Perfect Gifts for your Beach Lovin’ Bestie



What’s better than receiving a truly awesome, oh-my-god-how-did-you-know-I-absolutely-love-it gift? Well, that’s a trick question. Because nothing is. But giving one is pretty close.

The secret (which I’d like to brag about the fact that I’ve perfected) is spending a lot of time keeping your eyes peeled well in advance to the actual time you need to purchase a gift. If you wait until the week before, you’re stuck going to the local mall and settling for some no-name costume jewelry and a Starbucks gift card when you had all the chances to get something really special.

Lucky for you, I’ve done the legwork already so the next time your beach-loving bestie has a birthday rolling around, you’re all set to impress with a beachy gift that is sure to please and won’t break the bank. Here are three of my favorites:


Candy Cakes Bath Bakery “Mermaid” Cupcake Bathbomb:

You may recognize this from my instagram post (@pinklyperfect_inc), but I am completely obsessed with Candy Cake’s “Mermaid” Cupcake Bath Fizz and I know your friend/sister/neighbor will be too! Aloe and Lily scented, this bathbomb is chemical free and all natural and the perfect tool for ultimate relaxation. The best part? Retails for only $12.50. Buy it here!


Sunnylife Beach Sounds Portable Radio + Speaker:

I’ve been eyeing this badboy for years and the fact that I haven’t purchased one yet is beyond me. This retro portable radio is perfect for any beach-loving girl who likes to rock out to some tunes in between riding the waves. And it’s even more perfect because you can also hook it up to any iPhone and listen to your own music. Tip: this gift requires four AA batteries, so best to include those too. Buy it here!


Sea Bags Maine Heart-Shaped Rope Wristlet:

I’m absolutely obsessed with Sea Bags Maine. Not only is it super cool to tell people your beach bag is made from recycled sails, but they also make the most perfect wristlets to store your valuables when hitting the beach. Perfect size for your cell, headphones, cash, and sunnies, this gift is sure to please. Comes in a variety of colors/prints, but the heart shaped rope is my favorite. Buy it here!


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Best Beach Reads



This summer in AV, we’ve been pretty lucky to get a bunch of those perfect beach days: blue skies, ocean breezes, hot sun with days consisted of morning jogs, hours laying out on the beach, evening bike rides, and nights on the deck. But what happens when you wake up Saturday morning and you’re greeted with cloudy skies, harsh wind, and a forecast of 10 hours of thunderstorms?

If you’re like me and already caught up on all the weekly Bravo shows and don’t quite feel like committing yourself to 5 hours of Netflix binge-­watching, then you have roughly 12 hours of time to occupy.

I’ve found the best way to do this and not fall into a weather‐induced depression is to keep the spirit of summer alive through diving into great summer books. Here’s three of my favorites to keep you busy between Wawa runs and failed attempts to Facebook stalk that hot lifeguard you noticed last week:

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood:

Based in a seaside English town, The Wicked Girls follows the lives of two women who first met when they were 11 years old and charged with murder. Carnival cleaner Amber and journalist Kirsty are reunited when a series of attacks on female tourists happen at their resort town’s amusement park, Funnland. Perfect read if you’re the summer-lover who enjoys a good thriller.

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue:

In the rare event that you have yet to discover All the Summer Girls, stop everything you’re doing and start it now. All the Summer Girls takes place in Avalon, New Jersey (!), chronicling the lives of three best friends who’ve returned to their summer getaway and find themselves confronting the fallout of a fateful night that took place many summers ago. Perfect for any beach girl, but especially the ones from Avalon.

The Blessings by Elise Juska

By far the best book I’ve read in months. Elise Juska perfectly portrays the lives of an Irish-­Catholic family from Philadelphia. Each chapter chronicles the events of this large, close‐knit family through the eyes of a different family member over the course of 15 years. Starting with Abby’s perspective and her struggle to adjust to leaving home for freshman year of college, The Blessings is the perfect rainy day book as it’s completely heartwarming, honest, and relatable.

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