Evening Essentials For Every Budget

With summer now in full swing, we’re safely spending more time time outdoors and enjoying the warmer and light-filled evenings. Depending on your situation, you may have a backyard or a balcony to escape the indoors. But even if you live without exterior space, these starter packs are designed to go with you—so you can practice social distancing at your local park or green space.

Of course, you can mix and match to create a pack that suits you. Whether you want alone time, a date night, or happy hour with your roommates, these options are meant to be customized. However you decide to spend your summer, we hope this seasons includes good company (even if that company is you), a chilled beverage, and the coziest of ambiances.

To make the most of your outdoor time, check out these sustainable wine subscriptions or our editors’ favorite summer reads.

Under $125

Sticking to a budget this summer? Try this cozy blanket paired with handblown whiskey glasses and a nontoxic candle. Grab your sweetie, your favorite beverage, and snuggle up under the stars.

1. Dylan Throw Blanket by Slowtide

Lightweight, 100% Turkish Cotton, 66″ x 80″, cotton sourced through Cotton LEADS℠ program, made in China at an ethical factory

Shop | $57.95

2. Tavola Postre Glasses by Newly Goods

Handblown by artisans in in Spain, recycled glass, 100 percent recycled packaging, living wages for workers, set of 6

Shop | $52

3. Natural Soy & Coconut Candle by Satya & Sage

100 percent vegetable and coconut wax, cotton wick, dye-, zinc- and phthalate-free, handcrafted in the USA, small business, gives back to local communities

Shop | $8/2 oz candle

Under $400

Wanting invest a bit more into your outdoor essentials? We love these handcrafted floor pillows, as well as this unique and transportable picnic bag and bamboo plates—perfect for the park. If you’d prefer to unwind at home, these solar lights are perfect for setting the mood.

1. Linen Floor Pillows by Celina Mancurti

Made in the USA, 100% linen, 27” x 27’“, hypoallergenic polyester fiber fill

Shop | $140

2. Picnic Bag by Uashmama

Eco-friendly, made of durable, waterproof AGGO® Pull Up Paper, seven internal pockets, family business based in Tuscany, Italy

Shop | $169

3. Colorful Bamboo Dinnerware by Fable New York

Crafted from bamboo fiber and non-GMO corn starch, BPA-free, dishwasher safe

Shop | $38/4-piece set

4. Solar String Lights from West Elm

15-foot strand with 10 weather-resistant lanterns, powered by solar

Shop | $49

Under $700

If you have the space and you want to seriously invest in outdoor essentials, consider this metal bistro table reminiscent of French summers. it’s perfect for sharing meals outside or for sipping organic wine. In addition to Lady of the Sunshine, here are a few of our favorites.

1. Bistro Folding Table & Chairs by Fermob

Made in France, 100% metal and recyclable table, commitment to eco-design and zero waste practices, available in 45 countries

Shop | $510

2. Edge Wine Cooler by Skagerak

Handcrafted in Portugal, Terracotta, L5 x W5 x H9 in, Certified B Corp, family-owned brand, international shipping available

Shop | $99

3. Organic Wine by Lady of the Sunshine

Organic & biodynamic farming practices, Demeter biodynamic certification, grapes are foot tread and the juice is fermented in neutral french oak barrels

Shop | $28/bottle

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