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.

5 Unusual “Back to School” Gadgets

No sooner had it began, it’s coming to a close, much to the relief of worn-out parents everywhere. Yes, the summer holidays are drawing to an end, with shops now heavily laden with essential back to school clobber. Every year school children’s possessions seem to get more and more sophisticated with the likes of iPhones, MP3 players and Hex Bugs now littering playgrounds across the country. While the more ‘obvious’ school gadgets need little introduction, there is a more unusual throng of devices that are worthy of a ‘best of’, if not only because of their inventiveness.

Take a look at five unusual back to school gadgets that your children might not necessarily thank you for:

3D Drawing Pad


All the cool kids go and see the 3D movies and even have a 3D silver screen in their living room. Would the 3D Drawing Pad be held similar esteem? Simply draw on the pad, view the creation through the specs and watch the drawing jump out of the page. Perhaps sketch pads aren’t the hippest things in the playground but it may earn your child a few points with the art teacher.

What’s more the 3D Drawing Pad costs less than a fiver!

Rubber Band Shooter Supreme


Technology in the classroom may have reached unprecedented new heights in recent years but the mischievous pastime of the class clowns haven’t altered a bit. Shooting rubber bands at a teacher’s bottom when her – or his – back is turned, is guaranteed to generate a room full of sniggers.

Look out teachers because the next generation of rubber band shooters is here with the arrival of the Supreme Shooter. Loop one end of the rubber band around the device’s base, grip the gripper area, aim, fire and then wait for the laughs.

This fun and highly amusing gadget can also be picked up for under a fiver.

3D Mirascope


A slightly more tantalising 3D device for children is the 3D Mirascope. This gadget creates a realistic 3D holographic image from smaller objects. Could come in handy for wet playtimes when the kids are confined to the classroom?

This unusual desk toy costs £15.98 on Amazon.

Syringe Shot Ink Pens


Pens are always going to be needed at school even though we’re now in the digital era. So we may as well let our kids be seen with an ultra-cool pen. The Syringe Shot Ink pens contain colourful blood red, green, yellow, purple or blue liquid and looks like a syringe in an eccentric scientist’s lab. And no they don’t shoot out the liquid as the name misleadingly suggests, which is a bit of a shame.

You can buy a pack of five for £3.49 on Amazon.

Evernote Smart Notebook


Definitely a more sophisticated unusual back to school gadget, the Evernote Smart Notebook turns anything you scribble into an instantly digitally saveable scribble. Whether it’s notes from a lesson, a sketch in an art class or doodles to relieve the boredom in an assembly, write it down, search it and share it with the world.

For approximately £16, the Evernote Smart Notebook’s got to be a popular back to school gadget.