Quirky Gadgets For Your Bank Holiday BBQ

Is it just us, or does it feel that every weekend is a Bank Holiday weekend at the moment? Not that we’re complaining of course – we’ll save that for the weather, which is looking predictably unpredictable.

That said, we’re going to work on the naive assumption that the weekend will be basked in glorious sunshine and we’ll all be dusting off our BBQs. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of unusual gadgets to impress and, in some cases, confuse your friends with. So lets kick off with…

The Half Pint Glass


Want to pace yourself at the BBQ? Why not buy yourself one of these half pint glasses – from one angle it looks like a full pint, but then from the side it reveals itself as just a half slice. It has the bonus factor of confusing your drunk mates – although be prepared for some spilt beer as we can see them knocking this over in their excitement. It’s made from high quality glass and it’s dishwasher safe, although hand-washing is recommended. Take me to it!

Steel Ice Cubes


Hopefully the Bank Holiday is going to be a scorcher (we can dream!). If so, these unusual ice cubes could be handy. As well as looking cool (pun-time!) they also benefit from the fact they’ll freeze faster than normal ice cubes. Better still, they won’t water down your drink or leave it with that strange freezer taste! You get 6 in the pack and they’re suitable for ages 8+. Take me to them!

Flower Grenade


Is your garden looking a bit bare? Why not rope your BBQ friends in to helping with this Throw and Grow Flower Grenade. Made of clay it contains buttercup, poppy and ryegrass seeds and technically it’s made for ‘guerilla gardening’ – i.e. drop them in desolate places so the pot smashes and the seeds can grow and create life. That said, we thought it might be a fun way of seeding your own garden! As the ‘grenades’ are made of biodegradable clay, you don’t have to worry about the impact on the environment as they’ll dissolve when it rains. Don’t expect instant results, the buttercups and poppies will take at least 3 weeks to start growing and the ryegrass about 1 week. Sound like fun? Check them out here.

Twister Picnic Blanket


Who doesn’t love twister? Well us, actually – but don’t let that put you off! While you sweat away at the BBQ worrying if your chicken is cooked properly or not, your friends can entertain themselves on this large (140cm x 170cm) Twister picnic blanket. What better way to get to know your friends than to twist yourselves around them while trying not to fall over. Go on, you know you want to – you can find/buy it here.

Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs


Geek up your BBQ with these Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs. The tongs come with a heat-resistant plastic handle, metal tongs and a red storage case. You can really impress(!) your friends by sliding the button on the lightsaber for sound effects. May BBQ sauce be with you..! Sound strange/cool enough for you or a friend? Then go to this page.

That’s a wrap…

Enjoy your Bank Holiday and if you enjoyed this list then please be kind enough to share it with your friends. Also a quick thanks to Jun Seita for the header image we used.