Whatever your celebration's style -- barbecue, picnic or old-fashioned clambake -- these six essential gadgets will fuel your outdoor summer fun without breaking the bank.
Grilliput Compact GrillPrice: $19.99 The food is one of the most important parts of any party, and nothing says summer like the sizzle from a barbecue grill. Whether you go casual with hot dogs and hamburgers or a serious spread of steak and ribs, you'll need something to cook on.
What makes the Grilliput so cool is how convenient it is. Though it has an ample cooking surface of 9" x 10.2" this grill is portable and when packed away is less than a foot long - perfect for an impromptu 'cue.
And clean up is no big deal either. The grill has got a built-in cleaning feature and is dishwasher safe.
The Firefly Lid by Guyot DesignsPrice: $20 A day at the beach or camping can turn into dreamy summer nights, but if you don't have the boy scout skills to light your own fire, you could leave your company in the dark.
The Firefly Lid turns your water bottle into a lantern. It fits on a standard 63mm wide-mouth bottle and is watertight so you can actually use it as a lid for beverage during the party. The Firefly Lid can be used side up, upside down or hanging.
Depending on the mood of the party, you can adjust the light level from bright to dim and switch out the bottles with ones of different colors to change the feel of your fest.
Philips SBA1500/37 Portable Speaker SystemPrice: $19.95 Music sets the tone for your party and an outdoor celebration is no different. A summer music mix is a must, but it's also crucial that the sound quality is worth all the time and effort you put into the perfect playlist.
Philips' Portable Speaker System comes with a power pack to amplify the music. So not only is it loud enough to be heard outside, the powerful speakers are also clear and crisp.
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Thermos 2700 Can InsulatorPrice:$13.29 Sweltering summer days call for cool drinks, but keeping them cold can be a challenge when you're fiesta is out in the sun.
One way to wet your whistle and keep it cool is the Thermos 2700 can insulator. With a much sleeker design than your average foam rubber sleeves, the stainless steel model boasts a double wall vacuum insulation that promises to keep your beverage cold for 2 hours.
Platypus Wine ReservoirPrice: $12.95
Summer picnics can be a great time to share some wine with friends or someone special but heavy bottles can be a hassle to lug to the to a picnic and the glass can be dangerous outdoors.
The Platypus Wine Reservoir is a light weight solution for transporting wine to your favorite summer spot and after the wine is gone, the reservoir collapses for easy cleanup. But it does more than carry; it keeps wine fresh and extends its life by eliminating oxygen from the container.
20Q Handheld Game by RadicaPrice: $12.99 Whether you're going away with kids for the holiday or if you're staying home, you'll need something to while away the lazy summer days.
20Q is an electronic handheld game by Radica that will both entertain and amaze you. Based on the traditional game 20 questions, this electronic version seem to be able to read your mind.
The game couldn't be simpler: think of an object, anything that comes to mind, and then answer a series of yes or no questions posed by the device then wait for it to guess your answer. It's mind-blowing how often the game wins.
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