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

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

    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).


    Promising review: "Does a nice job of keeping the mosquitoes away. This candle lasts long time. I use it in addition to bug spray and very rarely get bitten while sitting outside. My husband, on the other hand, is not a fan of bug spray so he relies solely on the power of this candle. He rarely gets bitten, as well. This was perfect for the summertime bugs. While Citronella primarily deters the mosquitoes the other bugs don't really like it either so this was great on our outdoor patio table. It's also a great light source too since there are three wicks on the candle." —Lisa T

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89+ (available in 12 oz, 36oz, 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.,

    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 $28.71+ (available in two sizes and three styles).

    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 Home Depot

    Over 3K customers of The Home Depot have taken the time to give this lawn mower a five-star review!

    Promising review: "I needed to replace an old gas mower that I had for many years. I admit I was a bit hesitant to buy a cordless mower, but since most of my tools are Ryobi and have never had a problem with them, I figured why not give it a try. I was surprised at the amount of power this mower had and it easily mowed through tough spots that my gas mower would stall at. It's much lighter than a gas mower so it was much easier to push. Another great feature is the ability to fold it up and store it upright so that saves a good amount of space in my garage. I'm very happy with this mower and would recommend it to anyone with a small to mid-size lot." —IslandDog

    Get it from The Home Depot for $299.

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

    Promising review: "Very, very pretty and cute for a plastic watering can. It is nice enough to not look like junk left lying around the yard or garden. Holds about half what a typical watering can does and has no spread on the nozzle, but we use it almost exclusively for our seedlings. Just too cute. It has also held up very well. No seam splits or anything despite being left out in temperatures from 32 to 95. Also no sun fade yet." —Allerion

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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


    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 $19.98+ (available in five sizes and three 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.


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

    Get it from Target for $39.99.

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


    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 $79.99.

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


    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 $144.99.

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


    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.


    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 $62.95+ (available in three styles).

    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

    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 $23.99 (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

    Promising review: "We finally had a warm and sunny day and decided it would be the perfect opportunity to try out this super cute unicorn lawn sprinkler!! It is made out of a nice thick material so it seems much more durable than a different brand that we tried last year. We used our air mattress pump to inflate because it is quite large (you definitely want to use a pump to make it quick and easy). My favorite feature is the four lawn stakes so that it won’t blow away or fall over. The kids played in it all afternoon and loved it!! I highly recommend this giant inflatable unicorn for a whole summer of fun!!" —Tmac

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in two sizes).

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

    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 $79.99+ (available with or without a lid).

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


    Promising review: "I have an extra garden hose that is always in the way or tangled because I failed to keep it in stored in a proper fashion. These garden hose holders are simple in design, but they work like a charm and allow me to keep my hose off of the ground and in an always-ready-to-use state. I can either hang the holder from a cross piece or attach it to a wall or other upright. The hose then is easily wrapped and stored and ready for immediate removal and usage. These are practical, inexpensive, and just exactly what I needed to keep my hose in good condition." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

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

    Promising review: "Hose is flexible, easy to store. Suitable for car washing, gardening, etc. Surprisingly very light. Expands in seconds from 17 to 50 feet. The multi-functional nozzle can be set to nine different spray positions. So far, this is the best garden hose I've had in the last three years." —Eugene

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    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.


    Promising review: "I was extremely worried that I would make the wrong choice of which playhouse to get, but this one is perfect us. My grandsons are three and five. They both can play in the house together and they love it. Their dad and grandfather put it together in a few hours, with very little frustration (just time consuming). Everything fit and was included. The house is real wood, so I expect it to last a long time. It is very sturdy and well made. I am so glad that I chose this playhouse. It is a well-built, solid choice." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $179.98.

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

    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 $39.

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

    Promising review: "These are deeply colored with an accurate flamingo face/beak, are well-made and sturdy (even the legs). They certainly perked up a small garden space that went all pink this summer. They are cast from original molds and are made by the same company from the 1950s. They are tacky elevated to a more sophisticated level." —kw

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $17.99.

    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.


    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 $19.83.

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


    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 three styles).

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


    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 $13.99.

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


    This set comes with a trowel shovel, a rake hoe, a weeder, a spade, a cultivator, pruning shears, a water spray bottle, a pair of protective gloves, and a tote to keep 'em all in.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a birthday gift for my aunt who loves gardening. She loved it! Her favorite part was the canvas bag with all the little pockets to hold tools and seeds, etc. She looked genuinely excited when she opened this and it made me feel good that I picked the right item for her. It really is an adorable little set. Would be a cute kit for kids getting into gardening to tote around as well (minus the pruning shears). Would recommend this product for gardening lovers and future gardeners." —Becca

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $34.99.

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

    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 $46.99.

    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.


    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 $49.97 (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).

    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: "Our kids had this sandbox in the '90s. Had to buy it for our granddaughter. Just as much fun the second time around!" —VSK

    Get it from Amazon for $50.40.

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

    The Home Depot

    Promising review: "I love this bird bath! I've had one like this for five or six years at least. I broke the basin finally and was so glad to find this one still on the market. The base is bigger than most, it's so easy to assemble, and the depth is just right for little birdie legs!" —Grammy

    Get it from The Home Depot for $32.31.

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


    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 $48.75.

    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.

    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 $119.99 (available in four colors).

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

    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.

    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 $29.99.

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

    Promising review: "My chihuahua absolutely loves his home. Honestly I never thought he would go up the stairs, but he does! He also uses the bottom and the upstairs balcony. He has his own personal home. When we have friends and family come over they can't believe when they watch him go up those stairs." —Erica

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    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

    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 $29.79.

    33. A curtain of LED lights that'll light up your life like fireworks on the 4th of July., 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!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (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.


    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 $24.99.

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

    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 $33.28.

    36. Or submersible LED lights so you can create a disco inside of your swimming pool.


    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 $12.99.

    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.


    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: "Love, love, LOVE this. We got it for my husband for Christmas 2016 and had all the fixings ready to go. This is for the OUTDOORS. The weather outside was in the mid-40's Christmas Day, and the oven easily heated to 'season' it, cooled, and then we reheated it to bake the best personal pizzas EVER. We've used it several times since and have had excellent results every time. Our grown kids liked this so much that we have purchased three more ovens through this year. At one time we lined them all up and had an awesome pizza party! " —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $197.

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

    The Walt Disney Company

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