Spending time in your backyard would be way more enjoyable if you had any of these clever, cheap things

Turn your outdoor living space into your *regular* living space.

Spending time in your backyard would be way more enjoyable if you had any of these clever, cheap thi...
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Is your outdoor space a vast landscape of meh? Luckily, you don’t have to hire a pro to improve the situation. Just pick up a few of these cheap and clever things for your backyard that I’m about to spill the tea on right now. Lighting, for instance, makes everything better, and this list has some incredible ideas for adding some illumination to your landscape. Go ahead and pick up a few of these clever outdoor products, then get out there and enjoy your yard.


This inflatable lounger that can be used in the pool or on the grass

This inflatable floating lounger is the perfect way to relax in the pool, but it works just as well on the grass — just fill the inside with water to stay nice and cool. Sized for one to two people, it has a built-in pillow to support your head and neck, as well as integrated cupholders, so you can keep your iced tea nearby. This ultra-sturdy, phthalate-free float can even double as a kiddie pool.

  • Available colors: 2


These solar garden lights that look like swaying fireflies

Made with soft and flexible wires that sway in the breeze, these garden lights will add a whimsical touch to your landscape. With six lights on each stem, they’re topped with solar-powered bulbs that give off the look of fireflies. They come on automatically at dusk and feature both steady-on and twinkling modes. At about 24 inches tall, the height of these unique lights can be customized to complement your landscape.


These deck lights that can be used on railings or steps

For some lighting that adds sleek style and an element of safety to your environment, these solar deck lights are a sure bet. The solar-powered lights install quickly and easily with the included hardware and illuminate as the sun goes down. The understated lights are available in both warm white and color-changing options.

  • Available styles: 2


A gorgeous glass pitcher that fits right in your refrigerator door

Perfect for your next al fresco brunch or dinner party, this pitcher is made from durable Italian-crafted glass, and is slim enough to fit right in the door of your fridge, where it can keep your lemonade or sangria chilled. The BPA-free, leakproof lid gives you an airtight seal, and the whole thing is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.


The anchors that make it easy to hang cafe lights

Always dreamed of stringing cafe lights across your patio but have been intimidated by the installation process? These crown anchors make it a cinch — and you don’t have to rely on wires, clips, or zip ties. A single screw on each anchor helps you mount it, and the adjustable tension lets you pull the string taut. Once your lights are up, you can linger outside over dessert well into the evening.


This garden sprayer that makes watering your yard a breeze

With 10 spray patterns ranging from a gentle mist to a focused, high-pressure jet, this garden hose sprayer head makes watering the yard and the shrubs a cakewalk. It’s crafted from zinc alloy that’s rust-resistant, and finished with a connector that fits most standard hoses. An on-off valve on the ergonomic handle can be toggled with your thumb for easy control.

  • Available colors: 3


These incense sticks that repel pesky mosquitoes

Made from citronella, lemongrass, and rosemary essential oils, these mosquito repellent sticks fend off pests with their incense-like power — just stake them in the ground and light the tops. They’re completely DEET-free, and you can set up multiple to create a protective perimeter. They’re great for use in the yard and can also be taken on outdoor excursions.


A waterproof bird feeder with a cozy solar lantern design

Hang up this waterproof bird feeder that doubles as a cozy solar-powered lantern at night. The light shines through the intricate design to create a decorative lighting moment. Plus, the alloy steel design is extra sturdy to support your visitors, and you can use a wide variety of seeds with it.


The birdbath that’s easy to mount to your deck railing

Enjoy the view of colorful birds frolicking with this birdbath that clamps onto your deck railing for quick and easy installation (no tools required). It’s made from lightweight yet durable plastic and mounted on a sturdy stainless steel frame. The bowl is detachable for easy cleaning and filling.


This grill pan that keeps smaller foods from falling through the grates

This grill basket features a super secure design, so you can grill up smaller, more delicate foods (think: peppers, asparagus, or even small shrimp). The unique stainless steel design also makes it easy to flip all your food over, and you can add it to the dishwasher after grilling.


These retro-style hanging lights that are solar-powered

Extend your time outside well into the evening with these vintage-style hanging lights that are solar-powered, so you don’t have to worry about cords or batteries. Featuring warm white LEDs, they illuminate automatically as dusk sets in and cast up to 10 hours of illumination. The rope-style hangers make them easy to hang from your patio umbrella, but you can also set them on any surface.


The wildflower seed mix that attracts hummingbirds & butterflies

If you want to add some color to your yard, you’ll want to make sure to stock up on a few bags of this wildflower seed mix that packs a double punch: Not only does it contain a whole ounce of live seeds, but the specially selected varieties attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your outdoor space. There are 24 species in the mix, including foxglove, larkspur, snapdragons, and zinnias.


A ring toss game that the whole family will enjoy

An attractive decorative element as well as a way to add some fun to your time outdoors, this ring toss game is crafted from natural bamboo and comes in a variety of styles. It’s easy to mount on a wall, post, or tree, and the game itself couldn’t be simpler — try to toss the loop (which is attached to a string) so that it latches onto the hook. You can play it solo, one-on-one, or in teams.

  • Available sizes: 3
  • Available styles: 10


A grill caddy that makes it easy to tote your dining supplies outdoors

This grill caddy has room for all your outdoor dining essentials, and enables you to make just one trip from the kitchen to the deck. Crafted from durable, powder-coated steel, it has compartments for condiments and utensils, as well as a rod for your paper towels and a hook for grilling tools. The wooden handle makes it easy to carry.


This portable mister that keeps you cool on scorching days

When temps get sky high, reach for this portable mister that attaches to your garden hose. The flexible design can be manipulated into any shape, and the three nozzles deliver a gentle mist that cools the surrounding area by 20 degrees. For fun, a flower-shaped nozzle is also included. Pick up a few of these and place them along your patio to stay comfortable all day long.


A dual-sided grill brush that removes tough food messes

Equipped with an 18-inch handle and stainless steel bristles, this grill brush makes it easy to clean every square inch of your barbecue. The flip side of the brush features a notched blade, so you can work off any tough-to-remove residue from individual grates. Simply heat up the grill, wet the brush, and use the power of steam to get things sparkling — even after your messiest burger grilling session.


This patio umbrella light that attaches right to the pole

While it may look like a little like a UFO, what’s really out of this world about this clip-on patio umbrella light is the genius way it illuminates outdoor dinners. The battery-operated light encircles the pole, and you can turn it on and off or dim the brightness to match your barbeque’s vibe.


The magnetic mesh screen that can be hung in any doorway

This mesh screen door can be hung in any doorway and features a magnetic closure, so it automatically snaps shut behind you — or your dog. Not only will you be spending less time letting your pup in and out, but you’ll also be able to walk out to the yard with your hands full since you won’t have to reach for the doorknob. The fine mesh material won’t let in pests, but will still let a nice breeze blow through.

  • Available sizes: 2


This patio sun shade that blocks up to 95% of UV rays

Take a break from the heat of the day underneath this sun shade that looks like a giant sail. The easy-to-install canopy can be attached to trees, the eaves of your house, or a fence with the included D-rings. The material blocks up to 95% of UV rays, and comes in colors like gray, red, and brown.

  • Available sizes: 25
  • Available colors: 4


The electric s’mores maker that doesn’t require a fire

Serve up some nostalgic s’mores without an open fire using this electric s’mores maker. It’s accompanied by two stainless steel marshmallow-roasting forks that let you get the ideal crispiness on the outside and gooeyness on the inside without getting too close to the heat. The burner is surrounded by a tray for storing all your supplies — all you need is a plug and you’re ready to go.


These solar floodlights that provide illumination & security

Designed with four pivoting heads each, these solar outdoor floodlights will allow you to enjoy volleyball or badminton late into the night. The ultra-bright beams illuminate up to 800 square feet, which means you can cover your whole yard or driveway. The weather-resistant lights operate on three different modes, including one that’s motion-activated.


This waterproof speaker with RGB lights for nighttime barbeques

Pop this compact speaker on your patio or wherever you want it around your outdoor space because it’s waterproof and super durable. It’s trimmed in an RGB light that changes to the music, making it perfect for nighttime barbeques. Plus, it can work for up to 24 hours, so you won’t have to worry about the charge before heading outside.


The insulated wine glasses that are shatter-resistant

Serve up a glass of rosé or a mocktail outdoors — without worrying about the risk of shattering glass — with these stainless steel wine glasses that are simply unbreakable. Available in more than two dozen colors and styles, they’re also insulated to keep your beverage chilled for maximum enjoyment. When you’re done, these tumblers clean up easily in the dishwasher.

  • Available styles: 2
  • Available colors: 27


A chic insulated ice bucket with a spot to keep track of the tongs

An insulated ice bucket is obviously a must for those backyard days, and this stainless steel option will look sleek next to all of your other hosting supplies — no matter what the theme is. It also comes complete with a chic wooden lid that even has a spot to store the handy ice tongs (for easy grabbing at parties).


This rack that will get your garden tools organized

Clean up your storage closet, shed, or garage with this organizing rack that can hold up to five long-handled tools like rakes, hoes, and brooms. It also has six hooks for gardening gloves, a baseball cap, and smaller tools like spades and dustpans. Just use the included hardware to mount it.

  • Available colors: 4


A lightweight hammock that’s perfect for those lazy afternoons

Designed for the ultimate in portability, this 24-ounce hammock folds down to the size of an eggplant but supports up to 400 pounds. Made from soft yet strong parachute nylon, it can be hung between posts or trees — so it’s ready to go any time you have a quick second to laze in the sun. Not only is it great for the backyard, but the packability makes it perfect for camping, too.

  • Available sizes: 2
  • Available styles: 15


The portable campfire that’s easier to start than a bonfire

Enjoy the ambience of a bonfire anytime you want with this portable campfire that measures just 8 inches across. Made from eco-friendly soy wax plus paper briquettes, it’s clean-burning and safe for roasting marshmallows. It provides up to five hours of burn time, and you can slide the lid back on to extinguish it.


These nonstick grill mats that make post-BBQ cleanup no big deal

These barbecue mats make it possible to grill the trickiest foods flawlessly while also keeping the grates squeaky clean. Suitable for use on any kind of grill, the nonstick mats are PFOA-free and thin enough so that you still get those enviable grill marks. (And when used with charcoal or wood chips, you’ll still get that delicious smoky flavor.) Not to mention — they’ll keep smaller foods from falling through. They’re dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.


These waterproof throw pillow covers that make over your patio decor

Give your outdoor furniture an update with these waterproof throw pillow covers that are sturdy enough to stand up to sprinkler splashes and afternoon showers. Machine-washable, they have hidden zippers and piped edges for a streamlined look. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, you can use them with your existing pillows or pick up a set of inserts on Amazon.

  • Available sizes: 3
  • Available colors: 18


An inflatable solar lantern that creates instant outdoor lighting

Creating instant, portable illumination, this solar lantern inflates from nearly flat into a compact cube with a convenient handle. It offers multiple brightness settings, as well as a gentle flickering mode, and is available in warm white, cool white, and multicolor options. You’ll get up to 24 hours of light after charging for approximately 12 hours in the sun or about two hours via the included USB cord.

  • Available styles: 3


The wind chimes that add a meditative sound to your yard

Every time the breeze blows, you’ll enjoy the supremely relaxing melodic tones of these wind chimes. They’re hand-tuned to E major, and come in two sizes: the 28-inch chimes offer gentle soprano tones while the 38-inch chimes produce a rich alto sound. The chimes are suspended from wood and come in colors like bronze, gold, and silver.

  • Available sizes: 2
  • Available colors: 6


This natural-fiber doormat that grips dirt before it can get tracked inside

Keep the dirt in the backyard — instead of tracking it into the house — with this natural coir doormat. The tough fibers trap dust, debris, and moisture, and the heavy-duty nonslip backing won’t budge when you give your shoes a good wipe. The best part: You can choose from a dozen fun designs that perk up your doorstep.

  • Available sizes: 2
  • Available colors: 13


These stylized porcelain serving plates for patio snacks

These porcelain serving plates are the perfect size for small appetizers or impressively stylized plates for your next backyard party. They’re complete with handles, so they’re easy to carry around the patio while you snack. Plus, they can go in the dishwasher after your snacks on the patio.


The mosquito net that keeps those pests out of your way once & for all

Whether you’re backyard camping or trying to enjoy a meal at your picnic table, there’s really only one guaranteed way to keep the mosquitoes away and that’s by creating a physical barrier — and this mosquito net does the trick. Made from a super-fine mesh, it blocks out all bugs but still maintains breathability. It comes with a hanging kit that makes installation easy.

  • Available sizes: 2


A waterproof tablecloth with a cutout for your umbrella pole

Featuring a gorgeous geometric design, this waterproof tablecloth will cheer up your outdoor dinners, and it has a cutout in the middle to accommodate an umbrella pole (just undo the zipper). Spills can be blotted off with a paper towel, but it washes easily in the machine for a more thorough clean. Choose from neutrals like gray and black, or opt for pops of color like bright red and royal blue.

  • Available sizes: 11
  • Available colors: 13


A watermelon-themed pool game you simply fill with a water hose

This watermelon-themed game is designed to sink, float, and pop up to the surface, making it perfect for a bunch of different pool games. You simply fill it up with your water hose, and there’s even an adapter to make this process quick and easy before you jump in the pool.


This impressive pizza stone you can pop on the grill

This pizza stone is a serious upgrade from the usual backyard hot dogs, and it even works on your grill. Simply pop it in the oven before the backyard gathering, or pop it on your grill for a super impressive pizza, then serve it with the included pizza cutter.


The gel glasses that give your drinks a frosty chill

Put these glasses in the freezer and you’ll be able to enjoy a frosty beer, cocktail, or soda that doesn’t warm up on even the hottest of days. Made from BPA-free plastic, they feature a proprietary gel within the walls that provides an ice-cold chill for hours. A silicone band provides a comfortable grip that keeps your hands from getting too cold while you hold it.

  • Available colors: 6


This wheat straw dinnerware set that’s unbreakable for outdoor use

This reusable dinnerware set has everything you’re looking for in outdoor plates and bowls. Made from wheat straw, the four bowls and four plates are totally unbreakable, so you can use them without having to be too careful. The material is eco-friendly, and produced with a lower carbon footprint and less energy — a feel-good all the way around. They’re even safe for the freezer, dishwasher, and microwave, so you’re not sacrificing convenience, either.

  • Available colors: 5


These secure mesh bags to make grilling veggies impressively mess-free

These mesh grill bags make it an absolute breeze to grill up small veggies or cuts of meat (without losing any between the grates). They’re nonstick, heat-resistant, and complete with snaps on the top to keep all of your perfectly grilled veggies securely inside.


This pack of inflatable bars to keep drinks & BBQ snacks chilled

This inflatable serving bar will boost any backyard gathering because you can fill it with ice and pack it full of drinks, cold appetizers, and more. They come in a pack of three, so you’ll have plenty of room for snacks and drinks. Plus, it’s reusable and super easy to deflate when all the snacks are gone.


This speedy meat thermometer to make grilling breezier

This quick-read digital meat thermometer is such an easy way to make grilling in the backyard way more enjoyable. It comes with a mini meat temperature chart on the front and an extra card for any other grilling temps you might need while cooking out.


A scent-free insect-repellent for more relaxing time in the yard

Pop this insect repellent spray wherever it’s easy to reach on your patio, so you’re always ready to spritz on some long-lasting bug repellent whenever they start to attack. It’s designed to work on mosquitos, biting flies, and even those annoying little gnats while also being completely scent-free.


A plate dispenser for easy-grabbing at backyard parties

This plate dispenser is a must for backyard gatherings or after-work snacks on the patio because it makes it quick and easy to grab a disposable plate. It’s a breeze to mount under a cabinet or even under the shelf where you keep your indoor plates, and quick to refill after backyard parties.


This bamboo cheese board with handles to carry it outside

This bamboo cheese board is a must on any patio table, no matter how large your outdoor gathering is. It has three built-in bowls to hold small snacks that might roll around (think: olives, almonds, etc). Plus, each side has low-profile handles for easily carrying it outside for pre-BBQ snacks.