15 gifts for people who already plan to drink their way through 2017
It’s always easier to buy gifts for people when they’re obsessed with something or have a hobby. It’s even easier when that hobby happens to be drinking. But, gifts for people who like to drink should be more interesting than just a bottle of wine over $12 (although a large supply of the fancy scotch they never treat themselves to can be a nice touch).
Luckily, now that hipsters rule the world and every grown-ass man with a beard seems to be a home brewer, there is actually really cool stuff out there for your favorite boozer. Beware, though. Just like “craft” cocktails are $10 more and take 10 more years to mix up at the bar, some drinking accessories are totally ridiculous — like sets of “gourmet ice.” I don’t even think Gwyneth Paltrow uses gourmet ice (actually, she probably has an in-house ice chipper, who am I kidding?)
But hey, if you have dough to spend, why not treat whoever you’re buying a gift for? There’s no shame when it comes to spending absurd amounts of money on drinking. Trust us: we do it every weekend. Really though, when it comes to drinking gifts, it’s best to have a sense of humor and not take it too seriously. The guiding principles for giving gifts to drinkers is the same as buying any other kind of gift: think about what they’d actually use and what they secretly want but don’t want to spend the money on.
Here are some good places to start.
These glasses are deemed “the best” glass for whiskey (there’s an actual competition for this), and they’re actually not expensive — they just look it. A whiskey drinker isn’t a whiskey drinker without them in the kitchen.
Books and drinks always go together.
There’s nothing wrong with taking booze to go. There are so many times when a flask comes in handy — long car rides, at the movie theater, literally everywhere. This one has a little shot glass that pops out, so you can share the wealth.
If you need stocking stuffers for your crew, these simple wine openers come in bright, fun colors.
This way, you can fill it to the brim and still not spill.
Beer Bottle Cooler, $20
This is not your average coozy. This stainless steel case keeps your brew cold and totally protected. It also comes with an opener and neoprene sleeve. It’s everything an on-the-go beer drinker needs.
OK, I know I made fun of fancy ice, but these trays are pretty useful. The sphere and large cube shape actually melt slower (who knew!?), so they don’t water your drink down as much. Also, they look cool.
Frank Ciafa includes classic, pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes (like how Ernest Hemingway liked his daiquiri) and the history behind them, along with trivia and tips for throwing a good drinking party. But really — Hemingway drank daiquiris?
Sure, wine openers all do the same thing. But this one cuts the foils and opens a bottle in one pull.
What will they think of next? You can fit an entire wine bottle in here and keep it cool, but it’s not as breakable as an actual wine bottle. They even fold up when you’re done. I think your beach days just got a lot more interesting.
The perfect starter kit for making your own martinis at home like a BOSS.
This is for the beer geek who wants to get more hardcore and try brewing at home. It’s like a science project for a grownup.
It’s a lot of cash for six coasters, but a true Game of Thrones fanatic will go crazy for these.
Drinking is more fun when you have a grownup glass.