14 summer essentials to shop before they sell out

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
Get ready for the summer with these nifty gadgets.   (Getty Images)
Get ready for the summer with these nifty gadgets. (Getty Images)

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It's already high time to start thinking about those summer purchases. 

*But it's only April", you cry. Yes, we're aware that we haven't quite reached heatwave season – but when it comes to summer buys, you can never be too early. 

Remember last year when you hopefully headed online to search for a sun lounger, ice cream machine, fire pit, or – if you really wanted to give the family some at-home fun – a pizza oven.

How many 'out of stock' signs popped up? Let us gently remind you, trying to buy a cooling desk fan in the middle of a blazing hot May was a near-impossible task. 

So, to make sure you're fully organised and have all the items you may need (hello picnic basket), we've rounded up 12 top-rated summer buys. We strongly suggest browsing before they go out of stock again. 

Shop our top summer buys this season

Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan | £12 from John Lewis & Partners

Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan
Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan

The Handheld and Foldable Desk Fan is a nifty gadget to keep you cool all summer long, wherever you may be. 

It is a compact design, with a handle, which can fold into a stand to perch on your desk, plus it's quiet. it has three speed settings and can be plugged into a USB port to charge. 

Igenix DF1655 Pedestal Fan | £23.99 (Was £44.99) from Amazon

Igenix DF1655 Pedestal Fan
Igenix DF1655 Pedestal Fan

For those looking for a slightly more powerful fan, best suited for the home, then a Pedestal Fan is for you. 

This model is an oscillating fan, which can be adjusted in height, as well as angle. It has a protective mesh grill to shield any small exploring hands (or paws), and three speed settings, which are easily changed at the touch of a button.  

Lakeland Digital Ice Cream Maker | £39.99 from Lakeland

Lakeland Digital Ice Cream Maker
Lakeland Digital Ice Cream Maker

An ice cream maker isn't only a child's dream, but adult's too. This Lakeland number can churn ice cream, sorbet and frozen yoghurt with ease, and can make 0.5 litres in just 30 minutes. 

It has an easy-to-read display, and the freeze bowl and recipes are included. No wonder it's a hit with shoppers. 

One reviewer wrote: "This ice cream maker is excellent, I am so pleased with my purchase. It is so easy to use with very good instructions. Just put ice cream bowl in freezer overnight and it’s ready to go. Choose your flavour and it’s done in 30 mins. Made enough for four or five people. If you want more, just store in a container and make another batch."

iceQ 15 Litre Deluxe Portable Mini Fridge With Window | £69.99 (Was £109.99) from MiniFridge 

iceQ 15 Litre Deluxe Portable Mini Fridge With Window
iceQ 15 Litre Deluxe Portable Mini Fridge With Window

There's nothing better than a cold, refreshing drink on a hot summer's day, which is why iceQ's mini fridge is hot property. 

It can hold up to 15 330ml cans, or two 1.5 litre bottles, as well as snacks. It features a frosted perspex window so you can see the contents, and has AC and DC charging cables. 

Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven | £299 from Ooni Pizza

Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven

Pizza ovens are booming in popularity, and it is no surprise, as you can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy in your own garden. 

This portable design can be fired up using wood, charcoal or gas, although the Ooni Gas Burner is sold separately, for the smoked taste. This device reaches 500 degrees in 15 minutes, and can cook your pizza in just one minute.  

Lume 2100w Halogen Free Standing Heater | £195 from Homebase

Lume 2100w Halogen Free Standing Heater
Lume 2100w Halogen Free Standing Heater

Dining al fresco can get chilly, especially when the sun goes in, which is why an outdoor heater is a popular purchase in the UK. 

The Free Standing Heater has three heat settings, and is fitted with infrared halogen, so it heats up objects rather than the surrounding air. It also has a 1.8 metre lead and safety tip-over lead to protect the users. 

La Hacienda Steel Firepit | £30 from Argos

La Hacienda Steel Firepit
La Hacienda Steel Firepit

For those who are looking to recreate the Love Island vibe, then a fire pit is a double threat for your outdoor space, as it can keep your warm, but also function as a BBQ. 

This design is made from sturdy steel, which has a high-temperature paint finish. It comes with the bowl, as well as a metal stand and tool to keep the fire burning. 

BTSKY 6 Bottles Insulated Neoprene Carrier Tote | £9.99 from Amazon

BTSKY 6 Bottles Insulated Neoprene Carrier Tote
BTSKY 6 Bottles Insulated Neoprene Carrier Tote

This nifty Carrier Tote is the gadget we never knew we needed, (but are now obsessed with). 

It's made from stretchy and durable neoprene material, which not only keeps the contents of six bottles cool, but also protects them from breaking, bouncing around and clanking on your journey, plus it's lightweight and easy to clean. 

HappyPicnic Wicker Picnic Basket Set for 4 Persons | £63.99 from Amazon

HappyPicnic Wicker Picnic Basket Set for 4 Persons
HappyPicnic Wicker Picnic Basket Set for 4 Persons

A picnic hamper is a must come the summertime, and this HappyPicnic Wicker Picnic Basket Set is perfect for days out, holidays and garden celebrations.

It houses a dinner set, complete with plates, glasses, cutlery and napkins, in a traditional wicker basket, with a stylish place for everything. 

BrüMate HOPSULATOR TRíO 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Insulated Can Cooler | £29.29 from Amazon

BrüMate HOPSULATOR TRíO 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Insulated Can Cooler
BrüMate HOPSULATOR TRíO 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Insulated Can Cooler

The BrüMate HOPSULATOR is a nifty device that's perfect for keeping your cans cool this summer.  

Simply pop your drink inside the insulator to keep it cool, or hot. The body is made from steel and copper, which keeps liquids 20 times cooler. The lid can stay open, or be kept closed, to keep your drink fresh for longer. 

Charcoal Portable Round BBQ | £12.50 from Argos

Charcoal Portable Round BBQ
Charcoal Portable Round BBQ

When you think of summer, you instantly think of BBQs, and this nifty portable Round BBQ is just the ticket. 

It's made from sturdy steel, has a metal stand to prop the BBQ on top of, as well as a lid with a vent to cook your feast to perfection. It's lightweight, weighing just 2kg, so you can take it on your next staycation, or wheel out into the garden with ease.

Ronnie Outdoor Sun Lounger with Canopy | £98.99 (Was £114.99) from Wayfair

Ronnie Outdoor Sun Lounger with Canopy
Ronnie Outdoor Sun Lounger with Canopy

A lounger is an outdoor essential, whether you're on holiday or in your garden. 

This design is unlike other classic loungers, as it has a visor to protect your face from the sun. It also has an adjustable back and arm-rest, and can be folded down after use, which makes for easy storage and carrying. 

WISDOMWELL Pop-Up Mesh Food Covers | £10.99 from Amazon

WISDOMWELL Pop-Up Mesh Food Covers
WISDOMWELL Pop-Up Mesh Food Covers

Fed up of pesky flies hovering around your BBQ? This will help. The mesh food covers are nifty gadgets you won't want to go without on a warm day. 

They're made from a steel chassis, and mesh covering to keep gnats, bugs and other insects away from your food. Simply pop them open and rest over your plate of food. 

Mini Phone Fan | £6.99 from Amazon

Mini Phone Fan
Mini Phone Fan

The Mini Phone Fan is the most compact and nifty gadget of them all, and ideal for those who don't have much space in their bags, and need a lightweight, small but effective fan to help keep them cool on the go. 

Simply plug the miniature fan into the USB port of your phone. The fan is fitted with a small motor powered by your phone, although it won't rinse your entire battery. 

This gadget is compatible with iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, X , iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone 7, 7 plus, iPhone 6, 6 plus, iPhone 6s, 6s plus, iPhone SE, 5S, iPad, iPad mini, iPad air, iPod Touch and other devices.

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