Going to a Summer BBQ? 11 Unique Hostess Gifts Under $30
It's considered poor form to show up to a celebration empty-handed. Wowing a host with a thoughtful and generous gesture is one challenge we welcome with open arms. It is also a skillset likely to get you invited back. If you're in need of the perfect gift to accompany you to your next summer soirée, these elevated tokens of appreciation won't stress your wallet. Party on.
The Bells by Lou Reed ($20)
Every host will appreciate adding to a treasured vinyl collection. When making your selection, choose a record that comes with a backstory. Regaling the party with why you chose the track (from road trips of yore to a hunch they're a closet Beyoncé fan) makes for good party banter.
Txomin Etxaniz Getaria White Wine Txakolina Getariako 2014 ($20)
Instead of turning up with just any bottle of booze, phone up the sommelier or waitstaff at their favorite eatery and ask for a killer under-$25 recommendation. Every wine connoisseur will have a list of go-to cheap bottles. This particular wildly affordable white comes recommended by James Beard Award semifinalist chef Grae Nonas of Olamaie in Austin.
It's our staunch belief that one can never possess too many art books. Give your host a leg up on curating the perfect coffee-table moment with chic vintage editions or out-of-print finds. This large print is one of my personal favorites and a must for the wordsmith in your life.
Up the ante with a gift of ambitious kitchen tools. A crème brûlée set sends the message you have utter faith in their Julia Child–level mastery of a party menu.
Terrain Cocktail Herbs Grow Kit ($16)
From the aspiring mixologist to the happy hour enthusiast in your world, this herb-growing kit promises to keep the mojito game on point all summer long. The started kit of heirloom seeds contains thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, and blue borage.
What is your favorite under-$30 wine to bring to a dinner party?