Boulbon place mat and table center, Atelier Vime Editions.
Photo: Courtesy of Atelier Vime

18 Unique Gifts That Will Dazzle Your Host This Summer

From a trippy pool float by Cindy Sherman to Chefanie’s cheerful cocktail napkins

Bringing a token of gratitude for your host or hostess is one of the best ways to show your appreciation for their hospitality. This summer, indulge in fun and stylish gifts perfect for nearly any occasion. Here, Galerie‘s picks include artful porcelain plates, chic throws, woven place mats, and other vibrant accessories.

Landscape Painting Now by Barry Schwabsky.

1. Landscape Painting Now, DAP, $58

Leading art critic Barry Schwabsky penned this colorful ode to the enduring appeal of landscape painting. Organized into six chapters, the book offers a leisurely read with insightful commentary on some 80 contemporary artists, both established and emerging, from Cecily Brown’s sensual scenes and David Hockney’s radiant depictions of the English countryside to Julie Mehretu’s cartographic abstractions. The striking garden painting by British artist David Hockney that graces the cover would make the perfect addition to any beach house. artbook.com 

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The napkin and place mat set from Land of Belle. Photo: Courtesy of Land of Belle

2. Denim and White Scallop Linen Collection, $220–$230
Land of Belle

These Italian linens are hand-stitched in the U.S. The place mats and napkins can be paired for a classic and elegant look or be mixed and matched to create a dynamic atmosphere. landofbelle.com

Marricreo Champagne bucket. Photo: Courtesy of Artemest

3. Marricreo Champagne Bucket, $150

A handsome brown leather rope adds a nautical touch to this stainless-steel Champagne bucket and will keep drinks cool in all environments, from an outdoor soiree to a day on the boat or poolside lounging. artemest.com

A trippy pool float by artist Cindy Sherman.

4. Cindy Sherman Oops Phone Pool Float, $180 (member price: $162)
MoMA Design Store

This gift for the selfie-loving host allows them to stay on their phone, literally, even in the pool—and it gives them serious art cred, too! store.moma.org

Caviar cocktail napkins. Photo: Courtesy of Chefanie

5. Caviar Cocktail Napkins (set of four), $45

Calling all caviar lovers! Chefanie’s new Caviar cocktail napkins present charming motifs, including a caviar tin topper, mother-of-pear spoon, an open caviar tin, and a blini. Hand-embroidered, this one-of-a-kind set is best enjoyed with a tin of Russia’s finest. chefanie.com

Bailey wicker wine tote. Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

6. Bailey Wicker Wine Tote, $495
Ralph Lauren Home

Inspired by the luxurious ambiance of Ralph Lauren’s restaurant on Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Bailey wine tote is the perfect accessory for a summer picnic. ralphlauren.com 

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Leopards pareu. Photo: Courtesy of Hérmes

7. Hérmes Leopards Pareu, $580

Offered in three stunning color combinations reflective of the tropical hues of summer, Hérmes’s Leopards pareu would make an artful addition to any beach look. hermes.com

Brand-new Coralla Maiuri collection from TableArt. Photo: Courtesy of TableArt

8. New Tableware from Coralla Maiuri, $295 each

Who says art is reserved for the wall? TableArt’s Coralla Maiuri collection is the brainchild of Maiuri, an Italian ceramist, who has created two lines of painterly dinnerware plates with mother-of-pearl finish and fluid pastel hues. corallamaiuri.com

Whispering Angel rosé. Photo: Courtesy of Château d'Esclans

9. Whispering Angel Rosé
Château d’Esclans

It’s officially rosé season. With the goal of obtaining the best-quality grapes and wines, Château d’Esclans partnered with Caves d’Esclans to produce Whispering Angel rosé, a deliciously rich and fresh rosé.  esclans.com

Boulbon place mats and table center, Atelier Vime Editions. Photo: Courtesy of Atelier Vime

10. Boulbon Place Mat and Table Center; Place Mat Set, $137, Centerpiece $251
Atelier Vime

For those who appreciate craftsmanship, these Boulbon handmade place mats and table centers from Atelier Vime are made using natural rattan and produced solely by expert craftsmen in France. ateliervime.com

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Alessandra Tile dinner napkins. Photo: Courtesy of Hibiscus Linens

11. Alessandra Tile Dinner Napkins (set of two), $120
Hibiscus Linens

These hand-embroidered napkins can be customized with one letter designs within the tile frame, adding a personal touch. hibiscuslinens.com 

Pezzo throw. Photo: Courtesy of Matouk

12. Pezzo Throw, $75

Matouk’s soft brushed cotton throws are each hand-stitched in Portugal. Ranging from pastel hues to bold dyes, they are perfect for when the sun goes down. matouk.com

A scarlet tray by L’Oject. Photo: Courtesy of L'Object

13. Bambou Rectangular Tray-Medium, $195

This scarlet Limoges porcelain tray by L’Object is a stylish tabletop accessory with 24K-gold-plated bamboo handles. l-object.com

Nudo olive oil. Photo: Courtesy of Nudo Olive Oil

14. Nudo Olive Oil Tree Adoption, $79–$290

For those who have everything, why not adopt an olive oil tree for them and have Italian extra virgin olive oil delivered straight from the grove to their home? The trees are from a sustainably run Italian olive grove in Sicily, Liguria, or Le March, known for the quality of olive oil. nudoadopt.com

Silver-plated Champagne bucket, Vertigo collection. Photo: Courtesy of Christofle

15. Vertigo Silver-Plated Champagne Bucket, $860

Liven up the party with Christofle Vertigo collection’s silver-plated Champagne bucket. christofle.com


Handblown Italian tumblers. Photo: Courtesy of Aerin

16. Artisanal Dot Tumbler (set of two), $150

Capturing the essence of a seaside holiday, these exquisite Murano glasses are handblown in Italy and feature an artful pattern of painterly stained-glass fragments. aerin.com

Rose place mat. Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes Salazar

17. Rose Place Mat (set of two), $269
Mercedes Salazar

Handmade by talented Iraca palm artisans in the small Colombian town of Usiacurí, these stunning gold-plated bronze place mats will bring cheer to any outdoor setup. mercedessalazar.com

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Meraki tablecloth. Photo: Courtesy of Fête Home

18. Meraki Tablecloth, from $118
Fête Home

The botanical tablecloths from Fête Home are handcrafted by artisans who carve whimsical arabesque patterns onto blocks, before stamping them onto soft and durable fabrics from India. fetehome.com

Cover: Boulbon place mat and table center, Atelier Vime Editions.
Photo: Courtesy of Atelier Vime


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