Summer Hostess Gifts

Want to be invited back? Bring a great summer hostess gift! Just kidding… but it is always appropriate to bring a great gift. Here are a few of my favorite summer gifts over the years.


Make it Personal

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If you’re going to someone’s home for the weekend, chances are you know them pretty well and you want to bring them amazing summer hostess gifts!

Adding a personal touch to your summertimes gift makes it that much more special.

Stationary with their summer home return address from @thewritegift_byjen.

For the entertainer, customized pitchers labeled “Kids” and “Adults” helps to avoid any confusion about which drinks are for who. Check out @nametags_gifts for similar styles.

Cups from Jax Gifts are great as summer hostess gifts. If you have a summer place, chances are you’re always entertaining al fresco. These cups are unbreakable and fun.

BeHome serving bowl (it’s not personalized but I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love this gorgeous bowl).

Smore’s Kit from Current Home makes every weekend more fun, especially in summer months. Enough said.

Custom Blankets.

This Chillin blanket is from Current Home. They make these already made that read: beach house / summer / my happy place. You can customize it with their family name or a mantra that is meaningful to them as well or simply have “the best hostess” written on it.

I’m particular about smells so I don’t always love to get soap, and diffusers which are a popular gift I know… but this one company, Naturally By Grace makes the most beautifully packaged organic scents even for sensitive noses like mine.

If there’s a pool, floats make great summer hostess gifts. Check out these Fun Boy floats. They are perfect for photo ops during summer months as well! These are a big hit with the kiddos!

If your host is a reader…books make a great gift (pick a few of your favorite summer beach reads). Fill a beach bag with some favorite reads.

I just finished Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland.

I am about to start People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.

Last summer’s favorite read was Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane Rosen.

Even if they’re not a reader, books make a great piece of décor.

Coffee Table Books are also a great gift especially if there’s one for the location you’re going to.

Check out Assouline’s new Hamptons or if your friend is from Miami Beach, or their favorite place in the world is Tuscany, pick up the coffee table book from there.

Or these great books from Jax Gifts that you can customize with the host’s address, location, or coordinates (this makes a great housewarming gift, or a great baby gift too).

It's All Fun & Games

Jax Gifts has gorgeous options for all popular games:

Tic Tac Toe

Connect Four



Sometimes It’s All About The Card

A friend once gave me a gift card for a manicure – pedicure and wrote on the card “we’ve been looking forward to dinner all week, now here’s something for you to look forward to.” That text made me smile and I’ve used this type of gift many times since.

If you know them well and want to gift a spa service to a tried-and-true provider that they love, for a massage, mani-pedi, etc., that is always a welcomed gift.

If you’re running late and have no time to pick up a gift , there’s a great new app called Goody. Goody delivers gifts electronically directly to the recipient. Here’s how it goes:

  • You choose something
  • It’s emailed to the hostess
  • The hostess can choose to accept it or exchange it for something else on the spot

Happy Summer Travels!


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