It’s weekend-getaway season, people, and we want to make sure you’re prepared. That’s why we’ve been documenting famous people’s carry-on essentials (they travel a lot) and why we’re now bringing you the best gifts to bring your weekend hosts, according to New York editors — because the only thing we love more than getting away is impressing people with our New York savvy. This is how you get invited back.
“I love getting my hosts a rare book or a first edition that relates to their specific interests. Vintage cookbooks for amateur chefs, out-of-print monographs for friends who are photographers, or signed copies of novels for literary types, for example. If I know I’ll be staying with someone well in advance, I look on eBay or Amazon’s rare books. If it’s last minute I’ll run over to the Strand or even grab one off my own shelf. I like to leave them unwrapped, so it feels more casual, or tie them with a grosgrain ribbon and tuck a nice note into the front, for a more personal touch. That and a bottle of wine, and we’re in for a great weekend.”—Stella Bugbee, editor-in-chief and president, the Cut
“I think Areaware coasters are the best — cool and kind of expensive-looking without actually being crazy expensive. The cube-looking ones are a bit tired to me now, but these stripey ones feel surprising and unique. They come in black and white.” —Jason Chen, senior editor, the Strategist
“Cire Trudon’s Abd el Kader candle would make a great host gift. Unique in the world of candle scents where everything smells either orangey, smoky, or figgy, this smells like an aromatic cup of freshly brewed mint tea, the kind made using real mint leaves and not that tea-bag nonsense. It’s a rich scent without being cloying, and notes of jasmine and vanilla make it smell unlike anything you might get a whiff of in the dentist chair. You’ll never have smelled a candle like this before, trust me — and in the best way possible. It does run a little expensive, so for a thriftier alternative I also like the candles from Boy Smells.” —Kathleen Hou, beauty editor, the Cut