If this time has shown us anything, it’s that with a positive attitude, we can make the most of anything. This Memorial Day will certainly look a little different this year, but for us it’s an opportunity to reconnect with the things that matter—family, fresh air, great food, and lots of laughs. Also, what better time to reflect on the real meaning of Memorial Day and honor the memory of the women and men in the U.S. military? Ahead, the activities that might make this holiday weekend the most memorable one yet.
1. RINGTOSS | SUNNYLIFE
Swap the kids’ iPads for an outdoor game! Other kiddie-approved go-tos of ours are badminton and nature scavenger hunts.
2. HOME CLEANING BEST SELLERS KIT | THE LAUNDRESS
Everything you need to round out your spring cleaning projects, in one easy set.
3. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER WORK | OPERATION GRATITUDE
Express your gratitude to the United States military and first responder heroes with a virtual volunteer project. Operation Gratitude offers a number of options, including virtual letter writing and sending homemade greeting cards to troops to write home to their families.
4. OUTDOOR PILLOW | ONE KINGS LANE
Cushy outdoor throw pillows and blankets transform a balcony or rooftop into a cozy oasis. Bring out a tray of drinks and noshes, throw on your latest playlist, and hang with your partners in quarantine—even if that means via Zoom.
5. WASH & STAIN BAR | THE LAUNDRESS
The need for some sunshine is greater than ever right now, and with warmer temps rolling in, don’t forget your SPF! This bar removes those chalky white stains from bathing suits and beyond.
6. ELECTRIC STEP THROUGH BIKE | STORYBIKES
A social-distancing bike ride is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. That breeze in your hair, though…
7. PICNIC RUG | TWEEDMILL
There’s something so nostalgic about a good picnic, whether it’s at the beach or your backyard. Place an order for no-contact pick up at your local food joint, then roll out a comfy rug or blanket and dine al fresco.
8. MICROGREENS GROW KIT | BACK TO THE ROOTS
When better than the present to flex your green thumb?! Start a garden or add some new veggies, herbs, or flowers to yours. No space to start one? A microgreens kit lets you grow one from your windowsill.
9. PIT KIT | THE LAUNDRESS
Pit stains, wine splatters, and food spills are all signs of a good time. Lucky for you, our Pit Kit banishes all of them in a snap.
10. SHEET PAN CLAM BAKE
Whip up a masterful meal and bring the destination to you! We won’t be able to make it to our oceanside clambake this year, so we’re making our own with this sheet pan recipe. If you want to go transcontinental, look to recipes from cookbooks or websites.
(For more cooking inspo, check out our fave chefs and cooking apps.)
11. SIMPLE STRING LIGHTS | WEST ELM
Bring the vibes of an outdoor bar to you! Thread these lights over deck railings (or your living room or even fire escape!) to create the prettiest ambient glow, then mix up a summery cocktail.
12. SPORT DUO | THE LAUNDRESS
Stream your morning workout outdoors, then spritz down your equipment with our crisp-smelling, antibacterial-spiked Sport Spray. After, throw in a load of your activewear with Sport Detergetnt to keep elasticity in check.
13. THE RAZOR’S EDGE | W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Shut it all down, close up your remote desk, and set the OOO! Try going tech-free for a day or two and get lost in a really good book. This one is our cofounder Gwen’s favorite.
14. Host A Social Distancing BBQ or Tailgate
Cofounder Lindsey is firing up her grill and hosting a social-distancing BBQ in her backyard with one other family! We highly suggest setting the mood with some plaid table linens and traditional fixings. A tailgate with a perfectly-packed cooler and some comfy beach chairs works like a charm, too…