July Swoon Gift Guide

For most people, vacation means hanging out by the water, whether it’s a pool, a lake, or the ocean. So grab your suit, your best friend, and fill your beach bag with the below items to get the most out of the summer.


A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward his nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of J. M. Barrie’s classic tale, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up—and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel, hardcover $17.99


Boardshorts are a great alternative to those billowy chiffon swim suit cover-ups your Nana wears. Plus, they usually have pockets, which are super useful when you’re left with a handful of change after buying an ice cream cone on the pier. This pair should go with at least half of the bikinis you own.

Hurley Beachrider Women’s Boardshorts, Tilly’s, $34.97


Nothing will ruin a vacation faster than a sun burn. It hurts, everything you wear other than your swim suit will look ridiculous, and, worst of all, you’ll have to stay inside for the rest of your trip. And that’s before you factor in things like wrinkles and melanoma. So, please, please, please use your sunscreen! Sun Bum smells good and stays put no matter how many games of chicken you play in the pool.

Sun Bum PRO SPF 50 Sunscreen 1.5 oz, $12.99


Is there anything as annoying than grabbing your beach towel on the way to the out the door only to realize it is soaking wet because someone (read: your little brother) thought it was theirs? Solve this problem by monogramming your towel. And maybe start hiding your stuff from your brother.

Ikat Stripe Beach Towel, PB Teen, $24.00, $32.50 with monogram