Great Gift Ideas For the Summer BBQ

Think of a BBQ as a luncheon or dinner party where shorts are the perfect attire.  And while the event is casual, a gift of thanks conveys your appreciation for the time your hosts have invested in ensuring you have a great afternoon or evening.  Great gifts are thoughtful, creative, and reflect the spirit of the gathering while not creating more work for the hosts.  Here are a few items that are inexpensive, and help to make an outdoor evening a breeze for the hosts.

Bottle Opener(s) – These are great gifts, and extensions of the hosts’ taste.  And there never seems to be one handy, does there?  From fancy monogrammed to dollar-store common, this is a gift everyone will use and your hosts will appreciate.  Hang a fun bottle opener from a collection of craft-brewed seasonal beer and you will be the guest of honor!

Citronella Candles – These back-yard staples are available in a variety of taste levels when it comes to their packaging.  From fabulous and detailed to galvanized buckets, there are so many options accessible because theses candles really help to keep mosquitoes at bay.  And while no one may admit it, everyone loves the smell if only for its ability to conjure memories of childhood summers.

Pitch in – Offer to arrive early if extensive set up is required, or stay later to ensure that the cleanup is accomplished.  It’s a great way of saying thank you, spending quality time with family and friends, and often times the work detail is just as much fun as the party!

Always bring ice – There is never enough.  Never.

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