Summer Celebration Ideas, from Dresses to Desserts

Celebrate your loved ones with vibrant gifts and a splash of color this season.
Gauraa at SmartGift
June 23rd 2021Jun 23, 2021

Summertime brings longer days, bright colors, new blooms, and countless opportunities for both outdoor activities and indoor entertainment. The summer solstice might be behind us, but if you’ve spent the year counting down the days to warmer weather, waiting to spend time with family and friends you haven't seen in a long time, there’s no better time than the present to celebrate!

Whether you’re looking for birthday gift ideas, pride surprises for your friends, celebratory treats for summer vacations (or hot summer night get-togethers!), we have you covered.

Now is the ultimate time for plants and flowers to blossom. Send your loved ones a thoughtful and vibrant bouquet of summer flowers that will cheer them up and elevate their days.

If they’re still working from home, send them floral arrangements that'll bring even the wildest summer colors to life at their desk or workspace. Fresh and ornamental, these long-stemmed roses and poms make for a thoughtful and bright gesture, especially with the longest day behind us.

If your friends have developed green thumbs over quarantine, why not send them the gift of easy-to-grow hanging baskets of plants that will flourish all summer long, and even after?

Surprise friends and family who love entertaining with some thoughtful additions to their table. Summer squash and fruit baskets bring much-needed respite to the heat, plus they make for a gorgeous centerpiece—a quick and easy favorite for all hosts to enjoy!

With outdoor living trends on the rise this year, the summer is ripe with plans to spend more time outside. Liven up any backyard, patio, or deck get-together with these fun accoutrements.

Surely, there’s no forgetting summer drinks—lime juice, yes—but nothing says Summer Fridays better than summer cocktails like Bloody Mary.

Looking for a gift for someone with a sweet tooth? These cheerful and scrumptious summer desserts will not disappoint any connoisseur.

Store-bought birthday cakes are great, but why not switch things up and gift the summer births in your life ice cream assortments this year?

Add to the decadence by topping freshly whipped cream with sweet and succulent cherries—something extra to make them feel special.

With lockdown restrictions lifted, now is the perfect time to venture outside and soak up the sun. Send your loved ones the perfect breathable cotton summer clothes to wear to an outdoor brunch or to the beach!

We can't forget summer outfits for men. The dudes in your life will love an update to their wardrobe with these laid back and lightweight offerings.

Oxford Polos are summer classics for a good reason: your guy can wear these straight from the office to the bar, beach, or backyard hang. These versatile shirts pair perfectly with loafers and summer sandals.

Now, turning to the little people in your life—send your nieces, nephews, and godchildren bright ensembles to liven up their vacation.

Cute, comfortable, and beachy, these one-and-done summer dresses for girls are all about the summer fun.

Maybe it’s your nephew’s birthday, or you want to spoil your sibling’s kids just because—these sun-washed must-haves will help him discover his own unique style and bring summer vibes to any vacation.

No summer is complete without summer hats! Whether gearing up for the much-awaited Shot Girl Summer, or looking for a gift for a gardener friend, it’s important to consider the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. These bucket hats add flair to your summer aesthetic while protecting you from hyperpigmentation.

If sun hats aren't for them, sunnies are a sure-shot guarantee to get them through summer. A detailed and modern update to a classic will keep them looking stylish as they transition into the new normal.

Perhaps you’re trying to find a little something for the more adventurous folks in your life. These picks make perfect presents for those consistently on-the-go, fit for Cape Cod, road trips, national parks, and air-travel alike.

If you’re trying to make a splash with a romantic gesture, there’s no time like the present. Try a champagne-colored watch for him, or jewelry in red-pink shades for her. These accessories are perennial, brightening just about any day of the year.

For more summer gift ideas, shop the full Summer Favorites collection.