25+ Gifts to Get You Outside and Staying Creative This Summer

Fun Outdoor Summer Items

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As a child, nothing could compare to summer. With its warm weather and long days, the season was seemingly made for outdoor activities. However, as adults, many of us have forgotten how to unplug and simply enjoy the sunshine—until now. In this collection of creative gifts, you'll find more than a dozen reasons to spend some time outside.

For a hands-on outdoor project, look no further than our selection of summer crafts, including a delightful DIY birdhouse and a charming wood flower press. If you're more of an observer, you'll love flipping through the National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America and spinning the handy star wheel. And if you're mostly interested in showing off your summer style, you're bound to turn heads when you swim around with a mermaid flipper.

What are you waiting for? Grab something to do and go outside!

Looking for fun things to do outside? Check out these summer crafts and gifts!


Flower Press

Wood Flower Press

Berstuk | $28.15


Mermaid Swim Fin

Mermaid Fin

FINIS | $22.36


How to be a Wildflower

Go Outside Fun Things To Do Outside Summer Crafts Outdoor Project

Katie Daisy | $19.95


Instant Ice Pop Maker


Camper Birdhouse Kit


Wildflower Seeds


Cyanotype Kit

Cyanotype Kit

DaisyBowCraft | $13.78+


Mosaic Kit


Temporary Watercolor Butterfly Tattoos

Butterfly Tattoos

Tattly | $15


Grow Your Own Bonsai Kit

Grow Your Own Bonsai Kit

GrowBuddha | $18.79


Oversized Beach Towel

Oversized Beach Towel

ban.do | $59.95


Biodegradable Colorful Heart Seed Bombs


Watercolor Sheets


Seek App


Macrame Hammock

Macrame Hammock

Opalhouse | $111


Retro Cooler

Retro Igloo Cooler

Igloo | $54.99


Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America


Japanese Pagoda Lantern Kit


Travel Easel

En Plein Air Travel Easel

Jullian | $89.99


Outdoor Acrylic Paint

Go Outside Fun Things To Do Outside Summer Crafts Outdoor Project

Folk Art| $26.35


Backyard Fire Pit Table

Backyard Fire Pit Table

Cuisinart | $349.99


Wood Journal

Go Outside Fun Things To Do Outside Summer Crafts Outdoor Project

Hereafter | $29


Indigo Dye Kit


Croquet Set

Croquet Set

GoSports | $59.99


Northern Hemisphere Sky Wheel

Northern Hemisphere Sky Wheel

Ken Graun | $18.45


Butterfly Puddler


This article has been edited and updated.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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