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A Weekend Away

Never leave for the weekend empty-handed: The right hostess gift will ensure a warm welcome (not to mention repeat invitations).

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Shell motif artworks in framed fabric are $39 each, or $105 for a set of three, at Nice House (117 Perry Street, 212-675-7509).

Rattan chip-and-dip bowls from Crate & Barrel are $9.95 each (650 Madison Avenue, at 59th Street; 212-308-0011).

Photography books in handy pocket editions, by Phaidon, are $7.95 each at the ICP gift shop (1133 Sixth Avenue, at 43rd Street; 212-860-1777, ext. 534).

Sony boom box with remote, in red, yellow, or blue, is $80 at The Wiz (all locations).

Beach towels by Blue Ribbon Dog Co. are $24.99 each at Bed Bath & Beyond (620 Sixth Avenue, at 19th Street, 212-255-3550; 410 East 61st Street, 646-215-4702).

Footed glasses in summer blues are $17 each at Property (14 Wooster Street; 917-237-0123).

Handmade guest book is $118 at Kate's Paperie (1282 Third Avenue, near 74th Street, 212-396-3670, and other locations).

Votive-candle holder in the shape of a lotus is $21 at Shi (233 Elizabeth Street; 212-334-4330).

Japanese tableware is sold in sets -- place mats, in two sizes, are $14 or $20 for ten, while coasters ($6), sushi picks ($10), and chopsticks ($16) come in sets of five -- at Move Lab (803 Washington Street, 212-741-5520).

Summer-music compilation CD from the Standard Hotel is $19 at Flight 001 (96 Greenwich Avenue, 212-691-1001).

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