Nothing helps put you in the holiday spirit like...spirits. We all know that person who believes truly, madly, deeply that alcohol makes everything better. (In moderation, of course.) Whether that person's a liquor lover, a beer snob, or a wine connoisseur, I've distilled a fine selection of the choicest gifts, straight from the internet's top shelf. And I wanna hear what you've got in mind for lovers of alCOOLhol, too!
Fee Brothers Bar Cocktail Bitters - Set of 6
Personally, I'm a huge fan of Manhattans, and I've found that when it comes to whipping them up yourself, the flavor of that bitter dash can be just as important as the other boozes in the mix. If your friends like mixed drinks, they're way more likely to go buy themselves a nice bootle of rye than a new flavor of bitters, so why not help them out with this relatively inexpensive sampler that will last a long, long time. $50
Clawhammer Supply 1 Gallon Mooshine Still Kit
I've never made moonshine in my life. I have no idea if it's hard or complicated or dangerous. Hell, I don't even know if this copper still kit is any good. But it's a beautiful object that calls to mind the backwoods moonshiners of yore. Perfect, if you know anybody whose been itching to cook up their own hooch. $150
BACtrack Mobile Breathalyser Smartphone Alcohol Tester
The thing about drinking well is that while it's quite enjoyable, it can prevent you from doing other things well. Like driving. If you've been throwing back Stolis and you need to know whether or not you're good to drive a car/ text your ex, we highly recommend this mobile breathalyzer that's compatible with both iOS and Android devices. $150
Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler
I recommended this insulated growler last year, and i'm doing it again for a few reasons:
1) Buying delicious, short-run beers to go is awesome.
2) Cold beer is awesome.
3) Therefore, a vessel that serves as both a means of porting your beer and keeping it very cold is perfect.
4) It's very good.
General Manufacturing Langley Churchkey
This handsome brass bottle opener is a modern take on a classic design. It's perfect for someone who is classy enough to appreciate GOOD, and mature enough not to lose an expensive, tiny knickknack. This is a nice thing, okay? $42