O Is for Outdoorsy People
During the winter months, it’s easy to forget how much fun being outside can be. And if you have someone in your life who’s always throwing BBQs, pool parties, or arranging camping trips, she’s likely spending her winter checking off the days on her calendar, waiting for warmer months to arrive.
Help her amp up her al fresco entertaining arsenal with any of the items on this list, and make that first outing of the season even more special.
- Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill, $99: This grill is a classic for a reason — it’s got a low profile, it’s super affordable, and highly efficient.
- Coleman Sundowner Insulated Rocks Glass, $15: This insulated rocks glass keeps booze ice cold for up to nine hours, and has a clear plastic lid with a sliding drinking spout. Buy a set of two for an instant camping-friendly gift.
- George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, $79: Great for apartment dwellers, this indoor/outdoor grill goes from the countertop to the patio (or tiny balcony), and provides high-quality grilling without charcoal or propane.
- Lodge Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, $42: Give this cast iron accessory to the griller who seems to have everything. Bonus: During the winter months, she can put this guy on the stovetop and have delicious grilled foods all year long.
- Skip Hop Outdoor Blanket & Cooler Bag, $45: Technically meant for kids, this combination blanket and cooler bag is easily transportable (you can wear it as a backpack), and great for keeping drinks and foods cold while on the way to a picnic.
- Opinel Corkscrew Wine & Cheese Knife, $30: Impromptu outdoor wine and cheese parties will be easier for anyone to throw with this corkscrew pocket knife from legendary French knifemaker Opinel.
- Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, $20 for five: For your friend with a sweet tooth — and ideally, an outdoor fire pit.
- MiniPresso Espresso Maker, $52: There are people who absolutely can’t live without their shot of espresso, but when you’re roughing it in the great outdoors, there’s not a ton of room for a high-end espresso machine. Enter: this handheld device, which creates high-quality espresso anywhere, without the need for electricity.
- Le Creuset Basting Brush, $12: A good basting brush is essential for quality BBQ, and this one from Le Creuset — crafted out of high-quality silicone — is one of the best (and available in a rainbow of colors).
- Himalayan Salt Plate, $32: Harvested from ancient Himalayan salt mines, this gorgeous pink salt block adds a mild, salty flavor to whatever’s grilling on top of it (shrimp, scallops, veggies, and more). And it’s a fun conversation starter.
- Weber 3-Piece Tool Set, $30: High-quality BBQ tools are as crucial to grilling success as a good cut of meat. Help your favorite burger-flipper upgrade her set.
- Savannah Garden Light Fire Pit, $68: Anyone with a new patio or even a patch of grass with some folding chairs will be able to put this to good use.
- Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler, $200: Legions of people covet high-end Yeti coolers, and the Roadie is one of their best offerings. With a capacity of up to 14 cans, it’s great for your friend who likes to organize group trips to the beach or park.
- Govino Shatterproof Wine Glass Set, $18: For anyone who cringes at the thought of drinking nice wine out of a solo cup, this Govino set is the perfect gift. Crafted out of ultra-thin polymer, they mimic the look of stemless wine glasses without the worry of breakage.
- Outset Leather Grill Apron, $40: A true upgrade from the silly “Kiss the Cook” novelty aprons, this leather apron protects grillers from splatters while still looking handsome.
- Portable Table in a Bag, $56: This piece of furniture expands to a 27-inch table but collapses into something compact enough to fit in bag. It’s a great gift for apartment dwellers who head out to picnics or even may need to create extra table space in a pinch.
- Flexible Grilling Skewers, $7: An upgrade from traditional wooden skewers, these flexible skewers hold twice as much food and are easily maneuverable on the grill.
- Enbrighten Café LED String Lights, $45: Whether she has a small patio or a giant deck, these LED lights — which are linkable for up to 350 feet — will help your hostess friend be able to keep her parties going long into the night.
- Gentlemen’s Hardware Enamel Divided Plate, $18: One of the best things about barbecues is the array of different foods on offer. This divided plate will allow people to sample everything without letting it all run together.
- Frosted Donut Tube, $10: Food-themed pool floats have been the toast of Instagram the past few summers, and now your thrill-seeking friend can sled down a snow-covered mountain in a tube that looks like a pastry.
- Yellow Leaf Hammock, $199: Throwing a big outdoor bash is hard work, so any grill master would supremely enjoy taking a cat nap in her very own hammock. She can even snuggle up if she wants to — it can hold up to 400 pounds.
- Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle, $30: This bottle keeps two quarts of liquid hot or cold for up to 32 hours. That means it’s good for wine in the summer or soup in the winter.
- Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner, $79: No matter how much anyone loves to clean, scrubbing those grill grates is a thankless task. This robot does the work, so no one else has to.
- GrillPro Bacon Cooker, $15: Made specifically for the grill, this device will thoroughly cook bacon as it hangs on the rack, and the accompanying tray catches the grease to prevent burning or flare-ups on the grill.
- Gibson Home Melamine Dinnerware Set, $20: Lightweight and unbreakable, this brightly colored 12-piece set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four bowls.
Note: All prices were accurate during the editing process, but may have fluctuated since then. If they have, hopefully the items are less expensive and not more expensive!