Gingham Check Serving Trays
The next time you’re entertaining or even just having a regular night in, add a little flare to your spread with these Hearth and Hand serving trays. The rectangular trays are the perfect size for displaying appetizers, sides, and sweet treats. The classic gingham pattern adds a fun touch and since they’re made out of melamine, these playful plates are both durable and easy to clean. Available at Target; $6.99 for a set of 3.
Hanging Terracotta Planter
Colorful blooms and trailing greenery add instant curb appeal to any exterior. If you’re short on ground space or if you’re worried about pesky pests nibbling at your plants rely on this 6.5-inch hanging terracotta planter. The earthy brown color matches any backdrop, while the simple braided rope is durable and stylish. When the weather turns cold again, you can bring the planters indoors to display houseplants. Available at Target; $9.99.
Mini Waffle Maker
Who doesn’t love a warm, crispy waffle? With the Mini Waffle Maker from Dash, you can whip up a batch from your own kitchen! Simply pour batter into the compact appliance to make one waffle at a time, then top with maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit, or anything else you desire. The waffle maker is bound to get plenty of use on weekend mornings, or whenever you’re hosting overnight guests. Available at Target; $9.99.
Once a mainstay of American dining room tables, cloth napkins have become more of a rare luxury in recent years. However, why waste money on paper napkins and towels when you can buy a reusable, washable, and fashionable cloth set like these from Hearth and Hand. The country-chic design can match many styles of stoneware, melamine, and other dishes and adds a classic touch to everyday table settings. Plus, not only is it lighter on your wallet to switch from paper to this 4-piece set, but it's better for the environment, too. Available at Target; $9.99 for a set of 4.
As with other Back to the Roots kits, a single can contains all you need to kickstart a garden of fresh organic herbs: seed packet, organic soil, and biochar (a soil amendment that eliminates the need for drainage). Better yet, all come pre-blended in the planter itself, so that you just have to set it in a sunny windowsill and water according to the kit's instructions. Without the need for drainage holes or to repot, this is one mess-free and low-maintenance herb garden—and it comes in basil, cilantro, or mint. Available at Target.com; starting at $5.09 per can.
Rather than stocking up on single-use plastic straws, which aren’t very good for our planet, keep reusable ones on hand. These stainless steel straws by Klean Kanteen have a safe, food-grade, silicone flex tip for a comfortable drinking experience, and come with a specially designed brush to keep them clean! Available at Target; $9.99 for a pack of 4.
Whether inside a camping tent or dangling from a keychain over a shadowed bag, this hands-free LED light can come to your rescue in dark times. The one-inch light hangs from keychain or zipper via a carabiner and rotates 360 degrees to illuminate in any direction. Its replaceable battery powers it for up to 60 hours, and its weatherproof casing make this miniature lantern a boon when hiking, fishing, and more. Available on Target.com; $7.99.
Biting insects are more than a nuisance—they can be dangerous as well. With reports indicating that Lyme disease and the ticks that carry them are expected to spread into previously unaffected regions of the country, it's more important than ever to apply insect repellent. Load up on an effective yet affordable brand of repellent, such as this one, and amp up your protection against disease-carrying ticks and mosquitos, as well as chiggers, flies, and more. Available at Target; $2.93.
Fiskars reigns as one of the oldest and best-respected makers of manual gardening tools—period. Among the company's most popular products are a range of pruning shears, all in different sizes and shapes, and all designed for different applications. If your annual yard care routine includes the pruning of shrubs and small trees, you can't go wrong with the traditional Fiskars Bypass Pruner. If, on the other hand, you seek a more versatile, general-use cutting tool, consider the Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip, not least because its spring-loaded design makes for all but effortless operation. Available at Target; $9.69.
Leather work gloves go a long way to guard your hands against cuts and bruises, dirt and grime, and just about everything in between. But in the garden—or in any DIY context that calls for intricate twisting, tying, or pulling—a coarse, thick material like leather only gets in the way. That's why veterans often opt instead for light-duty gloves made of breathable, grippy nitrile. Besides being less expensive than leather, nitrile gloves like these are more tight-fitting, more comfortable, and simply more suited to the demands of planting and garden maintenance. Note: size matters, so choose wisely. Available at Target; $4.59.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!