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  • Photography by Mr Nacho Alegre

As a guest in someone's home, it helps to remember at all times that you are the beneficiary in a very one-sided arrangement. While your host prepares a room, provides fresh linen and towels, cooks, cleans and suggests activities, your responsibilities are more or less limited to showing up and leaving on time. It therefore befalls you to do everything in your power to make your visit as stress-free as possible for the host. This means acting in a respectful and friendly manner, not making any unreasonable or presumptuous demands, and, in general, obeying a code of etiquette that should come as second nature to anyone who has spent any time in polite company. The thing to remember is to be civil. Your host is not your therapist. Neither is he or she a ticket-holder for you and your significant other's amateur re-enactment of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Your host is not your therapist. Neither is he or she a ticket-holder for you and your significant other's re-enactment of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Of course, another thing you can do to ensure that a pleasant and memorable weekend is had by all is to make like a biblical wise man and come bearing gifts.

The right gift will act as far more than a perfunctory thank you to your host. Chosen with care, it will make up for a myriad of transgressions ("Wow, so that was a real Ottoman rug?"). It will ensure that your visit lasts long in their memory - for all the right reasons. As summer reaches its sultry peak and you will be swinging from chic enclave to enclave as Tarzan does from vine to vine, our buying team has scoured the globe and hand-picked a few gifts that are sure to impress - not to mention boost your chances of a repeat invite next year. Click through the gallery, above, to see them, or read on for a few tips on how to ensure that you don't put a foot wrong this summer.

Styling by Ms Sophie Hardcastle, Market Editor, MR PORTER
Words by Mr Chris Elvidge, Senior Copywriter, MR PORTER

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