Dwell Picks: 20 Summer Must-Haves We Can’t Stop Raving About

Dwell Picks: 20 Summer Must-Haves We Can’t Stop Raving About

Meet the beach tents, sandals, bike shorts, and unicorn-shaped sprinklers we’re crushing on.

Summer vacation looks a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some socially distanced fun. Here are the products that are bringing us a bit a joy.

Duncan Nielsen, Assistant Editor:

"This thing rules. The compact, fold-out design makes it perfect for a car camping cookout in the great outdoors, or just tailgating at the beach or park on the weekend. Cooking meals at home through the pandemic has turned me into even more of a cooking snob, so the burner control is a huge plus."

Primus Tupike Outdoor 2-Burner Stove
Bring the heat. Consider your outdoor cooking game changed thanks to a setup that feels a little more kitchen-like. Strong and study, this camp stove is also a real beaut—fashioned from stainless steel with wood and brass details that just look better with time and use.

Sam Daly, Associate Editor:

"I love this piece so much. It does double-duty as both a bowl and a plate, and I get happy every time I see it in my cabinet—is that weird?"

East Fork Everyday Bowl
Perfect for tagliatelle with bolognese, a garden salad, potato and leek soup, a rice bowl—or about 3 and 1/2 cups to the brim.

Erin Mahoney, Social and Community Manager:

"As much as I love a sun-kissed, summertime glow, I love high SPF and a wide-brimmed hat more. This summer, I’m getting that just-back-from-the-beach look courtesy of this lip and cheek tint from Freck Beauty. It’s made from plant collagen and—though I’m no expert—sounds infinitely safer than UVA and UVB rays."

Freck Cheekslime
Infused with liquid plant collagen, this buildable tint blends effortlessly into your skin for a multidimensional wash of color across any skin tone.

"First came the quarantini, then came the walktail. While I’ve enjoyed a to-go cocktail or two since New York began its reopening, I can’t deny the satisfaction of an at-home aperitif. Recently I’ve been sipping on this Botanic Vodka from AMASS. Inspired by Nordic distilling tradition, the smooth spirit is perfectly suited for your Friday evening cocktail—if you’re still keeping track of days, that is."

Amass Botanic Vodka
Distilled in Copenhagen, AMASS Vodka with Marigold, Chamomile, and Lemon celebrates Nordic distilling tradition and the rich, vibrant history of Scandinavian drinking culture.

Jenny Xie, Executive Editor:

"Pandemic summer means lots of camping, and I’ve been bringing this holographic green cutie from Snow Peak everywhere I go—its retractable handles make for easy packing."

Snow Peak Ti Single 450 Colored Cup
The Ti-Single Colored Mug is made of brightly anodized titanium. Designed for everyday use and backcountry excursions, the Ti-Single Mug can be placed directly over a heat source for cooking or warming.

"After so many weeks of working from home, I feel like I may never wear real clothes again. Pants are out, bike shorts are in, and I’m not mad about it."

Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short
You don’t have to bike to wear bike shorts, but biking cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions, reduces road congestion, and is a pollution-free mode of transport... just saying.

"My go-to cocktail has been the Naked and Famous: equal parts mezcal, aperol, chartreuse, and lime juice. Zesty, smoky, herbal, and fresh."

Madre Mezcal
Distilled in the rolling hills of the Oaxacan Sierra by the Morales family, Madre Mezcal is distilled from agave Espadin and agave Cuishe using a family heirloom copper pot still. ...

"This short story collection by Ted Chiang is absolutely mesmerizing. From time travelers in ancient Baghdad to a parrot critiquing humanity’s obsession with alien contact, each character invites you into a world that’s at once wholly foreign and disturbingly familiar."

Exhalation: Stories
In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity's oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

"I’ve used the same toiletries bag while traveling for the past 10 years—now that it’s disintegrating (wah), it’s time to find a replacement. I just ordered this case by Muji, which conveniently hangs from bathroom hooks (or tree branches, if you're camping) and comes with a detachable pouch."

Muji Hanging Case With Detachable Pouch - Gray
A versatile hanging case that comes with a detachable mini pouch.

Maris Berkowitz, Sales and Marketing Assistant:

"Summer equals beach weekends (socially distant of course!), and this tent has been the ultimate game changer. It allows for long days outside, keeping us cool when the heat gets high. It’s extremely easy to set up and compact to carry out—and comes in fun colors and prints too! Added bonus? It can transition from a beach tent that stabilizes with sand bags to a park picnic tent with stakes."

Neso Grande Beach Tent
Large and in charge, the Neso Grande beach tent is perfect for a beach day with family and friends. Made out of a Lycra/Nylon blend. UPF 50+ and water resistant. Weighs only 6.5 lbs.

"Adding on to beach trips, this blanket has been great! Extremely comfortable, lightweight, and beautiful."

MINNA Marta Throw
As versatile as it is cozy, the Marta Throw is comfortable at home and on the road. Throw over the couch, bed, or table; spread out at the beach or picnic at the park.

"As someone who recently welcomed a puppy into their life, I am very pleased with these toys! My pup loves them, they are durable—and they look nice around the house."

Wild One Toy Kit
Tug, toss, and chew your heart out. Bundle our Triangle Tug, Twist Toss, and Bolt Bite, and get all the Wild One toys your dog will love. Made with 100% natural rubber, 100% organic cotton, and designed so you don’t have to compromise on aesthetics or functionality.

"Can’t forget sunscreen!"

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
This innovative, antioxidant-rich SPF primer preps skin for makeup while providing broad spectrum SPF 40 and protection from blue light, the light emitted from our phones and computers.

Nicole Wolfgram, CFO:

"It’s rosé season and I love to keep myself well stocked via Winc—this is my current choice."

"Three children does require a well-stocked home bar. I buy these for the home and as gifts: These glasses look delicate, but have a nice weight to them."

MATCH Glass Tumblers (Set of 4)
A sturdy bar glass. Fill out your glassware collection with this set of 4 Italian crystal tumblers. These short glasses have a comforting heft to them, and we use them day in and day out for all sorts of cocktails (and sometimes just a glass of juice too).

Zach Klein, CEO:

"The most reliable way we found to get the kids to put their stuff away is to give them a dinosaur head to stash it. It also doubles as a picnic basket for socially distant picnics."

Suck UK Dinosaur Case
Store all your roar-some essentials and let your dino obsessed child’s imagination run riot with this multipurpose Jurassic themed storage container/ lunchbox.

"Our dog isn’t getting outside as much this summer, as we’re spending more time at home. We spoiled him with this remarkably affordable shag bed and it’s durable, cozy, and hides wear and tear really well."

Best Friends by Sheri Donut Bed
With ultra-soft and cushioned walls all the way around, your dog or cat is sure to feel loved and comforted while napping in the Best Friends by Sheri Donut bed. The interior and exterior of this bed is made with faux fur/shag material that is unbelievably soft to the touch.

"This year’s backyard blockbuster for kids."

Jasonwell Inflatable Unicorn Sprinkler
Made of thick quality and tested material. Perfect for outdoor backyard water play, summer party, pool party, unicorn party, etc.

"For two years running, this is still the best all-around summer sandal. Just as comfortable as its suede predecessor, the rubber version of the Birkenstock Arizona is supportive and easy to clean."

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA
The legendary two-strap design from BIRKENSTOCK - the Arizona. The often imitated, never duplicated, comfort legend and fashion staple. Shown in EVA, a synthetic waterproof and lightweight material.

Mike Chino, Senior Editor:

"I don't live in the Outer Sunset—but if I did, I would wake up each weekend, ride the Mohinder wavy train to Trouble Coffee, order a ‘Build Your Own Damn House,’ and spend the rest of the morning ogling handcrafted ceramics and ‘warm modernism’ books at General Store. Wash, rinse, repeat."

Mohinders Men's City Slipper - Woven
City slip-ons handmade in India from all-natural materials. The City Slippers from Mohinders are handmade by their partner cooperative in rural India, a standalone nonprofit that comprises 170 families of artisan entrepreneurs.

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