Since selling our beach house three years ago I’ve gone from summer hostess to summer houseguest and now fully appreciate just how precious a summer weekend invitation is. Summer is by far my favorite season and it kills me to be stuck indoors in the city when it’s as hot as it’s been this week. Best to keep in the good graces of my friends and appear bearing gifts for weekends away. It goes without saying to bring wine and edible treats, but it’s also nice to give a useful and lasting gift. Sometimes though that long off weekend can sneak up on you and you find yourself scrambling at the last minute for a gift. To avoid this unpleasant scenario I’ve compiled a list of gender neutral, beach or country appropriate, hostess gifts to give this summer. Why not have a couple on hand so you’re always ready for a weekend away?