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    Updated on Jul 29, 2020. Posted on Jul 17, 2020

    39 Things Under $100 That’ll Make Your Time Spent In Your Yard So Much Better

    Turns out, you don't need to hop in the car to get sprayed on by a beautiful large unicorn. It can happen in your own backyard.

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    1. A sunshade triangle you can rig up over the patio or the kids' sandbox to block up to 95% of UV rays and keep things a bit cooler. Adding some shade will make that yard of yours easier to hang in this summer!

    The sunshade
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My pool is awesome when it gets into the hundreds of degrees here in California. We decided to grab a 20x20x20 triangle and holy cow does it do a number on the backyard! Not only does it keep my pool better-shaded, but it also keeps the sun off of my back patio during the hottest part of the day."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98+ (available in five sizes and six colors).

    2. An outdoor drink stakes set that'll hold your beer while you tend to the fire pit or check out how those burgers are faring on the grill.

    review pic of a bottle of beer in the drink stake
    amazon.com

    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 wine glasses! No problem: I just ordered silicone stemless wine glasses!" —LaDonna Clark

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $36.95. Or get a set made for stemmed wine glasses here.

    3. Interlocking Teak titles to cover up a patio surface that, tbh, is beyond visual help for a much more inviting look. They're great for rental properties because you can take them apart and take them with you when you move!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc... In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get a 10-pack (to cover 12 x 12-foot area) from Amazon for $77.99.

    4. And some chocolate-stuffed marshmallows that'll take an extra step out of making s'mores. Plus they'll perfect your chocolate-marshmallow ratio!

    two bags of the marshmallows with marshmallows visible so you can see the chocolate inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A friend had come across these once when they had gone camping for making smores. I thought that they would be great for our 'camping' that we have done during our lockdowns. They make the smores making experience so much easier. I love how the chocolate gets all warm too.

    I have been brave and even tried some of their recipes for other uses for the marshmallows like making hot chocolate for the chocolate/chocolate ones. Super yummy, just make sure to cut them in half and that your milk is very warm before adding them." —MG.

    Get two bags (one original, one chocolate-on-chocolate) from Amazon for $16.99.

    5. A set of s'mores sticks to *safely* reach closer to the fire for you so you can achieve the perfect level of toasted on that marshmallow. It's extremely important!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $19.98.

    6. Weather-resistant cedar pathway that'll be a little extra security along garden beds or other paths where your family tends to tread and wear down the grass. The less you worry about your hydrangeas, the more you can relax and have fun!

    cedar pathway on lawn beside of flower bushes
    Amazon

    Get an 8-foot path from Amazon for $67.95.

    7. Smol picket fencing (1 foot tall!) you can place around your prized garden beds to deter kids and pets from getting into them.

    garden bed with short white picket fence style edging
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I have been looking for fencing to keep skunks out of my 'patio pond'....this fit the size, is good quality and is 'flexible' enough to bend around corners. Problems with the way they attach to each other but that seems to be common to these types of fencing. The manufacturer should look into some sort of clips to keep the pieces connected......decent price for as many as I got!" —Roseann from Dayton, OH

    Get 18 composite pieces from Wayfair for $42.99.

    8. Rapid-fill water balloons so you can cut down on prep time and get to the backyard fun so much faster. Ahem, water balloon fights are a WONDERFUL social-distancing activity, as the reviewer below found!

    tub full of water balloons
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the best water ballons. Multiple balloons filled at same time, self tie and release with a gentle shake. You can't have too many of these balloons. After all the time spent at home under Shelter in Place guidelines, it was great to maintain 6 ft. apart and have so much fun. The kids were able to play outdoors, maintain social distancing and have a lot of fun with water balloons. Easy and quick to fill. Worth the money. I don't think we can ever return to regular balloons for water battles." —Brenda S.

    Get 420 balloons from Amazon for $29.99.

    9. A wading pool for your pet to cool off in so every member of the fam can make good use of the great outdoors on your lil' patch of land! And in case you're wondering, yes, it's great for ducks.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Plus it isn't inflatable like other little pools, so you don't have to worry about your dog puncturing it. And while we're on the subject, check out hot weather pet tips from the ASPCA.

    Promising review: "I’m pleasantly surprised with the overall quality of the product. It’s very sturdy and extremely easy to use and store. I have a 60lb Husky mix who loves to splash around and swim and this pool can totally handle it. 10/10 would recommend!" —R. McLean

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    10. And a pressure-activated cooling pad you can keep in a spot right inside your door so your dog has a place to go for a quick cool down when they ask to come inside. It's 5–10 degrees cooler than room temp and reviewers say it also provides some relief for pets with joint pain.

    Reviewer's photo of their dog laying on top of a red mat
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it whenever they need to cool down (they sometimes even fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough, too! I don't think their nails can penetrate it." —E Marsh

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in four colors).

    11. Waterproof solar lights to adorn fences, pergolas, and other outdoor structures to make everything look ~magical~. Plus it'll help you enjoy that deck a bit longer after the sun sets.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Lovely ethereal look...they are easy to affix to a tree or shrubbery limbs due to the nature of the copper wire. It has to be totally overcast, most all day long before you don't get any lights at all for the evening. The number of hours of sun that the sensor gets during the day seems to determine how long they last of a night, sometimes until around midnight, other times all night long." —deanna collier

    Get a string of 100 lights from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in seven colors, two lengths).

    12. Or waterproof globe string lights that'll make a bigger style impact when hung along your roofline, draped on outdoor structures like a pergola, or just strung up solo so you can enjoy the lights *and* the stars.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Reviewers note that you should remove the bulbs before stringing up the strands and then install the bulbs.

    Promising review: "These lights were perfect for my patio, I've recieved plenty of compliments so far. The Edison light bulbs and beautiful and offer the perfect amount of lighting for any occasion...the clips were ideal for my eaves, the overhang of the roof, which made for simple installation...now just need to find a dimmer capable of handling the required wattage and the package will be complete." —Brody Vins

    Get a strand from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in several styles and lengths).

    13. A giant die and scoreboard set to help keep everyone occupied when they're not lounging around reading in your newly fab backyard area.

    large wooden dice and dry-erase scoreboards
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "So fun. We played this game for a couple of hours with the whole fam. We just bought a collection of outdoor games to cope with social distancing. We had a blast!!!" —Hilda from CHESTERFIELD, MO

    Get them from Wayfair for $32.99.

    14. A large canopy that'll put some significant shade on your main party area that a regular ole umbrella just can't cover.

    beige fabric square canopy
    Wayfair

    Get it from Wayfair for $93.99 (originally $119.99).

    15. An octagonal patio umbrella to position over your go-to spot in your backyard. Just because it's high noon doesn't mean you have to go inside! Plus it tilts and has wind vents so a strong breeze won't compromise your fun.

    Sue / Wayfair, Cristine / Wayfair

    Promising review: "I re-did my veranda and patio last summer. I was going for a Caribbean getaway look and needed the perfect, brightly colored umbrella that can withstand a lot of wind! This umbrella is perfect and sturdy, yet light weight enough for me to move by myself. Easy tilt. My last market umbrella was so heavy I needed help to move it, deteriorated quickly, and cost me four times what my new umbrella did. Great value, great price, fast delivery!" —Hilda

    Get it from Wayfair for $56.49 (available in four colors).

    16. And a net for your patio umbrella as an ~extra layer~ so you can sit and survey your kingdom, even if mosquitoes have infested it.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This fits umbrellas as large as 9 feet.

    Promising review: "We like sitting outside and having dinner, but flies and bugs made it impossible to enjoy a meal in peace. Given that a large canopy with netting or an enclosed sun room isn't in the budget, I went looking for other solutions and gave this a shot. There's a learning curve getting it set up and it's a little tricky for one person to get it on the umbrella, raise the umbrella and clip it into place, but once it's all sorted out, it's FANTASTIC!!

    I'm glad I took the advice to order the clothes clips other reviewers recommended. I ended up clipping one on each side of every umbrella spine, and one or two in the middle of each span of cloth between the spines and it's holding well. We take the umbrella down and bring it inside at night, leaving the screen attached and bunched around the base of the umbrella. I'm also glad I followed the other reviewers and didn't add sand or water to the base. It's not really necessary and it would be a MESS to clean up. Someone suggested a length of chain, which may be a possibility, but so far we haven't needed any additional weight.

    I do think we need to be careful not to snag the screen material on the backs of our chairs, which have a defined edge rather than rounded corners. Other than that, I am SUPER HAPPY with this purchase and have recommended it to others." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $41.88.

    17. A gorgeous outdoor pillow that'll fare well on the deck and look DANG good doing it.

    square throw pillow with tropical floral theme
    Jungalow

    Get it from Jungalow for $89+ (available with poly or down filling).

    18. A hammock with a mosquito net so you can kick back, relax, and take in some nature BUT not *too* much nature, amiright? It's made for camping but I think would look great in your yard. Meet your new reading spot!

    red hammock strung up between two trees with a mosquito net on top
    Amazon

    The net isn't removable but if you choose not to use it, you can flip it to the underside while in use.

    Promising review: "We recently took two of these camping and they worked well. Hammock sleeping takes some getting used to. They are initially comfy but, depending on how you set it up, your legs can end up high which caused me to wake up a few times to adjust my sleeping position. The mosquito netting is a great add. Be careful getting into the hammock as one of the lines we used to hold up the netting was caught in our hand and snapped when the full weight of your body was applied. It's not really a product flaw, you just have to make sure you are only putting your weight on the sleeping surface and not the netting when getting in. Common sense really, just something to watch for." —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in six color combos).

    19. A unicorn or rocket ship sprinkler that'll be a serious step up from sprinklers of yore. Where were these when I was a kid?!

    amazon.com, Funboy

    Promising review (for unicorn): "Used this for my 29th birthday party. It was a hit. Sprinkled us with water all day while we floated around in the pool. Definitely not just for kiddos. Great for adults, too. I’m 5-foot-10 and got the large size, not the jumbo. Was still huge! Came with four yellow stakes to keep it from blowing away!" —Hara Serter

    Get the unicorn from Amazon for $38.99 or the rocket from Funboy for $69.

    Check out more fun stuff for your backyard.

    20. A giant stacking game (that comes with a carrying bag!) to keep everyone occupied in a *safely* destructive way.

    three people playing a giant Jenga-like game outside
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "So much fun to play! Great quality and a real show-stopper!!" —Kurt from Joliet, IL

    Get it from Wayfair for $72.99.

    21. A lemon-eucalyptus spray I bought and wore while hiking in Greece last summer with NO bites! It really smells like lemon but that's a thing I can live with if it means I'm bite-free. Keep it by your front door so you'll remember to keep those skeeters away while you enjoy your personal version of the great outdoors.

    the spray on a map surrounded by other camping supplies like a compass and pocket knife
    Amazon

    It's made with lemon eucalyptus oil (not DEET!) and is supposed to last for up to six hours.

    Promising review: "After an endless amount of North Carolina spring/summers searching for a 'safe for the family' repellent, I stumbled upon this. I had ordered a bottle of Skedattle repellent and a three-pack of this because the reviews for both were high and seemed like a sure thing. The three-pack of this was the same price as one bottle of the other. Well, the Skedattle didn't do anything for those freaking mosquitoes, they still swarmed us like we weren't even wearing anything. But this product, OMG! It actually worked, and not only did it just work, it worked GREAT! I tried a few different trips with this stuff on, and the kids use it every time they go out, and we hadn't had a single bite with it on. I will say though, it has a VERY strong smell, and you definitely want to make sure you reapply this as needed, but other than that, it's a great product. I won't use any other spray from now on." —Will M.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    22. And a bug bite suction tool to help deal with any bite you still manage to get. It'll remove the irritating venom, and help reduce itchiness, pain, and swollenness. Plus it works on other insect stings!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. It arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning I woke up with a bug bite on my arm. I used this little tool (3x per the instructions) and documented with photos. Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    23. A standing weeder (without the chemicals!) to help improve your view of your yard. You're not the only one who has trouble enjoying weed-filled scenery. And hey, while you're weeding with this there's no bending over! Your back will thank you.

    amazon.com

    Unless you want to harvest and eat the dandelion greens, I guess. Or like getting your hands dirty, which is totally acceptable. 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 $35.95.

    24. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can pump up the jams while you garden or just relax under an umbrella. Plus it has 360-degree sound with a 24-hour charge, and a splash-proof design to help it survive cannonballs and garden hose ambushes.

    Reviewer photo showing the speaker is not much larger than a soda can
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Super easy to set up, charge, pair, and listen. There’s a built-in loop, so I can attach it to my bike for outdoor cycling, a hook in the bathroom for steamy tunes, or my bag for picnics and hikes. Clear sound for listening to both music and spoken word (of course I tested both). Lovely color and sleek overall look with a range of over 30 feet. I can’t wait to bring this to the beach during the NYC summer months. True to product description." —Aminah

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in seven colors).

    25. A 12-piece melamine table set that can serve four people because let's be honest, you want to avoid bringing your good dishes outside if you can. Plus, they're dishwasher-safe!

    colorful bowl and plates on a dinner table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This set is perfect for our mini RV. Lightweight, cheerful and they have a nice texture to the surface that suggests hand-thrown pottery. They may scratch, haven't used knives yet. But for the price, who cares. A vast improvement on paper!" —KateG

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three color combos, ).

    26. A watermelon cuber to SERIOUSLY cut down on the prep time it takes to dish up this summery fruit. Less time cutting, more time luxuriating in the sun!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    You'll also get a melon baller and slicer.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I was skeptical that this would actually work, but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. It makes cutting up a watermelon so easy and actually kinda fun. Totally recommend." —Stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    27. A pair of "Thunder Bubble Bounce House" inflatables for the fam (or friends) who like to rough house and could possibly use a bit of bubbly protection. Yep, you'll still need to supervise. But you'll also *want* to watch this.

    Two models wearing large clear inflatable balloons, one red, the other blue, playfully slamming into each other
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "These. Are. So. Fun! Warning, we did not realize how much of a workout doing this is-definitely sore the next day in a good way." —Becca from Superior, WI

    Get them from Wayfair for $91.99.

    28. A mosquito repellent to replace your citronella candles that never quite seem to do what you'd like. This creates a 15-foot zone free of those blood-sucking fiends.

    The repellent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Excellent product that does precisely what it says it does. We have a large patio area and use one of these on each side of the patio. We live in South Florida and even in the height of mosquito season, we can spend an evening on the patio with these and not get a single bite. These are excellent!" —Luke W.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in six colors).

    29. An electric power washer you'll get a thrill out of using thanks to some satisfying hard surface transformations. Then you'll just want to sit on that patio later and gaze upon your gunk-free kingdom.

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    Not to mention extremely satisfying. It comes with five quick-connect cleaning tips so you can choose the perfect one for the task at hand — including a tip for soap, which you can use to easily wash your car. It generates up to 2030 psi and has a two-year warranty.

    Promising review: "It mastered cleaning my garage floors after a snowy and salty New England winter brilliantly. I have since found myriad other places to use it: lawn furniture, tech decking, wooden stair treads, and most recently deep cleaning a bluestone patio that has become discolored from year of oak pollen and leaves. I was impressed that it provides pinpoint accuracy (using 15 degree nozzle) and with a little care and time, was able to get great results. The spray pressure is not adjustable and the detergent bins are a little wonky (held in place with just a groove under a panel). But the motor is quiet, cuts off when not in use, and it's super easy to move around." —Mike M

    Get it on Amazon for $149.

    30. Light-up flowers you can nestle amongst the *real* flowers in your flowerbeds around seating areas for a whimsical touch that'll make your backyard look like it's out of a fairytale once the sun sets.

    light up flowers tucked into shrubs in a dark yard
    Amazon

    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 $24.99+ (available in two color combos).

    31. A squirrel-size picnic table that'll provide dinner (for the squirrel) and a show (for you). Talk about some tableside entertainment!

    Amazon

    Get some squirrel corn here.

    Promising review: "This is such a cute concept, but also a well-made and great-proportioned product. There were several picnic tables for squirrels to choose from, and I’m so glad we chose this one! It’s beautiful, and the customer service is so friendly — they even sent us a hand-written thank you!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 (and pick up the squirrel corn here).

    32. A three-piece conversation set with several cushion color options that'll fit in small spaces or help you increase your current outdoor seating area.

    two basket woven look arm chairs with blue cushions and a side table with a glass top in a yard
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Ordered the three piece set to enjoy my patio and couldn’t be happier with it! It’s well made, was easy to assemble and we will use it for years to come. It’s also light weight so easy to move when needed and easy to clean. A great deal for such a low price!" —C.T.Mallier

    Get them from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in five color combos).

    33. Or some metallic spray paint you can use to refinish your tired metal furniture for a weekend afternoon project that'll have substantial payoff. Just look at that zhuzhed bistro set! Sometimes you just need to get excited about your outdoor furniture as some motivation to actually sit on it.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $6.94+ (available in a variety of metallic colors).

    34. A basket-like food cover to keep your charcuterie board in fighting shape when you're not picking from it and briefly tending to other stuff outside.

    basket-like dome with green woven accents with a loop on top for easy placing and removal
    Amanda Lindroth

    Get it from Amanda Lindroth for $29.99+ (available in three sizes).

    35. A light-up palm tree you can park on your deck to add a fun decor touch to your space and keep the outdoor party going.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love love love it... this in in our little side area in front of our kitchen window, and the final piece of decor of a long line of backyard decorating. What a fun ending!" —Shayna

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in two heights).

    36. Colorful flower pots with draining holes and hooks so the plants inside can ~thrive~ while they sit there looking pretty on your deck or porch rail. No one said that your container plants have to sit on the ground!

    outdoor railing with a line of six colorful bucket-style planters with hooks to hang on the rail
    Amazon

    Get 10 from Amazon for $23.99.

    37. A sneaky cooler that'll also lend a hand as a side table. The more perfectly chilled bevs you have on hand, the longer you'll want to stay outside. You can't argue with math!

    the side table with the top raised to reveal ice and bottles within, also view of the table jut as table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really liked these tables! They were perfect for our backyard party. We bought four of them and used two in the 'Smoking Section.' Many of the guests appreciated the beverages under the tables and it kept beverages cold for a long time. they clean up easily and are lightweight and compact for easy storage. Love them!" —Josh Schultz

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in two colors).

    38. A game of Hookey to keep the whole fam occupied and beg to stay outside longer. OH HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED.

    circular wooden board with hooks and numbers. black rings hang from some of the hooks
    Amazon

    It comes with 12 rings and a large circular board with hooks to throw the rings on.

    Promising review: "Really nice product to say the least. Very nice quality and super fun to play. The board itself is much larger than I expected (almost the size of a wall clock). The rubber rings are a great size. Definitely impressed. I will be so glad to share this with my friends on Easter weekend. Thank you seller for such an awesome quality game." —Me915

    Get it from Amazon for $27.97.

    39. A pretty butterfly puddler that'll look so nice nestled in a garden bed while luring in those beautiful winged creatures. Way to make your yard look like it's outta a fairytale!

    a stone with colorful butterflies carved into it with a small puddle on it nestled in a garden bed
    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40.

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