In my youth, I always maintained that gifts like fancy soaps or candles were for people you didn't care about. And while it's true that nothing says "I know nothing about you" quite like a candle, as I've gotten older and I've developed a sense of aesthetics for my home decor that doesn't involve an inflatable palm tree and movie posters, I've come to appreciate well-made candles, soaps, and the like.
Perfect for hostess gifts or to buy for yourself to decorate the nautical-themed bathroom of your dreams, this Maritime Soap Set ($19, Izola) fits the bill. It also remains a gift that you can give to someone you know nothing about. Classic. Enduring. You know.