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Amazon is loaded with endless items, and there’s a plethora of gift options, particularly for those searching for that perfect present to get the grillmaster in their lives. From hugging salt and pepper shakers, to retro hot dog toasters, and novelty aprons that say everything from the silly to the totally absurd, there’s a never-ending trove of treasures (and non-treasures) to sift through.
But just because it’s a novelty item, or something you wouldn’t normally think to bring to the barbecue, doesn’t mean it can’t be practical and useful too.
Summer is here, and there’s always Father’s Day, graduation gifts and birthdays to consider too. If you’ve got a grilling guy in your life, we’re starting you off with four gift suggestions that will kick any cookout up to the next level, and help the host do what they do best — with a smile on their face the whole time.
1. GOFORWILD LED Head lamp
Grilling in the dark? This powerful 500LM headlamp steps up and shines, up to 200 meters.
The GOFORWILD has multiple modes, including two brightness settings, a flashing light, and motion-activated sensing.
Its LED stays illuminated for up to 2.5 hours – plenty of time from fire-up to clean-up. It’s also easily tilt-able, up to 45 degrees, so you can keep the brightness on your cooking rather than in the eyes of your guests. Plus, this set comes in a handy two-pack, so you and your co-chef will be able to see when your cuts are cooked.
This goes beyond the barbecue as well, and people have used it for nighttime jogs, camping, and gardening after-dark too.
Charging is easy. Just plug in a micro USB cable and let there be light.
PROS: Very bright, long-lasting battery, and comfortable headband.
CONS: Really, really bright so be careful not to shine it in others’ eyes (or your own). Also the time it takes to charge up is a couple hours, so make sure you plan ahead if you’ll need it by nightfall
2. NCAA 3-Piece BBQ Grill Set
Get even more fired up when grilling on game day. This high-quality barbecue tool set is custom-cut all the way through the stainless steel blade to represent the team, college, or military branch logo of your choice.
While the “Sportula” spatula is the star player here, it also comes with two other tools: a fork and a set of tongs. The fork and Sportula even have a bottle opener built into the stainless steel top, which makes it easy to pop open beers while grilling, and hang the tools up when you’re done.
The lasering here is precise, and the quality of the tools themselves is durable and solid. Each piece is made with maple handles connected with brass rivets, and is long enough to flip burgers while keeping you a safe distance from the heat.
PROS: Well-made with a good weight to them. The Sportula also has a nice edge to it, which makes flipping meats on the grill simple.
CONS: Not dishwasher-safe. Also be sure you’re getting the logo you want before placing your order; some teams and schools have multiple designs.
3. ThinkGeek Tactical Molle Apron
Pouches and pockets are prevalent everywhere here. Going along with its SWAT team aesthetic, this apron is indeed pretty strategic for any griller. There are places to hold beers, store salt/pepper/spice shakers, and quick-draw your favorites BBQ sauces. The accompanying velcro straps make the apron easy to adjust to adults of all sizes, and can push the pocket space up or down depending on the size of whatever you’re packing.
This also makes a great cookout conversation starter too. And ketchup and mustard grenades are available separately (seriously).
PROS: Thick, tough, and durable enough to protect from all the splatters of grilling (not from bullets and shrapnel, as the label states). Lots of removable pockets and hooks for literally everything.
CONS: Though it’s made of cotton, it’s still got a heavy feel to it, and can get uncomfortable to wear for long stretches in extreme summer heat.
4. NFL Oven Mitt and Pot Holder Set
If you’re looking for a way to let everyone who enters your kitchen know you’re a huge football fan, consider this pair to protect your hands from the heat while preparing the spread for the big game.
With 25 teams to choose from, each set is sewn with a poly-cotton blend, and is 100% machine-washable. All are officially licensed by the NFL, and the set comes with one pot holder and one oven mitt.
This is an ideal gift for anytime, from Father’s Day to Game Day.
PROS: Wide variety of teams to choose from, logo is brightly-colored and holders are well-stitched.
CONS: These do tend to be on the smaller side. Those with larger hands may find it uncomfortable to use and will prefer this as decor.