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    40 Things For Your Backyard You'll Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

    Forget about milkshakes — these products will bring EVERYONE to your yard.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A stylish Citronella candle to keep bugs at bay while you watch the sunset with your favorite people (or your dog...or alone... whatever you're into).

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Beautiful, decorative tin. The scent is light and doesn’t emit a strong citronella. I usually stay away from citronella scents because it gives me a headache. Not with this candle! I burn the candle indoors with the glass sliding door open and screen door closed to allow cool air to come in my living room without the bugs. Works wonderfully." —Andrea Tobias

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in a single 11.6 oz candle and in a set of three).

    2. A reversible outdoor rug that'll create a softer spot for your pet to lounge if your yard happens to be lacking in the ~luscious grass~ department.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these outdoor carpets. My rambunctious lab has peed, run, played, and slept on these and they still look great! They have held up nicely through rain storms, winters, summers, and the countless holes I have made in them with stakes to hold them in place. I get the most compliments on them and they have saved our backyard since we don't have the money to pour concrete yet. If they get dirty I use a leaf blower or hose them off. They clean super easily." —Heidi Soto

    Get it from Amazon for $53.35.

    3. Or 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.

    The lawn mower and trimmer
    The Home Depot

    Over 1K customers of The Home Depot have taken the time to give this lawn mower a five-star review!

    Promising review: "We are an elderly couple needing to buy a new mower. When looking to buy, ease of use was most important to us. The thought of no more trekking to get gas, oil, and no more 'winterizing' the mower in the fall is made us look into an electric mower. We are GLAD we did. This mower has serious rear wheel self-propel. Hubby and I got the hang of it quickly. Saves our backs not having to push so hard. We have decided this is a wonderful mower, easy to use, easy to clean, easy to store." —craftykn

    Get it from The Home Depot for $508.

    4. A watering can that'll help you channel your inner-elephant and ~never forget~ to water your plants.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, so cute! I mostly purchased this because I knew our two-year-old would love to help me water the plants. She was eating lunch when this arrived and almost flew out of her chair when I unboxed it. I love that I can fill it almost to the top and then set it down, and theres no overflow! I've been using it for my windowsill succulents (aloes, jade plants, and cactus) and it's so much easier than the spouted bowl I was using! Our daughter loves pretending with it too. It dries pretty quickly in the drainboard." —PlantsandPerfume

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    5. A canopy to provide shade for your and your friends while you ~throw shade~ about the other people in your lives.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You can purchase the hardware to attach this shade to your home here.

    Promising review: "Have had it up for over a month and it is holding up very well to sun, wind, rain, and storms. I take it down when I get enough forewarning of strong storms, but sometimes we've been out of town and it has held up quite well. We roll it up and to the side using the installation kit anchors when we get warning for strong winds. But, like I've said, we've come home after storms to small branches down in the yard, but the sail was good. It does a great job of blocking the sun and cools the house and patio quite nicely from the summer sun." —Ms. Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in five sizes and nine colors).

    6. A mini pool that fits three grown adults so you can pretend you're on vacation in the Hamptons instead of your apartment's tiny patio.

    Models sitting in mini pool
    Target

    If banana leaves aren't your thing, you can also check out other trendy mini pool styles here!

    Get it from Target for $42.99.

    7. A pair of lounge chairs you'd easily find poolside at a resort in Hawaii.

    Two grey lounge chairs by a pool
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are excellent value for the money! They look durable and are certainly comfortable in any position. Very easy to adjust — the zero gravity thing really works — and the little drinks holder is great. What's more is they come fully assembled, so they're ready to use straight out of the box. Very pleased with them and would highly recommend." —'Doguie' Douglas

    Get a set of two on Amazon for $94.99.

    8. Or a four-piece set of wicker furniture so everyone will have a spot of their own where they can unwind.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! Such a great set! It comes in a surprisingly small box — these people must be great at Tetris! It was easy to put together and they even made all the screws the same size! Super comfy and looks great on my new deck!" —Jennifer Cupkey

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99+. (available in four colors).

    9. Playful animals you can hang from plants or trees in your yard to add some ~wild style~ to your decor.

    Animal decor on a branch
    UncommonGoods

    Get them from UncommonGoods for $22.50 (available in two styles).

    10. A folding grill table with lots of surface space that'll prevent you from ever burning burgers because you misplaced your spatula.

    Reviewer's photo of grill table set up with grill on top
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Easy to put up, easy to take down. No real assembly, simple enough for anyone to use. Perfect size and fits our Coleman propane grill, a wash bin for dishes, and room for food prep, not to mention a place for paper towels and for cooking utensils to hang. Very happy with my purchase." —J. Marshall

    Get it from Amazon for $93.02.

    11. A solar powered, motion sensor–activated light 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: "Best investment we've made for exterior lighting! When we purchased this house, the previous owners did not add the option of exterior lights to the house, so it was always extremely dark when the sun went down. We did not like that and so I wanted something that didn't require us to do any wiring and I stumbled across this one. I knew of solar lights in the past but I never liked the harsh white light that most solar lights are. The fact that these are warm white lights, makes it so much better and doesn't make the house seem so dull. I am actually surprised at how bright the lights are and how well they work." —Amanda L.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.89+ (availably in two styles).

    12. A ginormous unicorn sprinkler for cooling off on hot summer days and for making all your magical rainbow dreams come true.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "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 5’10 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 it from Amazon for $38.99.

    13. An embossed copper pot that'll look like chic yard decor but'll discreetly be where you store your garden house.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This garden hose metal basket is much nicer in person than I expected! It has a pretty gold-tone handle shaped like a twig — it's super attractive. There is a hole at the bottom side with a rubber plug that you can pull out to feed your hose through." —K. Sallinger, Holistic Nurse Practitioner

    Get it from Amazon for $92.65.

    14. Or a hose holder that's a little more low maintenance and can still get the job done.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We bought this to organize our pressure washer hose that we have hooked up in the garage when we aren't using it. It keeps the hose out of the way and isn't an eye sore. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to keep things tightly and neat." —Sharie L DeRousse

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (also available in a two-pack).

    15. And a hose with a lifetime guarantee so you'll never have to fret about your plants or grass dying.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I get consistent water pressure, a high-end looking hose that's made out of quality parts, and it saves me time. The water pressure is more than I've ever gotten from my previous hoses. It does the job, folds neatly, and is ready to go again. 5 STARS. Do yourself and your house a favor, and get this. Take it from a guy who never writes reviews." —Ooshi Reyu

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (also available in a 100-foot set).

    16. A playhouse for your kids (or friends' kids) that looks like an actual lil' log cabin and'll make your backyard the go-to destination of the summer.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This house was a birthday present for our two-year-old daughter, and we are beyond impressed and in love with it. It is incredibly high quality, and includes a ton of extras such as a functioning door bell, door knob to enter home, pots , pans, and spatula for kids to cook in the built-in kitchen, phone on mounted phone jack, and flower pot holders on the outside. The package arrived quickly and smelled wonderful, like cedar. It is well-stained, and comes with very detailed and easy to read instructions. The company even called after purchase to check on our experience. Our kids have not wanted to get out since we put it together, they even asked to sleep over in it. It is much easier on the eye than your typical plastic play house, it is aesthetically pleasing and is a great addition to our backyard." —Mark Chestnut

    Get it from Amazon for $317.61.

    17. An aesthetically pleasing outdoor garbage can so you can still be a lil' trashy but make it ~fashun~.

    White garbage can outside next to garden
    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "These are so great for what we wanted! Fits 33 galons really well and is very attractive on the deck for recycling. Bought three, very happy! And after lots of rain, they were dry inside." —TAnnie

    Get it from The Home Depot for $54.

    18. Flamingo lawn ornaments you'll love so much you'll want to name them and make them part of the family.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My neighbor's girls have been enjoying their flamingos all summer. They frequently create new scenarios in their yard. When they recently went on vacation, their flamingos 'ran away' to my yard (second photo), which the girls really enjoyed. So, I decided that I needed some flamingos of my own, so that MY flamingos can interact with THEIR flamingos! The injection molded flamingos were sturdy. The plastic is brightly colored and opaque. The metal legs are sturdy enough to support the body and have a satin black finish on them, which was a nice surprise. I am super happy with this purchase. Seller shipped in a timely fashion and flamingos were packaged well for shipment and arrived in perfect condition." —Perpetually-Pefect

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in packs of two or four).

    19. Or an outdoor planter you can use as an excuse to say "stop lookin' at me swan!" a la Billy Madison randomly when company comes over.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was looking for this for quite a while. Now that I have it my flowers look so pretty in it. I love my swan planter! I will probably order another one so she can have a friend." —Denice Funk

    Get it from Amazon for $21.26.

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

    String lights hanging outside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I decided upon these lights after doing a lot of research, and I'm very happy with my decision. I've been waiting to write a review until I could observe the lights' performance during heavy weather conditions. We had a very strong downpour last night, during which I left on the lights. Both during and after the storm, the lights performed flawlessly. These lights are very well-made. Both the glass bulbs and the l.e.d. filaments seem strong, and the wire is sturdy." —Rayman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A floating beverage bar so you can stay in your pool until your fingers get all shriveled and pruned.

    Floating beverage bar in the shape of a rainbow with clouds beneath it where four soda cans sit
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Super cute and works really well to hold a bunch of ice and drinks while you’re floating around in the pool. It even stays afloat with people and dogs jumping in and out of the pool. Love it!" —DragonFly

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    22. Classic gardening tools because THIS will be the year you finally flex your green thumb.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This set comes with a three tine rake, small and large round and shovels, weeding knife, small rake, pruning shears, spray bottle, hedge shears, and a box to keep 'em all in.

    Promising review: "This is the cutest gardening set ever. Would make a nice gift. Case is sturdy and even though the tools are gussied up with a colorful floral pattern the tools themselves are not just for show. The handles are plastic but the metal on all the gardening tools is quite strong. I pushed on it to see if it would bend and it held up. I used the small spade to replant my snake plant today. Everything you may need for backyard and indoor plant gardening is included. Bought as a gift but I decided to keep it." —MJ VanHecker

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    23. A hanging hammock chair for the ultimate chill spot where you can read a book, catch some rays, or take a nap.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Make sure to also pick up the hanging kit here!

    Promising review: "We bought this hammock chair to hang on a stand that we bought separately. It is a favorite sitting spot for both my daughter and my husband! Overall though, this is a great buy." —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99+.

    24. Or a regular hammock, in case you have ~someone special~ in your life you'd like to snuggle up with while you gaze into the night sky.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have switched out my Tempur-Pedic mattress and now sleep in this hammock full time. First night in the hammock took some getting used to because the fabric was a little bit tougher then I expected (which is awesome because it's durable). After that first day I've been sleeping nicely every night. It also fits two people in it with more then enough room for more. Everybody that has laid in it also said they are now looking into changing their bed out for hammocks. So for $50 your getting an amazing hammock." —Jarret bryant

    Get it from Amazon for $48.97+ (available in three colors).

    25. A turtle sandbox from the '90s that, if you had one, was the ultimate sign your parents loved you (or desperately needed a way to keep you busy).

    Walmart

    I had one of these when I was a kid and it's one of my favorite childhood memories! Except that I hated getting dirty and was constantly trying to get sand off of my little hands and feet....

    Promising review: "Love it. Durable, light weight and easy to clean, has multiple uses. We bought our first turtle 32 years ago for our kids. It can be used as a sandbox, baby pool, toy box, etc. Can be used indoors and outdoors. I especially like having a lid to close it up after play is done. Just bought one for my grand children and have given it as a gift to friends and family. Everyone loves it. Highly recommend." —diane

    Get it from Walmart for $73.

    26. A Grecian-style bird bath that'll make your yard look so beautiful that even Aphrodite would be jealous.

    White bird bath in outdoor garden
    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "These plastic bird baths look pretty good and perform very well. They are easy to clean and the hollow pedestal allows for sand or gravel to be poured in creating a solid, stable assembly. At the current cost, these bird baths are comparatively going at a 2 for 1 price." —Popanuge

    Get it from The Home Depot for $32.75+ (available in two colors).

    27. A traveling sprinkler to make your lawn the envy of all your nosy neighbors without you having to lift a finger.

    Green sprinkler with water sprinkling over grass
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't believe how much time I've wasted moving sprinklers around the yard. Neighbor got one of these and let me try it out. I liked it and wanted to get my own. No regrets! The sprinkler came in without any damage. I've been using it for a few months now and I am completely satisfied. And grateful for all the extra time. Quality wise, I think it's pretty good and extremely easy to use." —Connie McDonald

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    28. A waterproof portable bluetooth speaker, so you'll never have to fumble with headphone wires while trying to ~get your tan on~ in your yard.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "UE Boom 3 is an amazing small bluetooth speaker. For its size, the sound is spectacular and can fill a small room, pool area, or picnic. The speaker is waterproof as well as dust- and shock-resistant, and can FLOAT. Honestly, for music, audible books, or podcasts and movies, these sound GREAT! You definitely won't be disappointed with your purchase and will probably end up buying more like I have. They'll fit in your backpack, clip to a bike or almost anything else and will sound great." —Vince V.

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99+ (available in three colors).

    29. A retro-styled pool float may have you saying "talk to the hand" anytime someone tries to remind you of your ~responsibilities~.

    Model on beach holding pool float
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.

    30. An oversized game of tic-tac-toe you can either use as decor or gather your squad for some old fashioned gaming.

    Reviewer's photo of the game
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by this product. It exceeded my expectations. The item arrived exactly as described/pictured and feels like a high-quality product. The pieces are weighty/sturdy and I'm finding adults and kids of all ages love to handle them. The wooden game box is also sturdy, with a nice cherry finish. The set is definitely nice enough to keep in your living room as a permanent piece. It's also a great little conversation piece you could put out on a patio table during a BBQ or Pool party." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    31. A pet house complete with stairs and a balcony that'll be a paw-fect addition to your yard.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This little house was easy to assemble and arrived quickly. I was shocked it is real wood and it smells great. My cat climbed in as soon as it was finished and has not come out. —aber

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (also available with a roof).

    32. A portable beach chair you can use in your own yard then take it with you when you head to a friend's house for a pool party.

    amazon.com, Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got this as a deck lounger. It is SO much more comfortable than I have ever had before! Seems to be sturdy and the bars don;t DIG into me. Seriously, I don't feel any bars at all! I could sleep on it! This is the best lounger I have ever bought." —Emily Flesher

    Get it from Amazon for $47.27+ (available in four colors).

    33. A curtain of LED lights that'll light up your life like fireworks on the 4th of July.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Just got the lights last week. We put them up on our outdoor privacy screen. We opted to wrap the screen with the lights rather than just let them dangle down since the screen was shorter than the lights. Looks great during the day and gives a great ambiance at night. We love the remote control!" —Donna

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes).

    34. A feisty lawn ornament to scare off any rogue gnomes who might've been plotting to take over your garden.

    Godzilla lawn ornament attacking gnomes with toy army characters surrounding it in a garden
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this as a Christmas gift for my mom who told me 'for the love of God, just don't buy me a gnome' when asked what she wanted for Christmas. She has a rather large gnome collection because for whatever reason my dad's family think she loves gnomes, when in reality she hates them. Since she told me exactly what not to get her, I decided I most certainly had to buy her a gnome. When I found this one, I knew it was perfect. She laughed and immediately opened it and placed it right in the middle of her gnome collection. It fits perfectly, and now the gnome collection went from this tacky display to a hilarious massacre scene. Worth every penny!" —Kade

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    35. Citronella tiki torches, perfect for the next time you host a luau (or if you could use some extra light in your backyard).

    Tiki torch lit and set up with people sitting and standing nearby
    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "We live on an Army base, therefore live in government housing and our backyard is on the small side. We like to entertain during the nice weather so I was looking for a way to decorate my yard yet be affordable. Adding the tiki torches was the perfect way to frame off our cozy little hang out area. The gun metal and bamboo are fun and stylish looking. The flames are large, which adds a ton of light to the area and the smoke that comes out keeps these giant Georgia bugs away. We are excited to use these all summer. " —Abbie

    Get a pack of four from The Home Depot for $34.98.

    36. Or submersible LED lights so you can create a disco inside of your swimming pool (or your bathtub!).

    Amazon, amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "We bought these for our hot tub and they work great. We don't use any other lighting along with these and they are enough for us. Our children love them as well. They float continuously, but when they 'bump' into you it isn't very noticeable like other floating lights. One remote works for both lights, so I believe the second remote is just a spare. We have been using them for the last two weeks without any issues." —Skeptical

    Get a set of two from Amazon for 7.99+ (available in single or double packs).

    37. And an outdoor pizza oven that'll make every party a pizza party — and everyone knows there's nothing better than a pizza party.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    My parents moved from New York to North Carolina and the only thing they regret leaving behind (other than me... I hope) is the amazing pizza. The solution? They bought their own pizza oven! Now they whip up fresh pies like it's nothing whenever they're getting a craving for the ~good stuff~.

    Promising review: "AWESOME pizza oven. We really can't say enough great things about it. It does exactly as advertised, and the temperature of the stone matches fairly well with the gauge on top. The stone runs hottest in the middle, but not overly so. The oven takes longer to warm up in the cold weather (10-15 min), but it retains heat really well! We keep the pizza oven on a thick plastic table and the oven is very well insulated, the table doesn't get hot at all. We wouldn't change a thing! Makes amazing pizza and naan! " —tk

    Get it from Amazon for $400.

    38. A projector screen that will turn your backyard into your own personal movie theater (and seriously upgrade all of your outdoor parties).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Psst, don't forget to grab a movie projector if you don't already have one!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this screen. I purchased the 120-inch and it is a very good size, especially for outdoor movie nights. We set it up in a matter of minutes. Very easy setup, screen looks fantastic and of good quality, and easy breakdown as well. I love the carry case and the portability of this screen. Where we live there is always a breeze to somewhat windy and this screen holds up really well with the reinforcements they include to give better anchoring. Hardware is of good quality, not too heavy and not too light and thin. Great price and value for your money is what I say about this screen! Shipped quickly and very well packed." —Onahele

    Get it from Amazon for $159.98+ (available in nine sizes and four varieties).

    39. A weatherproof outdoor beanbag chair that you can plop down just about anywhere in your yard to relax and enjoy some fresh air.

    FIBALA / Etsy

    Fibala is Poland-based Etsy shop that sells modern, minimalist items for your home, like trays, wooden boards, pots, bowls, hangers, and more.

    Don't forget to pick up some beanbag filling so you can use your chair as soon as it arrives!

    Promising review: "This beanbag lounger is beautiful!! I love the simple look, soft grey color, and the vegan leather handle is super cool! The shop owner, Alicja, was so nice and helpful when I asked about a leather alternative. The lounger is everything I hoped it would be! I absolutely love it! TY!" —Amoryn Smith

    Get it from Fibala on Etsy for $100+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

    40. A zip line kit that'll officially make your backyard the go-to hangout spot on your street.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    The kit comes with a seven-foot sling cable and a 95-foot main cable. If the trees you want to connect the zip line to are more than 95 feet apart, you can contact the company and they'll make you a personalized one! Also, some reviewers suggest buying a cable puller and cable clamp to make the installation process easier.

    Promising review: "We LOVE this zip line! We were looking for something to draw our screen-magnet youngest child outside with increased frequency. This fits the bill!! It's only been up for about five days but I bet we've made 500 trips down the line already. We have six children with an eighteen-year age spread between them. All six have enjoyed multiple trips down the line along with their friends. The youngest can't wait to get outside when he wakes up in the morning. We wish we would have had this is the yard ten years ago. Making memories....NO SCREENS REQUIRED!" —Dayna Strand

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    You, enjoying every spare moment you have in your backyard:

    The Walt Disney Company

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