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.
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.