Pure Picks: Linda Thompson

The founder and CEO of Biography skin care shares her summer gifting go-tos.
“Whether it’s a laid-back patio dinner and live music or a fancier drinks party,” says Thompson, “one thing remains the same: a thoughtful hostess gift. Growing up with a traditional European mother, I learned early on that arriving empty-handed is a big no-no. And while you can never go wrong with a nice bottle of wine or candles, I’m always on the hunt for gifts that feel extra.” Photo courtesy of Biography
“This luxe incense set is like bringing a gorgeous farmers market bouquet—but better. The fresh, green scent of tomato vines is unexpectedly addictive, and the chic holder doubles as decor.” Tomato Leaves incense set, $205, loewe.com
“My love for music and for records has today made me everyone’s playlist curator, so I never show up without music. This mini Marshall speaker is my go-to, with the list favored by music industry insiders. It may be small, but it packs a punch.” Marshall Emberton II Bluetooth speaker, $120, bestbuy.com
“Who doesn’t love a good minibar? This set includes travel sizes of the Long June Calm Face Oil for AM and Petty Grudges Repair Face Oil for PM, perfect for your host’s after-beach Sunday self-care routine. These oils aren’t just skin care—they’re an invitation to unwind.” Mini Bar, $83, biographynyc.com
“Checks are the new stripes. You can never have too many cool hand towels, and these graphic checkerboard sets are my current obsession. They instantly elevate any bathroom situation, and the mix-and-match potential is endless.” Madi-Cadi checkerboard towels, $28 for a set of five, amazon.com
“The wash is gently exfoliating and smells like you just walked into a greenhouse on a summer morning. I always have an Open Garden Pair in my beach tote bag because you never know when you’ll get an on-the-fly invitation.” Open Garden Pair, $85, biographynyc.com
“Showing up with this shimmering, sea-inspired oil is like gifting a mini-vacation in a bottle. Made with nourishing marine extracts, it’s the perfect way to help anyone unwind after a long day of swimming and sun fun. Plus, it leaves skin looking sun-kissed and glowy, not gooey.” Sea Chrome, $78, biographynyc.com