Tuesday, June 14 07:00 AM
You've scored an invite to a friend's beach house, but you can't show up empty-handed. It's time to do like your mama taught you and find a hostess gift. We suggest avoiding the tired old bottle of wine and instead opting for this nautical schnapps set ($29.95).
The mod stoneware carafe--designed like a New England lighthouse--is perfect for holding the chilled liquor of your choice. And the handblown glasses that stack on top gleam as blue as the sea. When it comes to getting invited back next year, we're pretty sure you'll find this little beacon to be a lifesaver.
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Tuesday, June 07 07:00 AM
There are few summer traditions more hallowed than a lobster bake. Unfortunately, this may also be the ritual most likely to make a mess of your madras. Thankfully, the prepsters at J.Crew have got you covered with the Original Maine Lobster Kit.
This pocket-size wooden case, filled with four shell-crackers and picks, does more than expedite your dinner: Proceeds help support the Nezinscot Guild, a Maine nonprofit organization that provides employment to people with disabilities.
The only catch? Lobster bibs aren't included. So you might want to pick up an extra polo shirt while you're at it.
The Original Maine Lobster Kit available from J.Crew ($32) or direct from the Nezinscot Guild
Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew