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Make Your Picnic Even Comfier with These 10 Outdoor Blankets Under $50

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Summer picnic spread on blanket with jam sandwiches, fruit and wine
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Warmer weather is here, which means it’s time for that hallmark of the season: the summer picnic! As we learned over the past year, a picnic is a great activity to get you out of your house (for once), and can easily be done socially distanced. Find some space at your favorite outdoor spot to decompress over your lunch break, meet up for a happy hour with friends, or take a trip to the beach to get some much-needed Vitamin D. But if you’re planning on spending a lot of time soaking up the sun — either picnicking in the park, hitting your local beach with the latest James Patterson novel, or spreading out on your little balcony or fire escape — it might be time to invest in a proper picnic blanket. Sure, it’s easy to dismiss them as an indulgence. After all, your old beach towel might get bunchy and damp from the grass, but it gets the job done, right? Well, for $50 and under, you can snag an outdoor blanket that gets the job done and is ultra-portable, comfy, and stylish. Check out 10 of our favorites below, and don’t forget to pack a mosquito repellent. Happy summering!

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Nordstrom
$45.00

Designed with busy parents in mind, this chic outdoor blanket has a wipe-clean surface that’ll keep spills and messes in check, and an exterior zip pocket to stuff toys and other essentials. It's also thick and cozy for extra cuddles or lazy afternoon naps. Once you're done, it conveniently folds up into an easy-to-carry satchel.

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Old Navy
$25.00

This mid-sized picnic blanket comes in three different patterns — tie-dye, gingham, and camo — and is sure to make your picnic setup photo-worthy. This rollable blanket is also practical, featuring a carrying strap and a secure-close nylon cover. The slick nylon material makes it the perfect picnic blanket whether you're going to the park, to the beach, or camping, because it won't track home sand or grass. Bonus: this blanket is just $25.

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Amazon
$29.97

Perfect for large families, this extra-large blanket (78 by 59 inches!) is almost as big as a queen bed! But it’s also super soft: The top layer is made with polar fleece, sewn to a waterproof backing that’ll keep everyone nice and dry. And the plaid design comes in virtually every color, from yellow to navy to pink.

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Amazon
$29.99

Looking at this blanket, you'd never guess that it's just $29.99. Elevate your picnic look with this blanket's faux leather carrying straps, metal buckles, and gray striped pattern. Plus, you're not sacrificing aesthetics for practicality—the blanket's PEVA waterproof underside keeps out any dampness. This large VonShef picnic blanket measures 58" x 71", making it perfect for an al fresco meal or lying out in the sun with friends.

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Verishop
$60.00

With a polyester fleece top and waterproof Oxford cloth bottom, this picnic blanket is the best of both worlds. Measuring 72" x 57", this roomy blanket is perfect for a group of friends or a family outing. This blanket can be toted around in the included stuff sack, which features a small pocket that's the perfect size for your phone or wallet. Plus, who doesn't love free shipping?

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Bed Bath & Beyond
$29.99

A picnic blanket as comfy as your coziest pair of boots? Yes, please. This quilted UGG picnic blanket comes in quartz, grey, and blue, and can conveniently be toted around like a purse. The 100% polyester fabric is machine washable, so no need to worry about spilling. This blanket looks almost like a throw blanket, so you can bring the comfort of your living room to the outdoors.

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Wayfair
$41.99
was $69.99

Damp grass or wet sand isn’t a bother with this very smart plaid blanket that has a waterproof backing to keep you dry. There’s also a thin layer of padding to keep you comfy while you spread out — and spread out you will. It’s 80 by 60 inches, so there’s plenty of room for you, your dog and your snacks. And it rolls up like a yoga mat, making it easy to carry (and store).

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Bed Bath & Beyond
$22.99

The Picnic Time blanket has all the features you’d want in an ideal outdoor blanket. For starters, it has a carry strap that makes it easy to tote around, it’s machine washable and even reversible. And while the size is slightly smaller than some of the other blankets on this list, we think it’s perfect for solo jaunts to the park or just catching some rays on your balcony. Best part? It’s less than $25.    

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REI
$30.00

Made of thin ripstop nylon (the stuff used for parachutes), this teeny-tiny blanket can literally fit in the palm of your hand! And sure, it’s thin, but it’s got weighted corners to keep the fabric in place, plus, it’s a roomy 63 by 44 inches when unfolded. Perfect to keep on hand for impromptu park visits, the blanket gives you a clean, dry place to sit and relax. And don’t worry, it's printed with lines that will help you refold it back to its miniature size. 

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Home Depot
$14.99

You might not associate boho-chic design with The Home Depot, but the home improvement retailer offers a line of affordable (and incredibly cute) blankets. They’re 100 percent cotton and come in a variety of stripes — we like the blue, red, and green Folly pattern — and roll up with a built-in hand strap for portability. Perfect for a yoga session on the beach or a quick snooze in the park.