As you visit with friends and family this summer, keeping a stock of gifts for your host is a must. However, giving a thoughtful token of your appreciation can be a challenge – what’s appropriate for an evening cocktail gathering doesn’t always seem quite right for a week’s stay at a friend’s beach house.
Factoring in your relationship to the host – decades-long friendships versus rarely seen relatives – complicates it even further. For those times when a bottle of wine simply won’t do, we’ve rounded up our favorite accessories that make exquisite gifts for the modern host or hostess.

AERIN Gold Leaf Table Accessories

You can never have too many frames – or too many trays, for that matter. These elegant tabletop accessories have a lustrous finish that feels luxe but not too showy.

Bitossi Iridescent Ceramic Vase

This vintage vase is for the truly special host. Handmade in Italy by Bitossi for Raymor (and consigned by Patrick Parrish Gallery), the unique depth of the surface finish is achieved by layering an iridescent glaze over black ceramic. See more from the Patrick Parrish Gallery collection »

AERIN Clamshell Large Box

Made of solid brass, this trinket box offers a witty nod to clambakes and beach stays. Inside, you’ll find just enough room for a small treasure, like a vintage bracelet found on your travels that perfectly reflects a friend’s style or a few priceless snapshots from way back when.

Fortunata Italian White-Glazed Pottery Candelabras

Another standout gift for an exceptional hostess, these white-glazed pottery candlesticks make a sculptural accent for the table or mantelpiece. The set was made in the second half of the 20th century by Torcivia E. Todaro for Fortunata, and each is designed to hold four candles. Shop more candle sticks at Viyet »

AERIN Marcelle Vase

A gorgeous bouquet of flowers is a classic hostess gift – why not give her an elegant vase with it? This white ceramic vase features a pale blue floral motif accented with bands of 18-karat gold.

The Lacquer Company Handmade Lacquer Ice Bucket

A bottle of her favorite spirit is an always-welcome gift for any hostess. Pair the bottle with a standout ice bucket for a cocktail hour upgrade that’s surely to be appreciated.

Janus et Cie Montauk Stainless Steel Beverage Bowl and Champagne Chiller

These sleek vessels from Janus et Cie offer the perfect start for a generous basket. Just add champagne and gourmet treats for a gift she’ll enjoy now – and after the party or visit.

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