Here, a batch of items that are sure to get you invited back to your friend’s summer house.
There’s one thing better than owning your own weekend home: being a welcome, and frequent, guest at somebody else’s. You reap all the rewards — a good tan, plenty of lazy Saturdays and the perfect excuse to R.S.V.P. no to city events — without any of the property taxes or upkeep anxiety. The trick is becoming one quickly and with grace. Good conversation and an easygoing nature are the surest strategy. But a good gift, one that has been picked to delight, can go a long way.
This grown-up pukka shell necklace from the indie label Alterita will summon memories of summers past — minus the Phish soundtrack and teen angst.
Alterita cowrie shell choker with a suede cord, $105 at Opening Ceremony, openingceremony.com.
Another fail-safe strategy: Keep your host sauced. Bring a six-pack, complete with a set of hipster-go-lucky koozies, and let the good times roll.
Chinatown Market for UO koozie set, $10 at Urban Outfitters, urbanoutfitters.com.
If you’re sliding into your host’s pool, the least you can do is to provide the pool slides. And it doesn’t get any fancier than these pink Balenciagas.
Balenciaga leather slides, $595 at net-a-porter.com.
Throw it, hang it up like art or use this Frisbee by David Shrigley, a British artist, to inspire lengthy discussions on the merits of listening to LPs.
David Shrigley I Collect Records Frisbee, $25 at yoox.com.
Combining summery orange blossoms with notes of fennel, rosemary and sweet geranium, Dirty Neroli, from the cult perfumer Heretic, is like summer in a (super-chic) bottle.
Heretic Dirty Neroli perfume, $65 at shop.goop.com.
A cotton robe doubles as a swim cover-up, making it an ideal summer workhorse. This chic one from Cuyana has a Turkish towel motif.
Cuyana cotton-bamboo robe, $95 at Cuyana, cuyana.com.
Give the art snob a chance to show off. This highly addictive game tests your knowledge of world-famous creators with colorful cards that give visual clues. It’s great poolside, and absolutely essential on rainy days.
Guess the Artist card game, $19.99 at guggenheimstore.org.
Not everyone chills out with a glass of wine. Health nuts and New Agers will be grateful for a spritz from Nue Co.’s magnesium spray, which delivers an essential mineral that may aid relaxation, in a dreamy blend of lavender and arnica oil.
The Nue Co. Magnesium Ease, $70 at thenueco.com.
You’ve really hit the jackpot when your hosts are also masters at the grill. Reward them with a cool apron that’s decidedly not for duffers.
Sid Mashburn cotton chambray apron, $95 at Sid Mashburn, sidmashburn.com.
A sophisticated spin on the classic houseguest gift: these coasters cut from solid brass.
Sir Madam set of four brass coasters, $45 at shopgoop.com.
Perhaps your host is a candle fanatic or hasn’t yet crossed over to full-on Juul addiction. In any case, these super-slim lighters from the Tokyo design company Tsubota Pearl, in fun color combinations, are a worthy addition to his or her arsenal.
Tsubota Pearl lighter, $30 at Sid Mashburn, sidmashburn.com.
A rousing game of bocce is reason No. 462 to leave your iPhones inside (and that may be the ultimate gift). On the other hand, this set is notably Instagram worthy.
Fredericks & Mae bocce set, $175 at guggenheimstore.org.
Fact: You can never have too many spare sun hats at a beach house. Do your part and supply one with panache, like this Breton stripe version from Yestadt Millinery.
Yestadt Millinery straw hat, $350 at modaoperandi.com.
Who hasn’t walked into a museum and felt an irresistible desire to touch the art? Satisfy that urge with these dish towels featuring the cheery works of the artist David Shrigley. They beg you to put your hands all over them.
David Shrigley linen tea towel, $37 at yoox.com.
On every cool girl’s shopping list: anything from Glossier. The company has a whole batch of beauty goodies, like this versatile three-pack of skin balm, that’ll make your host look and feel like a million bucks.
Glossier Balm Dotcom Trio, $30 at glossier.com.