Your Top Buys in May Include Cool Collabs by Marimekko and Molly Baz
Peep our full list of last month’s bestsellers inside.
Published Jun 2, 2023 1:00 AM
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The end of May is the harbinger of summer—Memorial Day weekend is like a kickoff to all the warmer weather ahead. But instead of stocking up on cool sunscreen brands, lawn chairs, or pool loungers like last year, you were in the market for Mother’s Day gifts above all else. That isn’t to say a few seasonally aligned products didn’t make an appearance at all: Solar-powered lights from Wayfair and a 74-inch tall inflatable freestanding movie screen can be seen, below. And while multiple mattresses were picked up thanks to MDW deals (Saatva’s innerspring mattress was a winner), the big-ticket items weren’t bought in bulk. Products on the smaller side accumulated in your carts instead. For the full list, scroll on.
Every month, an item from H&M Home tops our bestsellers list. And shortly after this rattan tray was featured in our latest shopping guide update, it quickly climbed the ranks (just behind April’s favorite amber-tinted glasses). Reviewers rave about its “versatility” and overall “pretty” appearance, particularly as a chic catchall atop an entryway table. But in addition to that, we’re guessing the retailer’s recent two-day sale gave it a boost; the price tag was knocked down by 20%.
An affordable Mother’s Day find, this chic hair clip looks like it could easily be priced higher, especially considering that multiple shoppers confirm its serious staying power. “Gorgeous color. Very sturdy clip that is substantial and able to hold my thick hair half up or even in a bun,” one review reads. Another echoes, “I never could wear mini claws because I have the kind of hair that laughs at baby barrettes and breaks the tongs off sturdy-looking ones…I thought the reviews about quality were exaggerated, but nope, these things are strong.” It has also gained high praise from fine-hair owners, too, which is why it makes such a great gift.
Whenever Ssense hosts a home sale, you go all in on the discounted goods. In May, the pick was none other than this brushed-knit blanket in a sweet burgundy dye. While the original find is currently sold out, the same cozy throw and fun fringed edge is still available in a lemon-drop yellow colorway. Made of 100% wool and priced under $100, it’s no wonder that the former became the most coveted buy from the fashion e-tailer last month.
We excerpted interiors expert and author Sophie Donelson’s new book—Uncommon Kitchens—and you swiftly scooped it up by the dozens. It’s filled with real-life examples of unique kitchens, particularly ones that prove small-scale cooking stations are totally doable (for example, Poland-based design studio Colme Studio’s Marta Chrapka states “One meter in length feels just right”). And after alluding to the fact that this space is now designed to include “gathering places,” “homework zones,” and “dance floors,” how couldn’t we all want to read more about how the favored room has evolved beyond food-prep post to hangout headquarters.
Marimekko has been on a roll when it comes to recent collabs, and honestly we weren’t shocked to discover that the most-bought item from its West Elm collection was the affordable doormat. The darling half-moon-shaped greeting is adorned with an iconic floral print brought back from the Finnish design brand’s archives. Priced at less than $30, it’s hand-loomed by Indian artisans using natural mold- and mildew-resistant fibers.
Another buzzy drop you went crazy over: Molly Baz’s new line for Crate & Barrel. The cookbook author and food personality brought to life an entire tabletop collection that pulls double duty, including a seafood tower that became a clear fan favorite thanks to its ability to serve more than just shrimp cocktail. It would look just as darling holding sweets and other bite-size goodies, and we’re pretty sure our audience felt inspired by Baz’s own party trick to dish out bread on it—butter on top, torn rolls on bottom.
For those who let Mother’s Day slip their minds, our guide to last-minute gifts came in handy. It appears that there are plenty of moms out there who prefer to spend their free time fussing in the garden. Of all the utensils and gadgets (these $9 shears from Modern Sprout were another top buy), Handlandy gloves were bought in the fuchsia we first fell in love with, as well as the brand’s equally bold leafy-green hue.
Another affordable gift idea you loved was this self-care set. Patchology’s masks treat your mom’s peds to a little TLC without her having to hit the salon. The on-demand formula—a soothing combo of shea butter, coconut oil, and Japanese evergreen—promises to transform rough or dry skin after a few minutes (ideal for mothers who seem to never slow down). It was a big buy in April, too, but we wager that the guaranteed two-day shipping à la Amazon Prime upped it to best-seller status for those in need of a last-minute surprise.
Of the 30 pieces Tabitha Brown dropped at Target in mid-May, none were snatched up as much as this inflatable movie screen—our top pick from the alfresco- and kid-friendly collection. Covered in cute rainbow-colored fronds and flowers, the new offering has already earned a 4.3-star rating online, and half a dozen reviews claim it’s as easy to take down as it is to blow up, as long as you have a bike tire or basketball pump. You also seem to agree with one shopper who shares that “the entire Tabitha Brown collection is exquisite”; runner-ups included a striped beanbag chair and shatterproof acrylic tumblers.
Dressing up outdoor spaces was clearly on your brains last month—this set of eight path lights was also snatched up in great numbers. Paired with a crazy-good Wayfair sale, these path lights are a surefire buy if you need to light up the walkway to your doorstep or back patio, especially if hardwiring is a no-go. Sure, the summer sun is lingering in the sky a little longer these days, but the warmer weather has all of us eager to stay outdoors past sunset, too.
For the ones who can’t get enough color and pattern in their home, this Nuloom shag rug must have spoken to them something fierce. We identified it as a part of a new dopamine decor trend—aka a spirit-rising, play-inducing style that has amassed a TikTok following of 6 million and counting. The supersoft shag weave paired with a saturated diamond design must have brought a smile to numerous shoppers’ faces, especially after clicking to find out it is currently on sale (the 4-by-6 floor covering, for instance, is $37 off its original price point).
Every month, we notice repeat favorites from other months peep in and out. And in May, readers still loved Drew Barrymore’s affordable take on the bouclé-covered swivel chair; the viral lint roller that also received her stamp of approval; the cushiony “crisscross applesauce” desk chair from Amazon; and Cozy Earth’s silk-filled pillow that our associate shopping editor can’t sleep without.