Route’s Favorite Products: May 2021 Roundup
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May is one of those months that definitely marks the beginning of a new season. It draws a line in the white sand beach between work and play, and we know y’all are due for a good time. May is when school lets out, teens graduate from senior high, and ice cream trucks come out of hibernation in full swing.
Whole swatches of people are hitting their ecommerce beat as the temps rise and time is plentiful. After all, there’s a lot of goodies to grab to prep for the next 3 months of sunshine, popsicles, and friends (in the flesh this year!). We did our own fair share of shopping last month, and these are some of the gems we found.
Whether you’re planning on kicking off summer by hosting a fancy-shmancy soiree, soaking up some R&R in your backyard, or getting in even more quality time with Fido, these ecommerce goods are some of our favorites.
A heatwave of goodies awaits
- Jonathan Adler — Keurig K-Mini Brewer
- Lulu and Georgia — Thalia Hammock
- Hill House Home — Dinner Party Set
- Boldfaced — Good Boy Pet Tag
Jonathan Adler ♥ Keurig K-Mini Brewer — $100
We know that a cup o’ joe isn’t the most seasonal item to launch you into the summer spirit, but we’re starting this list with something practical and precious. After hitting a high of roughly 70%, the rate of folks who work remotely most of the time in the US amidst the pandemic has steadied at 56%.
And between all those workouts in your home gym, who needs extra steps between your desk and the coffee pot in the kitchen? Not us, that’s for sure.
This collab between single-serve coffee go-to Keurig and Jonathan Adler makes for one heckua cute barista setup right on your desk. Its teensy footprint (just 4.5” wide and 11.3” deep) makes it an unobtrusive desktop tool that you’ll use every darn day.
Plus, the folks at Jonathan Adler were smart enough to drum up a matching mug (sold separately) to complete this coffee ensemble.
This li’l guy has top five-star ratings, and you can finance it with Affirm and pay a measly 10 bucks a month. You won’t notice that tenner out of your pocket, but you will notice how much you love making coffee without the hassle of leaving your desk.
Lulu and Georgia Thalia Hammock — $349
Now that you’ve shut your laptop and found an opportunity to creep away from your desk, it’s time to relax. Unlike the ubiquitous hammocks made from cheap ropes that cut into your sweaty thighs that you can grab at any big box store, the Thalia Hammock is for those who want to add a touch of elegance to comfort.
The cotton canvas body means you can have luxury and durability, while the hand-crocheted tassels and web of undyed yarns toss your mind into “Tropical Getaway” mode. Toss up the Thalia Hammock indoors or outside, strung between tree trunks, a hammock stand, or some hooks in your wall—whatever ya got, really.
And if you happen to spill a dribble of red wine, no worries. This hammock is machine-washable for a clean, fresh rest no matter what elements it encounters (just remove the big wooden bars first, unless you’re hankering for a new washing machine).
Lulu and Georgia is a brand borne from a long line of interior design pioneers. Founder and CEO Sara Sugarman curates the “best and latest in interior design” so that anything is fit for the “style-obsessed”—even including hammocks.
The team works closely with a network of designers and architects while keeping a stylish thumb on the pulse of upcoming trends, which means Lulu and Georgia customers can rest assured that their homes will always look good.
With free returns (pending a few conditions), there’s nothing to sweat with investing in the Thalia Hammock. First-time customers can snag a 10% off coupon when they join the email list, and there’s an option to finance this relaxation station through Affirm. We know you won’t be fretting over much as you sway away in the shade on this hammock, but with all these customer-focused extras, peace of mind is a given.
Hill House Home Dinner Party Set — $250
The pandemic drove us all indoors, left to endure whoever was lucky enough to live with us for at least an entire year. Sure, you might love your spouse/child/pet/plant, but now that vaccines have landed, it’s time to start seeing some more faces. What better way to reintroduce yourself to your friends than throwing a proper dinner party, eh?
Wow your dinner guests with the tablescape of all tablescapes thanks to this four-setting ensemble by Hill House Home. Made from 100% cotton, this set includes a round tablecloth and four napkins with accompanying bow-tied Grosgrain napkin rings.
The light blue (also available in pink) Nap Dress print screams (or gently whispers) summertime suppers under great-grandpa’s favorite willow tree.
Hill House Home is all about creating practically storybook settings, and this dinner set is no exception. As great as Hill House wants your experience to be with their goods, though, it’s a brand that also wants you to have a good experience buying its stuff.
Shipping is fast and free for this dinner party set, and free 30-day returns makes it OK if you change your mind. And if you don’t want to fork over the full price tag up front, take advantage of four interest-free payments through Quadpay, a BNPL favorite.
Boldfaced Good Boy Pet Tag — $11
As Boldfaced puts it, “Modern life feels depressing at best and downright unbearable at worst, so we all deserve to spend our free time looking for a laugh here and there.” There aren’t many sentiments we vibe with more than that, which is part of the reason why this goodie made our summertime list.
The month of May was all about launching us collectively into a better, lighter mindset as we start putting a tragic pandemic chapter behind us. We picked up this tag as a favorite because it’s light-hearted and reminds of things we love and treasure in this world, like any Good Boy in our lives.
For just $11, grab this gold-plated zinc alloy tag that reads “Good Boy.” It’s fit for your doggo, your catto, or even strung on a tasteful chain for your kiddo who needs loads of positive reinforcement. The blank back also serves as a great place to engrave more info like your good boy’s name, phone number, and address.
Boldfaced offers free shipping for any order totaling more than $50, and we’re positive you won’t have issues passing that threshold when you start perusing the rest of the store. What’s more is that if your pupper chews up your heirloom sofa after you order this tag, Boldfaced has a 30-day return policy in place.