Housewarming Gifts to Ensure
You’ll Get Invited Back
Nailing the right gift for the hospitable friend who’s put you up in, say, their rambling home on Shelter Island or a bucolic cottage on Martha’s Vineyard for a long weekend is an art. You want to give something that’s thoughtful and unexpected, which rules out a candle or a bottle of Pinot Noir. We put together eleven gift ideas that cover all the bases—from superfood popsicles to an amazing new line of olive oil to a stunning serving platter that appeals to all tastes.
These dense, gooey chocolate chip cookies are the perfect backbone for on-the-fly ice cream sandwiches. Trust.
- Maman’s Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies Delivery Maman, $40
WE’LL DRINK TO THAT
Because summer is too short to spend refilling the ice chest. This wine cooler is double-walled and vacuum-insulated, meaning it will keep your wine chilled well into happy hour.
- VINGLACE Wine Cooler goop, $90
A BIGGER SPLASH
It’s summer’s existential question: If you don’t take a photo on a gold inflatable swan, did summer really happen? This one is decidedly more chic.
- SUNNYLIFE Float Ring Sunnylife, $50
For anyone who has ever wanted to feel like they’re in a Georges Seurat painting—or just elevate their alfresco dining game.
- MUR Picnic Basket Mur Lifestyle, $155
Shuck in style.
- Oyster-Shucking Set March, $98
CIDER HOUSE RULES
Light, refreshing, and pairs well with summer staples, like oysters, cheese, and charcuterie boards.
Wölffer No. 139
Dry Rosé Cider Wölffer Estate, $48 for a 12-pack
FOR BEACH NAPS
When a Turkish towel isn’t enough, these extra comfy beach cushions are made from a water-repellent linen and are, conveniently, monogrammable.
Cushion L/Uniform, $76
Plant-based superfood popsicles, delivered straight to your beach house doorstep.
- Dream Pops Berry Dreams Tray Dream Pops, $45
AT YOUR SERVICE
Any cheese board setup or dinner entrée looks infinitely better when served on Italian glazed terra-cotta.
- IL BUCO VITA Oval Serving Platter goop, $264
In a pretty, powder-coated bottle, this small-batch olive oil looks good on the counter, and a drizzle tastes as delicious on kale salad as it does on sorbet.
- BRIGHTLAND Alive Olive Oil Brightland, $37 or $260 for an annual subscription
A pantry staple that’s a solid replacement for butter or oil in the kitchen and loaded with turmeric, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, and more.
- COUNTERTOP Golden Butter Countertop, $17