Don't know what to bring to a BBQ? From classic beach towels to a chic coffee-table book, these summer gifts are sure to make any host smile.
A weekend invitation to someone’s house is always a treat, and that’s especially true between Memorial Day and Labor Day (hello, #friendswithpools). Of course, no guest worth her Jack Rogers sandals wants to show up empty-handed. And while a bottle of wine or scented candle is always a safe bet, why not gift something a little more memorable? These ideas offer something for every type of host, from grilling enthusiast to travel fans.
Boll & Branch Beach Towel Set
If you’ll be spending time by the water, you can’t go wrong with a fresh set of our colorful, patterned towels. They’re deliciously soft, ultra-absorbent, and durable enough to withstand many seasons of sun, sand, and surf. These summer gifts will get mileage for years and years to come.
For the Foodie
Curio Spice Co. Summer Grilling Spices Gift Set
Grilling gifts that will make mouths water. Give weekend BBQs a gourmet twist with this gorgeously packaged trio from Mouth. Each spice mix features bold, internationally-inspired flavors—all ethically sourced by a small-batch, artisanal producer.
For the Partygoer
Cool, seasonal cocktail fixings
The Rosé Aperol Spritz is being called the drink of summer, and we can see why. It combines two of everyone’s favorite things: rosé and the light, citrusy aperitif Aperol. Just pour rosé and Aperol over ice, then top with club soda and orange slices for a refreshing, low-alcohol sip.
For the Decorator
Rifle Paper Co. Herb Garden Coaster Set
We at Boll & Branch HQ are a little obsessed with Rifle Paper Co.’s pretty home accents (and stationery!). Each item is beautifully designed, from the printed floral coasters to the vintage-y framed art prints.
For the Globetrotter
“Travels With Chufy,” by Sofía Sanchez de Betak
Oh, to spend a week in Sofía Sanchez de Betak’s shoes: The art director, designer and all-around “It” girl is a traveler like few others. Her new book, from luxury publisher Assouline, brims with photos from trips to Patmos, Patagonia, and other far-flung places.
For the Family
A fun, easy word game
Games are a great way to bond with your hosts (and while away the occasional rainy afternoon). Our tip: Keep it simple! A family-friendly option that’s relatively straightforward, like Bananagrams or Scrabble, lets everyone join the party.