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56 Gifts for Better Cocktails (Some to Buy, Some to DIY)

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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.)

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The answer, clearly, is that it varies—and you don't want to look like an absent-minded friend or sister/brother/spouse/mom.

Photo by James Ransom

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

Oak 10-in-1 Bar Tool

Oak 10-in-1 Bar Tool

$40
The Power of Painter's Tape, as Proven By These DIY Coasters

The Power of Painter's Tape, as Proven By These DIY Coasters by Laura Kaesshaefer

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Cocktail Tote Kit

Cocktail Tote Kit

From $100
The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

Hella Bitters

Hella Bitters

From $30
Basic Bar Glasses (Set of 6)

Basic Bar Glasses (Set of 6)

$78

For The One Who Has The Right Glass for *Everything*

Whiskey Glass (Set of 6)

Whiskey Glass (Set of 6)

$72
Metallic Rimmed Cocktail Glasses (Set of 6)

Metallic Rimmed Cocktail Glasses (Set of 6)

$42
Copper Moscow Mule Mugs (Set of 4)

Copper Moscow Mule Mugs (Set of 4)

$63
Toraysee Glass Cloth

Toraysee Glass Cloth

Liqueur Glasses (Set of 6)

Liqueur Glasses (Set of 6)

$78
Mint Julep Cups

Mint Julep Cups

From $55

For The Experimentalist

DIY Grapefruit Bitters Kit

DIY Grapefruit Bitters Kit

$48
DIY Tonic Water Kit

DIY Tonic Water Kit

$22
The Homemade Gin Kit

The Homemade Gin Kit

From $50
Emily's DIY Sweet Vermouth

Emily's DIY Sweet Vermouth by fiveandspice

How to Make Any Kind of Amaro at Home

How to Make Any Kind of Amaro at Home by Emiko

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The 3 Essential Kinds of Cocktail Ice (+ How to Use Them)

The 3 Essential Kinds of Cocktail Ice (+ How to Use Them) by fiveandspice

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For The One Committed to the Classics

Luxardo Cherries

Luxardo Cherries

$24
Japanese Gold Cocktail Strainer

Japanese Gold Cocktail Strainer

$56
Gold Edged Ecru Coasters (Set of 4)

Gold Edged Ecru Coasters (Set of 4)

$18
Muddler

Muddler

$24
Jeffrey Morgenthaler's DIY Grenadine

Jeffrey Morgenthaler's DIY Grenadine by Kristen Miglore

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Glass Drink Stirrers

Glass Drink Stirrers

From $36
Deep Basket Strainer with Wooden Handle

Deep Basket Strainer with Wooden Handle

Laguiole Corkscrew

Laguiole Corkscrew

$40
The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

This Classic Cocktail is The Reason to Make Honey Syrup

This Classic Cocktail is The Reason to Make Honey Syrup by Samantha Weiss Hills

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For The One Who Really Needs a Tool Upgrade

Contemporary Japanese Wine Opener

Contemporary Japanese Wine Opener

$198
Yarai Mixing Glass Cocktail Set

Yarai Mixing Glass Cocktail Set

$78
Birch Cocktail Muddlers

Birch Cocktail Muddlers

From $27
Citrus Press

Citrus Press

From $170
Japanese Matte Gold Cocktail Shaker

Japanese Matte Gold Cocktail Shaker

$124
Speedy Peeler

Speedy Peeler

Everyday Ice Tray with Lid (Pack of 3)

Everyday Ice Tray with Lid (Pack of 3)

$36
Japanese Gold Cocktail Spoon

Japanese Gold Cocktail Spoon

$28

For The One Who Loves Throwing Theme Parties (and Parties, In General)

Blackened Steel Bar Cart

Blackened Steel Bar Cart

$1,800
Carey Nershi's Angostura Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails

Carey Nershi's Angostura Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails by Genius Recipes

Stainless Steel Straws (Set of 10)

Stainless Steel Straws (Set of 10)

$32
Champagne Saber

Champagne Saber

$585
Drink Stirrers (Set of 10)

Drink Stirrers (Set of 10)

$22
Metallic Pineapple Tumbler

Metallic Pineapple Tumbler

$35
How to DIY a Champagne Tower for the Flashiest New Year's Ever

How to DIY a Champagne Tower for the Flashiest New Year's... by Ali Slagle

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Wine Pearls (Set of 4)

Wine Pearls (Set of 4)

$25

For The One Who's Doing Mocktails This Season

Kombucha Basic Home Brew Kit

Kombucha Basic Home Brew Kit

$45
Vanilla Coffee Syrup (2 Bottles)

Vanilla Coffee Syrup (2 Bottles)

$21
Fruit and Floral Royal Rose Syrup

Fruit and Floral Royal Rose Syrup

$34
Grapefruit Shrub

Grapefruit Shrub

$22
Tea Crafted for Cocktails, Holiday 3-Pack

Tea Crafted for Cocktails, Holiday 3-Pack

$28
Curious Elixirs No.1

Curious Elixirs No.1

For The One Who's A Whisk(e)y Know-It-All

How I Went From Blankly Staring at Bottles to Whisky Aficionado

How I Went From Blankly Staring at Bottles to Whisky Afic... by Micki Balder

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Eisch Whiskey Pipette & Water Glass

Eisch Whiskey Pipette & Water Glass

$39
Handblown Whiskey Glass

Handblown Whiskey Glass

From $32
Spherical Ice Ball Maker Set

Spherical Ice Ball Maker Set

$399
Geometric Whiskey Stones (Set of 4)

Geometric Whiskey Stones (Set of 4)

$35
The Case For a Three-Irish-Cream Kind of Afternoon

The Case For a Three-Irish-Cream Kind of Afternoon by Rosie Schaap

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What are your favorite bar cart gifts? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: 30 Days of Thoughtful Giving