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    30 Gadgets For Your Backyard You Probably Didn't Realize You Needed In Your Life Until Now

    Rapid fill water balloons, an outdoor heater, a snow cone cart, and so many more cool things for your yard.

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    1. Light-up flowers to make your boring old yard feel like Alice's Wonderland once night falls.

    an array of light up flowers glowing at night
    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 $21.99.

    2. Globe string lights that'll transform your backyard into the hipster haven you've always imagined it could be.

    the string lights in the back of someone's home
    amazon.com

    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 $15.99+ (available in 27, 48, and 97 feet).

    3. A wall-mount swimming pool skimmer that works alongside your filter pump, so you can save the lives of tiny creatures that accidentally find themselves going for a swim and ensure your water is free of leaves and other debris.

    a tiny basket with a tube attached underneath along the side of a pool
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This skimmer does exactly what it is supposed to do. Catches things like leaves and insects that fall into the pool, anything that is floating on the pool surface eventually gets pulled in. The surface of my 18-foot Intex pool was cleaned within just a couple of hours after installation. The box comes with everything you should need to install it, so you don't need to buy extra hoses or hose adapters. The skimmer came with two different types of mounting bracket and one of them fit my Ultraframe Intex pool perfectly, I know some people had to get creative with how they mounted their skimmers, but luckily I didn't have to. I would recommend purchasing this skimmer to anyone with one of the Intex pools, it saves a lot of extra work." —thisguy

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    4. A garbage guard that'll keep pesky flies and other insects from congregating around your can.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    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 lawn mower in case you have so much grass that your yard is starting to look more like an overgrown forest than a suburban retreat.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "If this is how easy the electric cars will be then sign me up. No more going to the gas stations, no struggling getting the lawn mower out of the shed no more waking up the neighbors — I should get a discount. All my neighbors love it. Even the postman took time to take a look." —Jazzin Sykes

    Get it from Amazon for $277.99.

    6. A portable grill you'll be able to use to grill up a delicious feast even if you don't have an abundance of outdoor space.

    the portable propane grill in red
    Amazon

    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 $269.99 (available in five colors).

    7. A solar-powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can sing "and at last I see the light," like Rapunzel in Tangled each time you step into your yard.

    amazon.com, 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 $24.99.

    8. A portable karaoke microphone that'll transform your outdoor patio into a party from the moment you connect it to the app of your choosing. Ahem, that's just me clearing my throat to treat you all to my rendition of Aladdin's "A Whole New World."

    a reviewer using the microphone
    the microphone in gold

    Promising review: "We need something to let the kids sing without having to turn on the whole karaoke system. This works like a charm. The Bluetooth connection helps as well. You can just turn on YouTube and look for any song and they probably have a karaoke version or a song-a-long they can sing to. The range is also great. We were outside and the volume can be heard nicely." —Phong Bui

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in 11 colors).

    9. A bird feeder specifically designed to keep squirrels from encroaching on your feathered friends' lunchtime — it has a motorized bar that automatically starts spinning when a squirrel climbs onto it so they can't gobble up all the seed.

    a tube-like bird feeder with a round perch around it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have several bird feeders hanging from a tree, which obviously attracts squirrels. This feeder, the tipper version, does what I need it to — the ring at the base of the feeder is sufficient support for birds to access the feeder ports, but it wobbles when squirrels try to balance on it. Job done! Even better is the FLIPPER bird feeder. This is more complicated, with a motor that makes the base rotate when sufficient weight is on it. Birds are just fine, but squirrels are flung off. The effect is that this TRAINS the squirrels to avoid this feeder entirely. They give up! I should have to recharge the motor every so often, but I don't have to, since the squirrels keep their distance. Bravo, FLIPPER! I also like the fact that you can put several pounds of birdseed in it at a time. Great for winter, where I don't want to be filling it all the time. So very happy with this purchase." —C. McCloskey

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in four styles).

    10. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit that'll put the blanket forts you built as a kid to shame. It'll also encourage your kid's imagination to run wild and maybe, just maybe, inspire them to become an architect someday.

    two children building a for with the poles and spheres
    a reviewer sitting inside the fort they built

    Promising review: "We love the fun, creative play generated from the Fun Forts building set. The parts are manufactured in a way to allow children to engineer and construct their own designs. This is our second set purchased since we loved the first and wanted to expand, although expansion is not necessary." —Darcy Davenport

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    11. An oversized outdoor umbrella complete with solar powered lighting that'll let you continue to make use out of your outdoor patio even when the sun goes down.

    a gray cantilever umbrella
    a model adjusting the lighting in the umbrella
    Living Spaces

    I recently added this umbrella to my backyard set up and it's made such a big difference! It covers all of my patio furniture, so it's actually pleasant to sit outdoors even when it's super hot out. My yard also doesn't have a lot of lighting yet for the evenings, so the built-in lights have been fantastic! It was super easy to set up (took my husband maybe 20 minutes) and has held up nicely in storms and wind.

    Promising review: "Was able to use it on Memorial Day and it kept everyone comfortable all day. It also, was lovely at night all lit up!" —Jane Quirk

    Get it from Living Spaces for $450.

    12. A mini projector you can set up in your yard for the ultimate movie night your kids will never forget — good luck convincing them to watch anything other than Frozen.

    a white projector box
    a reviewer's image of the projector showing a baseball game outside

    This projector is a 10/10 because it can be hooked up to anything — a TV Box, an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a ChromeBook, tablets, Blu-ray DVD players, SD Card, USB flash drives, and smartphones. It even comes with all the cables necessary to connect!

    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to get a projector for some time now, but was having a hard time deciding on one. I’m glad that I decided on this one! The price point is great, the unit comes with cables, an adjustable stand, and a remote, and the setup is easy. I hooked it up to my phone and was able to view live sporting events that I was watching on my phone! After the game was over, I hooked it up to a DVD player and my kids watched Frozen and were able to operate the machine themselves. They went crazy when we aimed it at the ceiling while laying on the floor to watch!" —Liz Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $64.58.

    13. A projection screen that'll take your outdoor entertaining to the next level. Imagine what the Big Game will look like on this baby?!

    The screen is 120-inches and made of an anti-crease material. It also comes with brackets and ropes for mounting purposes.

    Promising review: "This screen is perfect for our use. We bought it for outdoor movie nights whether being on the garage door, in the backyard, camping, or inside the garage. It’s very easy to install with no wrinkles and shows a great picture. I’ve attached pictures that show how well I can still see the picture despite being surrounded by 7,000 Christmas lights in close vicinity." —Hallie H.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    14. An intense ball launcher your pup will love you even more for buying — you'll be able to REALLY toss that tennis ball without being limited by your inability to throw.

    Owner petting dog who has ball in mouth with launcher on ground beside them
    Dog jumping for launched ball
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don’t know who has more fun, my dog or me. LOL. I’ve used this for fetch every day for over a week now. It’s a ton of fun! I like that you can pick the ball up with the end of the gun. It saves your back and while my dog isn’t a slobber hound like others I’ve had...it’s nice you don’t have to touch the ball after it’s dog slimed. Get the mini model for small tennis balls and the large gun shoots conventional size tennis balls! Get it! You and your dog will thank me!" —workoutnut2010

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in three sizes).

    15. A tabletop fireplace with removable glass so you can enjoy a freshly made s'more any time of year — yum.

    The small tabletop fireplace with rocks and a small flame
    1Man1Garage / Etsy

    You can order this with or without the sand and rocks. The only thing that you will need to purchase separately is the 2.6-oz. gel fuel cans, which you can get from Amazon. 1Man1Garage is a small business based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

    Promising review: "Soooo cute and easy to put together. We bought a clear spray to put on to protect it and because we actually really liked the look of the burned side. Boyfriend and I bought it to make s'mores for Valentine's. It was a perfect night in." —Bethany Schneider

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $38+ (available in three styles).

    16. A BBQ tool that'll act as a spatula, tongs, and brush all in one! No more fumbling around for the right grill gadget while your burgers are ready to be flipped.

    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

    Get it from The Grommet for $17.99+ (available in 15, 18, or 21 inches).

    17. Solar-powered LED garden lights you'll love because it can change colors and create the illusion of rising bubbles to make your yard feel like an escape to a more magical world.

    Solar powered bubble lights in different colors lighting up a pathway
    YoungBlossomPlace / Etsy

    YoungBlossomPlace is a small business based in Irvine, California that sells an array of lights and home goods.

    Promising review: "I actually got these for my visually-impaired daughter, and they work wonderfully! Beautiful, bright, and entertaining! Best part is that they are solar-powered, so there's no need to buy a ton of batteries!" —Michelle MacIntosh

    Get it from YoungBlossomPlace on Etsy for $24.29.

    18. A stainless-steel fire pit that'll help transform your not-so-manicured yard into one anyone would feel relaxed hanging out in.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    My family has this fire pit and has been loving it all summer long! My sisters have a blast making s'mores and hanging out around it while watching the sunset — what more could you ask for? My dad also built out an entire seating area around it! It looks fantastic.

    Promising review: "We just received our Tiki fire pit and I was immediately impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship. We have been looking for a fire pit for our patio and this one is perfect! The black exterior and copper colored lining is gorgeous and I love that it can use pellets or wood logs. It is a nice size and there was nearly no assembly. The low smoke design and ash pan for easy cleanup was an unexpected bonus. This definitely exceeded our expectations." —Shari Bitterman

    Get it from Amazon for $350.

    19. A set of extendable s'mores sticks you can use to safely burn your marshmallow to a crisp without doing the same to your arm hairs.

    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 $9.98.

    20. A fancy firepit that'll also double as a wood fire grill and make you feel like you just became the owner of a off-the-beaten path, trendy backyard restaurant.

    Breeo, breeoco / Via instagram.com

    My dad got one of these last year and has been so excited about taking his grilling *and* backyard game to the next level. Not only does this fire pit look awesome and provide a cozy place for your family to hangout, but because it's made with a specific COR-TEN material you'll be able to cook all kinds of things right along the edges. Pretty freakin' cool. If you'd rather *not* place your steak directly on the pit, you can go for their grill grate and cook it above the flames.

    Get it from Breeo for $349.

    21. A snow cone cart, so on super hot summer days you can retreat to the privacy of your own yard and eat as many as your heart desires.

    amazon.com, nostalgiaelectrics / Via instagram.com

    Not to mention it'll look so *cool* on your back patio.

    Promising review: "I love this snow cone maker. Very easy to make a lot of snow cones in a short time. The kids at my daughters birthday party loved this. Well worth the money. Am now going to put this on my deck for days I'm out swimming and playing with my 3-year-old. " —elizabeth givens

    Get it from Amazon for $224.99.

    22. An outdoor drink stakes set that'll be there for you when someone challenges you and you say "hold my beer."

    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 $31.95. Or get a set made for stemmed wine glasses here.

    23. An outdoor heater you might as well splurge on now so you can continue your backyard fun through the entire year.

    a tall standing heater with a small shade-like top
    amazon.com

    The heater stands 87-inches tall.

    Promising review: "Amazing! This was pretty simple to set up, and getting it running is a breeze. I wasn’t expecting it to be as tall as it is but hey go big or go home right!? It definitely heats our entire porch and has extended our use of it this season which I am thrilled about! I have only had it assembled for one day so far and have already gotten several people complimenting how great it looks! Highly recommend this!" —Matt Antoniak

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99.

    24. Rapid-fill water balloons that'll make you the hero of your family and provide everyone in your life with some much-needed, socially distanced fun.

    tub full of water balloons
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Remember when we had to blow up every balloon by hand as a kid? Not any more!! These are a dream come true when it comes to balloons.... 30 in all and fill quite easily.... if it doesn't fit your hose or sink component you can just hold the filler end firmly against a stream of water and they will fill. once almost filled you can give them a shake and they fall off to the ground like ripe fruit!!! They are really fun to play with... not too oversized that they become dangerous to throw. The only downside is they do leave pieces of little plastic when they pop that you have to clean up.... but part of the deal! Highly recommend." —baby momma knows

    Get 420 balloons from Amazon for $27.99.

    25. A pressure-activated cooling pad to provide your pup with an actual *chill spot* to relax on after getting their zoomies out in the yard on a hot summer day.

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

    This pad is said to be 5–10 degrees cooler than room temp and reviewers say it also provides some relief for pets with joint pain.

    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 $34.99+ (available in six colors).

    26. A unicorn sprinkler that'll put the one you and I had as kids to SHAME! The good news is, IMO, you're never too old to have a run through a majestic sprinkler like this.

    a reviewer's unicorn sprinkler
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was looking for a sprinkler to point toward our trampoline to cool it off during the hot summer. I found this one and was more than pleased. The unicorn is SO TALL!! So, it’s perfect height to spray water into the trampoline and adds HOURS of fun to our day. It inflated super fast and so far seems very durable. We’ve even thrown it into the pool and used it as an oversized pool float. My kids love it and the neighbor kids do too!!" — M. Dickson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    27. A standing weeder (without the chemicals!) for anyone with a bad back who still wants an award-worthy lawn.

    amazon.com

    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.

    28. A pool tube stacker to prevent them from flying all around your yard on an extra blustery summer day — you'll thank me for this one later.

    a t-shaped holder with inner tubes stacked on top of it
    BrothersGibbz/Etsy

    BrothersGibbz is a small business that sells pool storage accessories.

    Get it from BrothersGibbz on Etsy for $64.99.

    29. side table that'll pop up to reveal it's *gasp* actually a cooler! All you have to do is fill the base with ice and your favorite drinks to transform your outdoor space into a resort.

    Promising review: "What a cool use of space and it a great match for our outdoor set. I store sunscreen and other items when not entertaining. There’s a reason thousands of people purchase this. It’s a functional cool piece." —Mamma 4

    Get it from Amazon for $81.89+ (available in two styles).

    30. And a light-up palm tree so you can mentally go on a vacation to your favorite tropical destination and bring some much-need extra lighting to your outdoor space.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love my little palm tree, which adds ambience on my deck. It really was easy to put together, and the tools provided to do that are a nice touch." —PK

    Get it from Amazon for $75.99+ (available in two heights).

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    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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