Good friends, good food, and the great outdoors. Bring ’em all together with the best gifts for a barbecue, whether you’re choosing wedding gifts for yourselves or a special gift for the grill lover in your life.
Ahhh, summer… This year, even more than usual, we’re all ready to get outside—even if that means our own backyard. At-home entertaining will be picking up as the summer goes on, and what better way to get (re)acquainted with family and friends than by gathering everyone together for a barbecue?
Spring and summer also feel festive in other ways. They bring to mind engagements and weddings and all the happy events that surround them. And of course there’s Father’s Day, just around the calendar corner in June (and the annual quest for Father’s Day gift ideas…).
If you’re planning your wedding registry, consider adding gifts for all the outdoor entertaining in your future. And if you’re looking for a gift for dad or another grill lover in your life, we have a few barbecue gadgets that are sure to make them smile.
What’s Special About a Backyard BBQ?
There’s something uniquely appealing about casual outdoor dining, from the laid-back setting to familiar food that looks as good as it tastes. It’s a perfect choice for newly married couples or anyone who loves to entertain but wants to keep it simpler than a full-on dinner party. And what says “summer” like chatting around a charcoal grill, cold drink in hand?
What Do You Need for the Perfect Barbecue?
Besides delicious food and drink, you’ll want a few things to make your outdoor party something to talk about. This includes grill tools and gadgets, something to serve, eat, and drink with, and a little outdoor decor to help set the mood. As a couple, you have years of hosting opportunities in your future, and you can truly shine at outdoor entertaining, with the right stuff.
What to Get Someone Who Loves to Barbecue?
The favorite barbecue gifts below include something for everyone, so they’re perfect options for a wedding registry, perfect for Father’s Day gifts, even great gifts to bring to a barbecue when you’re the guest. Just add good food and good friends!
For true BBQ lovers, the basics are necessary but not everything, and unique barbecue gifts will be a hit. Like, how do you determine that your meat has reached the perfect temperature? With an LED temperature display, bluetooth connectivity, and 200-hour battery life, the Weber iGrill 2 Digital Bluetooth Thermometer will tell you exactly what you need to know.
Everyone loves barbecue for that amazing smoky flavor, but you can’t grill everything. The Smoking Gun by Breville is a cool, heatless tool that uses wood chips to infuse hints of apple wood or hickory into cheeses, sauces, or cured meats. And while a great chef is a brand, with this Monogrammed Brand and Carving Board, your brand can be literal as you show off your grill skills with personalized steaks and chops.
Barbecue Cookware and Tools
One of the best things about a barbecue is that you can make almost any kind of food, and there are endless tools to do it. Here are a few of our favorites, including a couple of extras that will make great barbecue gifts for guys. Starting with the basics, you’ll want a BBQ tool set that includes a little of everything, and the Cuisinart 20-Piece Grill Set is it. This All-Clad Cookware Set will work for a variety of foods that don’t go right on the grill, with perforations that let the smoky flavor reach the food.
A Himalayan Salt Plank can be used on the grill for seafood and meat, or chilled to serve fruit, vegetables, or cheese with a hint of salt. The Emile Henry Pizza Stone provides the ideal surface to make and serve a pie. And these Solo Stove Roasting Sticks have dual prongs to help ensure no hotdog or marshmallow is lost to the flames below. (They’re also dishwasher safe, yay.)
When everyone sits down to eat, it’s all about the table and what’s on it. Sandia Melamine Dinnerware has the earthy look of handmade pottery, but it’s lightweight, break-proof, dishwasher-safe, and worry-free—perfect for outdoors. Pair it with a simple Melamine Serving Platter. For carrying drinks and smaller items from the kitchen, a Galvanized Serving Tray is a homey touch, and this one has sturdy handles to help.
For your starters, this clever Vaso Grey On-Ice Chip and Dip Tray has a compartment underneath for ice, so your veggies won’t get warm or soggy. And for a sweet finish to the party, you’ll love this set of Ice Cream Sprinkle Bowls or an Enamel Tiered Stand for cookies or cupcakes.
A hot meal goes best with something cold to drink. Start with this Acrylic Drink Dispenser for ice water or iced tea—its mason-jar style will fit perfectly with outdoor decor. Keep bottles of soda or beer on ice in this kitsch-cool Airstream Party Cooler. It will fit right on the table and double as a conversation piece. Need more space for drinks? This Box Cooler holds 80 quarts, it’s on wheels, and it will lend your barbecue an air of drinks authority.
Once you’re ready to serve beverages, you need the right vessels. For an outdoor bar, Acrylic Cooler Glasses and Acrylic Wine Glasses are sophisticated yet unbreakable, and they’ll go right into the dishwasher at the end of the day. These Black Rim Enamel Mugs will bring the glamping style for those who prefer coffee or tea.
Lawn Games and Outdoor Games
One key difference between an outdoor gathering and an indoor one is space to run around. Games are good for bringing kids of all ages together—and working up an appetite—so you’ll be glad to have them on hand.
The traditional game of corn hole is having a moment, and this 2-in-1 Bean Bag Toss combines it with an oversized game of tic-tac-toe. This Giant Connect 4 will also get the gang going, and if you have the space to set up a net, consider a Volleyball Badminton Combo. For the more refined gamer, a Croquet Set will hark back to a simpler time.
Setting the stage for a nighttime party requires the right illumination. Start with Edison String Lights. These wired strands come with 20 bulbs apiece, and you can connect up to three strands together. Prefer candle- or firelight? This Slotted Zen Stone Lantern is carved from natural river rock for a little rustic flair (it works with either a votive candle or battery-operated light). And this Ranger from Solo Stove will light up after-dark chats (and s’mores making).
If you like the idea of solar, a set of these hanging Geometric Lace Solar Lanterns will add loads of ambiance. And these battery-powered Indoor/Outdoor Pillar Candles can be flipped on with a switch or set to go on/off with a timer, for safe, flameless illumination.
Outdoor Decor and More
With any party, it’s the little extras that make the difference, and these outdoor items will show off your home style. This Swiss Chalet Birdhouse will provide a bit of eco-friendly decor and encourage another kind of outdoor guest to visit, and this Tranquil Rock Cairn Fountain will add a cool and calming water feature.
Bringing a little indoor comfort outdoors, this Fringed Hammock will have guests fighting over the perfect spot to lay back and soak up the sun or gaze at the stars. Bring your mood music outside with the Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker. It’s easily portable and easy to connect to almost any device, so you can start your favorite playlist and let the tunes roll for up to 13 hours per charge.
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