The 9 Best Patio Gifts to Buy in 2018

Go beyond wine and bring an entertaining treat for your hosts

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As the weather starts warming up, you’re sure to get invited to more than a few backyard get-togethers. You know it’s never polite to show up empty handed, so why not bring a little bit of fun with you?

These backyard gift ideas go beyond that typical bottle of wine you may have brought to the last shindig. They entertain, set the mood and take some of the workload off of your host. Plus, if your friends are new homeowners, they'll appreciate the new gear they can play with. From light-up cornhole to a beautiful birdhouse, these gifts will truly delight everyone at the party.


  • 01 of 09

    Best for Pool Fun: Aomais Floating Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    There’s only one thing better than laid-back beats playing by the pool, and that’s bringing the beats in with you. This surfboard-shaped Bluetooth speaker will get your friend’s backyard pool party started with some surprising sound quality, then keep the party going with up to eight hours of battery life. It has a built-in touch panel that makes quick volume switches a breeze and comes in classic pool colors like blue and turquoise or more modern colors like black and gray. Best of all, when your friend’s done with their swimming session, this speaker can go in the shower with them while they wash away all that chlorine.

  • 02 of 09

    Best for Wine Lovers: Silicone Wine Glasses

    Drinking out of a glass outdoors can pose a problem if the glass breaks and you are left with shards of glass on your patio that never seem to go away. If you have a pool, broken glass can cause major damage to your system. If your friends are big into wine and chilling outside they'll really appreciate these shatterproof glasses that can even be folded up and fit in their pocket.

    Besides the patio, they're also great for the beach, camping, picnics and more. When they're done enjoying a beverage they can just toss these in the dishwasher and they'll be good for their next use. 

  • 03 of 09

    Best for Setting the Scene: WIOR Decorative LED Globe

    When the sun goes down, your friend’s backyard will really come to life, thanks to this 5.9” LED globe. They can use the included remote control to switch between 256 colors​ or set the globe to cycle through colors automatically using one of four modes: flash, strobe, fade and smooth. With 12 hours of battery life per charge, your friend can take this globe along on whatever backyard adventures the night might bring or just set it down in a single spot for the whole night. The globe is water resistant, so there’s no need to worry about morning dew.

  • 04 of 09

    Best for Outdoor Play: Inflatable Bumper Ball

    If your friend is the type who loves hands-on, no-rules outdoor fun, this inflatable bumper ball is sure to make a big impact. After spending one to two minutes inflating the ball with an electric air pump (not included), your friend can climb in, adjust the shoulder straps for comfort, grab onto the handles and take off bouncing, tumbling and rolling across the whole backyard. Buy two for an unforgettable wrestling match, or buy one for all your friends to play spectacular backyard games. When bumper ball fun is over, just deflate the ball with the same electric air pump and pack it away for next time.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best for Relaxing: Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

    There is something about sitting in a hammock reading a book or just looking at the sky that instantly calms you. If you want to give your friends a gift they'll treasure for years to come this hammock is just the thing. What's cool about this hammock is it is not a permanent option, they can hang it up outside when the mood strikes and take it down when company comes over or the weather chills. Besides the backyard, this hammock is also great for camping trips. Plus, it comes in a ton of colors and set up is a breeze. You might consider purchasing one for yourself to help you enjoy a nice afternoon nap. 

    Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best hammocks

  • 06 of 09

    Best for Bird Watchers: Beehive Birdhouse

    Beehive Birdhouse
    Courtesy of Anthropologie

    If your friend is a fan of backyard bird-watching and loves whimsical outdoor décor, then this beehive-shaped birdhouse is a big win. It’s made out of natural rattan with a bird-size front door and a perch built in beneath it. Your friend will get a grin out of watching birds enter and exit their hive each day, just like bees. The birdhouse’s material cleans easily with a dry cloth and pairs well with the surrounding environment. This birdhouse doesn’t come with any hardware to hang it, so grab some to give to your friend along with this gift.

  • 07 of 09

    Best for Friendly Competition: GoSports Light-Up Cornhole Game Set

    If your friend loves a good time but has a serious competitive edge, then make sure they can keep their winning streak going long into the night with this light-up cornhole set. The hole in each board is lined with an LED ring. When switched on, the edge of each hole will glow brightly, so your friend can always keep both eyes on the target once the sun goes down. This set is great during the day, too: it comes with two regulation-sized cornhole boards that are built to last but light enough for one person to carry. Also included are eight all-weather bean bags and a copy of the official rules (perfect for settling any rules-based arguments).

  • 08 of 09

    Best for Cooling Down: Keter Outdoor Patio Drink Cooler Table

    Don’t let your friend settle for a plain old rattan patio table to set out by the pool. Gift them this one that doubles as a wine or beer cooler, instead! When the table top is down, this is an elegant but unassuming side table. When the top goes up, it reveals a 7.5-gallon ice bucket with double-wall insulation — perfect for filling with cans, bottles and ice. A drainage plug in the bottom of the ice bucket makes cleaning up easy after the party’s over, and a simple twist of the table top returns it to its coffee table position.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best for Calming Vibes: Japanese-Inspired Garden Bell

    Japanese Inspired Garden Bell
    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    If your friend is looking to add a little zen to their outdoor space, then this porcelain garden bell will really set the tone. It’s inspired by hanging bells called furin that are common among households in Japan, but it’s made right in Asheville, North Carolina by a ceramic artist named Naomi Johnson. In a light breeze, the garden bell will make a faint sound — just enough to create a calming and peaceful atmosphere wherever it hangs. If you give your friend several of these bells, they’ll create a soft symphony of sounds with every breeze that blows.