It’s officially August, which is unofficially the most leisurely month of the year. After all, it’s peak summertime: Once-busy offices are air-conditioned ghost towns; the sweltering city is essentially uninhabitable. Which begs the question: Where are you heading this summer? Furthermore, where are you staying? If you’re visiting a friend’s lake house or beach bungalow, chances are you’ll be toting along a gift or two to show your appreciation. But, let’s face it: Who really needs another bottle of rosé? Instead, opt for one of these creative hostess gifts – read on!
For the one with a green thumb: Haws Watering Gift Set
We’ve found the perfect gift for that gardener friend of yours. Handcrafted in England, this galvanized metal watering can comes equipped with a detachable brass rose. Not only is it functional, it’s arguably the chicest watering can we’ve ever seen.
For the cocktail connoisseur: Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail
Is there anything more refreshing than an Aperol spritz in the heat of the summer? This cocktail book wholeheartedly endorses the spritz life, acting as a comprehensive guide for creating inventive spritzes all summer long. Count us in.
For the sun-worshipper: The Beach People Avalon Towel
Next to a bathing suit and sunscreen, a good beach towel is arguably a must-have sunbathing accessory. We love this majorly oversized, round (!) version by The Beach People, which is basically the Platinum Amex of beach towels.
For the foodie: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Pack
Yes, you’ll need to travel with a cooler (or ship ‘em ahead of time), but there’s nothing quite like really delicious ice cream when it’s really hot out. Which is why we’ll know that we’ll be heroes if we bring along treats from Van Leeuwen, Brooklyn’s favorite artisanal ice cream shop. We’re all about their Classic ice creams, but if your hostess is going dairy-free, don’t miss their exceptional Vegan varieties.
For the barefaced beauty: eXO Face
Have a friend that’s allergic to makeup? (Or just won’t touch the stuff in the heat of the summertime?) Give her the gift of flawless skin with eXO Face, our signature Zen3 exosome moisturizer. This high-performance, four-in-one product is perfect for even the lowest maintenance hostess, plus will infinitely simplify her life . . . because who has time for a multi-step routine when there are guests to entertain?