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It’s that time of year again, folks. The time where we need to start thinking about the tedious ordeal that is holiday shopping. If done right, shopping for the holiday season can be a fun way to show people you care. If done wrong, shopping for the holiday season can be a hellish experience that results in hurt feelings, hurt egos, and hurt wallets.
So, how do we avoid all of that yuletide nonsense? While I can’t give you all of the answers, I can help you out by saying that holiday shopping doesn’t have to be as intimidating as we make it out to be - especially if you’re shopping for a mixology master and/or alcohol aficionado!
This guide is here to help you on your journey to become a Gifting God. A Present Professional. A Holiday Hero. So read on if you’re looking for tips on what to get the serious sippers in your life, and amazing gift ideas (from great whiskey brands to the right cocktail and whiskey gift sets) to give your loved one this fateful season.
So how do you do holiday shopping for someone who is big into mixology? Well, let’s start with the basic tools and supplies to get your mind going:
If you’re looking to make your own beginner bartender kit for your friend or S/O, here’s what you need to know, and more importantly, what you’re going to need!
The thought of making your own DIY bar kit a little intimidating? Or, maybe, you’re running a little low on holiday shopping time? Worry not, my dear friend - we here at Mixology & Craft have a whole section on our website dedicated to this common problem. Read on for our recommendations:
This suave, chic, and oh-so-sleek cocktail kit is every beginner bartender’s dream. With an elegant wood holder, this stainless steel kit includes a rust-proof 18oz martini shaker, a double-sided jigger (with markings!), a mixing spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, ice tongs, a bottle opener, AND a set of extremely useful cocktail cards for practicing perfection! This is one of the most perfect gift sets there are.
This is the bartender’s equivalent of a doctor’s medicine bag. No holiday shopping is complete without it.This unbelievable set comes with 2 rustproof 18 and 28oz Boston cocktail tins, a double sided jigger, a wooden muddler, a 10” mixing spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, a julep strainer, a fine strainer, 2 liquor pourers, a lemon squeezer, a lemon zester, ice tongs, a bottle opener, a double lever corkscrew, a Lewis ice bag, and an unbelievably stylish canvas carrying bag to put it all in.
Not only does this set perfectly match the Christmas aesthetic, it has everything you need to make delicious drinks and look good while doing it. This set practically sells itself - it includes a rust proof 24oz cocktail shaker with a built in strainer, 2 double-sided jiggers, a mojito muddler, a mixing spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, 2 liquor pourers, ice tongs, a double lever corkscrew, a rustic box stand, and an added rustic rope for the final touch. Get this for anyone who wants their drink stand to match their vintage vibe.
Didn’t see anything that quite fit the vibe you were looking for here? No sweat - here’s our full list of cocktail sets for you to peruse!
Whiskey lovers are a different breed, and honestly, have a lot more requirements to ensure a good drinking experience (if you’re a whiskey lover, you’ll know what I mean). Getting a gift for a whiskey lover doesn’t just mean finding the right whiskey, it means finding the right whiskey glass set with stones to give them.
As a whiskey advocate myself, I’ve got the top-tier recommendations right here:
For a Serious Bar Upgrade: Bulleit Bourbon, Johnnie Walker Black Label, or Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey
For Someone With Worldly Taste: Lagavulin 16 Year, Suntory Toki Japanese Whiskey, or Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky
For a Bottle That’s Beautiful All On Its Own: Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon or Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Don’t worry, we don’t only cater to cocktail lovers. We have incredible whiskey sets, too! Here are the top sets for the mixologist in your life:
Best Classy Whiskey Gift Set: This Suave Whiskey Glass & Stone Box
Best Badass Whiskey Gift Set: This Bullet Chilling Stones Box
Best Combo Whiskey Gift Set: This Whiskey Decanter Combo Box
Best Whiskey Gift Set for Beginners: This Rustic Whiskey Combo Box
I hope this has made your holiday shopping a little easier this year - take some of these ideas and incorporate them into some seriously cool holiday or Christmas gift baskets, or just give them on their own - either way, you’ll be hailed as the best gift giver in the friend group/family, possibly the world. Don’t forget to get on our website to find more gift ideas, and accessories your loved one might, well, love!
Now get shopping, and get sipping!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor