Summer is coming and many Brits are looking to kit out their gardens ready for the warm weather ahead.
Spending more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic has influenced and affected shopping trends dramatically over the past year.
Shoppers are on the look out for garden furniture and décor to spruce up their outdoor spaces and socialise with family and friends as lockdown restrictions ease.
Online retailers have seen a boom in demand for garden furniture, hot tubs and parasols.
Garden parasols and outdoor umbrellas are now so much more than just an area of shade.
Many outlets are offering parasols with unusual features, to beat off competition and give customers that little bit extra to stand out from the crowd.
We’ve decided to take a look at some of these quirky parasols to find you the best deals and decide which one’s are worth investing in.
You can relax under this parasol in your garden while also listening to music.
This parasol – on Wowcher – has a built-in LED Bluetooth speaker so you can set the mood with the lighting while also listening to your favourite songs.
The Banana parasol, which measures 200 x 45 x 80cm, comes in charcoal, cream or black colours while providing three metres of shade.
It comes with an aluminium stand and frame and you can upgrade your choice to get a polypropylene cover to help keep your parasol protected when not in use.
Wowcher has the parasol on sale, with Groundlevel, for £109 instead of £279 for a limited time only – you can pay an extra £10 for the parasol cover.
If you don’t want to splash out too much on a parasol but still want your garden to have a theme then Studio has something for you.
The online retailer have a range of parasols to choose from but one that does stand out is their Tiki Parasol.
Priced at only £24.99, this push up parasol offers a beach vibe to your garden while also giving you protection from the sun.
It’s made from polyester and polypropylene grass – probably only appropriate when the sun is out and shining.
Off the wall
Traditional parasols for the garden are always popular but depending on space you could opt for a wall mounted design.
Wayfair are selling a 2m square wall mounted parasol for less than £200.
Their Brett parasol is priced at £176.99 and is ideal for space saving.
It comes with an aluminium frame and wall bracket – once closed, the canopy lies against the wall.
Dunelm have a number of parasols for those looking on a budget.
This bargain parasol is priced at just £39 and features an elegant, monochrome design.
Perfect for adding a pop of colour to your garden, this parasol is ideal for keeping you shaded this summer.
It’s made from polyester and metal, is durable, easy to clean, and easy to use, claim the retailer.
Light it up
Perfect for those summer nights, this light up LED parasol is a key staple in any garden.
This 24 LED parasol on ebay is priced at £74.99 and comes with a chain light and tilt crank.
It measures 270cm x 270cm x 240cm and comes in a variety of colours including Cream White/Wine Red/Brown/Grey/Green.
The parasol has a solid metal frame covered with the anti-fade and UV resistant PE fabric for long term use and also includes, easy tilt operation and hand-crank lift, button controls lights on the rib and 24 pre-installed LEDs.
The parasol base is not included.
Etsy, the home of handmade and independent businesses, have unique parasol designs.
If you have more of a budget for your garden and you want to ensure your outdoor space is unique then Etsy is the way to go.
They have a range of bespoke parasols and this handmade one below is simply stunning.
This parasol is hand-stitched and designed by Vintage Revival.
It features silver fringes and beads which sparkle and catch the light in the breeze. Each and every parasol is a unique piece, a one-off work of art.
Light and portable, the parasol comes with a cotton bag for storage and strap for carrying.
The seller describes it as a British handmade parasol perfect for a picnic, patio, through your table with an umbrella hole or by your sun lounger at the pool.
If you want to splash out on something that will be unique to you and your garden then this one might be for you.
The handmade bespoke unique garden parasol is priced at £299.00 on Etsy – if this is out of your price range then there are plenty of other handmade products on the site that will make your garden stand out from the crowd.