Weekend Getaways: Best Gifts for Hosts
Anyone heading to a friend’s beach/lake/country house this weekend? We are. And we’d like to bring a gift — nothing extravagant, but something more unique than a bottle of wine. So we rounded up some homemade food gifts from our archives, plus some store-bought items (in case packing has left no time for strawberry jam). Read our list below…
The gifts you make yourself…
- Strawberry Refrigerator Jam, above. This recipe is simple and can be enjoyed on toast for breakfast or over ice cream at night.
- Lemon Melting Moments. They freeze well, so you can make ahead and pack them while they’re still cold.
- Interesting spices or salts. If you’re visiting someone in another part of the country, bring a local product — or any little treat (even if it’s something from Dean & Deluca) that your host may not buy for herself.
- Vanilla Sugar, plus a great bag of coffee.
Another idea that’s home-grown, although maybe not by you: A simple pot of basil from the farmers’ market. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
…and those you can order online.
What are the best gifts you’ve geen given as a host?
Related: What Meals Do You Take to Friends?