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The Drink Nation 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

by The Drink Nation on Dec 14, 2015 in Roundups
The Drink Nation 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is less than two weeks away, but there’s still time to grab that perfect gift for everyone on your list. If you haven’t quite figured out what you want to give your favorite aunt who likes a glass of wine with lunch or your downstairs neighbor who is always excited to share their latest beer find, The Drink Nation has a few unique gift suggestions that any tippler will appreciate.
 

Flasks
Have an outdoorsy drinker on your list? These mittens will soon become their favorite winter accessory. Hidden away in one of the mittens is a 4 oz flask that will be sure to turn any outing into an adventure. Additionally, the mittens include a tethered cap and a funnel to make filling and using the flask a breeze. $20 for two pairs
 
This custom-engraved flask is available in a choice of colors and made of stainless steel and sturdy, high quality faux leather. The flask holds six ounces of your favorite spirit and is not only personally engraved, but individually boxed for gift-giving. $14-$16 each

Barware
This elegant, yet functional beer glass set was designed by Italian beer experts and engineered by legendary German glassmakers. The radical curvature is perfect for tasting craft beers with a balanced feel and pleasing aesthetics. The glasses were inspired by the ISO glass used to conduct the sensory evaluation of wine. The shape enhances the aromas and tastes and allows every type of beer to be tasted to perfection. $12.95 each
 
A set of 100% copper mugs would be a great addition to any cocktail connoisseur’s bar setup. Moscow Mules and mules of all sorts are simple and delicious, and who doesn’t love to drink out of the proper glassware? $21.95 each
 
Mixing great cocktails isn’t easy without the right bar tools. Make sure your friends and family are ready to shake, stir, and mix with the best of them by gifting them everything they need in one handy set. The Pro Bartending Mixing Set by Kegworks includes shakers, strainers, a measuring beaker, pourers, stirrers, and more. Your friends will be mixing you amazing cocktails in no time. $24.95 per set

NestaHome Beer Towel Set
These handsome towels are hand stamped with antique letterpress printing blocks. The towels are 100% cotton and have a hook for hanging. Also machine washable. Get four 18x24-inch towels that read “IPA,” Stout,” “Pilsner,” and “Porter.” $33.50 set of four
 
Turn your Instagram photos into beautiful coasters with the help of Coastermatic.com. Select four photos from your Instagram account to be printed onto a super absorbent stone coaster. If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can choose from a selection of pre-designed coasters. $49 set of four

Books
Enjoy drinking cocktails with a cinematic flair? Consider trying a “blockbuster” cocktail recipe. This book by Tequila Mockingbird author, Tim Federle, adds a bit of character to your next cocktail party. Enjoy Whiskey Business, No Country for Old Fashioneds, and A Clockwork Orange Julius. These cocktails are served up with some silver screen commentary and sepia-toned illustrations. The perfect gift for the cinephile who likes to drink! $11.70 hardcover
 
The Boozy Baker is a fun collection of recipes by Lucy Baker for making cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, and much more, all of which contain a healthy dose of alcohol. Home bakers will recognize classic treats such as peach cobbler and spiced Bundt cake, but reinvented with chocolate stout, almond liqueur, and even Jagermeister. Featuring more than 30 full-color photographs, the book also includes sidebars throughout with instruction for preparing incredible cocktails to pair the desserts. $15.44 paperback
 
Don’t know a Cabernet from a Chabis? This book by David Locicero will walk the novice wine drinker through the basics of wine including how it’s made, how to read wine labels, how to taste wine, and more. Wine 101 breaks down the jargon and rituals into layman’s terms and leaves you with all the knowledge you’ll need to confidently grab a wine from the store or maybe even hold a wine conversation at your next party. $9.95 paperback

DIY
If you have a drinker who loves to craft on your list, this is the perfect gift for them. The Kinkajou is the only tool you need for cutting any beer bottle, wine bottle, or liquor bottle to be used in a variety of ways. Turn beer bottles into unique drinking glasses or craft a wine bottle into a beautiful candle. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. $49.99 starter kit
 
Dash Bitters offers DIY bitter kits for making homemade bitters for cocktails. There are two kits to choose from: The 1889 Aromatic Bitters or the Cherry Walnut kit. Search the website for cocktail recipes to use with your fresh bitters. $39.99 per kit
 
Does someone you know want to learn how to brew at home, but doesn’t know where to start? Get this Small Batch Starter Kit specifically designed for the new brewer as a way of testing out the process without spending a fortune. The kit is also expandable for those who want to advance their brewing skills. The Starter Kit includes everything a new brewer will need to brew, bottle, and enjoy a one gallon batch of beer. $69.99 with Chinook IPA recipe and ingredients included
 
If you have a gin fan in your life, they’ll love being able to craft their own blend. This kit contains everything they’ll need to create a unique, homemade gin from scratch. Maybe if you’re lucky they’ll even offer you a gin and tonic when it’s ready. $49.99 per kit

Carry on Cocktail Kit
If you have a drinker on your list that likes a tipple while he or she travels, the Carry on Cocktail Kit is the perfect gift for then. The kit contains everything needed to craft two mid-flight cocktails. All the receiver will have to add is a small bottle of the hard stuff, and it’ll be smooth sailing. $24 each

Odds and Ends

It’s the Most Wonderful Time for a Beer Ugly Sweater
Give the gift of warmth this year – the ugliest of warmth. Everyone needs an ugly sweater or two in their wardrobe, so why not gift your thirsty friend one they can wear with pride. $35.99 each

Happy Hour Watch
For the punctual and work hard, play hard type of drinker out there, this watch will remind them that happy hour is right around the corner. This stylish timepiece also features a bottle opener buckle to make that transition from work to play even easier. $149.99 each 

Beer Cap Map
Everyone has that friend who has a mountain of bottle caps that they say they’re going to do something with someday. This gift is for them. With space for over 170 bottles caps, this wooden map is not only beautiful but functional to boot. The maps are available in a variety of countries and are also available in the shape of all 50 states. $19.95–$75 per map
 
Shakoolie Shower Beer Koozie
Shower beers are awesome. Having a safe place to put your shower beer is even more awesome. Your beer loving friends will never stop thanking you for this magical gift. $9.97 each 

Gr
owler from a Local Brewery
Give a gift that will keep on giving throughout the year with a growler of beer from the receiver’s favorite local brewery. Growlers are often decorated with brewery logos and can be filled with any tap beer. Consider gifting a special release or limited edition brew. Often people with growlers get discounts on future fill ups at the same brewery, so left the generosity flow. Price varies by brewery
 
Photos via dcigift.com, coastermatic.com, The Boozy Baker, Carry on Cocktails, and Beer Cap Map

 


Tags: Beer, Cocktails, Gifts, Holiday, Spirits, Wine
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