The Ultimate List of Summer Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Love


Summer brings warm weather and fun times with family and friends, whether that’s a backyard BBQ, night out, or a beach party. And nothing is better than a summertime celebration of someone’s birthday, anniversary, or other special days.

If you’re searching for the perfect summer gift for a friend or family member, you’re in the right place. This gift guide has 19 great summer gifts anyone would love.

Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Do your family and friends love to have a backyard movie night under the stars? Well, this Presto Poplite Hot Air Popper makes the perfect gift. Pop popcorn with air, not oil, and the butter melter that comes with it doubles as a handy measuring cup. Pop gourmet or regular popcorn in minutes so you can spend more time with the people you love.

Upside Down Tomato Plant

There’s nothing better in the summer than fresh garden vegetables. And tomato plants make one of the best summer gifts for mom, gardeners, or any other person who wants to start gardening.

They don’t take up much room, and you can grow them in a container if you live in an urban setting. This Upside Down Tomato Plant makes gardening easier whether you live in the city or the country.

Tomatoes love the warm sun so plant them in late spring so you can have delicious tomatoes in mid to late summer.

Waterproof Kindle

Many people love reading on the beach or at the lake. Even if you only like to read magazines, this waterproof Kinde ensures that if it falls in the water, it won’t get damaged. Now your friend can finish reading that novel she’s been dying to read on vacation without worrying about her Kindle getting wet.

Portable Blender

Now you can enjoy your favorite smoothies and drinks outside by the pool or at the beach with this Hamilton Beach Portable Blender. If you’re planning a summer birthday or celebration by the pool, this blender will come in handy.

It’s easy to carry, comes in some fun colors, and comes with a lid so you can blend and go. Save time looking for the right glass if your friend or family member will be solo or use it to make different individual drinks for everyone.

Jazzminton Paddle Ball Game

Paddleball is a fun game you can play in your backyard, at the beach, or anywhere outside. This fun set comes with one ball, four shuttlecocks, two racquets, and a carrying case. Anyone who loves playing games or sports outside will love this paddleball set.

Homemade Jam

Food is often the perfect gift to show someone you care because of the thought that goes into it. Just about everyone loves homemade jam, and if you like to cook and make your own, this is a great summer gift. These mason jars are perfect for storing your homemade preserves or jams.

Motivational Pens

Do you have a friend that’s a writer or works in an office? These cute pens make the perfect gift. Each one has an inspiring quote and they come in a gift box. Now they’ll get a dose of inspiration whether they’re handwriting their novel or writing office notes.

Fun Inflatable Drink Floats

What’s better than a fun day floating in a pool? Well, that’s easy - a fun day floating at the pool where your drink floats next to you. Your friend or family member will love these cute inflatable drink floats shaped like a unicorn, swan, crab, pineapple, and more.

Plus, the set comes with an air pump, so they have everything they need to blow them up. These make one of the greatest gifts for dad so he can keep his drink close by him when lounging in the pool. Perhaps it’s one of those summer gifts for him that he’ll even let you borrow.

Herb Garden Starter Kit

This cute indoor herb kit is perfect for summer cooking, whether it’s grilling or creating summer side dishes. It comes with essential herbs like Rosemary, Chives, and Oregano. It’s small, so it doesn’t take up much space, and you can grow it in the kitchen, where it’s handy to add to dishes. Anyone can grow herbs with this handy kit.

Water Bottle with Hydration Tracking

Do you have a friend on a diet or just trying to drink more water? Then this hydration tracking water bottle is a great gift. Manually turn the lid to track how much water you drink, and one dot equals one bottle of water. It comes in the regular 20-ounce size, or supersize it to the 25-ounce bottle. It’s easy to clean because you can toss it in the dishwasher with the rest of your dishes.

Dorcy LED Floating Flashlight

This rugged flashlight makes the perfect gift for people who love getting into the pool at night, camping, hiking, or other activities near the water. You can never have too many flashlights, and if this one falls into the water, it floats so you can find it quickly. It comes in a variety of cool colors and is durable with a shock-absorbing rubber drip. Pop in three AAA batteries, and your friend is good to go.

Audio Sunglasses

Now, these sunglasses are the ultimate summer gift for the friend who has everything. These audio sunglasses come with Bose speakers that produce rich sound while the people around you hear almost nothing. The open-air audio allows you to listen to music while still being aware of your surroundings. Plus, they block up to 99 percent of UVB and UVA rays.

Personalized Garden Stone

Any gardener will love this personalized garden stone. This unique gift lasts a long time, and they’ll think of you every time they see it. The pretty mosaic design makes it stand out and it’s the perfect decoration for any garden or flower bed.

Seashell Anklet

Summer is the time to wear flip-flops, which means you can show off a beautiful anklet like this sterling silver one with seashells. Wow your female friend with this delicate bracelet that’s sure to look great on her. It’s one of the best summer birthday gifts for her.

It comes in a fine gift box perfect for giving to her or just keeping it safe, and it would even make a beautiful graduation gift this summer.

Personalized Koozies

While you may like hot weather, you certainly don’t want your drink to get too hot. These personalized koozies make the perfect gift for any occasion. Or you can even get some customized for your own party or celebration. You get to choose everything, including the color, monogram, text, design, and ink color. They’re very popular for weddings, engagement or bachelorette parties, and more.

Waterproof Poker and Playing Cards

These Merytes waterproof cards are perfect for taking to the beach, the lake, camping, the pool, and other fun summer locations. You don’t have to worry about them getting wet and disintegrating. If they get dirty, all you need to do is dip them in water and clean them. This is a set of two decks of waterproof cards so you can give one away and keep a deck for yourself.

Succulents Plants

Yes, you can actually get plants in the mail, and these live succulent plants are perfect as indoor house plants.  Every pack is hand-picked so if your friend has a green thumb or loves plants, this is one of the nicest summer gift ideas. But even your friends that don’t have experience with plants will enjoy this present because they are so easy to take care of. Both women and men love plants, so gift them something that lasts a long time and reminds them of you often.

Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa

This air sofa is one of the best summer gifts you can give your friend that loves hanging out at the beach or lake. It’s portable and easy to inflate with no pump. You just whip it through the air to inflate it.  The manufacturer designed this air lounger with its patented anti-deflate technology, so it remains inflated for hours. It comes with a carrying bag and stake that you can use to secure the air sofa in place. This sofa comes in a variety of pretty patterns and plain colors.

eGift Card

If all else fails and you have no clue what to get that special person in your life, one of the best summer gifts is an eGift card. They can use it anywhere or gift them with an eGift card to their favorite store. Gift Card Granny has endless options of gift cards for people of all ages. You can’t go wrong with an eGift card.

If you’re looking for one of the best summer gifts of 2021, now you have 19 amazing gift options to choose from. Some of the summer gifts on this list are unique, and others are handy. They’re all centered around the sunniest season of the year – Summer.

We’re sure you can find the perfect gift for the special person on your list.

What’s your favorite gift on this list?