Summer travel season is upon us, and whether you’re headed to the Catskills or Sonoma to stay with friends, that can also mean facing the conundrum of finding the perfect host gift. As Ms. Manners herself, Emily Post, says, “Regardless of how you do it, giving a gift to your host is a must for any houseguest. For an overnight stay, something simple like a bottle of good wine is fine. A longer stay merits something a little more elaborate.”
But that then begs the question of how to step up your gift game without going over the top. Fear not—we’ve got the answer for the perfect gift, whomever your host may be: a gorgeous book made personal by tailoring it to their interests. Staying with an inveterate mixologist? A book on vintage cocktails fits the bill. Your hostess wows with her culinary prowess? A collection of lighter takes on classic French recipes will be right up her alley. You get the idea—run with what your friend already loves, and they’ll appreciate both your thoughtfulness and the token of your stay.
Scroll on for our picks of some our favorite new titles, then head to Barneys to find one that’s sure to be the perfect gift for your next host.