7 Gifts for the Beach House Hostess
Gourmet Sea Salt
Harvested in a small Mexican village along the Sea of Cortez, Sal del Mar gourmet sea salt is the product of a passion project born of a love for art, food, and coastal culture. Uniquely packaged in hand-embroidered natural muslin bags—designed by the village women of Sonora, Mexico—this one-of-a-kind hostess gift is a two for one deal—locally sourced, flavorful sea salt in a colorfully charming pouch. This one is for the hostess who is a lover of the sea, the sun, and the kitchen.
Pack cashews, pistachios, almonds, oats, cinnamon, salt, dried tart cherries, butter, and raisins into a reusable Weck jar, and the result is one deliciously presentable gift for a healthy hostess. Perfect for a light breakfast before hitting the waves or an afternoon snack underneath the umbrella, hungry houseguests will love its perfectly sweet and salty crunch—and there’s plenty to go around.
- Buy it: $3 each, belasardines.com (available at Whole Foods stores)
Bring the hostess a gift straight from the coast of Europe with these incredibly fresh and tasty sardines. Large, juicy, and sourced from local fisheries along the Southern coast of Portugal, the smoked fish is canned to preserve its delicately delicious taste. Choose from flavors like lemon, extra virgin olive oil, tomato sauce, and cayenne pepper—whichever you choose, the hostess is sure to enjoy this Portuguese seafood staple.
Help the happy hostess make the next seaside supper in a breeze with this Italian-inspired duo. Paccheri pasta (cultivated in Puglia and packaged in biodegradable bags) with a classic marinara accompaniment means the hostess can stay on the beach and out of the kitchen. Made with the highest quality ingredients, like 100 percent Italian grain, tomatoes, and fresh basil, this gift is the total pasta package. Pasta-loving hostesses (and your fellow guests) will rejoice.
This buckwheat pancake mix from Haven’s Kitchen, a farm-to-table cooking school in New York City, makes light and fluffy pancakes that are perfect for mornings on the coast in a crowded beach house. The Hudson valley-made maple syrup is a delicious topper, and is also ace over ice cream or stirred into coffee. Add to this gift a bag of quality roasted coffee beans and creamer for a breakfast feast that will start everyone’s day on the right foot.
Bloody Good Marys
With this cocktail gift basket, all that’s missing is vodka and ice. Half the fun of a good Bloody Mary is in the garnish, and there are adornments aplenty here: Halkidiki olives stuffed with garlic, crispy pickled okra, and Tipsy Onions (soaked in French Vermouth). The mix itself features bourbon barrel aged Worcestershire, blackstrap molasses, and creole mustard for a spicy morning (or midday, or afternoon) sipper.
You can bet you’ll be invited back for a second visit if this South Carolina-made coconut cake is included in your luggage. The nine inch-round, four-layer treat is moist, delicate, and has fresh coconut in the icing. The cake serves 14-20 hungry, sun-kissed beach goers, and is a delicious way to end a day by the sea.