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Best Gifts for Drinkers: Bar Tools, Books, and Bottles

From essential flasks to superfluous mermaid swizzle sticks, here are 17 great gifts under $150.

Sure, it’s delicious, but you don’t have to splurge on a bottle from some exceptionally small batch of Japanese whisky when you’re shopping for someone who loves to drink. Below are a bunch of small and delightful gifts ranging from under $10 to $150 that can also do the trick:

 

Swizzle Sticks 

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You don’t have to be a hard-core Tiki enthusiast to appreciate these adorable, bright pink, mermaid-shaped swizzle sticks from the fantastic Chicago bar Three Dots and a Dash. But yes, it probably helps. $12 for a five-pack; threedotschicago.com

 

Bottled Cocktails 

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Give the laziest martini lover in your life a bottle of bartending superstar Ryan “Mr. Lyan” Chetiyawardana’s ready-made cocktails to keep in the freezer, such as gin infused with olive and lemon-peel distillates. $35–$37; masterofmalt.com

 

Bar Tool Set

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This gleaming, heavy-duty set is made from brass and includes the essentials: corkscrew, jigger, tongs, spoon, and bottle opener. $150; canvashomestore.com

 

Clay Coasters

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Also ideal as a host gift, these glazed ceramic tile coasters are gorgeous and exactly the right size (4 inches by 4 inches). $40; anthropologie.com

 

Books

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How the Gringos Stole Tequila

For the agave nerd in your life who cares about more than notes of smoke and brine, Chantal Martineau’s complex and thorough new book is a must-read. $26.95; powells.com

How to Mix Drinks

For the classic cocktail enthusiast, you can’t go wrong with a copy of Jerry Thomas’s How to Mix Drinks or: The Bon Vivant’s Companion. The reproduction of the 1862 book comes with an introduction by spirits writer David Wondrich. $30; cocktailkingdom.com

Booze: River Cottage Handbook No. 12

John Wright’s guide to home brewing touches on everything from beer and wine to cider and herbal spirits, making it perfect for the actual (or armchair) home brewer. $20; powells.com

 

A Copper Pineapple 

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Who can explain the recent appearance of copper pineapples everywhere? Not us. But for that friend who’s delighted by the trend, this 24-ounce version will be just the thing. $100; alchemade.com

 

Awesome Jam 

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Everyone can appreciate a jar from jam genius Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Los Angeles. This one, made from fresh figs soaked in La Clarine Farm’s biodynamic red wine, feels extra rich and special in the winter. $14; sqirlla.com

 

 Aperitif Cider

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You know the amaro freak, the one whose capacity for bitter, herbaceous, old-man-style drinks kind of shocks you? She’ll love this dry, fruity cider from Eden Ice Cider in Vermont, which is infused with red currants and bitters. $45; mouth.com

 

 Sugar Cubes

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Keep some clove- and cinnamon-infused sugar cubes on hand, and you can make classic Champagne cocktails anytime. (So ideally, give these with a bottle of something dry and sparkling on the side.) $8; venasfizzhouse.com

 

 Absinthe Lotion

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No, not to drink, but to moisturize your hands: A shea butter infused with absinthe botanicals, marjoram, and cucumber. $16; prospectorco.com

 

Fruity Rum

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Fruity rums like Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins’ Fancy can be OK (really!), especially when they involve a recipe from 1824 that calls for a boatload of pineapple rinds and results in something smooth and delicious. $30; astorwines.com

 

All-Purpose Flask 

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Forget about overpriced novelty flasks: This no-nonsense stainless-steel model from Stanley is sleek and practically unbreakable, and it does everything a flask is supposed to. Done. $18; stanley-pmi.com

 

Velvet Falernum

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For the friend with a well-stocked bar and bookshelf? Go with a wee bottle of Tippleman’s ginger-y, spicy falernum syrup made from organic cane sugar. $17; tipplemans.com 

 

Golden Bowl 

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This massive, golden stainless-steel ice bowl can hold at least three full-size bottles with ice, and it also works for the friend who needs a proper punch bowl. $89; food52.com

 

Wall Print

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This charming 8-by-10-inch wall print designed by Diana Kuan will look beautiful in a frame, and serve as an important reminder of how to elegantly toast in several languages besides English. $15; plateandpencil.com

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