19 Products to Spice Up Your Summer — at Home or on the Road

People dining outside
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Summer is here — it’s official now — which means that retailers want to sell you things for fall, or back-to-school, or Christmas … or whatever. But the good news is that there are sales on awesome things that we can use now whether we’re enjoying summer in our own backyard, taking a family road trip or jetting off to an exotic locale.

We’ve created a collection of some quality summer products — many now marked down — to make summer more fun, comfortable and delightful.

If you’re about to enjoy a staycation, your yard is your kingdom. We’ll start there, with things to make it a fabulous place to entertain, relax and cook. (Prices posted here are current as of publication date.)

Bluetooth lantern speakers

The Grommet

These portable Bluetooth speakers are water-resistant and rechargeable. Their ambient LED light provides a little extra atmosphere for a raucous beach party or a romantic dinner on the porch.

Price: $39.95 per speaker

Visit The Grommet’s website for more details or to purchase.

Citronella bucket candles

Citronella buckets
Target

When you’re entertaining outdoors, or just hanging around the backyard with family, getting bitten by bugs is a bummer. These citronella candles have a burn time of 10 hours, keeping the pesky critters at bay all evening and contributing to a festive atmosphere.

Price: $7 for a set of three

Visit Target’s website for more details or to purchase.

Better BBQ skewers

The Grommet

These make so much sense. Because of the tines, you can get more food on these skewers than the traditional ones and, since they are flat, you can just flip the skewer on the grill, making it easier to get your kabob evenly cooked.

Price: $16.95 for a pair

Visit The Grommet’s website for more details or to purchase.

Outdoor pillows

Pillow
Cost Plus World Market

Pillows always make a space more inviting — and these outdoor cushions are deeply discounted. I love this orange, but there several other colors at this price point that may work for you — and loads more affordable options to choose from at this point in the season.

Price: $9.99 each

Visit Cost Plus World Market for more details or to purchase.

Stainless steel wine tumbler

Wine tumbler
Amazon

This insulated stainless steel tumbler keeps your cocktail cold or your coffee hot while you enjoy a day on the boat or a nap by the pool. The 12-ounce container is unbreakable with a BPA-free lid and comes in an array of colors.

Price: $12.95 each

Visit Amazon’s website for more details or to purchase.

Tea light lanterns

Tea lights
Cost Plus World Market

These tea light candle holders can be used to decorate an elegant summer dinner spread, but they would serve just as nicely at a picnic table — or even hanging from above. Lots of ambiance for just a few dollars.

Price: $8.94 for a set of six

Visit Cost Plus World Market’s website for more details or to purchase.

Patio umbrella

Patio umbrella
Walmart

An umbrella that tilts to follow the sun is a tried-and-true summer solution. This one from Walmart, which has a 9-foot diameter, gets 4.5 stars with 490 reviews. As of this writing, it is available at this great price in four fun colors.

Price: $44.03

Visit Walmart’s website for more details or to purchase.

Cactus dinnerware

Cost Plus World Market

This cheerful collection is perfect for elegant outdoor dining. Desert-themed pieces are super affordable and made of melamine or acrylic so you don’t need to worry about breakage.

Price: Depends on your selection (for example, $7.96 for a dinner plate, $8.94 for six short glasses)

Visit Cost Plus World Market’s website for more details or to purchase.

Solar-powered table lanterns

Solar Lantern
Target

Lovely mood lighting that doesn’t damage the environment — classy! These solar lights are cheap and recharge themselves with sunlight. They are a good deal right now, and there’s no need to dig around for batteries while guests are awaiting their drinks.

Price: $37.99 per pair

Visit Target’s website for more details or to purchase.

Foldable cookpot

The Grommet

Instead of packing big, heavy pots for your glamping trip or backwoods adventure, bring this lightweight collapsible pot. This is so cool! “The Teflon surface folds and snaps together for campsite cooking, eating, and easy cleaning,” the maker says. You can use it as a pot or collapse it into a flat surface to create a frying pan. (Not kidding. Check out the video on The Grommet.)

Price: Various sizes, starting at $29.95

Visit The Grommet’s website for more details or to purchase.

Picnic blanket

Cost Plus World Market

This stunning 6-foot diameter cotton medallion blanket is perfect for the beach, a festival, a picnic or, for that matter, to toss on a bed for decoration. And it’s marked way down.

Price: $19.99

Visit Cost Plus World Market’s website for more details or to purchase.

Party tub

Cost Plus World Market

This is the perfect vessel for ice and beverages at your summer wedding reception or picnic. This super-affordable galvanized metal tub also makes a great garden planter.

Price: $16.99

Visit Cost Plus World Market’s website for more details or to purchase.

Giant bubble maker

Amazon

You just cannot deny that bubbles are an essential element of summer — like fireworks and hotdogs. Well, this gizmo lets you make bubbles on a massive scale. So awesome!

Price: $14.95 (Note: Bigger kits are available for a bit more.)

Visit Amazon’s website for more details or to purchase.

Dog pool raft

Amazon / Shutterstock.com

Okay, full disclosure: I don’t have a dog of my own. But if I did, I would at least try to get him to hang out at the pool with me on this awesome made-for-canine lounger. This one comes with a puncture-free guarantee from dog claws. You must admit: That’s adorable, and it looks like a great way to stay cool.

Price: $45.98

Visit Walmart’s website for more details or to purchase.

Carabiner-phone charger combo

The Grommet

This aluminum carabiner not only holds up to 132 pounds but also contains a charger that can deliver two full charges — over 11 hours of video time or 10 hours of talk time, according to the maker. A great multifunctional item that’s light enough to take hiking or throw into your carry-on bag for a flight.

Price: $39.95

Visit The Grommet’s website for more details or to purchase.

Flying hoop

Walmart

This monster 36-inch flying disc is light, easy to throw and fun for all ages — at the beach or in the backyard. When done, it can be folded into a storage bag that’s included. And the price is easy to love too.

Price: $16.91

Visit Walmart’s website for more details or to purchase.

Outdoor rug

Cost Plus World Market

This outdoor rug can be used to cover up a weathered deck or to dress up an outdoor dining area. Handwoven from recycled plastic bottles, it’s nice on the eyes, the environment and bare feet — and now it’s pretty easy on the budget, too.

Price: $149.99 and up, depending on size

Visit Cost Plus World Market’s website for more details or to purchase.

Adjustable duffle

The Grommet

Is your new grad jetting off to Southeast Asia, with stops in sophisticated cities as well as plans to visit hill tribes, or perhaps just hitting the gym a lot this summer? Here’s a versatile bag that suits a variety of situations. It easily converts from “everyday” size to “weekend” or “vacation” size, as needed. A great addition to anyone’s luggage options.

Price: $149

Visit The Grommet’s website for more details or to purchase.

Cordless flat-iron hair kit for travel

The Grommet

This compact kit for straightening hair and fighting frizz has adapters and dual voltage charging to ensure you get the look you want anywhere around the globe. Heats up as high as 430 degrees Fahrenheit.

Price: $200

Visit The Grommet’s website for more details or to purchase.

What treasures have you found for your summer enjoyment? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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