Sarah Michelle Gellar's summer obsessions: An 'Inflat-A-Bull' pool float, $29 stackable rings and 'weekday wine'

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She's both a "scream queen" and a Slayer (as in the unforgettable Buffy the Vampire Slayer). An award-winning movie star and an accomplished voice actress. She's been everywhere from All My Children's Pine Valley to the planet Eternia in the upcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelations. And that's not even mentioning the times she and husband Freddy Prinze, Jr. teamed up for Scooby-Doo and Star Wars: Rebels.

Sarah Michelle Gellar has done it all, from playing a chef in 1999's magical crab movie (seriously; look it up) Simply Irresistible to publishing her own real-life cookbook, Stirring Up Fun With Food. But while being a star of many talents, as well as a mother of two, can keep you pretty busy, it also helps you develop ways to relax in your downtime. Sometimes that can be as simple as doing your nails or reading a good book, and sometimes it takes the form of a large inflatable bull. Here's some of Sarah Michelle Gellar's favorite ways to unwind.


A wild ride in your own backyard (Photo: Amazon)
A wild ride in your own backyard (Photo: Amazon)

"It's harder than you actually think," Gellar says of this extreme inflatable pool toy. If you ever watched those famous mechanical bull scenes in films like Stir Crazy and Urban Cowboy and said, "I could do that," now you can put your money where your mouth is. Simply toss it in the pool, sit on the bull at the center, and the surrounding inner tube provides both a bouncy guardrail for the flung rider and four handles for family and friends to jostle it about. The Inflat-A-Bull provides a safe new way to have some pool-time fun, and and can add a little bit of honky-tonk bar flavor to any backyard barbecue.

Shop it: Inflat-A-Bull, $83,

Kindle Paperwhite

Your own personal library at the push of a button (Photo: Amazon)
Your own personal library at the push of a button (Photo: Amazon)

Followers of Sarah Michelle Gellar's social media already know that she's an avid reader. Aside from publishing her own aforementioned book, she contributed her talents as part of Nestlé's Share the Joy of Reading Program, and shares her favorite reads on Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #SMGbookclub. But when it comes to e-books, Gellar only recently upgraded to a Kindle. Though like her former fictional mentor, Giles the librarian on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar still enjoys "tangible" physical books, she did find one distinct advantage to the popular e-reader. "It's waterproof," Gellar says, "so that is much better than when I drop my books in the bathtub."

Shop it: Kindle Paperwhite, $130,

Melinda Maria Rings

A simple, stackable accessory for every occasion (Photo: Melinda Maria)
A simple, stackable accessory for every occasion (Photo: Melinda Maria)

"I'm obsessed with these rings," Gellar says of Melinda Maria's signature stackable rings. Their slim, simple design allows for an array of different colors and stone cuts, all designed to uniformly stack on your finger in whatever order you choose to fit your unique look. If you're looking for a "super fun and summer-y" way to subtly spice up your look this season, you'll want to get your hands on these Melinda Maria rings. Though, if your kids are anything like Gellar's, they may not be on your hands for long.

Shop it: Melinda Maria Rings, starting at $29,

Olive & June Nail Kits

A DIY nail kit that's fun for the whole family (Photo: Olive & June)
A DIY nail kit that's fun for the whole family (Photo: Olive & June)

During quarantine, it was honestly a comfort to see that everyone, even celebrities, had to forgo some of their favorite things and figure out how to make do at home. Many of us even found new favorites that way. In Gellar's case, she and her daughter started doing their own nails at home, and Gellar fell head over heels for Olive & June Nail Kits.

"It comes with everything you need to do your hands, your feet..." Gellar says of the kits, whose offerings range from Mani and Pedi sets to a Complete System that does it all. Right now, you can even score their Summer Box, with offers a fun seasonal collection of shades and stickers.

Shop it: Olive & June Nail Kits, starting at $50,

[yellow tail] Pure Bright Wines

A new, light option for white wine lovers (Photo: Yellow Tail)
A new, light option for white wine lovers (Photo: Yellow Tail)

Yes, humanity has been using wine to unwind since 7000 B.C., but as anyone can tell you, not all vino is created equal. So what earns Yellow Tail Pure Bright Gellar's "find of the century" label? She points out that the wine manages to be "full-bodied, full flavor" but without some of the lethargic effects that can come from heartier wines. The Pure Bright wines are, as Gellar puts it, "light enough that you can have it on a weekday". Best of all, the Pure Bright line features a pinot grigio, a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc, so whatever your preferred white wine, there's a Pure Bright option for you.

Shop it: Yellow Tail Pure Bright Wines, find your local retailer at

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