Love it or hate it, you can't deny Amazon is handy. Need a last minute present? Amazon. Run out of dishwasher tablets? Amazon. Want to invest in a blow up kayak? Believe it or not, Amazon. So since we all spend so much time shopping on Amazon, it's no surprise that the online retailer has got pretty good at predicting future trends based on our buying habits. Handy with Amazon Prime Day just around the corner.
In fact, Amazon (opens in new tab) has just released its #SmileItsSummer trend report that uses our combined shopping history to predict the products and trends we are all going to be loving this summer.
So, you are probably thinking all the usual stuff: paddling pools, BBQs, outdoor furniture, that kind of thing. Well, while we are sure we will all being buying that kind of stuff, too, the report actually showed we are a tad weirder in our summer shopping habits...
1. PET WELLNESS
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We have always been a nation of pet lovers, but we're not sure we knew how far some of you were going with pampering your pets! Sales of dog nail polish (opens in new tab) (who knew that was a thing?) are up 188 per cent year-on-year, doggy beer (opens in new tab) and wine (opens in new tab) is up 260 per cent and luxury memory foam mattresses (opens in new tab) FOR YOUR PETS is up 107 per cent. Find the best pet beds in our guide.
2. FRESH IS BEST
Growing (or making) your own produce looks like it's very on trend this summer. And we clearly all love a DIY kit, from grow-your-own mushrooms (opens in new tab) (sales increase of 206 per cent year-on-year) to cheese-making (opens in new tab) (up 676 per cent). Find out how to grow your own in our guide.
3. AL FRESCO FUN
Here's the trend that proves we aren't all pet loving, mushroom growing fanatics. We are turning our gardens into outdoor living rooms this summer, with sales soaring on outdoor screens (opens in new tab) and outdoor projectors (opens in new tab), fire pits (opens in new tab) and pizza ovens (opens in new tab). Popular items set to transform outdoor spaces also include Bluetooth speakers (opens in new tab) (sales increase of 497 per cent year-on-year) and, the classic, fairy lights (opens in new tab) (up 527 per cent).
Amazon has seen a boost in at home work out equipment, with sales of boxing gloves (opens in new tab) increasing of 223 per cent year-on-year. It looks like we are dragging the kids in too. Fearne Cotton’s Yoga Babies Guide (opens in new tab) is up 196 per cent , tag-along trailer bikes (opens in new tab) 133 per cent, junior cricket sets (opens in new tab) are up 204 per cent and kids’ yoga mats (opens in new tab) looks like a product to watch this summer.
5. ‘FLY-AND-TRY’ TRAVEL
Gone our the days of lying by a pool for two weeks; the traditional family holiday is changing as Brits seek new experiences focused on wellness and adventure and Amazon products are reflecting that. Adventure backpacks (opens in new tab) sales are up 110 per cent year-on-year, wellness oils travel sets (opens in new tab) up 571 per cent and (in keeping with our need to completely escape) noise cancelling headphones (opens in new tab) are up 164 per cent.
6. GRID-WORTHY GAFF
Oooh, now here's an Amazon trend we can really get on board with. Over the years, Amazon have really upped their homeware game, and our shopping habits are starting to reflect that. Sales of indoor plants (opens in new tab) are up 226 per cent and cocktail trollies (opens in new tab) look to be a popular product this summer too.