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Happy holidays! For most people who will be reading this, when the holidays come ’round, the weather outside will be frightful. It may be a bit odd to think about patio furniture, garden accessories, and the like for holiday gifts for your loved ones, but the winter can be an excellent time to purchase outdoor goods, patio accessories, and garden essentials.
Often these types of products are on sale compared to the hot season, and there are great bargains to be found on patio furniture and other items. We have collected several great ideas for different outdoor enthusiasts, broken down into several price points and category types.
In this section, we will look at general gifts for everyone that has an outdoor space, with basic price rangers.
General Gifts Under $25
Is your patio umbrella not correctly seated inside of your patio table? Is the hole significantly larger than the umbrella diameter, causing the umbrella to lean at an awkward angle, or rattle around in the wind? Then you could use a patio umbrella cone. These little widgets surround your umbrella pole, and secure the pole snugly in the umbrella hole of your patio table. Simple, but very useful! For more information on these stocking stuffers, see our review here
The BrightTown set of 25 Globe Outdoor String Lights is an outdoor patio string light, not a Christmas light set. These are attractive globe lights, great for setting a charming atmosphere in the evening, around the patio.
This set is 25′ long, and includes 25 bulbs. See here for a review of this set.
The Gilmour Soaker Hose is a really great way to water your garden without having to pull or truck hoses everywhere! These hoses are designed to lay on the garden, or even better slightly buried in mulch, and weep water out of hundreds of small holes throughout the hose. This watering method gives water directly to the roots of plants, and is a great system for many gardeners. See here for a complete review
of this soaker hose.
The Totobay Patio Umbrella Light is a clamp on, disc-shaped light that typically attaches to a patio umbrella pole. This LED light is rechargeable, and provides a significant amount of illumination on those long summer evenings to come! See our review here
for more information.
The Westinghouse Solar Explorer 7 LED path light set is a fantasic deal for its price point. With 7 light fixtures and a simple, modern design, these units are great for mild, ambient lighting of pathways and garden accents. They are not the highest quality, but are a bargain for their price point. See our review here
for more information.
General Gifts Under $50
Sunbrella accent pillows can be extremely helpful outdoor pieces, providing beautiful looks and extra lumbar support when needed. Sunbrella is probably the best outdoor fabric overall
, and is designed to survive in the harsh conditions to be found outdoors. These pillows are no exception, and the Sunbrella pattern is cool and modern. See here for more information
on these pillows.
The Westinhouse Adonia Solar Path Light set of four lights is a great package, made with steel frames and glass lenses. For a price of under $50, these are great for those who don’t need a whole lot of outdoor light fixtures, but want high quality solar path lights. The Adonia set ranked very highly in our roundup of Westinghouse solar lights.
These are great fixtures, and are definitely worth checking out.
These tabletop citronella lanterns are beautiful and super functional outdoor torches. With an elegant glass receptacle and brass accents, these will keep the bugs away with style. These H Potter lanterns won our top choice among citronella burners for the garden
, and are sure to make great gifts! Note: citronella oil not included.
The NeverKink hose system is a great product for many gardeners and contractors looking for high quality water hoses that don’t kink or coil up. With several different models, NeverKink has something to offer virtually all of those who need to use garden hoses, from gardeners to RV users to contractors. This 100′ of 5/8″ commercial grade garden hose is an especially good deal for many at the moment. For a complete overview of NeverKink’s product line, please see our information here
. Irrigation, not irritation!
The Flexzilla line of garden hoses is pretty much our favorite garden hose type. These water hoses are extremely well designed, will not kink, are drinking water safe, and features an easy-coil material that makes using these hoses a pleasure. There are several different sizes to choose from, and it’s generally best to measure to find what you need, and not get anything hugely over-sized. The bigger the hose length, the more unwieldy it will be. For more information on these hoses, please see our review here.
General Gifts Under $100
The Cobana 10′ Cantilever umbrella is a really nice choice for many looking for a high quality cantilever umbrella, but who don’t want to shell out huge money for a top of the line umbrella. These umbrellas are a great deal for those who don’t want the delicious modern design that a cantilever umbrella brings to a space, but who don’t want to break the bank. You can see our full review here
. The Cobana is a nice, large offset umbrella that will provide shade for a long time, as long as it is properly weighted
. Please see our guide for more information
The Sunnydaze Orbital Zero Gravity Rocker Lounge Chair is a really cool lounge chair. The crossing circle design is quite striking, and the portability, comfort, and ease of rocking makes these chairs great for the patio, the park, camping, or the beach! The design is striking and they are sure to draw attention. With several colors to choose from, Sunnydaze has a winner. See our review here
for more information on these cool portable rocking loungers.
The YIMBY Dual Chamber Compost Tumbler is a great unit for those looking to dip their toes into home composting, which essentially uses kitchen scraps and garden waste to generate high quality soil! These are environmentally friendly, convenient, and fun! The YIMBY tumbler features two chambers, allowing for two simultaneous compost processes to go at the same time, on a staggered basis. See our review here.
The Festive Patio Lights set won our top spot among outdoor string lights
, and is an outstanding set. With 21 hanging bulbs on individual drops, attached to a 48′ commercial grade connecting wire, these units are very high quality. They are extremely well made — they are so well made that Festive Patio Lights gives an unconditional 10 year warranty on their string light set. It’s hard to beat that!
The Cobana 9′ Tilting Patio Umbrella is sure to make a great gift for many! It features an aluminum pole, 32 solar powered LED lights, several color options, and a high quality UV protected polyester canopy. The tilt functionality is a big help in keeping the sun off of guests, and the solar lights are a great feature for night time ambiance. For more details on this umbrella, please see our review here
. Also, be sure to pick up an umbrella base
, if you need one.
General Gifts Under $200
For those who love gadgets and weather tracking, the Netatmo system is a really great choice for outdoor weather monitoring. It offers the design sensibility of an Apple-style product, with a great deal of power and flexibility and a good price point. By using sensors (some included, some optional), users can track, monitor, and identify a wide variety of weather parameters, all linked to their smartphone. For a complete review of the Netatmo, please see our article here
The AZ Patio Heaters GS-F-PC fire pit table is a great outdoor fire feature that will give lots of warmth, looks wonderful, and is currently available at a great price point. This unit uses a standard propane tank one would find on a gas grill, and outputs about 40,000BTU of heat, which is quite sizable. It is our favorite fire put currently available
The Flo-Master retractable hose reel is one of the best wall mounted hose reels on the market. With 65′ of included hose, and an excellent 8-mode spray nozzle, this unit is a great choice for many gardeners. The convenience of a retractable hose makes life pretty easy for those who don’t want to do a whole lot of cranking to get their garden hose back in order. For more information on this unit, please see here.
The Lifetime 60064 Poly Resin Adirondack Chair is an unbeatable Adirondack chair for its price. Made with polywood recycled plastic wood, these classic chairs will last a lifetime, for less than half of what many of the competition’s chairs go for. We wish the color selection was more robust, but who can argue at this price point? For more information, see our product overview here
The Giantex 4 Piece Rattan Wicker Conversation patio furniture set is a great purchase for many with small yards. This set has simple, modern lines, a quality steel/PE wicker material selection, and seating for four, plus a coffee table. All that at a rock bottom price point. It is our favorite patio furniture set under $300 available
The Ignis Tab Tabletop Ventless Ethanol Fireplace is a great small tabletop fire feature. It is beautiful, modern, and works great both indoors and outdoors to create warm accents, and to at least some degree, localized warmth. This unit puts out approximately 2,000 BTU of heat, which is warm enough to raise the temperature around the flame a few degrees, but not warm enough to heat a room. It is supplemental heat, and is an accent piece rather than a primary heat source. It was our top choice among tabletop ethanol fireplaces
In this section, we will look at gifts for certain enthusiasts, broken down by avocation or focus.
Gifts for the Gardener
The Bokashi Living 2 Bucket Set is a great introduction to Bokashi style composting! Bokashi composting is an easy compost system developed in Japan in the 1980s. It’s more of an indoor/outdoor compost system, and it works by combining kitchen scraps with microbe-infused bran. These two products interact over the course of a few weeks, and users get bokashi tea, and half-completed compost as a result. The compost is then blended with regular garden soil for a few more weeks, and the compost process is complete. See here for a complete review
of this system.
The Algreen Castilla line of rain barrels is one of our favorite rain collection systems. The ceramic-like aesthetic brings this rain barrel to eye catching status, rather than eye sore status like most rain barrels commonly seen. This 50 gallon barrel is made of indestructible roto-moldeded plastic, and is BPA free. A brass spigot is included for watering needs. Check out our complete review of these rain barrels here
This Flexzilla hose is a top of the line garden hose, with 5/8″ x 75′ length, and two re-usable fittings. Should the hose get a puncture or other damage, it can be cut at the point of damage, and the re-usable fittings inserted to create a new hose (or two!). If you go through a lot of garden hoses due to leaks or damage, this feature is a real life saver. For a complete review of the Flexzilla line of garden hoses, please see here
The Jora JK270 is one of the highest quality compost tumblers out there, and is a great resource for many home gardeners who want to generate high quality compost with a rapid, clean, effective system. The Joraform composter has two chambers, which allows for two compost generation cycles to occur at a staggered time frame. In layman’s terms, you fill one side while the other side cooks, then vice versa. For a complete review of this tumbler, see here
, and for comparisons see here.
It’s not cheap, but it is a fantastic gardening gift!
Gifts for the Patio
Look at it. Just look at it! The Red Ember Alto Chiminea is absolutely gorgeous. The Alto is a small space chiminea that looks straight out of Mad Men. It is on the small side, but it is really charming, and for those with small patios, this will be an ideal addition. Made of stainless steel, with an included cover, this chiminea will bring a great deal of joy to the Mid Century design lover. For more information on this chiminea, please see our article here
Wooden patio umbrellas have a certain charm that is not present in most metal and fiberglass umbrellas. The wooden poles and ribs look very nice, and the rope lock/unlock mechanism has a more classic aesthetic compared to a typical umbrella crank. Also, wooden patio umbrellas can be quite robust, and are a nice material choice for many. This 13′ XL wooden patio umbrella by Yescom is a great choice for those who have large areas to shade! It is one of the largest umbrellas available, and is a great deal at this price. For more information on this umbrella, see our review here
, and be sure to get a proper umbrella base for this unit
The Suncast DBW9200 Mocha Resin Wicker Deck Box is one of our favorite deck boxes, and is super useful and stylish. It features a 99 gallon capacity, great for storing much of your outdoor materials. The Suncast has an attractive resin wicker look, easy assembly, and handles for ease of movement. Additionally, in a pinch, this deck box can be used for seating (though stick to the edges, and only for those who aren’t too hefty). You can see a complete review of this deck box here.
The Stunning Ohana sectional sofa collection is on super sale right now, and is a great deal for those looking for a brand new, huge, patio furniture set! With 14 pieces, this set will allow you to outfit an entire outdoor living and
dining space. Made of robust PE Wicker weave, this set is super modern, and is really beautiful. With several different size and color configurations available, the Ohana collection has a great deal to offer most anyone who is looking for a large patio furniture set. For a complete review of this set, please see our article here.
The Rubbermaid Vertical Storage Box is essentially an outdoor, plastic closet. It is very convenient for storing yard tools, gardening materials, and the like in a small footprint, with all of the security and water resistance resin plastic construction offers. These may not be the most attractive storage units, but they are very convenient, and are great for both outdoors and in a gaage/basement area. For more information on these storage boxes, please see here.
One of our favorite cantilver umbrellas is available at a great price point during this holiday season! The Abba Patio 11′ offset umbrella is just a fantastic umbrella, with beautiful design, a completely modern feel, and high quality materials. These are our overall favorite cantilever umbrella (unless you want to go way
up in price!), and you can read much more about them at this link
. Note: be sure
to purchase a weighted base
if you need one. See our guide
for more information.
Innit Designs makes some fantastic replicas of the classic Mid Century indoor/outdoor chair the Acapulco Chair. While not originals, these chairs take the essence of the design of the classic Acapulco chair, and construct it with more modern materials better able to resist the weather and outdoor environment. When the time comes to take these inside, they will look fantastic by the fireplace as well!
Take advantage of the off-season to pick up one of these Domi Outdoor Living Rectangular 10′ cantilever umbrellas for a song (a very expensive song, still, but a great deal nonetheless). Domi Outdoor Living makes extremely high cantilever umbrellas, and this unit is no exception. This package includes a high quality UV-protected polyester canopy, an extremely robust commercial grade 2″ umbrella pole and frame, and loads of style. For a complete review of these umbrellas, please see here. Also, be sure you purchase properly-sized umbrella weights
. See our guide for more information
The UrbanFurnishing.net 10 piece modern patio sofa set is available at a fantastic price, and is an excellent option for those looking for essentially maintenance-free outdoor living furniture. With a super flexible sectional setup, this set can be reconfigured in countless ways. It is made of high grade PE wicker for outdoor durability, and comes with a 3 year warranty to boot. For more information on this outdoor living set, please see our article here.
Gifts for Outdoor Living
The Vivere Heavy Duty Hammock Stane is our favorite portable hammock stand
. It is attractive, sturdy, and available at a fantastic price point. It can handle most any hammock design, as long as the length is between 10-15′ overall, and offers a sizable 450lb capacity. It’s also really easy to put up and take down, so its great for those who don’t want to have their hammock out all the time, or who want to take their hammock with them to the beach, or to the park.
The Belleze Two Pack of Zero Gravity Chairs are great for those who love to spend time outdoors, whether its on the patio, at the beach, or at the park. They fold up and are quite portable, but are comfortable enough to be used by reflexologists to generate maximum relaxation. This package is a set of two, and includes a helpful side tray for storing drinks, phones, etc. These are available in a wide variety of colors, as well! See here for a complete review
of these chairs.
The Vifah Outdoor Backless Bench is a great choice for those looking for simple, modern wooden outdoor seating that offers lots of flexibility and style, without breaking the bank. These are made of Eucalyptus, which is not quite as nice as teak, but has a similar look and has excellent qualities for outdoor use. For a complete review of these benches, please see here
WholesaleTeak’s 4.5′ outdoor swing bench is a beautiful, simple, timeless outdoor bench, perfect for the patio, balcony, or porch. Made of solid grade A Indonesian teak wood, this bench will surely generate some attention on the porch. With an optional Sunbrella cushion, you’ll be comfortable and peaceful, swaying in the summer breeze. See here for our full review of this teak bench
Hanover Furniture doesn’t have the name brand that Polywood or Trex have, but their all weather polywood Adirondack rocking chairs are a great product, and a great value at this time of year. These units are made in the USA of recycled plastic wood, and are covered under a fantastic 20 year warranty. For a complete review of these chairs, please see our article here
The Manaus Majesty is one of the most beautiful hammocks available today. It is hand made by artisans in Ceara, and sold Free Trade, in connection with National Geographic. These stunning hammocks are sure to make any environment they are placed in magical! Whether this piece is to be used indoors
, it will surely draw the eyes and probably several Instagram posts as well!
Lawn Chair USA is an awesome company, and they make fantastic classic webbed chairs, of the highest quality. Made in the USA, these chairs have loads of nostalgic style, are light, robust, and super cool. With several different size and configuration options, you’ll be able to outfit the whole family. For more information on these great lawn chairs, please see here.
Gifts for the Quirky Gardener
Tiki Statues are fun, and this Bits and Pieces 12″ tall solar-powered LED light up Tiki Statue is really fun. With a handy solar panel and accent lighting that goes on automatically when the sun goes down, these units are a great choice for the quirky gardener, and are certain to get some smiles when the gift is unwrapped! See here for a review
of this statue. Also, be sure to open the package when you receive it to ensure that it was not damaged during shipping, before you give it to your loved one!
The Sagaform Birdy Bird Feeder is a really cute little egg-shaped bird feeder with a graceful modern touch. It is small and simple, made of stoneware, and includes a stainless steel suspension wire so that you’ll be able to easily hang it up. For more information on these cool modern bird feeders, see our article here
The Gemmy Airblown Inflatable Movie Screen is a little bit ridiculous looking, but once you get past the idea of an inflatable movie screen, this is a really great product! With a 12′ (diagonal) size, and 16:9 widescreen ratio, this is ideal for watching movies, playing games, and the like. It uses two blowers that run constantly to keep the screen inflated, and guy wires keep the screen in the right spot. If you have kids, they are absolutely sure to be enchanted by the Gemmy. For all the details, please see our review here.
The Garden Sunlight Solar Lighthouse is a great gift for those who love the look of a lighthouse, and who love to garden. These lighthouse decorations have solar panels that soak up sunlight during the day, and turn on automatically at night to shine a beacon to accent your garden or patio. These units do not rotate, though we largely find this to be a good thing as the rotating lights tend to get irritating over time, and may cause your neighbors to complain. For more information on these cute garden decorations, please see here