If you’re lucky enough to get an invite to your friend’s new cottage, you better not turn up empty-handed! Whether you’re toasting a new city condo or a move to the country, a housewarming gift is a thoughtful way to mark the occasion. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite gift ideas that are perfect for summer. Scroll down and get shopping!
1. Cheese Utensils
Anyone who entertains will appreciate a set of cheese utensils — perfect for charcuterie boards, wine and cheese platters and more.
Products: Wooden Cheese Utensils, $14.99, Homesense
2. A Good Coffee Table Book
Coffee table books aren’t usually first on a homeowners list of move-in essentials, which is why it makes for such a great gift. For lovers of design, choose something that will inspire their imminent (or ongoing) decorating.
Pacific Natural At Home, $60
Wolf and Moon
3. Clever Kitchen Accessories
If you’re looking for something a little different, give the gift of convenience in the kitchen. These spoon trivets will keep sauce and stir-fry splatters off your counters.
Marble Spoon Rest, $38
4. Everyday Pitchers
You can never have enough jugs in the summer, and this line of Bauhaus-inspired pitchers can be used for water, lemonade or even sub in as a wine carafe.
Novah Pitchers, From $50
5. Outdoor-safe Glassware
Bringing your finest glassware outdoors is never a great move. These melamine flutes look luxe, but aren’t as fragile as the real thing.
Pink Melamine Flutes, $3.99/each
6. A Pretty Bottle Of Rose
This bottle of vino offers a classic blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, and features a pretty, rose-shaped base.
Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Rosé, $19.95
7. The Ultimate Serving Board
This round acacia wood serving board has a leather handle that makes it easy to hang when not in use.
Paddle Serving Board, $70
8. Summer-inspired Scented Candle
These soy candles also have lead-free cotton wicks and are packaged with recycled materials. Notes of chamomile, lavender and rosemary bring a breezy scent to your indoor spaces.
LINNEA Lavender Rosemary Candle, $68
Wills & Prior
9. Salt & Pepper Shakers
Made from bone china, these whimsical salt and pepper shakers are designed to nest into each other.
Fors Studio Salt & Pepper Shakers, $45
10. The Quintessential Serving Tray
From transporting cocktails and small bites, to using it as a catch-all in the entrance, this wood serving tray has a beachy feel that makes it a great gift for your next cottage host.
Ingleton Tray White, $39
11. Fancy Hand Soap
Aesop’s Resurrection hand wash not only looks luxe next to every bathroom or kitchen faucet, but it will make your hands smell like orange, rosemary and lavender.
Resurrection Hand Wash $50
12. Artsy Stacking Mugs
Gifting an art lover? In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Netherlands-based art movement known as De Stijl, these mugs feature the movement’s signature geometric forms and primary colors.
MoMA De Stijl Stacking Mugs, $52/set of 3
313 Design Market
13. A Pastel Serving Bowl
Perfect for summer salads, pastas or fruit, this bowl is part of a larger collection of earthy stoneware.
Hornby Serving Bowl, $39
14. Marble Serving Board
Subtle variations in the marble make each one of these stunning serving boards unique.
Marble Serving Board, $80
15. Pretty Tea Towels
You can never have enough of these in the house. The ultra-soft cotton tea towels can be used in the kitchen or as dinner napkins.
Aden Cotton Tea Towel Napkins, $88/Set of 4
Wolf & Moon
16. A Sculptural Vase
This gorgeous terracotta vase acts as art when not in use. Gift this on its own, or with a bouquet of fresh and seasonal blooms!
Sculptural Totem Vase, $30
17. Seasonal Flowers
Speaking of fresh blooms, there’s nothing better than a bouquet of fresh flowers. Peonies are in season until mid-June, so get shopping!
Peony Grower's Bundle, $55
18. Kitchen Or Gardening Apron
This versatile linen-blend apron is great for anyone who’s always busy in the garden, kitchen or both.
Linen-blend Apron, $29.99