The Love List

est. 2006 // BY JESS GRAVES

How to Be the Perfect Summer House Guest

ENTERTAINING, GIFT GUIDES, TRAVEL, MAY16, STYLEJess Graves
The summer kicks off at One Eared Stag's annual rosé dinner, which takes place each year the Thursday evening before Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta. Photo: Henri Hollis

The summer kicks off at One Eared Stag's annual rosé dinner, which takes place each year the Thursday evening before Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta. Photo: Henri Hollis

Hello, summer! The long weekend is out ahead, full of sunny potential. As you double-check your packing list and prepare to muck your way through the clogged highways en route to the coast, mountains or lake, did you remember to grab a gift for your hostess? If you're a dinner or day guest, a few good, cold bottles of rosè should do the trick, but if your stay exceeds three days, I think it's nice to arrive with something a little more thoughtful and substantial in-hand. These are a few of my favorites:

 

1. A custom rubber stamp with the residence address is even more thoughtful when gifted with a pretty ink pad. (35.00, on Etsy) 2. Who says the hostess can't treat herself? This portable seersucker hammock begs for shady afternoon snoozes. (199.00, at Yellow Leaf Hammocks) 3. The perfect weekender, period. (165.00, at Cuyana) 4. Playing cards for after-dinner games. (15.00, at Misc. Goods) 5. A cheery plastic beach tote crafted in Guatemala. (Retailers at Palorosa Project) 6. The cuddliest throw you'll ever feel. (79.00 on current Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) 7. A chic Panama hat that goes way beyond basic. (330.00, at Mille) 8. Portable tunes for the outdoors. (179.00, on current Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) 9. Appropriate mugs for the ubiquitous return of Moscow mules. (11.98, on current Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) 10. The best soap, ever. Who knew sea salt could smell so great? (8.04, at Amazon)

More thoughtful gifts for the summer hostess: