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    30 Things To Help You Welcome Summer, Even While Socially Distancing

    Including if you don't have a backyard.

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    1. A watermelon cuber so spending afternoons indoors still feels summery with everyone's favorite warm-weather snack. Plus now you don't have to wrestle with it, thanks to the slicer's easy-to-use design — all you have to do is push it.


    You'll also get a melon baller and slicer.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I was skeptical that this would actually work, but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. It makes cutting up a watermelon so easy and actually kinda fun. Totally recommend." —Stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    2. A pair of roller skates, because these'll make your daily walks so. much. more. FUN! This brings whole new meaning to ~party of one~.

    A closeup of a woman wearing white roller skates with pink wheels

    Promising review: "So excited about these old school skates! They fit great, they are comfortable, and are fun to ride. Do yourself a favor, spend the money. Treat yo self!" —Cathie

    Get them from Amazon for $49+ (available in sizes 6–11).

    3. A tie-dye sweats set for staying on top of summer trends while remaining unbeatably comfy. I don't care if no one sees me, I want to look stylish while laying on my couch all day.

    Promising review: "This set is really cute and super comfy! I have stayed in them all day today! The top and bottom are exactly what is shown in the photo. The price is fantastic. Love them and recommend!" —Alan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 20 colors and styles).

    4. A compact air fryer, because this'll help you recreate all your vacation food favorites, like fried clams, zucchini fries, crispy chicken wings, you name it. Hopefully seagulls don't somehow find their way to your living room.

    Platings and Pairings, Amazon

    Plus this fries food without oil!

    Promising review: "Love it! I had it on my counter for a year and didn’t realize what I had was gold. My son wanted to know why it was just sitting there. I was apprehensive about using it (does it really taste like fried chicken?). Well I’m hear to tell you it does! It’s crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. All you do is follow the instructions and you will have fried chicken that will melt in your mouth. It does more than can bake bread, jerky, etc. Try it you will be pleased and healthier!" —Baby Freaky Gees

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in four colors).

    Learn more about air frying in "I Tried The Airfryer Kitchen Gadget That's All Over The Internet."

    And! Check out Platings and Pairings for the above full zucchini fry recipe.

    5. A Yes To Grapefruit facial scrub so you can bring summer vibes even to your skincare routine, courtesy of this energizing formula of vitamin C, grapefruit, and lemon. Your mornings will feel ☀️brighter☀️ *and* your skin will be glowing, even if we're getting less sun than usual.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite face wash. I have sensitive skin and a lot of face washes irritate my skin or dry it out, but this one makes my skin feel great. I love the exfoliating part of it. It exfoliates without being overly harsh. It smells great, too. I really like this brand because it’s very good quality but not overpriced." —Rose S.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.62.

    6. A giant bubble wand kit that'll entertain you for hours and hours right in your backyard. Personally, I won't rest until I set a new personal best. It will be the mothership of all bubbles.

    Promising review: "I never write a review good or bad about any products, however I felt like I needed to for this. We brought this to to the park and my little ones loved it so much, that they didn’t want to even go on any of the swings. The bubbles were really giant and long-lasting. Everyone in the park came up to us to ask us where we got it and if they can try it. We didn’t even come close to finishing the bubble solution!" —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in three sizes).

    7. A cold brew maker for celebrating the *official* season of iced coffee. Sure, the most loyal of us have been drinking it all year. But now we can start every hot morning with our favorite blend of iced joe (without having to run out to buy it).

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I don't know how I ever functioned without this. It's my first cold coffee brewer. I'm usually a daily drive thru cold coffee drinker. I haven't purchased a coffee for two weeks since having this! I found it super easy to brew. I haven't had a single coffee ground get through the filter, and I used fine ground coffee that I found on clearance just to try it. I usually just add milk and a flavored liquid creamer. I also made a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, and added in good vanilla extract when I removed it from the heat) and use that with a little milk sometimes. I haven't made a single glass of iced coffee that I couldn't drink. So simple! Don't hesitate to try it!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.58.

    Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker."

    And! See what won our picks for best cold brew makers that we tried and tested in "If You Drink Cold Brew, You Need One Of These Coffee Makers In Your Life."

    8. An extra large pool float to make your pool the perfect place to lounge and read all day. He's actually very good company, he won't take any of your snacks or complain when you don't share your lemonade.

    Promising review: "Wonderful pool float and great quality. I can not tell you how many inflatable pool toys I have bought this summer that have deflated in one day. This adorable unicorn is high-quality and is still holding strong after a few weeks. My daughter and her friend love it, I am very happy with this company and this purchase." —amy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A fermentation kit, because this'll be a fun new project to keep you busy *and* make grilling extra rewarding now that you have homemade sauerkraut for your hot dogs and super fresh pickles.


    You'll get three lids that are compatible with wide mouth jars (not included) and a vacuum pump to help you remove air from the jars.

    Promising review: "I have now been using my fermentation kit for several months. I continue to be delighted with the results. My favorite recipes are a cabbage/carrot sauerkraut, and a blend of fermented peppers (some sweet, some hot). I have recommended these fermenting lids to many of my friends because they make fermenting foods so incredibly easy! You will NOT be disappointed." —K. Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two kit sizes).

    10. A microwave s'mores maker that'll bring the best part of campfires right to your kitchen. Your microwave is about to see more action in one night than it has all year. We won't stop until we have at least 15 s'mores.


    Promising review: "Works great and the s’mores tasted great! This is perfect for when you want a s’more, but don’t want to start a fire!" —J DiBlasio

    Get it from Amazon for $14.51.

    11. A pair of trendy sunglasses for updating your summer accessory game for cheap. They'll still be in style whenever you can make plans next, but for now they'll be a fun way to mix up the same outfits you have on rotation.

    Promising review: "Stop what you’re doing right now and BUY THESE! These have quickly become my favorite, go-to sunnies for all occasions. They’re SO sturdy and high-quality feeling; they fit right in with my high-end sunglasses. I’ve worn them several times, for all different activities, and I literally can never get enough." —Sydney Elaine

    Get them from Amazon for $16.96 (available in seven colors).

    12. A cherry pitter to make snacking on your porch more enjoyable now that you don't have to spit out pits with every bite. Nothing should distract you from reading your newest book.

    Promising review: "I pitted about 5 pounds of cherries so quickly and effortlessly with this pitter that I am still a bit in awe of how well it works. I was worried that it would make the cherries misshapen, but it doesn't squish them at all. It just pushes the pit through the center and out the bottom or top (however you place them) without touching the rest of the fruit." —Tolly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A high-waisted bikini so you can inexpensively treat yourself to a new bathing suit if that's usually your favorite part about summer. Sure, it's only seeing your backyard for now. But it's still 10/10 worth the 'gram.

    Promising review: "If you’re debating on this swim suit, BUY IT. It’s exactly as the picture looks. It is SO comfy and looks great. It’s that thick, nice stretchy material. It’s more comfortable than my almost $200 swimsuit from Macy’s." —adrianne gvozdanovic

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 20 styles).

    14. A bottle of the super popular Mike's Hot Honey that'll literally ~spice up~ all your fave homemade summer cocktails — looking at you, margaritas. And! You can use it on just about anything and everything you eat — ice cream, tacos, wings, the limit does not exist.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in "I Tried This Spicy Honey And It Changed How I Eat Every Meal."

    15. A pair of Crocs with adorable shoe charms for *stepping* up your warm weather shoe game with a fun new twist to all your outfits. Plus! These are so darn comfy, they'll double as your slippers.,

    Promising review (for Crocs): "I will admit, I once was a hater. I lived a hateful, negative life where I truly despised this footwear. But recently I've made many drastic life changes and these shoes have helped me see the light. They have helped me to see the beauty of the world and give me the confidence to face whatever obstacles life may throw my way. These shoes, these marvelous shoes, help me to live my life to the fullest not only in style but with such comfort no amount of words can begin to describe. I will now continue to live my life with an open mind to such fashion statements. No more will I live with my head hung low but now I wear my Crocs with pride. Crocs have also been the glue that has bonded me and one of my best friends. Crocs truly change your life and bring people together. I will forever be indebted to this spectacular shoe." —Heidi Bumanlang

    Get them from Amazon: the Crocs for $16.82+ (available in sizes 4–19 and 44 colors) and a set of 100+ shoe charms for $15.75+ (available in three style combinations).

    16. A set of ice-pop molds so you always have fruity treats on hand when fighting city humidity. These + A.C. = essentials while staying in your apartment.


    Promising review: "I initially bought these last fall for making homemade fruit popsicles for after my tonsillectomy and they were fantastic. I’m using them again this summer and man they are a life-saver during this heat wave! Easy to use, easy to clean, and very easy to remove the mold after running it under hot water for a few seconds. Just purée some strawberries and a little Swerve sweetener and BAM! Worth every penny!" —Steph

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $22.99.

    17. A dog ball launcher so playing fetch out back with your best friend is instantly more entertaining. Not to mention, this'll be an easy way to make sure they're still getting a little more exercise.,

    Promising review: "I have a young golden retriever who would retrieve balls and Frisbees all day long if my arm could take it. Bought this and love it! I can throw the ball a lot farther and for more throws, so he gets more exercise. Love that I no longer need to bend over to pick up the ball or have to touch a slimy, sandy, filthy ball! It's quite intuitive to use and within about three throws you'll have it down perfectly. You can also use regular tennis balls with it." —J.Essie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.27.

    18. A pair of white distressed shorts that'll be a welcome break from your daily sweats. If you're starting to wonder what it feels like to wear "real" bottoms, these'll be a good (and still comfy) way to update all your tops at home.


    Promising review: "These look amazing and are so comfortable! I plan to get them in black, as well." —Evonger

    Get them from Levi's for $49.50 (available in sizes 23–33 and two colors).

    19. A classic combination of vermouth, gin, and Campari to make a timeless summer cocktail in seconds: the Negroni. No, we can't travel to Italy right now. But this'll raise our *spirits* for the evening.

    Hannah Loewenthei / BuzzFeed

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    Get them from Drizly: the vermouth for $15+, Campari for $31.98+ (available in two sizes), and gin for $36.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Read more about how a member of the BuzzFeed Shopping team makes this in "The Negroni Is The Three-Ingredient Cocktail You Needed Yesterday."

    20. An indoor herb gardening kit, because this'll make all your dishes taste extra ~fresh~ *and* you'll get to enjoy gardening, even if you're still in your apartment.

    You'll get a moisture meter, four reusable pots, four packets of basil, parsley, chives, and cilantro seeds, four nutrient-rich soil disks, four bamboo markers, and an instruction guide.

    Promising review: "The directions were very straightforward and easy to follow. I set up the pots and after three days, the basil plant started to sprout! I am super excited to see the rest of the herbs grow!" —Cathy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    21. A bottle of Glossier's Futuredew so you can show off summer's biggest beauty trend: sun-kissed and dewy skin (even if you're spending most of your time indoors). Or! This'll ~enhance~ any time you *do* spend outside.


    Promising review: "I've been using this product for less than a week, and my skin is noticeably more luminous. I've stopped highlighting." —cheetch

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    22. A charcuterie board that'll help you get your summer spread ON, no matter where you're currently staying. Even if you're currently socially distancing alone (🙋‍♀️), it's extremely necessary to have a full block of cheese. I don't make the rules.

    It has spaces at both ends for things like crackers and nuts!

    Promising review: "VERY successful purchase. Even without unwrapping it, I could tell from the start that it was a piece of quality (so hard to find, especially at this price). The bamboo is a very solid piece of wood, beautiful in color, and functions. I've rarely seen a cheeseboard that has specially designated sections for crackers which saves you from cluttering up your table with extra dishes. The size is perfect, large enough to serve several kinds of cheese without crowding." —BookBabe

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    23. A refreshing candle in the scent of freshly-cut grass for filling your apartment with a sunny weather classic — all without having mowing duty.

    Promising review: "This candle smells like an amazing sunny day, seriously. The wick burns well, and it’s a cute addition to my collection. I’m buying two next time!" —Katelund Glide

    Get it from Silver Dollar Candle Co. on Etsy for $18.95.

    24. A corn peeler and cute corn holders to still make the most of inarguably the best warm weather side dish all season long, even if you don't have a grill available.


    Promising review (for the peeler): "I have previously only used a knife to remove corn from a cob and I always feel like I leave too much on. With the corn prep peeler it was extremely easy to get all the corn. The head is curved so it aligns with the cob and the downward motion had very little resistance, making removal effortless." —Kelly Morriss

    Get them from Amazon: the corn peeler for $7.99 and a set of four corn holders for $7.79+ (available in five styles).

    25. A pair of hiking boots, because these'll make it easier to tackle the harder trails so you can challenge yourself more and more every weekend. Solo adventures, here we come.


    Promising review: "To be honest, I think hiking footwear is generally hideous so I was drawn to the style of these boots as I was shopping a week before my trip to Colorado. Turns out they were a comfortable fit right out of the box and performed as beautifully as they looked! These babies kept me steady on the rocky trails and waterproof through the mountain streams and snow. After many miles of hiking, I thought the suede material would get dirty, but almost everything brushes right off and dries quickly after getting wet. I consider this a great investment with no regrets!" —Jess

    Get them from REI for $124.93+ (originally $170; available in sizes 5–11 and five colors).

    26. A paddle ball set so you and your siblings can play some games outside without needing to invest in expensive backyard equipment. No net needed for this: just you two and the ball. AND it comes with fluorescent paddles and birdies so you can play at night!


    You'll get two fluorescent wooden paddles, two balls and six birdies; two red shuttlecocks for slow play, one yellow for fast, two orange birdies for the night, a wind birdie, and a durable carry bag for everything.

    Promising review: "I love how you can play it just about anywhere — inside or outside! It is easy and fun to play. I played with my daughter, she is in her teens years, we started with the slower one and after we got the hang of it, we tried the fast one. It is pretty fast but when we tried to play with the ball that was a whole different story! And the LED things are fun to play at night!" —Bada

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    27. A floral sundress that'll be loose and lightweight enough to wear around the house, but still feel like a very welcome change from your pajamas. Your dog *would* like to see a fashion show, I promise.


    Get it from ModCloth for $49 (available in sizes XS–4X and three styles).

    28. An outdoor dining set to encourage the whole family to spend more time by the lawn instead of sitting inside the entire day. Plus now you can have your meals outside!


    Promising review: "I wanted a small table set for a bay window that would not take over the view and this is perfect. Light but sturdy." —Mflorence

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $194.99 (available in three colors).

    29. A floral ruffle romper, because this'll feel almost exactly like your go-to sweats, only breezier and trendier. Your Insta story is about to have a *lot* of mirror selfies.

    Promising review: "This romper is super cute. It is very lightweight and perfect for warm weather. I love that the neck piece fits perfectly! There is no gap between my armpit and the 'sleeve' part of the romper, which is amazing." —Styles in Twin Acres

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and four colors).

    30. A wood-burning fire pit so you can end every day outside to still soak in summer nights right from your patio. And now you can use this for years to come!


    It comes with a spark screen and fire poker.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter. It's very solid construction and the bowl very deep for a nice outdoor fire! The added bonus is the half ring for cooking, cover to prevent sparks, and the long poker also included. They love it!" —Lori

    Get it from Wayfair for $146.99.

    But I know this'll be me no matter what every year:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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