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    45 Things You’ll Wish You’d Bought Last Summer Because They’re That Good

    Maybe you can get through summer without a personal ice-cream maker, but it could only make things cooler.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A mini sprinkler pool that'll help the fam cool off and get some water time without having to dump out a kiddie pool's worth of water once the fun has wrapped.

    A small inflatable pool with water shooting up from the squirters all around the rim of it. It's sitting in a yard, attached to a hose.

    Several reviewers shared that this little pool kept their kids engaged for hours.

    Promising review: "My kids love this. It is soo easy to plug the hose into and turn the water on and the kids can have hours of fun. Once the kids are done playing, I disconnect the hose let the water drain, and hang it over the porch." —Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    2. A lemon-eucalyptus spray I bought and wore while hiking in Greece last summer with NO bites! It really smells like lemon but that's a thing I can live with if it means I'm bite-free.

    the spray on a map surrounded by other camping supplies like a compass and pocket knife

    It's made with lemon eucalyptus oil (not DEET!) and is supposed to last for up to six hours.

    Promising review: "After an endless amount of North Carolina spring/summers searching for a 'safe for the family' repellent, I stumbled upon this. I had ordered a bottle of Skedattle repellent and a three-pack of this because the reviews for both were high and seemed like a sure thing. The three-pack of this was the same price as one bottle of the other. Well, the Skedattle didn't do anything for those freaking mosquitoes, they still swarmed us like we weren't even wearing anything. But this product, OMG! It actually worked, and not only did it just work, it worked GREAT! I tried a few different trips with this stuff on, and the kids use it every time they go out, and we hadn't had a single bite with it on. I will say though, it has a VERY strong smell, and you definitely want to make sure you reapply this as needed, but other than that, it's a great product. I won't use any other spray from now on." —Will M.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.86.

    3. A bug bite suction tool to help you out with existing bites to remove the irritating venom, and help reduce itchiness, pain, and swollenness. Plus it works on other insect stings Think about all the scratching you could've saved yourself!


    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm. I used this little tool (3x per the instructions) and documented with photos. Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    4. A skin spatula you may have seen beauty influencers use. It'll do major work for you thanks to vibrations that help clean grease, dead skin, blackheads, and whiteheads... so basically any of your pore-clogging woes. I bought one of these and it made extractions SO much easier on my nose.


    Just be sure to use it on WET skin.

    Promising review: "I’ve heard from so many influencers that this product is amazing. And they were not wrong. I love that it scrubs off the layer of my skin so I can actually have my products penetrate my skin. Combatting aging is so hard. I really think this has made a huge difference in my skin. I’m glad I found this. I recommend this to anyone who wants a fresh, soft face." —Carmela C.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. *Sheer* sculpting shorts to help smooth out things underneath your clothes in a more breathable manner than thick OG sculpting shorts.

    plus size model wearing a black bra and black shaping shorts in sheer black

    Raise your hand if you've ever turned yourself into a sweaty mess thanks to wearing shapewear in the humid summer heat. ::raises both hands:: When SKIMS dropped their sheer line, I nabbed a pair of these in Clay (the second lightest color that also happens to most closely match my skin tone). I've worn them around the house (thanks, quar) under slinkier sundresses and love how they help with the air flow while still doing what shapewear promises. Not that I'd normally wear shapewear around the house, but I couldn't wait to try out those shorts!

    Get them from SKIMs for $44 (available in five shades and sizes XXS–4X).

    6. Or a pair of stretchy bike shorts that'll become part of your WFH, working out, lounging, *and* just-about-anything-else rotation. You'll probably want to buy both colors from the jump.,

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Great quality, great material, non-see-through, lightweight, very comfortable. The cotton is very soft and the fit is flattering from all angles. The elastic on the waist is secure enough for running, without being too tight or uncomfortable. Great use for working out or loungewear; however, my only complaint is they do get a tad bit loose in the leg as you wear them when running, so they may ride up a bit in between your thighs when you run. For me it is not bothersome and I have ordered multiple pairs." —Aisha

    Get them from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in two colors).

    7. And! Elastic-waist shorts in enough fun colors and patterns to keep you from repeating for a whole month.

    voluminous elastic waist shorts with matching tie belt in geometric pattern

    Promising review: "Super comfy, nice soft material, washes really easily." —Lori

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 41 styles).

    8. A cooling towel you simply soak in water and wring out to bring some chill to that outdoor run... or just stroll! Just walking outside or doing some low-key gardening can make you sweat like a racehorse.

    A person wringing out a microfiber towel with water dripping out of it

    Promising review: "I am so in love with these, mostly use them for running, etc. I use them at night a lot because I’m going through menopause. It has been a miracle for me, I’ve tried all kinds of supplements they help but this actually works better for me. Also had a virus and used one to cool me down and help with fever. So they have so many uses, I suggest that everyone get these!" —Annette Looper

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    9. Avocado hot sauce to zhuzh up all your summer salads (and lots of other stuff) because eating at home is allll about the condiments.


    The question is less what can you put it on and more what *can't* you put it on. Reviewers mention that beyond salads and vegetables, it goes well with burritos, eggs, burgers, sandwiches, and steak. Psst — this is also keto-friendly and gluten-free!

    Promising review: "So good. Favorable and just a mild hot, it's really good on anything that needs a little something — eggs, beans and rice, etc. Not a 'hot sauce' as much as a flavor enhancer. And, name aside, not really avocado in flavor; the avocado base just provides a little creamier, smoother, richer base for the spiciness. I can see people who don't like avocados still liking this sauce." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89 (also available in Mango and Original flavor).

    10. An insulated soundproofing strip that'll stick on your door to help muffle your roommate's sounds as you clock lots of time together while social distancing in your apartment. OK this isn't revolutionary but it'll feel like it once you realize it would've improved your quality of life drastically if you bought it a year ago.

    It *also* keeps cool air in your room!

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation, I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in two colors).

    11. A salt gun made for killing flies, but it'll *also* be an effective, fun way to pick off mosquitoes at your leisure. Welcome to your new hobby for when you're sitting on the porch.,

    As you can see above it's QUITE effective on horse flies.

    Promising review: "This bad mamajama is the real thing. I’m slaughtering flies like it’s my job. It cripples a common house fly in one shot, obliterates mosquitoes, and tortures horse flies (gotta do them Sopranos-style to kill them off). You have to plan your shot accordingly as you’ll want to control where the dead fly ends up — i.e. don’t knock the flies into the food. It’s like a shotgun for flies. Very clean. Very mess-free (other than fly carcasses lying around). No guts. No blood (unless you shoot a mosquito, then it’s a blood bath). Buy this thing." —Emily Hayden

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (also available in green).

    12. Wondercide Spray you've seen on Shark Tank that'll serve as a naturally derived alternative to your pet's monthly treatments because fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are horrible! Your pet doesn't need to speak human words to tell you that!

    person spraying the product on a calm looking golden retriever dog

    Promising review: "We never had problems with ticks or fleas while living in the city, but six months ago we moved to the country. Our two dogs (Doberman and small pitbull mix) run around outside and sometimes in the woods on our property. We started finding ticks on them. The vet recommended $50+ collars 'that most other owners buy for their dogs.' We scoffed at the expense for two dogs. I had remembered seeing this product on Shark Tank and had saved it on my lists here. Started using it on our dogs three months ago, Doberman has had not one tick and the pitbull had one, on the back of his ear, which we found super quick. This has been a great natural product to use out here. And there are tons of ticks. I think I'm going to start using it for myself per reading other reviews." —KitKat

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four sizes and scents).

    13. A three-pack of washable bra liners for those super sweaty days because it's pretty, pretty gross when you peel off a bra to only find it heavier with sweat. That's stop that little trend with this.

    person wearing the bra liner with a black lacey bra

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first, and although it does bunch up/not lay perfectly flat, that slight discomfort is WAY better compared to the moisture problem it solves. I don't seem to sweat as much, when I do it absorbs wonderfully. When I forget to put it in my bra, I regret it. I don't get as itchy and have rashes anymore. Wonderful product, super grateful for it." —heather raven

    Get them from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in three sizes).

    14. Or a wireless cooling bra designed to cut down on underboob sweat.


    Promising review: "I am a 44 DD and this bra is so comfortable I gave all of my other bras away. I normally don't buy anything without underwire but this supports me without digging in and the best part is I have no red indentations on my shoulders at the end of the day. The fabric gives me a nice and airy feeling and I don't really get underboob sweat with this bra unless it is REALLY hot. Try it. I think it's worth it." —Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four colors and sizes 36C–44D).

    If you're looking for more bra options, check out my colleague's roundup of bras to help stop uncomfy underboob sweat.

    15. A leopard wrap skirt you can pair with every dang top in your closet!,

    I own a designer version of this skirt that I paid ~$100 more for and can vouch for the versatility.

    Promising review: "This skirt is amazing! I found through a blogger and have to say this has been one of my favorite purchases lately. The fit is great and perfect to toss and and head to brunch. Absolutely suggest this!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and five colors).

    16. A camping hammock with a mosquito net to help you kick back, relax, and take in some nature BUT not *too* much nature, amiright? Here's to comfortably clocking in more leisure hours despite blood-sucking fiends.

    red hammock strung up between two trees with a mosquito net on top

    The net isn't removable but if you choose not to use it, you can flip it to the underside while in use.

    Promising review: "We recently took two of these camping and they worked well. Hammock sleeping takes some getting used to. They are initially comfy but, depending on how you set it up, your legs can end up high which caused me to wake up a few times to adjust my sleeping position. The mosquito netting is a great add. Be careful getting into the hammock as one of the lines we used to hold up the netting was caught in our hand and snapped when the full weight of your body was applied. It's not really a product flaw, you just have to make sure you are only putting your weight on the sleeping surface and not the netting when getting in. Common sense really, just something to watch for." —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in eight color combos).

    17. A net for your patio umbrella as an ~extra layer~ so you can sit and survey your kingdom, even if mosquitoes have infested it. Let's get more use out of the deck!

    This fits umbrellas as large as 9 feet.

    Promising review: "Easy to set up and works GREAT! Finally can sit on our deck in the afternoon/evening again and not get eaten alive!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    18. A hair finishing cream on a mascara-like wand for helping slick back those baby hairs and flyaways before your next video conference call.

    before and after pics of person with hair in bun with lots of wisps as before and slick look as after

    Promising review: "No matter what I do or what expensive and high-rated product I try, my fly-aways are an annoying constant. This product has completely rid me of my daily top of head fly-away frizz! I wish I would have discovered this product years ago! It smoothes my hair out and truly lasts all day. Be careful, as a tiny bit goes a long way!" —RHoffsommer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    19. A sunshade triangle you can rig up over the patio or the kids' sandbox to block up to 95% of UV rays and keep things a bit cooler. Adding some shade will make that yard of yours easier to hang in this summer!

    The sunshade

    Promising review: "My pool is awesome when it gets into the hundreds of degrees here in California. We decided to grab a 20x20x20 triangle and holy cow does it do a number on the backyard! Not only does it keep my pool better-shaded, but it also keeps the sun off of my back patio during the hottest part of the day."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98+ (available in five sizes and six colors).

    20. Sweat-wicking pajamas that don't look like sweat-wicking pajamas. All the better to look super pulled-together while becoming one with your couch.

    purple V-neck pajama top and matching shorts

    Promising review: "I'm a chronic night sweater living in a really hot New York City apartment — I'm so glad I invested in these. They are really soft and while I still have to kick off the sheets few times throughout the (as usual), I feel much cooler than normal, and I stayed dry! I really am able to sleep much better." —Vanessa

    Get them from Amazon for $14+ (available in sizes S–3X and16 colors ).

    21. A jar of honey apple salsa you can dip all your veggies in as a fun afternoon snack that'll help you eat up all those farmer's market veggies. Also, gotta love a food op that doesn't require turning on your oven.,

    KYVAN is a Black-owned food brand established by NFL pro Reggie Kelly in 2011 that specializes in salsa, sauces, seasonings, and jams and jellies. You can check out KYVAN's line at Walmart for more selections, like their Honey Apple Butter.

    Promising review: "This salsa is so good! We use it on everything, from eggs on the morning to spaghetti for dinner. Sweet and tasty! You will love it." —Foodielover

    Psst — you can also also use this on burgers, eggs, tacos, chips, and sooooo much more.

    Get a two-pack from Walmart for $8.52.

    22. Rapid-fill water balloons to cut down on prep time and get to the backyard fun so much faster. Ahem, water balloon fights are a WONDERFUL social-distancing activity, as the reviewer below found!

    tub full of water balloons

    Promising review: "These are the best water ballons. Multiple balloons filled at same time, self tie and release with a gentle shake. You can't have too many of these balloons. After all the time spent at home under Shelter in Place guidelines, it was great to maintain 6 ft. apart and have so much fun. The kids were able to play outdoors, maintain social distancing and have a lot of fun with water balloons. Easy and quick to fill. Worth the money. I don't think we can ever return to regular balloons for water battles." —Brenda S.

    Get 420 balloons from Amazon for $29.99.

    23. A wrap dress that'll make for a picturesque OOTD or let ya show lots of leg to Zac Efron while you binge his new show about climate change around the world. IDK if you're doing a second season Zac, but I'm willing to tag along.


    Promising review: "This is a SHOWSTOPPER. This is a true wrap dress so it can be tightened or loosened to your liking. It is such a nice style for so many body types. I LOVE it!" —Lucy Yarrow

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 17 styles).

    24. A rechargeable handheld fan – it might just make you think about all those times you said "I wish I had a fan." Well now you will.

    reviewer's hand holding the fan which is circular on the fan end has a handle

    It has three speed settings and folds up by the handle for easy carrying. It also operates on a 2600mAh battery which comes with the fan.

    Promising review: "It's very useful and portable anywhere at any time. The battery is good and the air is cool. It is very handy and lightweight. I love it. Summer days and nights have become so easy now. Plus, it comes with a charger!" —Sammi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39+ (available in five colors).

    25. Bottle Bright cleaning tablets to revive the look (and taste!) of the stainless-steel thermos you use every dang day (whether you're WFH or not) but aren't so great at washing like you should.

    reviewer pic of a "before" dirty coffee stained thermos with an after of a clean thermos

    Promising review: "Finished using it five minutes ago and it’s the best! My husband uses a Stanley thermos daily to take coffee to work. He tries to remember to rinse it out every day, but that doesn’t always happen. I got the package today, filled the thermos with water, dropped a tablet in, and let it sit. I promptly forgot about it for a few hours. Initially, I was disappointed when I dumped the water, as it was barely tinged brown. Then I put fresh water in, covered the top, shook it, and OMG. The crap that came out was disgusting, yet fascinating. I looked in the thermos and saw almost nothing but sparkly silver! There was a little crud left in the top third of the thermos, but it’s a really tall one, so I wasn’t surprised. Got the bottle brush, swished twice, and bam! All clean! No fumes, no smell, no nothing, just clean. I used to struggle cleaning it with baking soda, vinegar, the brush, soap, and elbow grease. Screw that. I will forever use only these tablets! Here’s to better tasting (and way less gross) coffee!" —BranchingOut

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    26. A Squatty Potty here for ALL seasons. If you don't already know what it does, it helps position your body in a way that'll feel more natural for your colon and, therefore, make going no. 2 easier. (More or less.)

    model wearing clothes sitting on a toilet with their feet propped on the stool-like squatty potty

    Promising review: "I've struggled with the #2 for the last couple years. I've gone from Defecating Toxic Avenger to 'Dear GOD! I feel like I'm passing the Twin King Guardian Statues.' It's been a sphincter nightmare. No matter what I tried: prunes, more water, high fiber, Taco Bell, even White Castle — nothing was working. Usually, in a three-week interval, I'd get very sick and spend three to four hours going to the bathroom nine or 10 times. After my sphincter would be tender and I'm damn near positive if this had gone on, it would be the end of me. Then I saw this. Decided to go ahead and plunk down the $25. By day two of using it I started to feel better and my cramps were gone. I swear to god, when I go on my next road trip, I'm taking the damn thing with me, and IDGAF if my friends laugh at me. This damn thing may have saved my health and possibly my life." —DJ_Malsidious

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99. Not into the white plastic look? Check out a ghost acrylic version.

    27. A lightning fast chiller to help get your coffee to a temp that won't make you sweat even more in merely *one minute* without watering it down like pesky, slow-working ice cubes!

    hand pouring coffee out of chemex into the chiller cup

    Seriously, we're living in the future. This works on coffee, tea, booze, water. Whatever (besides sparkling bevs)!

    Promising review: "Amazing! I hate drinking a hot latte in the summer and sweating all over...this makes coffee ice cold in seconds! Can't wait to chill a glass of wine in it!" —Dancequeen19

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    28. Or a ~magical~ cup for turning whatever liquid you pour into it into slush right before your eyes. After all, you could use a chilly treat!

    cups with red slushee drink inside

    When not in use, keep the inner core in your freezer. Then place it in the cup when you're ready for a frozen treat.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product. It makes awesome slushies, is easy to clean, and a great product for the hot Florida summers. During the summer I use it nearly every day. I've used it with coffee and cream, juice, peach sweet tea, and soda. I haven't found anything that doesn't work with this product! I've tried just about every slushy maker out there, and this is absolutely the best one!" —Thesillybanana

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in six color combos).

    29. And a small electric ice cream maker that'll whip up some fro-yo with fruit and yogurt or transform smoothies into the consistency of ice cream. It's summer and we love cold things!


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this little machine. I like to make a smoothie with some frozen component (like fruit or ice) so my 'batter' is nice and cold or else it doesn’t firm up as well. I let it churn while I’m doing the dishes and it’s usually about ready by the time I’m cleaned up. It does take the 24 hours to rechill the container as stated, so I had to buy a second one so I could be sure to have one available every day! This is definitely one of my most favorite appliances ever!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    30. A silicone watermelon cutter to do the chore for you so you aren't stuck in the kitchen cutting up an enormous fruit while everyone else is having fun.

    A model using the rotating tool to cut squares out of a watermelon

    It also works on cantaloupe!

    Promising review: "Wow is this the greatest invention for watermelon ever or what? I love watermelon, it's my absolute favorite summertime treat, but cutting it can make such a mess and can be wasteful as well. But not anymore. This handy dandy little device changes all that. Makes slicing watermelon quick and is virtually effortless. Plus it cubes the watermelon as it cuts. Cleanup is a simple rinse under the faucet and that's it. Literally could not be easier to use. It is the perfect tool for cutting and cubing your watermelon all at once. AND it's very inexpensive. Best kitchen tool I've seen in a long time. Also works for cantaloupe as well!!!" —jimdevo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    31. A mesh exfoliating towel with fans amongst my colleagues. It'll help prevent bacne and make scrubbing your back super easy. Just use it with your regular body wash.

    The mesh towel

    Luv Scrub is a small, Black woman-owned business that started when the founder and CEO, Caroline, realized not enough people knew about her West African beauty tool: the mesh exfoliating towel. Her friends suggested she start her business after learning how she keeps her skin so soft!

    Get it from Luv Scrub for $18 (available in four colors, listed separately).

    32. Breathable cotton undies for those days when you just know you're gonna sweat but don't want swamp ass. (Soooo, most days?)

    pair pairs of differently colored bikini briefs

    Promising review: "I wear these when the weather calls for it or if I am doing a lot of activities. My job is very strenuous and usually leave like I just left the gym, very sweaty. I needed something that dries fast, keeps you cool, and doesn't cause you to chafe. This exceeded my expectations. The weird thing is, when I leave my job, this is the only dry thing on me. It boggles my mind how dry they are when my pants and shirt are damp. Great buy! Going to purchase other styles." —Angel D.

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes 5–10, which are weird sizes but basically translate to S–3XL, so consult the size chart on the product page).

    Also check out some moisture-wicking thongs.

    33. An anti-sweat bundle (including a deodorant, body powder, and anti-chafe stick) that'll keep you feeling dry, calm, and collected in the sweatiest of situations. Plus the packaging is so cute, you won't mind whipping it out of your bag while you're on the go!

    the deodorant, body powder, and anti-chafe stick

    FYI, the aluminum-free natural deodorant comes in three scents (fresh wood, tea tree mint, and tangerine) and dries with a silky finish. The body powder is translucent, talc-free, sorta like dry shampoo for your body, rubs into all skin tones with no white cast, and has a light sea salt and rain scent. The anti-chafe stick is fragrance-free and safe to use all over your body.

    Get them from Hiki for $38 (value of $42 when bought separately).

    34. A *super* portable air cooler you can tote around as you move about your day because sometimes you and all the other people in the room can't come to a consensus on the perfect chilly temp. You can even add icy water to it to make it feel a bit closer to your freezer's air. Or if it's not quite hot enough to turn on the AC, this is a new compromise.

    FYI, this is just to cool one person, not a room.

    Promising review: "I am working at home right now. Getting hot in my bedroom, but not too hot to turn on the AC. It is greater than I thought. Basically it's a fan and humidifier in one. Not too big and low noise. You can turn on or turn off the humidifier. Put the water or ice in the container, it can run like five hours or so. Just remember it is not a real AC, will not cool down the whole room." —Jose

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    35. A Charlotte Tilbury setting spray for a weightless finish to your look that'll make it stay intact, even if you're sweating up a storm. I've been using this stuff and I sweat A LOT, so yes it does what it says.

    model spraying made up face with the product
    Charlotte Tilbury

    Get it from Charlotte Tilbury for $20+ (available in 34ML or 100ML).

    36. Or a budget-friendly setting powder in case sprays aren't your thing but you need something to keep the sweat off the beautiful masterpiece of your face.,

    I own, use, and love this. Plus, it's in a HUGE container and lasts for what feels like forever.

    Promising review: "Great for baking (setting) under-eye concealer (or concealer anywhere). Also, if I start sweating during my foundation application, I lightly dust this powder on my skin and the sweating not only stops then, but it will pretty much keep it at bay for the rest of the day.

    The powder does have a slight scent to it which doesn’t bother me however no one has told me that I smell like something different or powdery since I’ve been wearing it." —jillianmaxmillian

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available in six shades).

    37. A rechargeable massager with more than two hours of power to help you get through seemingly endless conference calls that could've been an email. "Sorry my Wi-Fi isn't cooperating with video calls rn!" ::mutes sound and bites into a sandwich::

    person not wearing a shirt using the large wand-like massager to reach a part of back their hand wouldn't

    Promising review: "My husband was initially mocking my purchase as another gimmick but I've turned him into a believer! We both work from home and when I can tell he's stressed out I just walk up behind him with this massager and start using it on his back and neck and he melts into a puddle. It's far more powerful than I thought it would be. I use it for myself on the lowest setting but my husband prefers it on the max. We've had it for months and it works just as well as when I first got it. The charge lasts for a long time. Very impressed!" —Amy K

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    38. Ice pop molds to make lots of sweet treats for the fam.

    four popsicle containers filled with the fruit mix. Two have the tops on them that will serve as the sticks

    The set includes one ice pop stand, six drip trays that double as the ice pop sticks, a collapsible funnel for getting the mixture into the ice pop holders, and a tiny cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "This is a great purchase for the summer. The molds hold a good amount of Popsicle material and the little handles do a good job of pulling the pop out, with a little defrost help from a quick blast of warmish water on the outside. The handle has a little drip catch which would work great if my 18-month-old didn't just flip it upside down periodically. The little tray does snap the molds in, so the Popsicles don't just tip over in the freezer. It does take up a fair amount of freezer real estate until they're frozen solid but no worse than most. It comes with a sort-of useful brush to scrub around the inside and an EXTREMELY useful funnel to help pour Popsicle material into the mold. Overall, a good purchase." —Steel_muffins

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (lifetime warranty; 100% refund guarantee).

    39. A time-marked water bottle that'll prevent those 5 p.m. revelations that all you've had today is coffee. You should *always* stay hydrated but you really feel it in the summer.,

    Promising review: "Bought this water bottle for my dad since he’s delivery personnel and has to work during this pandemic. Needed a water bottle that latched and unlatched so he doesn’t have to touch the spout and get it dirty — he loves it and uses it all the time!" —Joselyn Sanchez

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in 14 colors).

    40. An outdoor drink stakes set – it'll hold your beer while you tend to the fire pit or check out how those burgers are faring on the grill.

    review pic of a bottle of beer in the drink stake

    Promising review: "As always, my order was shipped quickly and in perfect condition. I love the bright colors and they are talk and sturdy. They are perfect for bottles, cabs, and cups... Not so good with stemmed wineglasses! No problem: I just ordered silicone stemless wine glasses!" —LaDonna Clark

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $36.95. Or get a set made for stemmed wine glasses here.

    41. A portable wading pool for your pet to cool off in so every member of the fam can make good use of the great outdoors on your lil' patch of land! And in case you're wondering, yes, it's great for ducks.,

    Plus it isn't inflatable like other little pools, so you don't have to worry about your dog puncturing it. And while we're on the subject, check out hot weather pet tips from the ASPCA.

    Promising review: "I got the 120 x 28 cm pool and it's perfect for my 50 lbs. pitbull with room to spare, durable and portable I love it!" —Crystal Larson

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    42. And a pressure-activated cooling pad you can keep in a spot right inside your door so your dog has a place to go for a quick cool down when they ask to come inside. It's 5–10 degrees cooler than room temp and reviewers say it also provides some relief for pets with joint pain.

    Reviewer's photo of their dog laying on top of a red mat

    Promising review: "I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it whenever they need to cool down (they sometimes even fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough, too! I don't think their nails can penetrate it." —E Marsh

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in four colors).

    43. Waterproof globe string lights that'll make a big impact when hung along your roofline, draped on outdoor structures like a pergola, or just strung up solo so you can enjoy the lights *and* the stars. So dreamy!,

    Reviewers note that you should remove the bulbs before stringing up the strands and then install the bulbs.

    Promising review: "These lights were perfect for my patio, I've recieved plenty of compliments so far. The Edison light bulbs and beautiful and offer the perfect amount of lighting for any occasion...the clips were ideal for my eaves, the overhang of the roof, which made for simple just need to find a dimmer capable of handling the required wattage and the package will be complete." —Brody Vins

    Get a strand from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in several styles and lengths).

    44. A pack of coconut water powder in case the electrolyte-packed drink is a fave. This'll be so much more convenient that carting around bottles. Just add it to water!

    The bag of coconut water powder

    Promising review: "I was surprised really tastes like pure coconut water once you mix the powder. I’ve also used it to make smoothies that adds a boost of deliciousness." —Lisa R.

    Get it from Laird Superfood for $14.95.

    45. And a well-reviewed hair serum because humidity and frizz are a bummer. Use this vitamin E, aloe vera, and argan oil formula to keep your 'do smooth.

    Reviewer's photo of their hair frizzy, and then smooth and shinier after using the serum

    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT, PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads-up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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