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The Best Summer Hostess Gift: A Tricked-Out Ice Cube Tray to Beat the Heat

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No, your weekend hosts do not need another vase. Or a coffee table book of nearby beaches. Or even a decorative pillow that may or may not reference an inside joke you think you might have established last night at the picnic table. You know what your host needs? A novelty ice cube tray.


We're serious. Just think about it: their house is fully stocked. Short of a new lawn mower, it's probably the only thing you can buy that won't elicit a forced smile and an ignominious fate in the broom closet. Plus, it's summer, they need ice!

1. Start with the obvious choices. Do they drink whiskey? Get them a whiskey-barrel shaped ice cube. (See? This isn't so hard. Put the Votivo candle down.) 


$12 from Gamago.com.

$12 from Gamago.com.

2.Or perhaps you went sailing -- get them some anchor-shaped ice cubes.

$14.95 from Williams-Sonoma.

$14.95 from Williams-Sonoma.


3. ...Or, perhaps your hosts hate sailing, in which case, get them a Titanic-themed tray (for "Gin and Titonics").


$19.92 on Amazon.com.

$19.92 on Amazon.com.

4. The target audience for themed ice cube trays seems to be adolescent boys, which means there's no shortage of "Star Wars" themed options.

$11.01 on Amazon.com.

$11.01 on Amazon.com.

5. And even if your host isn't a 15-year-old boy, they can still have a similar emotional profile. Which is why this role playing d20 ice mold just might be the hit of the summer.

$11.99 on ThinkGeek.com.

$11.99 on ThinkGeek.com.


6. There's also a chance your weekend had a few hiccups. Maybe someone broke someone else's tooth during a friendly game of horseshoes. Or maybe someone slept with someone they shouldn't have. In that case, handgun ice cubes send the perfect message: "Thanks so much for the lovely weekend, and watch your back."


From FredandFriends.com.

From FredandFriends.com.

7. And then there's the one-size fits all, playful options. Like an octopus ice cube.


$6.95 from CGets.com.

$6.95 from CGets.com.

8. Let's end as all summer weekends do - on a tragic note . The fast-melting polar bear/penguin ice cubes are a neat reminder that your host's beach house will probably be underwater by 2050.


$17.48 on Amazon.com

$17.48 on Amazon.com

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