HandsDown Fave Summer Must-Haves

July 6, 2022


What’s the difference between a good summer and a great summer? A healthy dose of discovery! Our HandsDown community is filling their lists with some amazing recommendations (are YOU?) and we can’t get enough. Here are ten faves we’ve discovered that are *just* what is needed to make this the best summer ever.

One for you and one for me…

Luxe Bubbles Mimosa Sugar Cubes Set
Recommended by Ashley, who says: Pair this with a bottle of champagne for a fun hostess gift – the little cubes turn champagne into mimosa, bellini and other flavors.

It’s not as if I needed another reason to enjoy more bubbly this summer, but I absolutely love this idea for a hostess gift!

A playlist that sets the mood to chill…

604 Chill Spotify Playlist
Recommended by Ira, who says: All chill, all the time. Just shuffle and enjoy.

Never met a summer that didn’t need more chill, so yes. Please. (Plus, this playlist is an ultra-relaxed 28 hours long!)

Because the best things come to those who weight…

Bala Bangles
Recommended by Jenna, who says: I discovered Bala weights via Melissa Wood Health workouts, and I love them. I wear them while I do Yoga, Barre or Pilates, and they deepen the work out. They’re also great for long walks where you want a bit of extra work.

Dare I say they’re also cute enough to wear as an accessory? Maybe this is how I turn grocery shopping into a stealth workout!

Basically a summer wardrobe for your face…

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
Recommended by Paige, who says: I’ve been loving this skin tint from Ilia. It’s a clean product and easy application. It gives the no makeup makeup look!

Fun fact: this Fave has shown up on SO many HandsDown lists! Other fans of this skin tint in our community love the range of shades available, the Hyaluronic Acid it contains, and the all-day SPF properties.

Sunnies with a certain je ne sais quoi…

Izipizi Sunglasses
Recommended by Erin, who says: Chic, French, lightweight, and not too expensive. What’s not to like?

(Also spying that this brand has a great selection of sunglasses + readers for all your smutty beach-reading enjoyment!)

A magic wand for your flower garden…

Scotts Super Bloom Water Soluble Plant Food
Recommended by Alison, who says: A few years ago I had two weddings in my backyard. My good friend told me about her secret to her beautiful flower gardens and I’ve been using it ever since. Now my yard looks wedding-ready every summer.

*Adds to cart immediately, thank you very much!*

An at-home spa treatment that gets right to the point…

Shakti Mat
Recommended by Lisa, who says: Removes tension and muscle tightness. I feel like it increases my blood flow and my mood.

Color me curious for this one—it seems wrong, and yet, it seems right!

An alternative to sticky, stinky bug spray…

Mosquito Repellant Patches
Recommended by Angela, who says: These cutie little stickers have natural mosquito repellent and they actually work! The whole family uses them! Love not having to deal with the smell of bug spray.

Can confirm. These are my new favorite thing!

A glow up for your summer sipping…

Estelle Colored Wine Stemware
Recommended by Sydney, who says: They’re so beautiful! Handmade in Poland. Nordstrom just picked them up as a vendor – so you can get select styles there too.

Fun fact: You can customize the colors in your own set. (Though good luck making a decision—such gorgeous colors!)

A superpower for your skin…

Coola Sun Silk Drops
Recommended by Eboni, who says: It’s a sunscreen and moisturizer combined that doesn’t leave me looking like a ghost. The only sunblock I don’t mind wearing.

Pro tip: Wear alone or add a few drops to foundation for all day broad protection from sun and blue light too!

That’s our summer roundup of HandsDown community faves, but what’s on your list? Create an entire list devoted to your summer must-haves, or add individual items to your Favorite Things list. Either way, curate your faves and share them with your friends to help create the best summer ever!