A beautifully scented candle is always an appreciated gift, but it’s fun to go a step beyond and select something that reflects the taste and personality of the host. If I know them well, I’ll hunt down an item in a particular color or style that I’m confident will work in their home. I love bringing a food item in a unique dish for the host to keep. A colorful salad would look fabulous presented in the oversized Banana Leaf Bowl above. Picture a display of cookies or sweets on the footed platter with a hand-painted butterfly detail. Equally fabulous. A unique home fragrance that savors the scent of summer such as Loewe’s Orange Blossom would be a winner too. A box of Cire Trudon tapered candles and linen coasters from Italy could be paired together or gifted on their own. Showing up with wine? Why not present it in a leather-trimmed wicker wine tote? Or, if bringing flowers, arrange them in a beautiful vase the host will love long after the flowers fade.