Gifts for the California Dreamer

July 7, 2015

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Kicking back on the beach with salty hair and a cold drink never felt so good, and your only worry in the world is whether or not your tan lines will be even.

Whether you live in California or not, the culture of sun and surf is easy to get into.

I’ve selected five products that are perfect for that special someone planning a vacation or who just enjoys this idyllic lifestyle. Each could also double as a pool party hostess gift.


Sunnylife Beach Sounds Portable Speaker

$54.95 | Sunnylife | Purchase at Amazon

Arrive at the beach in style playing your favorite tunes on this radio with bass control, or use the 3.5mm jack to use with your iPhone or music player. The retro look will pair well with the atmosphere you set while playing 1960s beach classics.




“When in Doubt, Vacation” Beach Towel

$12.95 | H & M | Purchase at H & M

Every masterpiece needs a frame. What better than a bright velour beach towel to set the mood? At 31 x 65 inches, this towel is large enough to fit you and piña colada comfortably.




Big Mouth Toys Gigantic Donut Pool FloatDonut

$21 | Big Mouth Toys | Purchase at Amazon

Show your sense of humor and your sweet tooth with this adorable pool float. For the vacationer who sees swimming as a recreational activity, you can’t go wrong lounging in this inflatable treat.






Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

$32 | Tarte | Purchase at Sephora

Californians are notably conscious of what they put in and on their bodies. Luckily, Tarte created a paraben- and phthalate-free sunscreen to protect skin against more than harmful rays. Better yet, this lotion is non-sticky and lily-scented.






California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” by Wendy Kaplan

$35.63 | Wendy Kaplan | Purchase at Amazon

For those who don’t like to get sand between their toes and would rather take in pages of a book than the heat of the sun, Wendy Kaplan’s California Design illustrates the progression and beauty of Californian style in its glory days.



*Please note: Prices are accurate at time of publishing and are subject to change.

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