12 gift ideas worth drinking to this holiday season
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Flickr/california_bakeryGetting gifts for your friends can be a difficult task. While it sometimes feels that ideas should simply spring to mind, if you're stuck on what to get someone, frustration can build quickly. Thankfully, you know for a fact that your friends like to drink; you just went out to get drinks together the other night! While alcohol brings us together to imbibe, alcohol-related gifts throw us a lifeline when we're struggling to find the perfect gift.
For that reason, we've gathered a few suggestions on gifts you can get for the friends who have seen you at all levels of sobriety.
AmazonWhen it comes to alcohol-related presents, flasks are the gifts that keep on giving. Leave this under the tree for a friend and they will remember you every time they take their whiskey on the go.
IZOLA Best Intentions Flask, $27.
A set of whiskey stones
AmazonAnyone who likes their whiskey on the rocks knows the pain of having a great tumbler of whiskey gradually become slightly less great as the melting ice cubes water down the brown.
Throw these whiskey stones in the freezer a few hours before you�re going to be drinking and they�ll be able to keep your drink chilled without melting away the flavor.
Teroforma Whisky Stones, $19.99.
A bar cart
West ElmPresentation is an important part of any home bar. You can have any and every bottle under the sun, but if those bottles are thoughtlessly scattered on a table, it leaves something to be desired. With that in mind, get a cart for your friend who seems to have more liquor than anyone else, but nowhere nice to put it.
West Elm Valet Bar Cart, $279.
A Moscow Mule mug
AmazonThe creation of the Moscow Mule is an tale for the ages: In 1941, a little vodka company called Smirnoff was not doing so well, as Americans drink of choice at the time was whiskey. When John G. Martin bought the rights to the company, he linked up with Jack Morgan, who was currently struggling to sell his ginger beer to folks across the country. As the two traded stories, they decided to try mixing both of their products, added a squeeze of lemon and presto! The Moscow Mule was born.
It is traditionally served in a copper mug because, as the legend goes, there was a third man at that fateful meeting who was in the copper business. Soon, the copper mugs were used as a marketing tool to set Mule�s apart from other drinks. Today, it�s simply an iconic display of your commitment to vodka drinks being served correctly, and the perfect gift for the vodka enthusiast in your life.
Old Dutch International Moscow Mule Mug, $13.09.
A cool stuff to buy online print for your space
AmazonFor your friend whose home bar is fully stocked on liquor but lacking in character. Any drinking enthusiast's den can look classier in seconds with a framed print, and it�s a great reminder that before we were able to drink like we do today, there were scientists and engineers dedicating their lives to creating inventions that would make it possible for future generations to do shots.
Steves Poster Store Acohol Still Spirits Distillation Invention 1937 US Patent Art Poster, $19.95.
A magnetic bottle opener
AmazonIt�s doubtful you�ll find a more practical gift to give your beer-drinking friend this holiday season. The DropCatch makes opening a bottle as hassle-free as ever, and as bottle caps amass on the magnet the whole thing starts to resemble a modern art piece made in honor of drinking.
DropCatch Magnetic Bottle Opener, $39.
The PDT Cocktail Book
AmazonPDT (short for Please Don�t Tell) is a hidden speakeasy in New York�s East Village and was named the best bar in the world by Drinks International in 2011. That same year they released their cocktail book, with recipes for every drink available at their establishment. You might not be able to go to the best bars in the world in person, but with this book you can make the same drinks right at home.
"The PDT Cocktail Book", $17.46.
A cocktail shaker
West ElmAnyone that has seen "Cocktail" has fantasized about tossing bottles behind their backs as they mix drinks. But while no one can become the last barman poet in one day, a shaker is step one toward that goal. This is the perfect gift for the friend that has always talked about tending bar but never tried. For some extra personalization you can add a monogram for just a few more dollars.
Williams-Sonoma Double-Walled Boston Cocktail Shaker, $26.36.
AmazonWhat good is shaking a cocktail if you mess up the pour?
OXO SteeL Cocktail Strainer, $6.95.
AmazonEvery beer lover should have at least one growler in their cupboards in case they come across a draft that they can't get enough of. It'll keep your brew cool and fresh and you'll be helping your friend drink less bottles and cans; in a way, you're helping to save the environment.
Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler, $50.
A whiskey- and rum-making kit
Common GoodsIf there's a friend that you're always going out with to drink whiskey, this provides you with the perfect excuse to stay in and enjoy your libations one night. Plus, you'll get the satisfaction of making your own liquor from scratch.
UncommonGoods Whiskey and Rum Making Kit, $75.
A classy set of bottle stoppers
West ElmFor the wine enthusiast, these wood stoppers are simple and classy. Plus, they come in a set of four, for those who value quantity as well as quality.
West Elm Mid-Century Bottle Stoppers, $34.