Bex's Holiday Gift Guide ($25 and Under)

I know, like, why did I even create a $50 and under? Obviously, cheaper is always better. I guess it's just a testament of how much you really like a person...

Anyway. This is a section more for the smaller things, you know? Like you already got them a sweater but wanted to add a little sumthin', sumthin' on the side. I get you. And I'm here for you. I'll always be here for you... 


FOR THE TRAVELERS. 

Being one who partakes on the flight madness for the holidays, this one is a gem. W&D Design does a lot of great things, but their Carry-On-Cocktail Kits are just so freakin' delightful. A classy tin filled with the essentials needed to make a perfect cocktail to accompany those on their journey. (It's for a round trip, btw.) -$24

*Cocktails currently offered: Old Fashioned, Gin & Tonic, Champagne Cocktail, Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, and the Hot Toddy. 

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X MARKS THE SPOT.

This is an excellent present for...well, anyone? Yes, anyone. I've gotten these Uncommongreen's Map Barware for so many people, and it's such a special and unique gift that speaks to everyone differently. Pick your city and your glassware style (everything from rocks glass, wine glass, pint, etc.), and get a map engraved beautifully wrapped around the glass. -$14-20

Psst. You don't have to do a rocks glass or a map, they also do literature, math & science, fonts, constellations and more.

 

TELL ME ABOUT WINE...IN WAYS I UNDERSTAND.

If you have wine lovers in your life, this is the book for them. Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is for those who want to know more about wine. I'm pretty sure it's... probably the greatest freakin' book in the entire world for that. Seriously, I'm not kidding. I've ranted about this book to too many, and have learned so much from it. It's the wine book that's fun and super informative without being snobby and buried in words you don't understand. With it's great layout with fun graphics and witty remarks, you're all set to take on the wine world with a head full of knowledge. -$15

Psst. Also if you're geeked out on the Somm documentaries on Netflix, the author is in the second one: Somm: Into The Bottle. She's delightful. 

 

 

THERE ARE COPPER MUGS, AND THEN THERE ARE GREAT COPPER MUGS. 

We see copper mugs everywhere now. And that's cool, but after a couple uses, you're like, why does it look so sad now? Well. That's because they're sad copper mugs. If you want something good, sturdy, beautiful, and reliable? Hell, get Cocktail Kingdom's Copper Mugs. Trust me, once you're exposed to what a proper copper mug is like, you'll get it. For those Moscow Mule lovers, it's a must have. -$15.95

 

ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LIQUID CULTURE...AND PRETTY PICTURES AND COOL PEOPLE.

Imbibe is my absolute favorite liquid culture magazine. I get so excited every time I see it in my mailbox. Filled with the vastness of all things in liquid culture, it opens the door to so many adventures on people, places, events, and recipes, and what to keep your eye out for. I'd recommend this present to anyone who has a curious soul. And the layout and photography really brings it all in.  -$21.95 (year subscription) 

 

PROTECT YO STACHE. 

Mainly just because I think this is hilarious. The Grommet's Whiskey Dam is funny gift for those who love to drink but love to keep their mustache or beard clean.  -$20

 
 
 
 

EASY, CHEESY AND AWESOME.

This is for all those sports fans who like to enjoy a nice cold beer when watching the game. I love these Freezer Mugs, they really are great from home drinking and well, obviously, team support. And hell, these things work pretty darn well. You deserve to have your beer always cold, just how your team deserves to always win. -$17.99

Don't worry, there are other options, you don't have to go with the Seahawks...though it's not a bad route to go.

 

IF YOU'RE GOING TO POUR, DO IT WITH STYLE.

Add a little bit of entertainment to your drinking adventures and gatherings. Though mainly seen used for wine, these humorous and lovely pourers can be used for spirits as well. I love these things, something so simple that can make a smile even bigger when you see your glass getting filled. -$14.95

PS.  I have an elephant one and it's awesome. And if you want a more high end option of these, check out Menagerie Pourers.

Bex's Holiday Gift Guide ($50 and Under)

From what I've gathered from a general consensus, boozy things can awesome people pleasers when it comes to gift giving.

Yes, I know that's not a catch-all thing, but I'm not trying to be a Pokemon master, I'm just trying to share some liquid culture love here. So. Here is a list of some grand items that I've been into and I think would make wonderful presents for the people in your life. With the holidays coming around the corner, here's my helping hand to you if you're struggling on ideas. 


"AM I THE ONLY ONE CURIOUS ABOUT THE PINEAPPLE?"                       (a cocktail in your name if can name where that's from.)

W&P Design's Pineapple Tumbler is an amazingly unique present that brings something special when serving a cocktail. I love W&P Design's craze for pineapples, and it's clearly shown in their beautiful design. Pineapples are known for symbolizing friendship, hospitality and a warm welcome--how can that not be an awesome present for someone?    -$35

Psst. And they also have a lot more pineapple beauties. Even a shot glass set of them...and they're freakin' adorable. 

COCKTAILS IN A BOX.

SaloonBox is, well, awesome. Their goal is to make amazing cocktails accessible to everyone. Their subscription boxes are filled with crafty cocktail ingredients and recipes for whatever type of drinker you select. I'm not saying it's something you have sign your life away to--they have kickass gift options! -$39 (per box)

Choose to give a box you've built yourself for someone, a starter bar tool kit, or a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month prescription. 

 

ONE SPOON TO RULE THEM ALL.

Want to get a freakin' sweet bar spoon that makes life just a little bit more awesome? Ta-dah. Standard Spoon's Wingman Spinning Cocktail Spoon is a classy bar spoon that makes magic happen. Stirring a cocktail with this spinning bar spoon makes for an effortless experience for requiring less wrist motion. So that's a win. It's a fabulous one for beginners, and good for anyone who has wrist problems. Oh, and it's very sleek and sexy, as well. So there's another win.  -$45

 

 LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

Looking for something that can be entertaining for a gathering? For the ones you know who love playing host, games make awesome gifts. And when they involve drinking? Even better. This awesome wooden board game, Beeropoly from Uncommon Goods, is pret-ty legit. -$32

Psst. Just because it's called Beeropoly, doesn't mean you 'have to be a beer drinker.' But I think you could have figured that part out..

 

FOR THE WINE LOVERS.

For those who love wine and home decor, this little crafted wine barrel is an awesome little kit. And what makes it even better? You can give it the personal touch! Put in name, phrase, whatever your heart desires...it's under 20 characters. A pour spout, foil cutter, corkscrew and stopper? Oh my. That's awesome. People love awesome.  -$33

 

FOR THE SPORTS FANS.

"Rest your pint on history."

Points and Pint's Greatest Plays Coasters are really great for those hearty sports fans. These stylish slate coasters have the iconic great plays mapped out of your favorite soccer, basketball, football, college basketball, or baseball team. Choose the sport, choose the team, and relive their glorious history. -$50

 
 
 

JUST A LITTLE TASTE.

"Tasting is Believing." 

For those who want to go on an explore tasting adventures, Flaviar's Tasting Boxes are divine. Pick between different bottle collections from a range of spirits. Their boxes also come with tasting notes, instructions on how to taste, as well as a selection of drinks. And let me just add, they are damn hilarious of a company, with great wit behind everything they do. These boxes are fun for spirit enthusiasts and also for party hosts. They're a great way to bring people together and they give your tastebuds something new. -$42 - 60

Psst. Also, the names of their tasting bottles are hilarious. Examples? Well, all right. Collections like: Power Rangers (scotch), Art Is The New Black (other spirits), Or-Gins (gin), The Canadian Lot (Canadian whisk(e)y), Game of Rums (rum), etc. Awesome, right? Right.