Ah, the joy of the lazy summer day: the sounds of birds chirping, ice cubes clinking, pool water splashing, and your family members shouting over the sound of a sizzling grill. If you need a moment to sneak away—or something to keep your friends and family engaged on a beach vacation, a week-long road trip, or a cool night on your front porch—we’ve got the goods to keep you entertained. We see game nights, delicious cocktails, and lots of doodling in your future.
Best of Summer Stationery by Potter Gift
Whether you’re headed to camp, a snazzy vacation, or a long stay off the grid at Grandma’s, you need this fabulous summer-themed stationery set. Nothing’s quite as hip as hand-writing letters to your family and friends. Pen a love note, doodle, or write a poem on one of 20 sheets of colorfully designed paper. At the end of the summer, use the ribbon to tie your correspondences together, and keep them in the hot pink pouch for the ultimate keepsake.
Brain Freeze Journal by Potter Gift
You might be surprised to see this little ice cream sandwich sitting on the shelf of your local bookstore, but fear not! This chunky, 368-page morsel won’t let any of your thoughts melt away. Pop this cutie in your bag to plan a weekend getaway, play road trip games of MASH and tic-tac-toe, or empty your busy brain on a hot summer Saturday. It’s an irresistible little journal, bound to make you smile every time you grab it.
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The Selby’s Book of Wonders by Todd Selby
Artist and photographer Todd Selby ventures into the world of stationery with his doodle-tastic journal, The Selby’s Book of Wonders. The pages are a delightful mix of lined, dotted, grid, and blank, each separated by a vibrant page of Selby’s watercolor illustrations—but our favorite part is personalizing every entry with the included sticker sheets. The quirky drawings of aliens, gumball machines, planets, Furbys, and sloths are sure to brighten up a hazy summer’s day by the pool.
Ginge Cat Critter Journal by Donna Wilson
Do you love kisses and cherry cola? So does Ginge Cat: the cover star of this adorable journal. It’s the ultimate parting gift for that friend hitting the road, and the perfect companion for your own summertime travels. Use it to write out your summer bucket list, keep a log of your favorite activities, or simply explore your creative side. Cuddle up with Ginge during those summer showers and fill the pages with your musings—she hates storms just as much as you do!
Spritz by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau
Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing cocktail. From Leslie Pariseau and aperitivo-obsessed Talia Baiocchi, editor-in-chief of Punch, comes a fabulous guide to the craft of the spritz. Learn all about the storied culture and classic spritz components, discover new and traditional recipes from well-known bartenders, and whip up delicious bites perfect for backyard soirees. This is how you do summer right, poolside or otherwise.
Rewordable by Allison Parrish, Adam Simon, and Tim Szetela
Long days at the beach are a drag when it’s raining, so why not bring some games to your next sandy getaway? Each of the 120 cards in this deck was carefully engineered through statistical linguistic analysis to create balanced, fun gameplay. As players build their own lexicon, they’re able to add to their own words or steal other players’, making it the perfect game for the ultimate family competition.
The Nasty Woman Game by Amanda Brinkman, illustrated by Erin K. Wilson
Ready to let off some steam with your feminist friends? Gather ‘round, nasty women (and men!), and join forces with your girl squad to smash the patriarchy. OK, so this game might not actually eradicate misogyny with a swift flick of the wrist, but it’ll sure get you and your pals laughing about mansplaining, manspreading, Oprah’s hypothetical campaign for president, and Paul Ryan’s favorite workout jams. Still curious? Pick one up to bring on your next trip, and have fun!
Q&A A Day for Writers by Potter Gift
Just because school’s out and the office is closed on Fridays doesn’t mean you should totally turn off your brain. Instead, spend your lazy days and long weekends trying your hand at creative writing. With 365 prompts and exercises to get your creative juices flowing, you’ll be cranking out enlightened prose, detailed characters, and thickened plots in no time.