We found four picnic accessories available for under $50 and asked staff members which one they'd be the happiest to receive.And the winner is...1. Classic Picnic BasketThis traditional picnic basket is made by New Hampshire's own Peterboro Basket Company and has smooth swing handles for easy one-hand carrying and a split hinged wooden lid. The hand-woven basket also comes with a 36-inch table cloth that matches the liner. Available in natural, cherry or honey.
$45 Peterboro Basket Company
130 Grove St., Peterborough
www.peterborobasket.com2. Bambu VeneerwareWhat to do with dirty dishes when the picnic is over? The easy - and eco-friendly - solution is Bambu Veneerware. These paper plate alternatives are certified organic and made from 100 percent bamboo, so when you toss them when you're done you can go home guilt-free.
Prices vary. Plates range from $5.95 to $10.95.
Abode Home Furnishings
775 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth
www.abodehomefurnishings.com3. Modern Wine CarrierThe Barossa Wine Carrier has a more modern flair and features a shoulder strap to make transporting your wine much easier. It's fully insulated and includes two acrylic wine glasses, two napkins, a bottle stop and corkscrew.
$29.99 Your Kitchen Store
20 Main St., Keene
www.yourkitchenstore.com4. The Bug BafflerYou'll probably have to take the hood off to eat, but enjoy the summer weather without the irritating bug bites with the N.H.-made Bug Baffler.Shirts with attached headnets range from $37 to $40. Pants are $27. Headnets are $8. Ankle guards are $9.
This article appears in the August 2011 issue of New Hampshire Magazine