabbed in college, you know.
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17. seagrass placemats
These Printed Seagrass Placemats ($78) from Jungalow will make it that much easier for them to set a stunning table.
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18. champagne glasses and bucket
Set the tone for a celebration of being together with this stunning seven piece Moya Champagne Glass & Bucket Serving Set ($275) from LSA.
BUY NOW – $275.
19. elevated hand soap and lotion
Make the mundane task of hand washing a fragrant moment, with DS & Durga’s Big Sur After Rain Hand Set ($70) laced with a lush, woodsy scent that perfectly captures the foggy central coast of California.
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20. set of children’s books
Don’t forget something for the kiddos. You can’t go wrong with a Gift Set of Golden Books ($60) best-loved books from 1942 to present day to foster an early appreciation for reading.
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best luxurious thank you gifts for the host and hostess
Last but not least, make sure you include a thoughtful note to accompany your gift. We can all agree these small, yet personal gestures mean the world more than ever. Now go enjoy your time together!