Backyard Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

Bill Taylor
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I’m sure you probably know by now that I travel a lot and I like staying in vacation rentals when I’m on my travels. I usually contact places that rent vacation rentals and work with them to find a place to stay that fits our desires.

Throughout my travels, I’ve had the pleasure of staying in some amazing vacation rentals.

I’ve rented Airbnbs in Paris, beach homes in Hawaii, and condos on the Las Vegas strip.

I’m always on the lookout to rent a new rental property, especially if they have a swimming pool.

A lot of times while staying in a vacation rental that has a pool, you might end up discovering a few things that could use some improvements. It could be that they could use a new light fixture, a touch-up paint job, or something else to make the experience even more enjoyable.

If you’re traveling for leisure and love to check out new places and experience a new place then you probably have a ton of travel gear, it all adds up really fast.

Below are a few of the best travel accessories and little extras you can get for your next trip. All of these products will help make your trip much more enjoyable and relaxing.

NameCategoryProduct
Onforu Outdoor Bluetooth SpeakersBest OverallOnforu Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers
Niteangel Wooden Insect HouseBudget PickNiteangel Wooden Insect House
Dunnrite Clear Hoop Jr. Pool Basketball SetUpgrade PickDunnrite Clear Hoop Jr. Pool Basketball Set

1. Onforu Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

Our rating: 9 / 10

Onforu Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

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Pros:

  • Good sound quality
  • Strong Bluetooth connection
  • Durable, well-made design
  • Built-in batteries have a decent charge-life span
  • Weatherproof – suitable for use indoor or outdoors
  • Waterproof – the speakers won’t stop working if it’s raining
  • Includes a built-in microphone and LED lighting that’s easy to operate
  • Protective grilles on the ends of the speakers
  • Includes a 3.5 mm audio cable to connect to other devices with headphone jacks
  • Very affordable for such a high quality product

Cons:

  • Bass is heavily emphasized, which might be good for some types of music, but not very good for any other genre
  • The buttons to control the volume and power the speakers on take a long time to respond

Parties, BBQ.

2. Window Bird Feeder

Our rating: 9 / 10

Window Bird Feeder

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Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Large coverage area
  • Attracts a wide variety of birds
  • Realistic design

Cons:

  • Tricky to put together
  • Not great for larger birds

Easy to Clean & Fill.

Birds are some of the most beautiful creatures in the world. They serve such a great purpose in our ecosystem, too. The bird feeder is easy to clean but we do recommend cleaning it after every use. We do not recommend leaving the bird feeder out without being cleaned for long periods of time as the odor can attract other animals.

The bird feeder has a large coverage area making it great for feeding birds. Due to its realistic design, the bird feeder will attract a wide variety of birds. The size is perfect for smaller song birds but larger birds like bluejays, chickadees and woodpeckers can still fit.

3. Niteangel Wooden Insect House

Our rating: 9 / 10

Niteangel Wooden Insect House

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Pros:

  • Encourages beneficial insects – especially ladybugs and lacewings
  • Provides a place for bees to make their homes
  • Made from sustainable wood
  • Easy to assemble
  • Non-toxic, non-staining finish
  • Safe to use around food crops
  • A great way to attract animals and bugs to your backyard
  • Promotes natural gardening
  • Includes food for ladybugs and bees
  • Measures approximately 10 x 6 x 3.4 inches

Cons:

  • Some customers remarked that the wood is not treated for termite resistance
  • Not suitable for outdoors in colder climates
  • Lack of drainage holes means the wood can get wet and rot
  • A reviewer mentioned that the holes for drainage are not very large
  • Some customers complained the wood was too light to withstand heavy rains

4. Bathonly Large Caribbean Hammock Hanging Chair

Our rating: 9 / 10

Bathonly Large Caribbean Hammock Hanging Chair

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Pros:

  • Great design
  • Relaxing

Perfect Gift for Home and Travelling (Brown).

5. Novelty Place

Our rating: 8 / 10

Novelty Place

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Pros:

  • Well-made
  • Easy to use
  • Includes ice packs in each cavity
  • Good value
  • Compact storage
  • Includes 4 party-colored table settings

Cons:

  • Product may have a slight smell of plastic
  • Material can tear

If you get this inflatable Ice Serving Buffet Bar at Novelty Place for your friends or family, we know they’ll be thrilled! We love the versatility of this thing! Cousins love using it for picnics, as there is added space to keep food in place. It’s also great for birthday parties. It’s a really useful and fun gift.

Made of thick plastic, you’ll find this buffet bar to be durable and long-lasting. Each cavity is kept in place with a magnetic edge, so you won’t have to worry about it coming loose. The set also comes with 4 colorful table settings in an assortment of colors for each cavity. You could even use the table settings to organize your food and drinks in the kitchen or even in the garage.

6. Juegoal 54 Pieces Giant Tumble Tower Blocks Game Giant Wood Stacking Game

Our rating: 8 / 10

Juegoal 54 Pieces Giant Tumble Tower Blocks Game Giant Wood Stacking Game

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Pros:

  • Can make your kid smart
  • Develop language and logical skills
  • Enhance spatial awareness
  • Create a fun mood for family
  • Great for trip
  • Improve concentration
  • Children will like it once they play it

7. Homeimpro Garden Solar Lights Pathway Outdoor Moon Crackle Glass Globe Stake Metal Lights,Waterproof Warm White LED

Our rating: 8 / 10

Homeimpro Garden Solar Lights Pathway Outdoor Moon Crackle Glass Globe Stake Metal Lights,Waterproof Warm White LED

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Pros:

  • Simple installation and easy to operate
  • Unique glass ball design
  • Durable materials
  • Good value for money

Cons:

  • Does not work well during the night when it’s dark
  • The solar panel is very sensitive to weather especially when exposed to water

The Homeimpro garden solar lights can be a perfect gift for people who enjoy entertaining by the poolside. It makes use of natural light at night to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

This set of garden solar lights features a modern glass ball design, which adds beauty to your outdoor space and makes it stand out from the crowd. You can also choose from a wide variety of color options ranging from cool blues to deep amber.

This lighting kit is made from plastic and powder coated metal, and it includes three different color glass balls called garden patio lights.

8. 15 Culinary Herb Seed Vault

Our rating: 8 / 10

15 Culinary Herb Seed Vault

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Pros:

  • Large, thickly coated seed bank
  • Ideal for cooking
  • Plenty of flavor and nutritional value
  • Many varieties to choose from
  • Highly economical
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Feature a 3-year limited warranty

Cons:

  • Seeds are not individually marked which may be off-putting to some
  • Can only be used for indoor planting
  • Limited to culinary herbs

Oregano.

9. Elite Sportz Ring Toss Indoor/Outdoor Games

Our rating: 8 / 10

Elite Sportz Ring Toss Indoor/Outdoor Games

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Pros:

  • Fun for indoor and outdoor use
  • Sturdy construction
  • Easy to assemble
  • Perfect for children and adults alike

Cons:

  • Bags are not included
  • Not ideal for children under 3
  • Balls may sometimes fly off and get lost

Playing lawn games during the summer is a great way to enjoy the sun and to bond with your family. As a family of four, we’ve always enjoyed shooting some hoops in the yard, playing a game of football in the driveway, or tossing around a Frisbee. However, the games that we’ve played are still quite limited. This is where backyard games come in.

Backyard games are sets of equipment designed to enhance your family’s outdoor experience. These games can be played solo or with friends and family, and is also a great way to help your kids have more fun during the summer.

With that said, we’ve reviewed a few sets of these games, and in this article, we share with you our picks for the best backyard games in the market. If you’re looking to have a great time with your family during the summer, this is the guide for you.

10. LEMY 32 inch Outdoor Square Metal Firepit Backyard Patio Garden Stove Wood Burning BBQ Fire Pit

Our rating: 7 / 10

LEMY 32 inch Outdoor Square Metal Firepit Backyard Patio Garden Stove Wood Burning BBQ Fire Pit

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Pros:

  • Moisture resistant cover
  • Easy assembly
  • Durable quality
  • Lifetime guarantee and a 3-year warranty
  • Good price

Cons:

  • The user manual is not very detailed
  • It has a shorter life span compared to other fire pits

The LEMY 32 inch firepit is one of the best and most unique yard items that you can share with your friends. If you’re someone with a big heart and looking to give a gift that will be enjoyed throughout the years, this fire pit is the answer. This fire pit from LEMY is constructed from galvanized steel and coated with a stone finish to give it a unique look and enhance its longevity.

The fire pit is 32-inches in diameter and 23-inches high, providing plenty of room for your heat. In addition, this fire pit also features a built-in log grate for easy wood distribution. Plus it’s covered with a built-in rain cover that’s made from steel for durability and moisture resistance. And if you really want to tidy up your yard in a more efficient way, you can use the product to warm the patio, rather than using an outdoor gas grill.

11. Pizzacraft PC6503 PizzaQue Outdoor Pizza Oven & Pizza Oven Leg Kit

Our rating: 7 / 10

Pizzacraft PC6503 PizzaQue Outdoor Pizza Oven & Pizza Oven Leg Kit

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Pros:

  • Safe design – Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Comfortable handle – can be used with one hand
  • Sturdy design
  • Well-designed ash drawer
  • Adjustable temperature settings
  • Adjustable grilling temperature
  • Creates authentic pizzeria-quality pizza

Cons:

  • Takes a long time to cook small pizzas
  • According to reviews, the lid handle broke off, so it impedes the usage of the lid

This pizza oven and leg kit is the perfect as a gift for a friend or to decorate your patio or garden this summer. The PizzaQue is designed to be used indoors or outdoors, which makes it great for summer grilling parties, especially for when there’s a breeze.

This product is a sturdy product made of pure steel, and it’s rust resistant. The lid has an adjustable handle that stays firm even when in use. The handle can be turned back, so it’s out of the way, and it’s also made from aluminum material to ensure that it’s sturdy and usable, even when in the oven.

12. BIRDROCK HOME Decorative Water Hose Holder

Our rating: 6 / 10

BIRDROCK HOME Decorative Water Hose Holder

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Pros:

  • Made from high-grade steel
  • Ideal for indoor and outdoor use
  • Fits 5/8”, 3/4” and 1” garden hoses
  • Small and sturdy base
  • Easily adjustable handle
  • Looks good in any setting
  • Provides water at any angle
  • Gives off an antique aesthetic
  • Durable construction
  • Of good quality

Cons:

  • The surface could be better
  • The base is unstable
  • It is too small

The Birrock metal hose holder is a practical and rust-proof hose pot. It’s ideal for indoor and outdoor use – but we recommend it for a more decorative purpose as there are better quality hose pots available on the market.

This hose pot is small and sturdily constructed, holding up to 1 inch in diameter hose. It’s made from steel and is treated with a copper finish to give it an antique appeal.

13. Dunnrite Clear Hoop Jr. Pool Basketball Set

Our rating: 6 / 10

Dunnrite Clear Hoop Jr. Pool Basketball Set

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Pros:

  • Hoop has a powder-coated finish, making it easily to clean and longer-lasting, rust proof
  • Quality material
  • Installation is quick and easy
  • Comes with a 1 year warranty on its parts
  • Add shipping and tax

Cons:

  • Hoop is a bit small
  • Basket sometimes falls off

The Dunnrite Clear Hoop Jr. Pool Basketball Set comes with all the equipment you need for playing basketball. The hoop is sturdy, durable and has a pressurized air valve to ensure it stays inflated. It has a diameter of 48″ and is suitable for playing anywhere outside, such as over a pool.

The kit includes a backboard, ball, net and support pole, all of which are made from weather-resistant materials. The hoop itself comes with a powder-coated finish, making it very durable. It’s also easy to clean.

The intention of this hoop is for the players to use to play basketball poolside. It’s not really suitable for outdoor play on a hard surface. It would’ve been better if the hoop was either a bit taller, or a bit smaller in diameter. The post is a little high for a regulation height player to play comfortably.

14. AmazonBasics Portable Driving Practice Golf Net

Our rating: 6 / 10

AmazonBasics Portable Driving Practice Golf Net

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Pros:

  • Wide range of bars and net sections
  • Easy to assemble making it a perfect gift for any golfer
  • Fully portable and easily packed away
  • Affordable

This is a great introductory golf net for the first-time golfer or maybe someone who is just starting to take up the sport. This net can stand on its own if you prefer to practice indoors, but it can also be easily assembled and put into the included carry bag for outdoor practice. I wouldn't imagine that most people would buy this for a serious trip, but it is a nice way to get one step closer to a more advanced net without having to worry about the real effort required to install a permanent one.

15. Cuisinart CFGS-222 Take Along Grill Stand

Our rating: 6 / 10

Cuisinart CFGS-222 Take Along Grill Stand

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Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Ruggedly built grill
  • Sprays water for easy cleaning
  • Can be folded for easy storage
  • Welded together to make it very durable
  • Cooks steak and vegetables well
  • Grill comes with a wire brush for its cleaning

These are great for using at home or taking along to events since they are lightweight and fold away easily.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are some good family gifts?

A great gift for families to enjoy together is a classic board game like the board game, Monopoly.

Or how about a board game like Jenga? It’s challenging and fun for all ages, plus everyone gets to improve their fine motor skills as they play.

What's a good gift for a group of friends?

Each year, my friends come together for a fairly epic spring time tradition of floating the Colorado River. It’s an awesome way to reconnect with friends that you may not see for a while and there are a lot of great memories. We just had our 16th one, so we’ve been doing it for a while!

If you’re looking for a gift for a group of friends, I highly recommend a floating holiday. Float the river, brew some beer, and toast to old memories while building new ones.

What are some thoughtful gifts?

If your friend or family member has a big backyard and they’ve always wanted to have a ball court, but haven’t found the time to build it, now is the time to gift them a backyard sports court set. That would be really thoughtful!

You can also surprise them with a basketball hoop, a football goal, or a soccer backstop. In addition to that, you can also buy them a yard game of their choice!

If your backyard space is evolving into a gym, you can get them a pull-up bar or free-standing dip station. If they’re into resistance training, this would be a great gift.

What do you get someone who is outdoorsy?

Who says that great gifts have to be expensive? With a little creative thinking, you can come with some great gift ideas for the person who loves being outdoors! Here are some of the best Weıl weıl be looking at:

  • Backyard Game Sets: If you have any friends who love spending time together then a backyard game set would be a great choice, especially if they spend time outside. Options like bocce ball and croquet sets make for great backyard games and do not require much preparation as just screw on the pegs and you're good to go. The best part is it's something you can all do together while spending time in the lawn. Read more :
  • [Bocce Ball Gaming] The best Bocce Ball sets to buy in 2018
  • [Best Croquet Sets in 2018 – All About] The best croquet sets to buy in 2018

Conclusion

The holidays are here and it’s time to find the best gift for your friends and family. Which ones will provide joy and fun throughout the summer? Which ones may provide endless fun until it’s time to put them into the attic?

We’ve reviewed several backyard products that are truly great and we know that one of these will give you the perfect present for any of your friends and family!

These gifts are ideal for those who are new and experienced in the backyard, and it depends on what exactly the recipient needs the most!

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Onforu Outdoor Bluetooth SpeakersBest OverallOnforu Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers
Niteangel Wooden Insect HouseBudget PickNiteangel Wooden Insect House
Dunnrite Clear Hoop Jr. Pool Basketball SetUpgrade PickDunnrite Clear Hoop Jr. Pool Basketball Set