Holiday Gifts for Your At-Home Bar
Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. That means it’s time to deck the halls and start thinking about those who mean the most to you. And, if there’s a wine connoisseur or amateur mixologist in your life, you may be wondering what to get them this year. So, let’s dive into these holiday gifts that are perfect for stocking and stuffing a home bar.
1. Ice Bucket
No whiskey on the rocks would be complete without the “rocks.” So make sure the home bar enthusiast in your life always has ice cubes close at hand with an ice bucket. Go for something sleek and stylish, like a stainless-steel ice bucket with matching tongs. Or, choose one with a little more pizzazz. You can find a range of ice buckets that offer customized monograms and other options. It’s the perfect personalized touch.
2. Ice Molds
Speaking of ice – did you know that there are hundreds of unique ice molds out there? If the recipient is part of a fandom, look to see if there’s an ice mold for it. For instance, you can find ice molds inspired by Star Wars or Harry Potter. You can also unearth ice molds that make great gag gifts, like these hilarious denture-shaped molds. And, for the straightforward mixologist, consider spherical ice molds for whiskey and scotch.
3. Cocktail Shaker
To mix drinks, your friend or family member needs a good cocktail shaker. Truth be told, there are quite a few types of cocktail shakers on the market today. For the beginner, opt for a cobbler shaker. They’re super easy to use and even have a built-in strainer. If the recipient really knows their stuff, a Boston shaker may be more appropriate. This is the type of shaker you’d see a professional bartender using. However, they do require separate strainers, so keep that in mind.
What’s the recipient’s poison? Wine? Whiskey? Moscow mules? If you know their drink of choice, you can pick out barware they’ll love. Discover unique wine glasses that are designed to make a statement. Or, find basic old-fashioned glasses. Not to mention, Margarita glasses for the tequila lover in your life are a must, as are copper mugs.
5. Mixed Drink Blender
Did someone say strawberry daiquiris? If the home bar enthusiast in your life loves a well-blended cocktail, get them a high-quality blender. Be sure to pick a model that crushes ice like a pro. In other words, you’ll want a blender that eliminates large ice chips. There are also mixed drink makers that are designed specifically for home bar use.
6. Bar Tool Set
Even novice bartenders need bar tools. Why not get them a quality set? Some basics include muddlers, bar spoons, Hawthorne and julep strainers, and jiggers. Additionally, you may consider getting a set with a peeler, bottle opener, corkscrew, cutting board, paring knife, and citrus squeezer.
Need something to go along with your home bar gift? Don’t forget to pick up some bottles of wine and spirits from Festival Wine & Spirits. We have everything you need to give the perfect gift this holiday season.