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Day 15 of 30 Days of Thoughtful Giving: Raise their bar.
Sprits, bar tools, mixers, glasses—the playing field is deep when it comes to giving cocktail essentials. What do you give someone who's new to shaking and stirring, who's got a beloved (but very worn) strainer, or who's very into whiskey? (And don't forget about the person who hasn't been drinking this year.)
The answer, clearly, is that it varies—and you don't want to look like an absent-minded friend or sister/brother/spouse/mom.
If fully stocking someone's bar may be a little out of reach (and if not, hello, I would like to meet you and be your friend), why not bundle together a few favorites or pick out an investment piece for them and include your go-to drink recipe, or give tools to a cocktail novice who will use them again and again while they learn? Here are 56 gifts, stories, and recipes to wrap up and get inspiration from for your favorite cocktail lover's holiday.
For The Newly 21-year-old
Cocktail Tote KitFrom $100
Hella BittersFrom $30
For The One Who Has The Right Glass for *Everything*
Mint Julep CupsFrom $55
For The Experimentalist
The Homemade Gin KitFrom $50
For The One Committed to the Classics
Glass Drink StirrersFrom $36
For The One Who Really Needs a Tool Upgrade
Birch Cocktail MuddlersFrom $27
Citrus PressFrom $170
For The One Who Loves Throwing Theme Parties (and Parties, In General)
Blackened Steel Bar Cart$1,800
For The One Who's Doing Mocktails This Season
For The One Who's A Whisk(e)y Know-It-All
Handblown Whiskey GlassFrom $32
What are your favorite bar cart gifts? Tell us in the comments!