Give a summer’s worth of soaps so your hosts don’t have to think about buying it again ($12 each at Fresh, 57 Spring St., at Lafayette St.; 212-925-0099).
No summer rental comes with decent spice rubs; this collection ensures fewer last-minute supermarket runs ($60 at Dean & Deluca, 560 Broadway, at Prince St.; 212-226-6800).
A beach towel that lets your host show off her good art taste on the sand (Alex Katz print towel, $50 at the New Museum Store, 235 Bowery, at Prince St.; 212-219-1222).
Arrive with a gallon tin of caramel-cashew popcorn and it’ll be gone by Saturday morning ($40 at Garrett Popcorn Shop, 560 Fifth Ave., at 46th St.; 212-921-4454).
Unsexy, yes, but a good can opener is a godsend when making tuna salad for a crowd ($23 at Sur La Table, 75 Spring St., at Crosby St.; 212-966-3375).
Bamboo plates are summery and dishwasher-safe ($5.75 at Kitchen Couture, 5213 Thirteenth Ave., at 52nd St., Borough Park; 718-686-8200).
A dry-erase cheese board gives them added incentive to ply you with tasty obscurities ($8 at Macy’s, 151 W. 34th St., at Sixth Ave.; 212-695-4400).
A nice pair of salad tongs will get used every weekend (Horn salad servers, $85 at Nicole Farhi, 75 Ninth Ave., at 16th St.; 646-638-0115).