Gift Guide: The Best Summer Hostess Gifts

Hostess gifts aren’t just for the holiday season! If you’ve been invited to a friend’s home for a summer dinner party in the garden (or even better a weekend at the coast or a pool party), you better come prepared! Show your gratitude with a thoughtful hostess gift upon arrival, and you just might get invited back next year! Here is the Bless Guide to the perfect mostly practical summer hostess gifts!


Something To Sip On

Chances are, you’ll go through a couple bottle of bubbly. Wine is always a safe bet for a hostess gift, so put a summery spin on a classic with a chilled bottle of brut rosé.

Something Scented

You want to look like a breezy day at the beach, not smell like one. The Lanai coconut and beeswax candle from Boy Smells ($29) evokes coconut, pink peppercorn, orange blossom, coal and clove for a lush, tropical scent.

Another candle option is this gorgeous Chrysanthemum Candle from Anthropologie with citronella to keep those pesky bugs away ($18-30). Forget the bug spray! In scents like Citrus Bergamot and White Verbena & Pear you won’t even notice the citronella.

Something To Carry It All

Whether you’re dashing to the farmer’s market, headed to the beach or strolling down the boardwalk, this lightweight and stylish woven Natural & Rose Seagrass Basket from BD Edition ($25) is sure to come in handy.

Something Soft

Any hostess would be thrilled to receive a super-soft, quick drying Turkish towel from MAYDE ($44.30) for picnics or drying off after a dip!

Something Silly

What’s more fun than a pool floatie? A swan pool floatie! Pack up this classic Giant Swan Pool Float ($99) from FunBoy. Even more luxe? Try it in gold.

Looking for more fun and games? We love this giant Jenga set ($118.50) for some supersized lawn-game fun!

Something Sunny

Last but not least, why not something fun with a little 90’s nostalgia (remember Sun-In, anyone?). Pick up a bottle of the Sun of a Beach Ombré Spray from Ouai ($24) for your bestie, and one for yourself while you’re at it!


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