Looking at photos of people on glorious beach holidays on social media sucks when you aren’t on one but instead of moping around, why not recreate your beach holidays with some home decorations and accessories? Here are the top 10 accessories and gadgets that will help you create some serious summer vibes all year round, anywhere.
1. Sea Salt Spray
Let the summer vibes comfort you with some sea salt spray when you’re drowning in work. A great sea salt spray will bring the beach right to your desk and help you imagine you’re basking on pristine white sands elsewhere. Not only will the scent from the spray comfort you and bring to mind the image of gentle waves and sparkling sand, but some types of spray also turn you into a beach babe (or hunk) by curling your hair naturally to give that wind-tousled look. A sea salt spray is perfect for a carefree holiday look and the best ones add some glimmer and shine to your hair — try Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray (it’s unisex!) which is scented, paraben-free and has long-lasting effects. If you have stubborn straight strands that just won’t stay curled, get yourself a curling iron to create some soft, curling waves that will stay in place for a chill look that will last all day. Bed Head Wave Artist is a really popular brand among people who want to recreate the beach look for everyday city life.
2. Summer-scented Body Butter
Not only should your hair look and smell like you just spent a day lounging on the shore, so should your skin. Some coconut oil-scented body butter will bring on the beach vibes and also give your skin some loving nourishment. The one by Bomb Cosmetics also comes in an adorable beach-themed design.
3. Unicorn Pool Floaty-Shaped Dish
You may not be able to drag your gorgeous pool floaty out for a day at sea, but you can still admire its aesthetics with a floaty-inspired dish. A palm-sized dish will be a great desk decoration and can function as a paperweight or a storage container for snacks to munch on at work or office stationery such as paper clips or rubber stamps.
4. Straw Beach Hats
You don’t have to be at the beach to get to wear a straw hat and channel those summer vibes. Protect yourself from the sun anywhere and look chic with a cozy straw hat that screams spring break — pair it with a sundress and sandals for the best effect. Some retailers are taking it one step ahead by printing cute summer catchphrases on the back of the hats so go for those if you want to declare to the world how ready for the beach you are. Some of our favorites are the cheerful “Hello Sunshine” one and the cheeky “Beach Bum” one.
5. Beach Fashion
If you’re worried that a straw hat is too extravagant to wear around every day, go for something more subtle like a beach-themed top or kimono. You can find loads of flowy summer tops from beachwear shops like Billabong that are suitable for everyday street wear. Finish off your look with a pair of blue-tinted sunglasses to bring out the beach-ready babe/hunk in you.
6. Concoction Makers
What’s a beach getaway without a glass of ice-cold cocktail? Make your own Margarita or Piña colada with Margaritaville’s Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker — this brilliant machine is effortlessly easy to use and comes with a high-quality mixer that blends the ice perfectly for you so your drink won’t be spoiled by a single ice chunk.
You won’t need bartender-esque skills to blend a hearty drink and impress your friends and family because the concoction maker will do all the work for you. All you need to do is load up the blender, slot the jug in place and let it work its magic.
7. Fancy Beverage Glasses
If a regular cocktail glass doesn’t channel enough tropical vibes for you, get one of these adorable flamingo beer bongs that will go the extra mile to set the summer mood. They are available for $16 on Amazon.
Too trashy for you? Maybe this glossy pineapple-shaped tumbler will satisfy your classy taste. The leaves at the top of the pineapple head even have a double function as both a lid and a stand to rest the glass on when it’s filled with drinks. How cute is that?
8. Beach Tapestries
Visuals evoke the strongest beach feels and a gorgeously designed wall tapestry makes you feel like the beach is right there in your home or at your workplace.
There are tons of stunning tapestries on Redbubble that feature images ranging from calm beaches to the silhouettes of palm trees against a bewitching sunset and even ocean waves catching a glimmer of the sun.
9. Fake Palm Leaves or Monstera Leaves
On the topic of visuals, one of the most striking and memorable features of a beach scenery is the fronds of palm trees or monstera leaves standing out against a blue sky. Bring that scenery right into your home or work desk with some fake leaves and a glass vase. The silk ones available on eBay make for wonderful decorations and look really natural and realistic.
10. Sky-patterned Umbrella
Longing to look up at endless blue skies but stuck in town with nothing but skyscrapers to ogle at? These umbrellas from Shopee are so beach-ready even Rihanna would want to stand under them. Next time it rains or gets too sunny in the city, whip out your skybrella and let the image of beachy skies comfort you.
You may be stuck in the dead of winter or a rainy season somewhere but don’t let unfavorable weather dampen your summer-loving spirit. Create beach vibes wherever you are with these beach-inspired accessories and gadgets that will definitely remind you of the joy of being on holiday.