I love this time of year — the smell of Christmas trees, twinkling Christmas lights, going to holiday parties and of course … gifting! As much as I love to entertain, I also love to give gifts. So here are are a few of the barware gifts I’ll be giving out this year.
For the wine lover’s bar
So you might be thinking,”why would I need this?” I’ll stop you right there. I use this item A LOT. They’re great for marking wine glasses — or any glass for that matter — and they’re a quick and easy way to label hors d’oeuvres for parties. I’ll admit I’ve even used them on my bathroom mirror to remind myself of something. You’d be surprised how often you’ll use them, and the writing cleans up easily.
Nobody likes a broken wine glass — NOBODY! One of my big pet peeves in the kitchen is that the top rack of a dishwasher is never deep enough for wine glasses; therefore I have to wash them in the bottom rack which means I usually break them. Enter the Tether. This thing has saved my wine glasses. It’s so simple to use: you just place it over the rod and secure to the stem of the glass, and your glass won’t move!
Metrokane wanted to make uncorking bottles as easy as opening the screw-top variety. This no-button electric opener is super easy to use—after you take off the foil, you place the opener over the cork and push down. This triggers the opener to start working. In seconds you have an uncorked bottle of wine to enjoy. Genius!
For the well-stocked bar
Such a staple for the bar. I love having these on hand for parties. They look dramatic, and they don’t water drinks down as quickly as regular ice. You can even freeze juice or slices of cucumber or citrus in them to infuse your cocktail. And guess what … they work great in beverage jars and punch bowls, too!
Here in the office everyone knows me for the Moscow Mule Copper Mug. It was the first item I developed and brought into our assortment, and it’s still my favorite. I had my first Moscow Mule at Rob Roy here in Seattle (if you haven’t been, you must check it out!). They serve their mules in a copper cup. At the time, I wasn’t the buyer for barware yet, but I quickly became obsessed with the mug. So obsessed that I started making them at home all the time! These look great at any holiday party and make amazing gifts to give!
I’m not a huge whiskey drinker, but I love keeping these on hand for when I entertain. I always have a set in the freezer ready to go, and they truly do keep your drink cool. Plus people always laugh when they say they’ll have their drink on the rocks, and you hand them a glass filled with these!
For the luxe bar
I just visited Australia over the Thanksgiving holiday and you better believe I threw this guy in my carry-on for that 14-hour flight! Everything is FAA-approved and the bitters are water-based, not alcohol … so getting on that plane is no problem! I even had a flight attendant watch me demo how to use it. Totally made that 14-hour flight a breeze!
This is THE perfect gift for that person who already has everything for the bar. It’s really fun because it’s instant gratification, too. In less than 48 hours, they’ll have homemade gin, and it’s super easy to use.
Also a fun gift for a home bartender with everything. This freezes a piece of ice into the glass at an angle. The whiskey doesn’t come into much contact with the ice, so it doesn’t get watered down as much. And as you tilt the glass to take a sip, your whiskey rushes over the ice. It’s really smart!
And for a chuckle
A fun twist on the classic game of Spin the Bottle. I can’t imagine a holiday party that wouldn’t be made better by this game. I could also seeing it being a great white elephant gift!
Flashback to the ’90s! Every kid in the early ’90s had a slap bracelet, so it’s a natural fit that we’d now have slap bracelets for our beer! These make a great stocking stuffer and are, of course, great for helping people keep track of their beers at parties.
So what about you? Are you asking Santa for any of these (or something else) for your bar? And what bar gifts will you be giving this year?
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