Everything at Hydro Flask is 25% Off Right Now. Here Are 6 Things to Buy

Hydro Flask
Hydro Flask

Fourth of July is coming up, and that means backyard barbecues, trips to the lake, and long-weekend sales. A number of companies are already offering discounts ahead of the holiday, including Hydro Flask, which is knocking 25 percent off prices across its website through the Fourth. Now is the time to get water bottles, coolers, and other products to keep your food and drink cold all summer. Oh, and everything Hydro Flask sells comes with a lifetime guarantee, so don't be afraid to splurge. Here are five things we're buying (and one bonus).

1. National Parks-Themed Water Bottle; $30

Three water bottles
Hydro Flask

With designs inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, and Olympic National Park, these water bottles are the perfect companion for summer adventures. Stay hydrated while hiking or simply park one on your desk and stare at it whenever you wish you could be in the great outdoors rather than in the office. Like all Hydro Flask bottles, the National Park bottles feature double-walled vacuum insulation that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours. They're available in 21-ounce and 32-ounce versions (though the latter is currently out of stock). There are also designs honoring Yellowstone and Joshua Tree, but they seem to be sold out right now on the Hydro Flask website. (You can get them in both sizes from REI, though, which is also offering deals for the Fourth of July.)

Buy it here.

2. Tumbler; $16 to $30

A man holds a Hydro Flask straw tumbler while a dog places its head on his lap.
Hydro Flask

Available in 12 different colors (some of which are available at an even steeper discount) and two sizes, Hydro Flask's insulated tumblers are an eco-friendly choice for your beverages year-round. They'll keep your hot coffee warm for six hours or your iced coffee cold for up to 24 hours. The 22-ounce and 32-ounce tumblers are narrow enough to fit comfortably in the hand or a cupholder, but have enough capacity to keep you caffeinated all day. (They're also great for frozen drinks.) The tumblers come with a sip-through lid, but you can also get a straw lid as an add-on.

Buy it here.

3. Cooler Backpack; $169 to $206

A man perches on an outlook wearing a yellow cooler backpack
Hydro Flask

Whether you're hauling beers to the beach or frozen vegetables home from the grocery store, the Unbound soft cooler packs—available in 15-liter or 22-liter sizes—provide a watertight, hands-free way to keep things cool. Weighing less than 3 pounds, its lightweight insulation is designed to keep contents cold for 48 hours, so you don't have to worry about melted ice cream or hot cans of soda.

Buy it here.

4. Cooler Cup; $19

A woman holding a Cooler Can
Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask's new Cooler Cup does double duty as both a travel cup and a can/bottle cooler. The 12-ounce insulated cup features a removable sleeve that locks in cans or bottles to become the perfect koozie, or you can insert a tumbler lid (the 10-ounce wine tumbler lid fits perfectly) and use it to take a beverage on the go. It would make an excellent addition to any backyard barbecue or summer picnic.

Buy it here.

5. Food Flask; $22 to $26

A Hydro Flask food flask with strawberries in it
Hydro Flask

Give yourself an airtight reason to pack your own lunch. These 12-ounce and 18-ounce stainless steel food flasks can keep your lunch at the perfect temperature for up to four hours. The screw-top lids won't spill in your bag, either.

Buy it here.

Shop the full sale at HydroFlask.com through July 4. Use the code COLDH20 at checkout for 20 percent off and free shipping.

6. Not on Sale, But We Still Recommend It: Hydration Backpack; $165 to $200

A mountain biking woman wears a Hydro Flask hydration pack
Hydro Flask

For adventures that require more than one water bottle, Hydro Flask recently debuted a line of hydration packs that are an elegant, compact upgrade to your average CamelBak—though you can't get them quite as cheap. Unfortunately, the Journey Series hydration packs aren't included in the otherwise site-wide sale right now, but as long as you've got free shipping, you might one to consider one anyway. Unlike most hydration backpacks, you don't have to worry about your water getting warm with the Hydro Flask version—the company's new Cold Flow technology uses an insulated reservoir and a neoprene sleeve to keep your water cold for four-plus hours. A back panel that holds your bag slightly above your back prevents heat from transferring from your body, even when you're working up a sweat. It's perfect for long bike rides—get the 10-liter version if you're mostly looking to carry water and a few snacks and supplies, or the 20-liter version if you want more space.

Buy it here.

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12 Gifts for Star Wars Fans

Otter Box/LEGO, Amazon
Otter Box/LEGO, Amazon

With The Mandalorian continuing to be a hit on Disney+ and The Rise of Skywalker set to break all sorts of box office records on December 20, there’s plenty for Star Wars fans to be thankful for this holiday season. But new TV shows and movies pale in comparison to what the franchise is really known for: sweet, sweet merchandise. This holiday season, you’re bound to have a Star Wars fan on your list, and here are some of the best gifts you can get them.

1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order; $58 for Playstation and $60 for Xbox

With the awesome power of a lightsaber by your side and all the Force abilities you could hope for at your literal fingertips, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the ultimate piece of wish fulfillment for gamer whoever daydreamed about hacking and slashing their way through the Empire and matching blades against intergalactic baddies. But the game is about more than just mashing buttons: Players are also tasked with exploring planets, scouring for collectibles, and solving puzzles. Plus, for the lore obsessives out there, the story fills in some of the gaps for all three movie trilogies.

Buy It: Amazon (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

2. Yoda Lego; $100

A LEGO Yoda set.
LEGO/Amazon

There’s little doubt that a 1771-piece Yoda set is an exercise in pure excess, but therein lies the charm. From his wise eyes and shimmering green lightsaber, to his gnarly yellowed toenails, LEGO got every detail of the backward-talking Jedi Master down pat, and for Star Wars fans that like to put a little work into their collectibles, this set is well worth the $100. According to Wookieepedia, the real Yoda (well, the puppet) is about 26 inches tall, so this 16-inch set isn't quite life-sized, but it’s more than big enough to be the centerpiece of any Star Wars display.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Chewbacca Slippers; $26-$30

A pair of Chewbacca slippers from Amazon.
Bioworld/Amazon

Chewbacca may be a fierce wookiee warrior, but his pelt looks like it would be pretty comfy to be wrapped up in. The pop-culture obsessives at Bioworld must agree, because they took that flowing Kashyyykian hair and turned it into a pair of extra-cozy slippers to lounge around the house in during the winter.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Phone Cases; $37-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.
OtterBox

These phone cases from OtterBox stand out through their simplicity. The company’s stripped-down Boba Fett, stormtrooper, and Darth Vader designs are bold, without being overcrowded or overwhelming. And their R2-D2 case has a bit of retro charm to it. These cases fit a variety of iPhone models, including the iPhone 7Plus/8 Plus, iPhone Xs, and iPhone XR.

Buy It: Otter Box

5. Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie; $132

The Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars art book.
Harry N. Abrams/Amazon

George Lucas may have been the man to put words to paper on the original Star Wars script, but someone had to figure out what all of these protocol droids and stormtroopers and jawas would actually look like on the screen. Luckily, Lucas had artist Ralph McQuarrie to visualize his quirky space Western decades ago, giving life to characters like C-3PO, Darth Vader, and a whole fleet of vehicles and planetary systems. This book reproduces McQuarrie’s gorgeously painted contributions to the Star Wars lore, from the early concepts that were left on the cutting-room floor to the more finalized versions we’d see in the movies. If the book is out of your price range, Amazon also has a collection of postcards featuring McQuarrie's Star Wars art on them. You can order a box off 100 here.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Star Wars: The Original Topps; $18

Star Wars Topps trading card book from Amazon.
Topps/Amazon

Trading cards may not have the relevancy they once did, but for Star Wars fans who couldn’t wait to tear open pack after pack in the hopes of scoring a rare Darth Vader or an overly excited C-3PO, the unique experience has yet to be replicated. This book features high-quality reprints of the fronts and backs of all 330 cards and the 55 special-edition stickers from the original Star Wars line, which was produced by trading card juggernaut Topps in '77 and '78. Far more budget-friendly than the prestige art books on the market, this tiny-but-mighty conversation piece packs plenty of vintage wonder. Once you graduate from the original, you can snag books featuring the cards from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Star Wars: A New Hope Comic Adaptation; $20

Star Wars comic book from Marvel on Amazon.
Marvel/Amazon

This is the original comic book adaptation of the first Star Wars that Marvel published back in 1977 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Howard Chaykin. But for this new printing, the company went back and remastered the coloring to fit a more modern aesthetic. It’s a rare look back at the landscape of Star Wars merchandise before there were any sequels, let alone two additional trilogies and a slew of television shows. Star Wars comics can be very hit or miss, but this one is essential reading simply for the historical value of it.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Star Wars Trivial Pursuit; $25

Star Wars Trivial Pursuit from Amazon.
Hasbro/Amazon

Does your loved one think they know more about Star Wars than you do? Put them in their place by getting them this special edition Trivial Pursuit game. Featuring 1800 question spanning all the movies in the saga, this game will prove who the real Jedi junkie is.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Le Creuset Porg pie bird; $25

Le Creuset porg pie bird from William Sonoma.
Le Creuset/William Sonoma

Introduced in 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the porgs are the latest challenger to the ewok throne of adorable alien animals brought into the franchise to sell boatloads of merchandise. And with collectibles like this Le Creuset porg pie bird, it's clear that the strategy is working. Coming exclusively from Williams Sonoma, this porcelain porg helps vent pies as they bake, allowing steam to escape from inside and preventing the filling from boiling over or leaking.

Buy It: Williams Sonoma

10. Boba Fett Christmas Sweater; $45

Boba Fett Ugly Christmas Sweater.
Numskull/Amazon

Ugly Christmas sweaters have evolved from embarrassing family tradition into an ironic cultural institution. And, of course, when there's money to be made, Star Wars won't be far behind. Flaunt your love of the original Mandalorian, Boba Fett, on this sweater that’s ripped right from the frames of Empire Strikes Back.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Star Wars Sugar Skull Socks; $17

Star Wars socks from Amazon.
Star Wars/Amazon

There are plenty of Star Wars socks to choose form, but how cool are these pairs based on the sugar skulls from the Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos (or Day of the Dead)? Brightly colored and intricately designed, these socks are a bit off the beaten path—in a good way.

Buy It: Amazon

12. Baby. Yoda. Everything.

Baby Yoda Merchandise: T-Shirts and Funkos.
Star Wars/Amazon

The initial offering of Baby Yoda (technically he's just "The Child") merchandise may leave a little to be desired, but think of it like pizza—even disappointing Baby Yoda merch is still pretty great. You can get T-shirts with plenty of designs that are ready to ship right now (this one is the standout), along with pre-orders on puzzles, plush toys, and the inevitable Funko Pop, due next year. It’s a bit of a mishmash, and most of the merchandise won't be shipped for Christmas, but just look at that face. You’re going to buy it all.

Buy It: Amazon

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This Delightfully Ugly Christmas Sweater Features a Light-Up Bob Ross Head

Spencer's
Spencer's

The only thing better than bringing the benevolent ghost of Bob Ross to your Christmas party—which, by all means, you should definitely do if you somehow know him—is sporting a sweater emblazoned with his bushy-haired head.

The blue cotton sweater from Spencer’s is trimmed in red and patterned with snowflakes and some appropriately happy little evergreen trees. But most of the sweater's front is taken up by a delightfully large replica of Bob Ross’s face, complete with his characteristically kind eyes and fuzzy facial hair.

bob ross ugly christmas sweater
Spencer's

Those details are enough to make the garment your one-way ticket to a first-place ribbon in the Christmas sweater competition, but there’s one last unforgettable feature that will surely warm the heart of every Grinch, Scrooge, and Hans Gruber in a six-mile radius: Bob Ross is draped with a strand of charming Christmas lights that actually light up.

bob ross ugly christmas sweater
Spencer's

The crew neck sweater is unisex, so you should order a size down if you’re looking for a more fitted look. It’ll definitely feel like a warm hug regardless of what size you order, and you can easily layer it over a thick thermal shirt if you’re venturing around the block for a carol or two. And whether you’re braving cold weather or just eating Christmas cookies on your own couch, the sweater pairs perfectly with these Bob Ross slipper socks.

Get your very own happy little sweater for $42 from Spencer’s.

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