Their knowledge of wine rivals a sommelier. They can whip up the tastiest cocktails in no time. They’re your favorite person to grab a beer with. If your friend or family member fits the description of any (or all) of the above, your gift-giving just got a whole lot easier. There are great gifts out there for the home bartender.
But bar tools and specialty goods make great gifts for the cocktail novice as well. Just so long as you know your friend or family member drinks alcohol, it’s hard to go wrong with one of these gift ideas. From colorful wine glass markers to conversation-starting coasters, drink accessories always make a fun present. And if you really want to impress, consider a beautiful cocktail shaker or even a bar cart that will make the recipient think about you every time they use it.
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Best Wine Glass Markers: Umbra Drinking Buddy Wine Bottle Stopper and Wine Glass Markers, 7-Piece Set
How can you not have a smile on your face when you see these adorable wine glass markers from Umbra? The six “Drinking Buddy” markers come a range of fun colors and are made from flexible, food-safe molded rubber. Not only will they help your guests remember which wine glass is theirs, but they are a fun way to accessorize your stemware. The set also includes a matching bottle stopper which helps keep open bottles of wine fresh a little longer.
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Best Decanter: Le Chateau Wine Decanter
Designed to handle a standard 750ML bottle of wine, this lead-free, hand-blown crystal decanter will not only add elegance to any room, but it also helps release the rich aroma and flavor of the wine by letting it breathe. A specially designed slanted top also ensures that you won’t spill a drop when you’re pouring the wine from the bottle to the decanter or from the decanter to your glass.
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Best Wine Glass Set: Bouquetier Hand Painted Wine Glass, Set of 2
If you’re buying wine glasses for a vino lover, chances are they’ve already got a set at home. But a special set like these hand-painted stemmed glasses will be cherished as a gift. It’s not something one would normally splurge on for themselves, but it’s something they’ll appreciate for years to come. This set is inspired by the stained-glass of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, and because each one is handmade, no two glasses are exactly alike.
Many of those who have purchased the set say the glasses are stunning in person. They’re also lightweight and larger than a standard glass (475 ml). Due to the fragile nature of the product, it needs to be hand-washed rather than put in the dishwasher when it’s time to clean.
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Best Moscow Mule Mugs: Handmade Copper Moscow Mule Mugs with Gift Box (Set of 4, 16 Oz., Smooth)
Have a Moscow Mule-lover in your life? These gorgeous copper mugs would make a great gift. Featuring a stainless steel lining and brass handle with built-in thumb grip, they’re perfect for serving cold drinks, especially the vodka and ginger beer cocktail. Just keep in mind that the 16-ounce mugs need to be hand-washed with a soft cloth to maintain their sleek appearance.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Best Cocktail Shaker: HIC Penguin Cocktail Shaker
Why use a plain cocktail shaker when you can have one that’s cute and fun? This is very similar to the classic cocktail shaker shape, but it has been turned into a penguin, complete with beak, wings, and flipper feet. While it’s cute, it’s also stylish and classic, inspired by1930s art deco design. Design aside, it works just like a classic shaker that comes apart in the middle for filling, and it has a removable top for straining and pouring.
This is smaller than some shakers, since it holds only 18 ounces, but that’s plenty for a single drink and makes it great for folks with small hands who don’t feel confident trying to keep a grip on a large shaker. This is made from 18/8 stainless steel and has a shiny exterior finish. When it’s not in use, it will look great on display. Hand washing is recommended.
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Best Whiskey Stones: Premium Whiskey Stones by Amerigo
Packaged in a handcrafted wooden box and velvet pouch, these whiskey stones will keep your drink cool without watering it down. They’re both FDA-approved and BPA-free. Simply chill them in your freezer for at least two to three hours and place them in your drink for a slight chill that will won’t affect the taste or quality of your spirits. We recommend just storing them in the freezer so you’re always ready for a drink.
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Best Martini Picks: Prodyne MP-9 Stainless Steel and Pewter Martini Picks, Set of 6
A fun and elegant accessory for parties and get-togethers, these stainless steel and pewter martini picks make a great gift. The set features six drink-themed designs including a lime wedge, cocktail shaker, and set of olives. Or, if you prefer, they come in several other clever designs. The only thing there will be left to decide is whether you want two olives or three.
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Best Cocktail Bitters: Fee Brothers Bar Cocktail Bitters - Set of 6
One of the best ways to up your cocktail making game is by using specialty bitters. After all, aromatic bitters and orange bitters can get a little boring after a while. This sampler set of cocktail bitters features six delicious flavors: peach, West Indian orange, grapefruit, lemon, mint, and old-fashioned aromatic. It’ll make a great gift for the friend or family member who loves mixing up craft drinks.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Best Bottle Opener: Areaware Bottle Opener in Walnut
A nice bottle opener makes a great gift for just about any beer drinker or even someone who prefers fancy sodas that don’t come with twist-off caps, and this one from Areaware is exceptionally beautiful. Crafted from sustainably harvested walnut, it features a magnet that catches the bottle cap and another that allows the bottle opener to be kept on the fridge.
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Best Beer Carrier: Wooden 6-Pack Beer Carrier with Two Beer Flights, Holder, Mounted Bottle Opener
For the friend who likes to buy mixed six packs at their local liquor store or brew shop, and host at-home tastings, this wooden carrying crate is ideal. The crate can hold up to six bottles of beer and the tasting trays make it easy to serve sample glasses. (Sadly, the sampler glassware is not included.) The carrier also has a built-in bottle opener and a slot for holding the flight trays or napkins and silverware making this perfect for patio dining.
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Best Coasters: Corkologist Emoji Cork Coasters Printed
Emojis are all the rage right now and what better a place to see them than on cute coasters like these? This set of four includes premium cork coasters that will protect the table and are adorned with a few of the most popular emojis. They’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you raise your glass.
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Best Book: A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson
The New York Times cocktail writer Robert Simonson tells the story of the contemporary craft cocktail revival in this book that every cocktail enthusiast needs in their life. The book also features a curated list of about 40 cocktails to emerge from the movement—challenge your recipient to learn how to make them all!