Just 12 incredibly cute things to shop if you're looking to brighten up your summer

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
·4 min read

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At this point in 2020, we’ve all had a pretty rough go after a long and stressful seven months. For me, staying connected to loved ones online and maintaining a self-care routine has helped immensely to stave off feeling overwhelmed, but sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up to get through the day.

Instead of browsing online for new outfits or hitting my local bakery for a sweet treat like I may have done in the past, lately I’ve been intentionally seeking out small things that - forgive the cliché - spark joy.

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Though it might seem childish to want to embellish your surroundings with things that are cute and cartoonish, I’m all for embracing the small things that bring a smile to your face. Retail therapy is certainly a privilege, but if you’re able to indulge, there are certainly worse things that you could be doing with your time these days.

Since there’s still plenty of time that we’ll all be staying indoors and enjoying time to ourselves, there’s never been a better time to shop for things to keep your spirits up. Ahead, find 12 cute items that we’re loving right now in case you could use a little extra positivity in your life.

Bulbasaur Concrete Planter

Bulbasaur Concrete Planter. Image via Etsy.
Bulbasaur Concrete Planter. Image via Etsy.

Pokemon fans can bring a whimsical touch to any space with this miniature planter that’s ideal for your air plants or succulents.

SHOP IT: Etsy, $30 each

Petals Nail Wraps

Petals Nail Wraps. Image via Scratch.
Petals Nail Wraps. Image via Scratch.

These innovative gel polish wraps adhere directly onto nails for up to two weeks of wear, and can be removed with a quick swipe of polish remover - no trip to the salon needed.

SHOP IT: Scratch, $16 ($12 USD)

Hydro-Stars Hydrocolloid Pimple Patches

Hydro-Stars Hydrocolloid Pimple Patches. Image via Starface.
Hydro-Stars Hydrocolloid Pimple Patches. Image via Starface.

Having just launched in Canada, these Instagram-worthy pimple patches might just be my new favourite skincare product. Simply apply them onto clean skin overnight, and wake up to a dramatic reduction in breakouts.

SHOP IT: Starface, $36 ($27 USD)

Cereal Candle

Cereal Candle. Image via Mala.
Cereal Candle. Image via Mala.

This fruity, nostalgic candle will transport you right back to Saturday mornings from your childhood with its vibrant and playful scent.

SHOP IT: Mala, $27

Smoko Lil B Dumpling Mini Air Purifier

Smoko Lil B Dumpling Mini Air Purifier. Image via Urban Outfitters.
Smoko Lil B Dumpling Mini Air Purifier. Image via Urban Outfitters.

Purify the air inside your home or office and add an adorable touch to your desk with this compact dumpling shaped air purifier.

SHOP IT: Urban Outfitters, $44

Summer Charms

Summer Charms. Image courtesy of Jenny Bird.
Summer Charms. Image courtesy of Jenny Bird.

Choose one of five adorable charms that come with either a necklace, bracelet or anklet chain to bring some sparkle to your summer wardrobe.

SHOP IT: Jenny Bird, From $120

Vanilla Marshmallow Bath Bomb

Vanilla Marshmallow Bath Bomb. Image via The Body Shop.
Vanilla Marshmallow Bath Bomb. Image via The Body Shop.

Relax with a warm bath and the comforting scent of vanilla, all wrapped up in an owl-shaped fizzing bath bomb.

SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $3

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Assorted 10-Pack

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Assorted 10-Pack. Image via Indigo.
Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Assorted 10-Pack. Image via Indigo.

If you’re looking to stay organized while working from home, these colourful pastel highlighters can be used for all your important documents.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $20

Quo Beauty Headband

Quo Beauty Headband. Image via Shoppers Drug Mart.
Quo Beauty Headband. Image via Shoppers Drug Mart.

Transform the act of washing your face into a moment that you look forward to with this brightly coloured headband that features plush ears.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $10

Cable Bites

Cable Bites. Image via Urban Outfitters.
Cable Bites. Image via Urban Outfitters.

When it comes to cute tech accessories, these little cable bites are not only adorable, but they also protect your cords from warping or cracking at the ends.

SHOP IT: Urban Outfitters, $8 each, or two for $10

Disney X Coach Minnie Mouse Coin Case

Disney X Coach Minnie Mouse Coin Case. Image via Coach.
Disney X Coach Minnie Mouse Coin Case. Image via Coach.

Show off your love for Disney with this leather coin purse that’s embellished with a sweet floral pattern and Minnie Mouse’s iconic circular ears.

SHOP IT: Coach, $95

Fran Cat Trinket Box

Fran Cat Trinket Box. Image via Anthropologie.
Fran Cat Trinket Box. Image via Anthropologie.

Keep your belongings safe in this colourblocked trinket box that has room to store jewelry, headphones, or other small objects.

SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $27 ($20 USD)

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