While it’s usually commonplace to bring a gift of this or that for your host or hostess, consider a fresh fruit basket to bring to the next barbeque or backyard party. If it’s a fourth of July party, consider a decorative tray of fruit designed like the American flag. Fruit can also be a great garnish to other gifts. For example, pair a set of strawberry clad dishes with a bowl of what else? Fresh strawberries!
Plants are another traditional gift that shouts summer. A pleasant summery housewarming gift might be a large watering can containing a fern or some trailing ivy. Any decorative planter filled with your plant of choice makes a wonderful all-purpose gift. A wonderful gift basket idea for a gardening enthusiast would be to buy a large terra cotta planter and fill it with new gardening gloves, a new gardening book, seed packets, bulbs, a small decorative container, small statuary like a bunny or frog and a small garden implement or two.
Since summer is a hot season, consider gifts with a cooling effect. An iced tea maker with a supply of peach and raspberry teas makes an excellent summer gift. Consider filling a new ice bucket with ice tongs, ice treats or even a gift certificate to the local ice cream parlor. Likewise, a homemade ice cream maker and recipe book makes a great summertime gift. Other cool gifts might include a hammock, turbo fan, snow-cone maker, beach passes, etc…
As many people like to spend plenty of their summer outdoors, patio furniture or accents make fine gifts during the summer as well. A new patio umbrella, glider, new cushions, canvas folding chairs, bench, plant stand are items to consider. Other great accent gifts might include a tabletop fountain, wind chimes, a gazing ball, grill implements, grilling cookbook, outdoor lanterns, set of colorful plastic bowls, a decorative glass pitcher (filled with lemons and limes), food nets, colorful placemats and plastic dinnerware for patio dining, decorative baskets filled with fresh herbs and dried fragrant plants like lavender, etc…
As summer is also the perfect time for leisure and relaxation, always consider the gift of a new book—Caribbean Island cuisine or new mystery set in the steamy tropics. Beach gear is an appropriate summer gift—a badminton set, beach umbrella, beach bag, beach blanket, cooler stuffed with flip-flops, paperback book, beach towel are all delightful hot weather accompaniments.
Other terrific summertime gifts include: tickets to a summer blockbuster, designer sunglasses, picnic basket, iced tea glasses and stirrers, sun dress, wide brim hats, colorful tablecloths, salad bowls, tickets to a water park, camping items, summer sporting gear, vases, yard ornaments, garden props and so much more! You can also try to choose gifts in summer colors like ocean blue, bright yellows, pinks, peaches and especially white.
If you are giving a gift that does not have especial summertime appeal, consider a small accent gift to go along with it that is more seasonal in nature. Items like colored sand bottles, palm-size sand castles, water-colored glass pebbles, single blooms in a bud vase, even a bookmark of pressed flowers can add just a hint of summer style to make your gift all the more memorable.
Giving gifts with summertime appeal makes the season all the more enjoyable for your recipient. Some items may only be available seasonally so they shop early for the greatest selection.
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