Designing your outdoor space isn't cheap. From buying flowers to shoveling dirt, sprucing up your yard takes effort — and money. But you don't have to spend a ton to get your outside looking picture-perfect. In fact, there are dozens of products on Amazon that'll significantly upgrade your backyard, all for less than $35.
I know what you're thinking — "If they're that cheap, how much of an upgrade can they really provide?" Truthfully, I was blown away at how many of these are genuinely useful. Take the miniature grill, for example. At less than 5 pounds, it's perfect for tight balconies or small patios (and who doesn't love a freshly-cooked steak?). Or, if you're looking for decor, there's also a large canopy you can use to add shade to hot yards, as well as waterproof pillowcases that come in vibrant colors. But personally? I'm a huge fan of this inflatable lounger — especially when I'm out camping, or running around at a music festival with friends.
Working with a budget doesn't mean you can't spruce up your yard into something out of Better Homes & Gardens. And since all the backyard upgrades I've gathered for you here are $35 or less, you'll likely be able to grab more than a few. Trust me — your yard will thank you for it.
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1. A beer bottle opener that mounts to your wall
2. This lawn game that you can take with you
Looking for a game you can play everywhere from your backyard to the beach? Search no further than Slammo. It collapses down neatly into a travel-friendly drawstring bag — and it's so light that even children can carry it. "It's challenging, yet lots of fun," wrote one reviewer. "And way more portable [and] lightweight than our cornhole game!"
3. A DEET-free mosquito repellent that lasts for up to 12 hours
A few mosquitos can quickly ruin an evening outside — so grab this repellent. Unlike DEET-laden sprays, it uses a smoke-free and flameless cartridge to keep mosquitos at bay. Plus, each included cartridge comes with enough fuel for up to 12 hours' worth of protection.
4. The light that illuminates your patio table
Eating underneath your patio umbrella at night? This light will help you see where everything is — and it clamps onto your umbrella pole without any tools needed. Just supply four of your own AA batteries, and it'll be ready to illuminate everything from meals to card games.
5. A pack of Mason jar lights powered by the sun
Just imagine how cute these Mason jar lights will look scattered throughout your patio — and since there's a solar panel built into every lid, you don't even have to worry about switching out batteries. Or, if it's been cloudy outside, you also have the option of using one AAA battery per lid to power them up.
6. These water-resistant inserts made for outdoor pillows
Water-resistant and hypoallergenic, these inserts are specifically made for outdoor use — though they're so comfortable you might even find yourself using them inside. Each one is made right here in the United States, and they come in nine different sizes to suit nearly any throw cover.
7. A pair of throw covers that come in gorgeously vibrant shades
With more than 20 rich, vibrant shades to choose from, these throw pillow covers are an easy way to add a splash of color to your patio. They're made from waterproof canvas — and the zippers are even hidden in order to prevent clothing snags.
8. The charcoal grill that weighs less than 5 pounds
9. A thick coaster that collects drips & condensation
With raised grooves that siphon away drips and condensation, these coasters are an easy way to help prevent water rings on your table. They're also non-slip, which helps prevent accidental spills — and you can even use them as trivets since they're made from heat-resistant silicone.
10. The screen door that closes itself for you
Leaving your screen door open is an invitation for bugs to fly inside — so grab this self-closing one. The center opening is lined with magnets that'll instantly seal themselves shut once you've passed through, and it even works great with pets. "Our dogs run right in and out," wrote one reviewer. "It snaps back together quickly and efficiently with ease!"
11. A bowling game that's fun for the whole family
If you're looking for a game that the whole family can enjoy — from little kids to grandparents — search no further than this backyard bowling set. Rather than plastic, the pins are made from genuine New Zealand pine. And since each order comes with a tote bag, you can even take it with you on trips.
12. This pump that turns bird baths into water fountains
Ever wish you could have a gorgeous fountain out in your yard? Just buy a cheaper bird bath, then add this pump to the center. The built-in solar panel means there's no need to purchase batteries. Plus, each order comes with six interchangeable nozzles to change up the water's height and shape.
13. A set of roasting sticks with thousands of positive reviews
Whether you're roasting marshmallows or hot dogs, these sticks help you do it from a comfortable distance. The handles are telescopic, allowing you to adjust how closest you have to sit to the fire. Plus, the handles are made from real wood that won't grow hot over time.
14. The citronella candles in stylishly printed tins
Made with 100% soy wax, these citronella candles will help keep pests away while you're relaxing outside. Each one burns for up to 80 hours — and the printed tins are a cute touch on any patio. "The citrus smell is better than the OFF Products I've purchased previously," wrote one reviewer. "Also, I haven't seen containers nicer than these."
15. A set of wine glasses that are completely unbreakable
16. This giant canopy that adds shade to hot patios
The next time your patio gets too hot for comfort, try putting up this canopy. It's made from thick, high-quality fabric that blocks up to 95% of the sun's UV rays. And with four colors to choose from — graphite, cream, sand, or terra — there's one to suit any style.
17. These lawn stakes that hold your wine glass for you
19. The hammock that can fit 2 people
20. A flameless tiki torch that flickers like real fire
21. The extra-large blanket that's perfect for picnics
Whether you're out for a picnic or sitting in lawn seats for a concert, this extra-large blanket has got you (and your butt) covered. The tough PEVA backing is waterproof — and it even rolls up neatly so that it's easy to take with you.
22. A smart outlet you can use outside
Ever wish you could put your patio lights on an automatic schedule? This smart plug lets you do just that — and since it's also weatherproof, there's no need to worry about using it outside. Plus, if you pair it with Google Home or Alexa, you can even control your devices using voice commands.
23. This Bluetooth speaker that lets you answer calls in the shower
Not only is this Bluetooth speaker waterproof, but its built-in microphone also lets you answer calls handsfree — all while you're in the shower. The suction cup on the back lets you stick it to your shower wall, and the rechargeable battery even lasts for up to 12 hours.
24. A comfy lounger that you can inflate using the wind
Just give this lounger a quick swish through the air — it'll catch the air and inflate, giving you a comfy place to relax outside. It folds down into a small pack, making it great for camping and music festivals. And unlike some loungers, this one even has a built-in headrest.
25. The outdoor lights that are powered by the sun
26. A wind chime that lights up at night
Made with LED bulbs that last for up to 100,000 hours, this wind chime adds soothing sounds, and light to your patio. The colors change at random, softly transitioning from one to the other — and the solar-powered battery lasts for up to eight hours when charged.
27. These glowing rocks for walkways and aquariums
Your options are almost endless with these small glowing rocks. Add them to aquariums and koi ponds for a fun touch, or even scatter them along your walkway. They look green in the daytime, blending seamlessly into your landscaping — and one reviewer even wrote that "they glisten in direct sunlight."
28. A portable fan you can wrap onto nearly anything
29. The pouches that turn your campfire fun colors
Toss one of these pouches into your campfire, and it'll begin to light up with brilliant colors. They're safe to use regardless of where the flames are — from backyard fire pits to indoor fireplaces. The best part? Reviewers raved about how the colors lasted "longer than expected."
30. A gadget that boosts weak wi-fi signals
31. The door mat that traps dirt before it can get inside your home
Unlike some door mats, this one features a slightly-raised pattern that helps trap dirt so that it doesn't make it inside your home. It's made from tough, wear-resistant material — and the color is fade-resistant, even in direct sunlight. Choose from three colors: gray, brown, or black.
32. A spray that repels water from your upholstery
Don't let spills ruin your patio furniture — use this spray to keep your upholstery looking spotless. Not only does it repel water so that it flows right off surfaces, but it also helps reduce fading caused by UV light. "In Miami, we have showers and brutal heat and sun," wrote one reviewer. "I find by spraying fabric front and back, my flags remain fade-free longer than without spray."
33. This adjustable net that keeps bugs away
Mosquitoes, bees, flies — this net is made from fine mesh that keeps all sorts of flying pests away. The tubes on the bottom are weighted, which helps keep the net from shifting around in the wind. Plus, the double-zipper system makes it easy to enter and exit.
34. These walkway lights that are easy to install
35. The light that helps you see what you're grilling
Grilling in the dark is an easy way to wind up with an inedible meal — so grab these lights. They're made with magnetic bases that let you stick them to your grill, while the flexible goosenecks can be adjusted to point in any direction. The best part? Batteries even come included.
36. These mesh tents that protect your food from bugs
Sometimes you just can't do anything about how many bugs are outside — but you can at least protect your food with these tents. They're tall enough to accommodate larger dishes or bowls, and you can even use them indoors to help keep your pets from taking a nibble.
37. This ring swing game that's surprisingly addictive
The rules of this ring swing are simple: stand as far back as you think you need, then release the ring and let it swing. The ring should swoop onto the hook if you eyeballed it correctly — and if not, then you'll just have to try again, again, and again. Consider it a must-have if you're looking for fun outdoor games, but don't have the space of a backyard.
38. An inflatable stool that can hold up to 260 pounds
Need a few extra seats on your patio? This inflatable stool is the perfect place to sit in a pinch, as it's made from tough PVC that can support up to 260 pounds. The outside is lined with soft fabric, so it looks like a real ottoman — even though it costs significantly less.
39. The sprinkler that'll help keep your yard looking green
With 16 clog-resistant spray nozzles, this oscillating sprinkler makes it easy to keep your yard looking green — and it's designed to work with any standard garden hose. The connection is also leak-resistant, and reviewers even raved about how it's the "best sprinkler" they've "ever owned."
40. A bird feeder that gives you an up-close view
Stick this feeder to your window, and you'll get a front row view of any birds that come by for a snack. The suction cups are extra-strong, so there's no need to worry about them shaking loose — and squirrels even have a hard time accessing the seed depending on where you put it.