Cool Gifts for the Grillin’ and Chillin’ Dad or Grad
by Kathie Robitz
If you’re looking for cool gifts for the men in your life, consider some of these outdoor living ideas. Whether it’s for Dad or the recent college grad starting out on his own, creating a place to relax on the patio or deck with comfortable outdoor furniture and, of course, a grill will make his day.
Relaxing in style
For some guys, all it takes to make him happy is a hammock under a shady tree. The Garden Oasis Comfort Folding Hammock, in brightly-striped polyester fabric that’s UV protected. He can lay his head back on the soft, removable pillow, and stash his cell phone, sunscreen and a good book in the attached storage pouch.
When he’s ready to kick back in the evening with a cold drink, the right outdoor furniture is essential. The Wessington Five-Piece Chat Set by Agio fills that bill. Four generously padded chairs arranged around a fire pit create an ideal spot for spending time with friends. The fire pit is powered by a propane tank, so there are no ashes to clean later. It’s a great addition to a patio, deck or balcony.
Great grill gifts
Making Dad or Grad a true “master of his domain” has to include a grill. Most guys will appreciate the ease of use and versatility of a gas grill. It lights instantly, and he can adjust the heat up or down with the simple turn of a knob. Models come with one to two, three or four, or even as many as six burners, with multiple cooking zones for different foods. An extra side burner is also handy, so he can warm a sauce or simmer side dishes while the steaks are on the grill.
Of course, if he’s a purist, he may prefer a charcoal grill, which typically comes in a kettle style or as one that’s shaped like a barrel. Charcoal grills take longer to get hot enough for cooking ─ about 20 minutes after the coals start to turn gray ─ but patience pays off with a delicious smoky flavor.
Treat the serious outdoor chef with Kenmore’s Four-Burner Gas Grill with an Outdoor Oven. It’s like having a high-end range outdoors. He can bake a pizza or a pie while grilling burgers. Or he can use the oven to keep the grilled food nice and hot after grilling. The industrial model even has a high-output burner for searing. If you buy the grill with the accessories bundle, you’ll also get a grill cover and brush, plus a 17-piece cooking set and a fish-grilling basket. Who could ask for anything more?