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26 Things For Your Yard That Don't Cost A Lot But Will Be Used Often

Every yard should have a special squirrel picnic table.

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1. Solar-powered mason jars that are basically screaming to be placed in the background of your next Instagram photo session. Bonus points if you're holding a drink in an actual mason jar.


Promising review: "Wow these are awesome — love them! Worked great right out of the box, simply turn on and hang. These are much different then the standard walkway solar light as they through off a totally different kind of light/glow. They really add a cool vibe to my outdoor landscaping. These are glass jars and they look beautiful. Great purchase." —Tsuk

Get a set of six from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in two colors).

2. A ridiculously chic planter pot so you can finally create the fancy home entryway of your dreams. It's even made with protective UV inhibitors to keep it looking shiny and vibrant all year long.


Promising review: "Looks great! Not heavy, but great style. Love that there are drains in the inner shelf and at the bottom." —Stephanie

Get it from Wayfair for $43.16 (available in three colors).

3. Or a 3D-printed geometric planter made from biodegradable plastic so you can make your yard environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

One white and one black 3D-printed planter without any plants inside
HD3D Printing / Etsy

Promising review: "I love my pot. It's perfect and Austyn was really nice, answered all my questions pretty fast and didn't mind when I made a special request to get the pot in turquoise instead of black and white. I will definitely be ordering from here again." —Livi

HD3D Printing is a small Etsy shop based in Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

Get it from HD3D Printing on Etsy for $10.03+ (available in five colors and three sizes).

4. A garbage guard to stop your trash can from becoming the hottest hangout spot for flies and other pests. Now you can kick back in your yard without having to swat away a bug every five seconds.

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Promising review: "Got an outdoor can, the kind the mechanical arm on the garbage truck picks up and tips over, with the lid opening by gravity. Placed this on the inside of the lid, near the hinge to lessen the chances of it being scraped off during emptying and no flies/maggots! No apparent odor, just seems to put a big hurt on the fly party that used to be my trash can (litter box contents, remnants of meat, etc.) " —Michael E. Bradley

Get it from Amazon for $7.44.

5. A leaf blower so you can effortlessly whisk away all those piles of pesky leaves once autumn rolls around. Your rake is gonna be so jealous.

a model holding the leaf blower with an orange handle

Promising review: "I didn't expect such a powerful blower at this price. I have a large front and backyard, and needed a blower that was powerful but lightweight (arthritis) and this delivered beyond my expectations. Great product and great price." —DD

Get it from Amazon for $29.

6. A waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, because there's nothing better than peacefully soaking up some sun while catching up with your latest terrifying true crime podcasts. Also, it's really time you stop using your phone's awful speaker — your ears deserve better.

the tube-like speaker in black

Promising review: "This little speaker packs a real punch for its size. The sound quality on this speaker is very crisp and clear and the base is quite deep. I've owned and tested many other speakers in its class and they can't compare. The durability on this thing is insane! I've thrown it down a 50-foot staircase onto asphalt and no problem occurred. I've dunked it in water on multiple occasions and nothing happened. The battery life of this thing is also kind of amazing! But I've got to tell you that this speaker has its limits due to its size. It gets the best quality use in small/medium sized rooms or small outdoor living spaces. Something this size has its limits. Besides that I highly recommend this speaker if you're trying to make your final decision." —Beckett K.

Get it from Amazon for $84.99+ (available in six styles).

7. A set of yard dice with a handy dry-erase board so you can turn your lawn into the ultimate game of Yahtzee.


Promising review: "We ordered this game for our three year old so we could teach him about numbers and play outside. He loves stacking the dice and throwing them. Well made and fun." —Parent teacher

Get it from Target for $29.99.

8. Globe string lights to turn your backyard into the ultimate hangout spot, because let's face it, string lights can transform any space into an Instagram-worthy moment.

the string lights in the back of someone's home

Promising review: "Absolutely love the dim feature! These bulbs are more round than oval like others, but I love them. When they are off, there’s a cool yellow in them that offers a lovely aesthetic when not in use. Our pergola is wired for lights so we mounted them on and almost always dim them because the white pergola reflects the light. These lights have made our patio my new favorite spot in the house. My husband and I find the evenings so relaxing, we’ve literally grown closer together from spending time out under the lights in our new favorite place." —fishurmo

Get them from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in 27, 48, and 97 feet).

9. A standing weeder so you can effortlessly pull weeds and their roots out without killing your back and knees. Your chiropractor will be so proud of you.

Made with a bamboo handle and powder-coated steel, it uses a simple lever system to made weeding easy.

Promising review: "Oh my god, I friggin' love this tool. I bought this on a whim given we bought our first house and know nothing about caring for a yard. Boy has it come in handy. Our new house had a ton of weeds in the front yard and this tool helped me get most of them out in no time. In fact, the process of yanking out the weed was strangely satisfying! I don't think anyone can say that weeding is fun but this tool made it as close to fun as you can get, especially when you see a long root along with the weed you pulled." —JG

Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

10. An oversized outdoor blanket you'll want to spread out over your front lawn and wave to everyone as you enjoy a perfectly picturesque picnic.

a stack of patterned blankets in different colors with fringed edges
TurkishDowry / Etsy

Promising review: "I purchased the Turkish blanket in gray. It washed up beautifully on gentle cycle with warm water and dried in dryer on medium. It is soft and very cozy! I bought the burgundy blanket for my daughter! It is a wonderful blanket and I highly recommend it! The shipping was incredibly fast!" —Peggy Kessel

TurkishDowry is a small Etsy shop based in Turkey.

Get it from TurkishDowry on Etsy for $25.60 (originally $32; available in 16 colors).

11. A portable grill so you can keep the festive barbecues going all year long even if you don't have tons of a space for a full-size grill. It has a quick-fold design so you can fold it, roll it, and store it once you're done whipping up some burgers.

the portable propane grill in red

Promising review: "This grill is great! It has three burners so the things that you are grilling do not cook unevenly. I purchased a 20-lb-to-1-lb propane adapter and hooked up my 20-lb propane to it. It is easy to assemble. I usually prefer a charcoal grill over propane, but this grill came close to giving me the charcoal grill taste, it did not disappoint me. Awesome product!" —Michael S

Get it from Amazon for $192+ (available in six colors).

12. A set of solar-powered LED lights with a unique bubble design to add a colorful touch to your backyard once the dreary late-fall weather rolls in.

Young Blossom Place/Etsy

Promising review: "I really love these acrylic lights so bought them again. They are made of clear acrylic with bubbly LED lights inside and are solar. So, no need for electricity or batteries. So far the rain and sprinklers haven't caused any harm." —Mika H.

Young Blossom Place is a small Etsy shop based in Irvine, California.

Get it from Young Blossom Place on Etsy for $24.29.

13. A multipurpose BBQ tool that'll help you become a certified grill master in no time. This one device acts as a spatula, a set of tongs, and a scraper — so it'll basically never leave your side the next time you're whipping up a batch of burgers.

a model using the bbq gadget
The Grommet

Promising review: "Bought it for my son in law for Christmas, a grill master! Loved not burning his wrist on the big grill, and can pick up all large cuts of meat and small pieces of vegetable without a problem. Very well-made. Extremely pleased with this purchase!" —Joyce

BBQ Croc is a small business founded by Nicolas Vallee.

Get it from The Grommet for $17.95+ (available in 15, 18, or 21 inches).

14. An aesthetically pleasing wheel to keep your hose organized and tangle-free, which might just inspire you to water your lawn more often — but no promises.

a pretty, standing hose holder

Promising review: "Easy to put together, seems very sturdy, and looks great. I love that I didn’t have to attach this to the house or use any tools and it’s still strong enough to hold up the hose." —Angela H.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

15. A squirrel-proof bird feeder so you can treat your majestic flying friends to some much-deserved snacks while you kick back and enjoy yours.

a reviewer's photo of the vertical, elongated bird feeder in their yard

Promising review: "I have had a lot of bird feeders and never found a single ‘squirrel proof’ feeder that worked. I’ve had this one about a month now. We live in the countryside and we have SO many squirrels who have tormented our birds and spilled out seed on the ground — and, yes, I put seed out separately to feed the squirrels, too. We have watched for weeks now as one after another of our squirrel population has tried to get seed out of this feeder. They can climb down the wire to it, but hanging onto the feeder’s wire cage, it closes and they finally give up and drop to the ground. It works! I don’t care if I have to buy a new one every year, it is worth the success we’ve had." —jojoarkie

Get it from Amazon for $64.30.

16. Light-up flowers that bring on all the Alice in Wonderland vibes and might just inspire you to throw your very own un-birthday party. Curiouser and curiouser indeed!

an array of light up flowers glowing at night

Promising review: "The pictures don't do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don't look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I've had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!" —Zavanna

Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $21.99 (available in two color combos).

17. An outdoor patio set with a super comfy loveseat, two chairs, and a spacious table so you and the besties can get the most out of your newly upgraded backyard.

the wicker outdoor furniture set

Promising review: "I can’t believe how fast this order arrived. The quality of the patio furniture is fair for what I paid and for what it is really worth. The assembling was fairly easily and I actually enjoy being outside on my patio. My dog loves it too. I’m so happy with this purchase." —Algeria from Columbia, SC

Get it from Wayfair for $213.99 (originally $399.99, available in two colors).

18. A row of colorful flowerpots to add a charming country-chic touch to your rapidly growing collection of plants.

a row of colorful buckets with plants in them

Promising review: "These are such cute little flowerpots. The colors are bright and beautiful. The hooks are large enough to hang on up to a 2.5" wide railing but probably won't fit anything larger. They would add a bright pop of color to any drab space. They do have drain holes in the bottom." —Amy R.

Get 10 from Amazon for $20.99.

19. A set of extendable s'mores sticks so you can roast up a perfectly toasted marshmallow without ever leaving your comfy seat. You can also use them for hot dogs if a sweet treat just isn't cutting it.


Promising review: "These roasting sticks will get the job done. They retract easily and will be perfect for light use (roasting marshmallows) with our fire pit. Not extremely sturdy but not flimsy either. The metal points are not sharp which is a good thing if kids are handling them. I like the storage pouch it comes with too." —Sheri J. O

Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.64+ (available in four colors).

20. A dual-action hedge trimmer to help clean up those unruly bushes and get you one step closer to the "Lawn Of The Year" award — even if that award only exists in your heart.

a model holding the hedge trimmer while trimming bushes

Promising review: "Have hesitated for years to buy a hedge trimmer, but took the plunge on this one. I am pleasantly surprised, light weight easy to handle, cuts my shrubs back easily and trims my 10-foot tall Cyprus cedar with ease!! I'm 76, wish I had bought one years ago!!" —George Goddling

Get it from Amazon for $37.79.

21. A set of outdoor drink stakes so you can have a sturdy cup holder no matter where you are, because nothing ruins an outdoor hangout like accidentally knocking your beer over.

review pic of a bottle of beer in the drink stake

Promising review: "As always, my order was shipped quickly and in perfect condition. I love the bright colors and they are talk and sturdy. They are perfect for bottles, cabs, and cups... Not so good with stemmed wineglasses! No problem: I just ordered silicone stemless wineglasses!" —LaDonna Clark

Get a set of six from Amazon for $40.95. Or get a set made for stemmed wineglasses here.

22. A bottle of Yard Odor Eliminator to help neutralize any pet odors that are ruining the vibe of your immaculate yard. It can be sprayed on grass, plants, shrubs, outdoor furniture, kennels, and basically anything else that needs a good freshening up.

a green bottle of yard odor eliminator

Promising review: "We have two male dogs. Need I say more? The dog run always had an odor even after watering down after spreading liquid, a cleaning product known to many people. Enter YARD ODOR! After using it just once, the odor was cut by 90% and after two applications, the odor is gone. So glad we tried it." —Roxy

Get it from Chewy for $20.99.

23. A solar-powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can wave goodbye to relying on your phone's flashlight every time you step outside., Amazon

Promising review: "I purchased these to cover the side of my house. Installation was easy and I left them outside for two days to charge. The light coverage was about what I expected from them and do the job well. The motion sensitivity covers all the side and lights turn on. It has rained about three times and still work great and hoping they last for a long time." —J. Argueta

Get a set of four from Amazon for $26.99.

24. Pruning shears that make it so much easier to trim up your shrubs or shape up your garden. You'll feel like the impressive garden master you truly are.

pruning sheers with a red handle

Promising review: "I purchased these as a gift for my mother who gardens extensively. She thanked me again for them today declaring that these were the best pruners she has ever owned (she has been at it over 50 years). She cuts the branches off her trees and shrubs, then further trims them into small sections to fit in the recycle trash bags. It is her great joy to work in the yard made even my pleasant through the use of these pruners." —A. Kelly

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

25. An adjustable umbrella with solar-powered lights on the underside that'll basically make you feel like you're relaxing at a beachside restaurant instead of your own backyard.


Promising review: "I am quite happy with this umbrella. It’s lightweight, making it easy to open and close. Very attractive. Water resistant. Provides great shade for my deck. The solar feature is awesome I especially like the fact that there’s an on/off switch for the lights so that the lights won’t be on when the umbrella is down. It charges even when in the off position. The lights are not too bright and provide just the right amount of lighting without looking gaudy." —Kathy

Get it from Amazon for $71.99 (available in five colors).

26. And a picnic table so your friendly neighborhood squirrels can have a comfy place to get their snack on. You might have to start taking reservations.

DelgadoHCTreasures / Etsy, Michelle Braga

I recently gifted this to my brother-in-law who had already managed to gain the trust of his local squirrels (by leaving peanuts out for them in a bowl in front of his house). It's been DELIGHTFUL to receive photos from him of the bushy-tailed creatures snackin' away. This really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Get it from DelgadoHCTreasures on Etsy for $35.

So, can I come over and hang out in your backyard?

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