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15 Affordable Gifts for the Outdoor Cook

Check out these 15 affordable gifts for the outdoor cook and see if any of them are perfect for your friends, family… or even yourself!

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The grilling community is huge, which translates into plenty of options when you’re searching for holiday gift-giving ideas. We’ve narrowed them down to 15 options that cost less than $50, and plenty even come in under $20. Scan it for the perfect gift for the avid griller on your list (or for yourself).

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BBQ Rubs

Trust us: Even if they already have dry rubs, dedicated outdoor cooks always want more. There are a million different kinds to choose from, but this BBQ Rub Gift Set from Suchi’s Spices is tough to top. It comes with four mouthwatering rubs: Big Texas, Exotic Island, Cajun Soul and Sweet, Spicy & Smoky.

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Gloves via JollyGreen Products

Grill-Safe Protective Mitts

If you see your friend using old potholders or a rag to pick up their grill pans, you know it’s time for an upgrade, for safety reasons. It’s hard to go wrong with Ekogrips BBQ Cooking Gloves, which block heat up to 425 degrees F and can be tossed in the dishwasher for cleaning. While you’re at it, browse the 10 kitchen safety products every home cook should own.

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Cutting-Boardvia Personalization Mall

Personalized Grilling Platter

This 12-in. x 17-in. personalized maple cutting board is the perfect gift for the gadget-obsessed griller who seemingly has everything. Not only is it great for cutting meats, it’ll up their presentation, too. Very Instagram-friendly. And, they’ll love these best butcher knives on the market to go with their new cutting board.

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Smoking-Chunksvia Cutting Edge FIrewood

Specialty Wood for the Smoker

Playing around with the flavors of food is one of the best parts of grilling. Gift the ability to do just that with a Smoking Chunks Variety Pack. It’ll allow them to compare how the flavor changes when they burn different kinds of wood and learn which kinds pair best with which foods.

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Stainless-Steel Outdoor Griddle

Help your loved one expand their grilling options by gifting a stainless-steel griddle to set right on top of their gas grill’s surface, to easily cook foods like eggs and pancakes. We like the 8-in. x 13 in. Sizzle-Q Universal BBQ Griddle, which distributes heat evenly, features sidewalls to prevent spill-over and comes with a lifetime warranty. Full disclosure: It’s just over $50 right now (but often on sale).

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Fancy Fire Starter

It’s charcoal grilling 101: Fire needs air to get started. And, this can be a challenge when you aren’t getting a nice breeze. The FiAir AirBlower/Fast Fire Starter runs on batteries and is super easy to use. Just point it at the right spot, and your fire will be blazing in no time. Sure beats leaning down and blowing on it over and over.

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DIY Grill Cleaning Kit

After grilling up your favorite food, it’s frustrating to scrub away at the grill for an hour after you eat. Give the gift of easy cleanup with a grill cleanup kit containing a bottle of Carbona 320 2-In-1 BBQ Cleaner, some Weber microfiber towels and a Better Grillin’ Scrubbin’ Stone. Take it up a step and package them in a grill basket-turned-gift basket. You may be surprised this pantry item will clean your grill in a snap.

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Fork Meat Thermometer

Even the best cook needs to test the internal temperature of what they grill. This fork meat thermometer delivers accurate readings to help nail that perfect taste and texture for all kinds of meats. Sure, there are fancier thermometers out there, with bells and whistles such as connecting to your smart phone. But this is a nice, straightforward option that’s easy to use and gets the job done. Just in case, learn about this dangerous mistake you may be making with your meat thermometer.

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Apronvia dkdEmbroidery/Etsy

Personalized Grilling Apron

Perhaps the grill master on your list needs a trusty grilling apron to really look the part. We like this personalized Grillfather grilling apron, but Etsy has a wide variety of options sure to match with your recipient’s style (and sense of humor).

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Basting Pot and Brush

Anyone looking to improve their grilling skills has to learn to baste. The iZAN BBQ Basting Pot and Brush is a sweet starter set. The brush is made with food-grade silicone and is attached to the top of a big (32 oz.) stainless steel basting container. It’s dishwasher safe, too.

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BBQvia Williams-Sonoma

Dual-Duty Grilling Tray

The Williams-Sonoma BBQ Marinade Tray starts out as a covered marinating spot that you can carry out to the grill. Then, flip the lid, and you’ve got a tray for carrying and serving freshly grilled items—without contaminating them with those marinade juices. Smart, huh? For more like this, you’ve got to see these 20 genius grilling tools under $20.

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BBQ Tool Set

Every grill master needs the right toolset. What makes it right is often personal preference. We like this grilling tool set, because it comes with a digital fork for temperature testing and a nice cleaning brush. It even includes corn holders and a basting brush. Plus, it’s stainless steel and has a one-year warranty. The 30 essential BBQ tools you need provides even more great ideas.

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Injector via

Meat Injector

The aptly named Premila Awesome Meat Injector takes any meal to the next level by letting you inject different flavors into your food. Instead of just letting your chicken marinate, you can put the marinade right in the chicken. This also helps make meats tender and juicy. It’s a blast to experiment with and see what kinds of combinations you can come up with. It’s also 100-percent food-safe and comes in a nice gift box.

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Mug via Yeti

Insulated Thermal Mug

Whether your loved one grills in the summer, the winter or both, they’ll want to have their favorite drink nearby as they do their thing. You can’t go wrong with the Yeti Rambler 20-oz. Tumbler double-wall vacuum insulated mug, which keeps preferred hot drinks hot and cool drinks cool. Speaking of cool, check out these offbeat (but still practical) cool guy gifts.

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Grill Covervia

New Grill Cover

A cover isn’t the first thing someone will think about when they restock their grill supplies, which makes it the perfect gift. Help them extend the life of their grill with an iCOVER BBQ Grill Cover. They’re inexpensive, yet highly rated on Amazon, and come in two colors, as well as a decent selection of sizes designed to fit a range of grills.

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Scott Huntington
Scott Huntington is a writer and blogger. He's writen for Business Insider, The Oxford University Press, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @SMHuntington.