You have been invited to the summer cottage, but what to bring as a gift? Fresh strawberries straight from the market and pre-chilled summer drinks are always a sure choice, but if you’re looking for something that will bring a smile to the host’s face for years to come, keep reading. Design Stories put together eight swoon-worthy cabin gift ideas – take a look and keep the invitations coming!
1. A versatile robe can be worn all day long
Light and quick-drying bathrobes are the perfect companion for summer beach trips, slow mornings, and relaxing after bathing in the sauna – thus also guaranteed to delight every cottage owner, living their best life without a watch or a calendar. Ferm LIVING's Field robe, made of cotton and linen, is perfected with vibrant hues and a crisp striped pattern. The loose-fitting garment can also double as a light jacket.
2. Lend a hand
Even summer cottage life is not just sunshine and hammock naps: from time to time the daily chores need to be taken care of. Iris Hantverk's hand-made porch broom with a long birchwood handle makes cleaning the porch and terrace much more enjoyable, and it also adds a touch of finesse to the summer cottage interior. Maybe hand the brush over with a promise to use it diligently during your visit?
3. A timeless addition to the tableware collection
What would a summer cottage kitchen be without the collection of mix-and-match cups and mugs? Dressed in Marimekko's iconic pattern, the Unikko mug has been perfected with fresh, gentle summer tones that are guaranteed to retain their appeal from one year to the next. The recognizable but low-key pattern is also quite easy to combine with existing pieces.
4. Keep the evening going with portable lighting
If you are really investing in the gift or planning on acquiring something unforgettable together with friends, a portable luminaire is a guaranteed winner. Muuto’s cordless Piton lamp carries a reference to old-fashioned flashlights both in form and function: the nimble torch is easy to carry from one place to another, both indoors and out. You can also hang the fun luminaire on a tree branch, for example!
5. Something special for the sauna
When planning cottage gifts, it is of course of utmost importance to consider the recipient's taste and style, but you can also draw inspiration from your own favorite cottage activities. If you dash to warm up the sauna as soon as the car has mostly stopped, do choose something to spice up the sauna! The grand Boletus sauna pillow by Metsä/Skogen makes relaxing in the heat even more heavenly.
6. Let's get pampering
When in doubt, go for a bit of everyday luxury! Forgo’s all-natural, foaming hand soaps are perfect for the cabin as you make the soap yourself by mixing water and the soap powder, packed in biodegradable paper pouches – no need to haul liquid soap up the country road, and the wasteless solution also makes the surrounding nature happy.
7. Serve a bouquet in style
Wild summer flowers in a beautiful vase – yes please! A lush bouquet brightens up the look of any cabin, and by opting for a multi-purpose vase, you ensure that it doesn’t end up collecting dust in the closet when the flowers have withered. Raawii's elegant Omar carafe is not only suitable for serving drinks but it can also double as a vase, a beautiful organizer for spatulas and other miscellaneous kitchen tools, and a delightful decorative item.
8. Treat them with summery flavors
Well-preserved treats are a great cottage gift – and what’s more wonderful than making them yourself! Prepare a batch of easy and summery berry granola and pack it in Alessi’s charming Sottsass jar where it will last up to two weeks – although we dare to say that this crunchy delicacy might magically disappear much more quickly. Take a look at our favorite granola recipe below and try it out!
6 dl rolled oats
3 tbsp oil of your choice
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
2 tbsp honey
100 g crushed pecans
50 g crushed hazelnuts
30 g of freeze-dried strawberries
75 g chopped white chocolate
Mix the rolled oats, nuts, salt, vanilla sugar, oil, and honey well in a bowl. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly.
Roast in a 175-degree oven for about 25 minutes – turn the mixture over at least twice with a spatula and make sure that the rolled oats don’t burn. Cool thoroughly and add the crushed, dried strawberries and white chocolate. Pack the granola in a dry, airtight jar.
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