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    Jun 30, 2018

    32 Inexpensive Products That'll Make Your Summer So Much Better

    Apparently, the secrets to the best summer ever are all under $10. Now you know.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Jumbo-sized blotting papers so keeping your skin fresh all summer will be ~no sweat~.,

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and tried countless types of oil-blotting sheets. BUT THESE ARE AMAZING. It's a great deal, they're big sheets, and they pull out so easily. Give them a try, they're completely worth it." —Kelsey

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.60.

    2. A gorgeous tapestry that can serve as a breezy beach or picnic blanket this season, then a chic piece of decor in the fall.

    Promising review: "This is such a pretty tapestry. I used it all summer on the beach and it held up really well and looked really pretty. The colors are so soft and beautiful." —RJ

    Get it from Amazon for $7.38.

    3. Whimsical drink floaties, because having to actually get out of the pool to sip your spritzer is so last summer.

    Promising review: "These are super cute and float well, as long as there's not too much splashing going on. I took them to Cabo and everyone in the hotel pool loved them and wanted to know where I got them!" —Amy Skenderian

    Get a set of three (pineapple, lime, and watermelon designs) from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A posh passport wallet with RFID blocking technology, since losing track of your valuables (or having personal info stolen) is one thing you don't need on your summer getaway.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect size! I'm studying abroad in Germany, and my normal wallet is just too large to carry with me when I'm traveling to and from class or if I want to just carry a small purse. This has a really nice texture and spaces for cash, cards, and one more small pocket for whatever else (I usually stuff receipts in it). I'm really prone to losing things, and this has helped me keep track of my passport, since I'm always conscious of where my wallet is. I'm not likely to lose it, unlike other things. I would DEFINITELY recommend it." —S. Streck

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 14 colors and prints).

    5. An amazingly affordable zippered one-piece in a fierce neon shade that's sure to light up the beach.

    Promising review: "This is a nice, bright swimsuit. It's excellent quality. I'm 5'1" and 110 lbs and I ordered a small. It fits well but is a little bit short. Overall, though, I give it five stars." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (available in sizes S-L and in four colors).

    6. A cooling anti-itch gel, which may be a miracle solution to the two biggest summer bummers: bug bites and sunburns.

    Promising review: "I first discovered this miracle in a tube about five years ago when I took an unintentional nap by the pool one day. Needless to say, my two-hour afternoon siesta resulted in a painful evening. I'd forgotten my aloe and the pain and lobster back was setting in. I liberally applied this, let it sit for a minute, then got in my PJs and slept peacefully for the next eight hours. I woke up the next morning, checked my back, and my burn was completely gone! Since that day I always keep a tube handy! I highly recommend this product for sunburns!" —Sarah

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $5.46.

    7. Or a tub of aloe vera gel that over 1,000 reviewers swear by for soothing sunburns and irritation.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite aloe vera. I've tried many different kinds, but this brand is so gentle and effective at soothing my skin. I use it for my legs after shaving, as a sleeping mask, and of course for sun irritation. I have very sensitive skin and this is my go-to when I get irritations or rashes. The scent is very light and pleasant and it feels cooling on your skin. Overall, this is a holy grail product for me that I always have on hand!" —Cody Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $7.30.

    8. A sleek insulated, leak-proof water bottle you'll take absolutely everywhere.

    Promising review: "The 350 ml bottle is a good size. It looks great and keeps drinks cold for a while! It may not be as good as some name brands I've tried, but for the price, this is a much better value for a product that still works well and has a nice look." —KW

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    9. Some sweet buttons featuring adorable animals living their best summer lives and who will inspire you to do the same.,

    Get the panda or the otter from TurtlesSoup on Etsy for $2. (Psst...this artist also sells some designs on Amazon and there are tons of aww-worthy ones).

    10. A sexy, deep-V coverup that'll have you feeling ready to take the plunge (into the pool, I mean).

    Promising review: "I bought this for a trip to Jamaica and loved it! It's a nice size and great quality. I wore it over a tank with ankle pants and it was perfect for a Jamaican BBQ. I also wore it over my swimsuit. It looks exactly as pictured." —Double R

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (one size fits most, available in six colors and prints).

    11. An organic sea salt spray with lavender to get a just-left-the-beach look, even if you just rolled out of bed.,

    Promising review: "This is wonderful. I spray it on my wet hair and then blow dry to get more body and fullness, and it also works great on one- or two-day-old hair. Just spray it on areas that may be greasy and blow dry. A little goes a long way and I love that there aren't any harmful chemicals." —shi's mom

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

    12. Glam cat eye sunnies for anyone who just wants fabulous, that is their simple request.

    Promising review: "I've spent hundreds of dollars on shades but never loved a pair as much as these. I got the yellow gold with mirrored lenses, and I know I'm definitely going to get stopped and asked about these." —Hiddenjules

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98 (available in 16 colors).

    13. Or a tortoise pair you shouldn't be slow to snatch up.

    Promising review: "A lot of other glasses are too dark and reflect a lot of things on the inside of the lens. These are the perfect shade for driving, walking, and looking at your phone. As a dog walker who spends more time outside than inside, they're very versatile and go with anything from athletic wear to going-out clothes." —Jessica Hamner

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in nine colors and patterns).

    14. An iPhone-compatible mini USB fan that'll save you from schvitzing on the go.

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    I am always drenched in sweat when I get off the subway and into the office in the morning. I keep one of these on my desk and I'm oh so happy to see it in the morning. All you have to do is plug it into your phone, and you've got your own personal cool breeze. Check out my full review for BuzzFeed here.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four colors).

    15. Some lifesaving anti-chafe balm so you can breath a thigh of relief.

    Promising review: "I'm an avid Disney visitor. Considering Florida is as hot as hell, shorts are ideal for walking in the heat from nine in the morning to midnight. In the past I've tried baby powder and deodorant for chafing, but they've never lasted more than a few hours. This stuff actually lasted and I felt literally NO tenderness in my inner thighs at the end of the day. I'm talking being able to wear shorts two days in a row at the parks with no injury, which I haven't been able to do before! I recommend this to anyone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes).

    16. A waterproof case that allows you to access your touchscreen through it, so you can take your phone along on all your nautical adventures (and take pics while you're at it).,

    It's got over 2,500 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "I was going to purchase a $90 waterproof camera before I saw this little doo-hickie. When I went jet skiing, this waterproof case turned my phone into a more than adequate waterproof camera. I saved over $80 by just making this simple purchase. Now I can take underwater photos and capture all the surf spraying action on my jet ski using a camera I already had in my possession. Your phone stays dry and the clear screen doesn't diminish picture or video quality one bit. I'll be purchasing another one soon." —BIG AL

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. The perfect basic tank, at such a great price that you can buy several and wear them All. Summer. Long.

    Promising review: "This is my go-to summer tank. They hold up well and are better quality than anything else I've bought." —Wendy

    Get it from Old Navy for $9.99 (available in regular, petite, and tall sizes XS-XXL and in nine colors).

    18. Bright sea creature sand toys perfect for a kiddo who wishes for nautical nonsense.

    The menagerie of undersea friends includes a turtle, fish, crab, starfish, and seahorse.

    Promising review: "All the kids LOVED playing in the sand with these. The sizes are perfect and they fit in our suitcase just right, because they can all be stored in the turtle. They're thick and sturdy to withstand our beach boys!" —ABC

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.49.

    19. A metallic citrus sipper that'll have you saying, orange you glad I didn't stick with a boring plastic cup?

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8.

    20. Handy, ultra-slim ice packs to keep your lunch on thin ice — in a good way.,

    Promising review: "These work great! They stay frozen in my lunchbox at room temperature for up to six hours, which is more than enough time to keep my lunch cold. You can keep your lunch at your desk by using a product like this!" —J. Hurley

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A set of colorful popsicle molds so you can achieve your DIY dessert dreams without a lick of effort.

    It comes with six molds, a tray, a funnel, and a cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "These popsicle molds are perfect. The tray keeps the popsicles nice and steady in the freezer, and they're easy to separate from the molds. The plastic sticks are sturdy and everything is easy to clean." —W. Dardine

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six color combinations).

    22. A fun, summery coloring book that's exactly what your next staycation needs.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite coloring books. I used gel pens with it and they didn't bleed through. There's a cardboard insert in the book, and I used it between pages for a hard surface to color on. This is the first coloring book I've colored all the way through before switching books. It has super cute, fun pictures. It's a great little book!" —Samantha W.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    23. A clever combination pineapple peeler, corer, and slicer to prep the perfect tropical snack with ease.

    Promising review: "I AM NOT A KITCHEN GADGET FAN. At all. They take up too much space, are rarely used, and often don't do what they promise. But after using this pineapple cutter, I can say without question that this is the most efficient, user-friendly, and entertaining kitchen gadget I've ever owned." —B. Hamlin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    24. Or a golden pineapple-shaped bottle opener, if you're more interested in opening booze than bromeliads.

    Promising review: "Love love love this! It's already been through a lot and it still looks cute. I'm a full-time bartender and this hasn't gotten bent at all." —Merissa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.65.

    25. A cooling bandana so you can go for a hip, Antoni Porowski vibe while staying ~cool~ temperature-wise, too.

    Just add water and this baby can keep you chill for up to four hours.

    Promising review: "This is a real lifesaver! I perspire heavily on my head and face, and then the sweat gets in my eyes. I wear this every morning when I walk my dog and keep it on while doing outdoor chores. Not only do I stay much more comfortable, but I also no longer dread the heat." —heyjude09

    Get it from Amazon for $5+ (available in four colors and prints).

    26. The Easy Grilling Cookbook to take your next BBQ way beyond basic burgers and hot dogs.

    Some of the creative-yet-simple recipes include pizza wraps and grilled portobello mushrooms.

    Promising review: "This cookbook absolutely agrees with my taste buds. It's full of recipes that can be prepared on the grill, and that definitely doesn't just mean meat. It provides a variety of grilled fruit and veggie recipes that are mouthwatering and healthy. This book is a must for those who want to eat healthy, cook quickly and easily, or just discover new and delicious recipes!" —

    Demetra S.Gerontakis

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    27. An out-of-this-world halter top you can wear in the sunlight or the moonlight.

    Promising review: "This shirt was a bit shorter than I expected, but that makes it even cuter to me. I wear it all the time. It's soft and stretchy and not too tight or too loose. I'm 5'2" and have a small C cup/large B cup boobs. I ordered a small, and it gives me full coverage without any slipping." —Aziza

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59 (available in sizes S-XL and in three colors).

    28. A set of layered necklaces that'll upgrade any summer look, from a bikini to a sundress to shorts and a tee.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $6.90.

    29. Some all-natural, cruelty-free deodorant that actually works.

    Promising review: "This is the best deodorant I've tried since I switched to natural ones a few years ago! I was concerned that I would react badly to it, but I've had no irritation using this one. This deodorant amazes me because it's the most natural one I've tried, but it does a better job than anything else!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94+ (available in six scents).

    30. A spooky beach read, like Katie Alender's Bad Girls Don't Die, which'll give you goosebumps even if it's 90 degrees out.

    Promising review: "Part horror, part mystery, this story will capture you right at the start and pull you in. The protagonist, Alexis, is the school outcast. Her little sister Kasey, once outgoing and friendly, is now a thirteen-year-old weirdo with a doll collection. When odd things start happening around the house, Alexis thinks she must be losing it. And when her sister starts acting even stranger, she wonders if maybe she's not the only one. This is a compelling, suspenseful, and creepy story that'll make you think twice about ever owning a doll, moving into an old house, or setting foot into a dark basement. The story flows smoothly even as the tension builds, and is interspersed with just the right amounts of sarcasm and humor. It's a must-read for anyone who loves a scary story. It's got all the thrills without the gore and enough spookiness to give you the shivers." —Fiktshun

    Get it from Amazon for $6.40+.

    31. A set of emoji beach balls without a sad face in sight. It is summer, after all.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.95.

    32. And of course, the ultimate summer staple, cute flip flops.

    Get them from Old Navy for $4 (available in sizes 5-11 and in 10 prints).

    When these products have you even more excited about summer and you didn't even know that was possible:


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