On any given Sunday, most Giz readers would rather be spending time with family, playing Xbox, nursing a hangover, or maybe — just maybe — hitting up the beach. That's right, it's Summer. And a funny thing happens this time of year. We all love barbeques, and give us a grill and a few drinks, and we'll even get into the Cricket for the day.
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Motorized Esky Scooter It may not be street legal, but it's a certainly different. It keeps the drinks cold, and when one of your guests gets restless, just fire up the electric engine and let them take it for a spin around the block. Criminally easy. Just make sure they've been sticking to soft drinks, because driving this thing after knocking back a bunch of Buds definitely isn't legal. Around $500
Beer Holster You are the party commander. Your job is to ensure the safe passage of your squad from the coin toss to the final wicket. Make sure no one ever goes more than a few seconds without a fresh beer. This ammo-holster keeps 12 beers close at hand so your troops are never short on supplies. $US40.
Hermetus Bottle Opener and Resealer This bottle opener defies reason. Leave it on your coffee table and let your friends ponder the philosophical problems created by the mere existence of this tool. Bottle resealer? Why? Because you aren't going to finish your beer? Because the beer is so special that you need to drink it over the course of a four day test match. $US8.
Black Roto Fryer Food is going to be central to your party no matter what, but you should turn preparing the food into the party's central activity. First wicket/goal/try/set/touch down/on-field brawl: Time to fry some wings or something. Half time/tea break? Crispy cod goes into the fryer. Successful catch? Fried ice cream $US100.
Condiment Gun Load up this gun with tomato sauce or whatever condiment makes sense for the food you're serving. Slathering your wings in hot sauce from the barrel of a gun is much more satisfying than pouring it on. So is shooting targets with tomato sauce instead of watching boring half-time chit chat. $US25.
AK Ice Cube Tray If your friends know nothing about footy, it's probably because they've spent too much time doing one of two things: watching awesome action movies or playing crazy first-person shooters. Use this to your advantage by leveraging these ice cubes into a conversation. The AK-47 is one of the deadliest weapons ever manufactured, and certain to appeal to their senses. Not because it's sophisticated. It's deadly because it's so darn simple. Discuss. They'll have an opinion. $US8.
If we learned anything from the last World Cup, it's that nothing drums up the enthusiasm of crowds quite like the persistent drone of a Vuvuzella. And hey, you're friends can hit you with them when they're sick of the persistent drone of a Vuvuzella. $20