The holidays offer the ideal opportunity to show others your own very good taste.
Giving a bottle of something is a go to choice for gift giving. But we have some surprises here that might not be on your shopping list. From liquor filled chocolates to custom gift sets, the Chilled Gift Guide Part 1 will fan the flame of holiday shopping. Tune in next week for Part 2 – wine, beer, spirits, and Do-It-Yourself gifts.
Cocktail Kit 2 Go, $14.95
Kits include everything needed to make two classic cocktails. The Daiquiri includes crystallized lime juice, cane sugar, and muddler; the Old Fashioned has aromatic bitters, sugar cubes, and a muddler spoon. Everything but the booze.
Food Huggers, Set of 4; $9.99 (set of 4)
Do you toss your cut citrus in a Ziploc? Seal them in plastic wrap. Try a Food Hugger instead and not only will your fruits and veggies be better organized and less messy, they will sport brightly colored little silicone covers that promote freshness.
Moët Minis, $15; at liquor stores
With its petite size and perfect pedigree, Moët Minis are ideal for stockings and party favors.
Jack Rudy ROOT Cherries, $16
The Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. has taken their enormous Oregon cocktail cherries and soaked them in Art in the Age ROOT, a boozy “root beer” spirit, plus a bit of cane sugar. Go ahead add one to your favorite cocktail, but we think you’ll be eating them straight from the jar.
Neuhaus Chocolates, $39
For those who want to drink their spirits and eat them too. This collection of 20 liqueur-filled chocolates contains a selection of spirits, including Rémy Martin, Cointreau, Sobieski, Saint James, and Glenfiddich.
Chocolate and beer? Yes, indeed, especially when the truffles are shaped like beer bottle tops and feature Oregon craft brands like Full Sail and Deschutes.
Accessories and Gadgets
Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Collection, $20-$100
I you can’t get to Chicago’s fabulous tiki bar, bring tiki home to you and your friends. From clamshells to seahorse, tiki dudes to skulls, the collection features some of the bar’s most popular glassware.
STACT Wine storage Panels, $129 – $149
Available in numerous colors (walnut, pure white, piano black, electric orange, gray oak, zebrano, gunmetal gray, oak and black out ), these space-saving STACT wine storage panels let you create your own work of practical art. Made in San Francisco by 2012 ICFF award-winning designer Eric Pfeiffer from aircraft-grade anodized aluminum. Can be installed on any drywall surface.
Uncommon Green Glassware, $12.50-$40.00
Your favorite city map etched in functional glass ware. From Old Fashioned glasses to carafes, these products from Uncommon Green are made in the U.S.A. and feature high-quality engraving that wraps from top to bottom of the glass. College towns available too.
The Drinking Jacket, $95
Zane Lamprey, actor/comedian, host of “Drinking Made Easy”, and owner of Monkey Rum, has created the Drinking Jacket, a hoodie with a purpose. This zip-up hooded jacket features a bottle opener zipper, neoprene-lined can and bottle pocket, and built-in and foldable drinking mitts along with other surprises.
Friends who travel with booze? Planning on returning from the holidays with some breakable booty. The VinniBag has inflatable air chambers to protect and insulate liquids and any other fragile items you might have by conforming to the shape of the contents, isolating them (more than one object can go in the same bag),and suspending them in an air cushion. Stores flat, and eco friendly.
Box for a Bottle
Box for a Box, under $75 depending on style
Personalize your presentation. Whether it’s a basic bottle or something more grand, your gift will get the posh treatment with a made-to-order wooden case designed and handcrafted in High Ridge, Missouri. The company’s partnership with Trees for the Future results in one tree planted for every box sold.
Basil Hayden Bourbon and Quoddy “Drinking Shoes” Limited Edition Set, $399.98
Basil Hayden Bourbon approached classic American shoemaker Quoddy to team up on a holiday gift pairing. The package comes with a bottle of Basil Hayden, a pair of custom made Quoddy “drinking” shoes and four rocks glasses in a leather gift box. A glass of Bourbon, cozy leather slip-ons and a blazing fire. Now that’s a combination for holiday joy.
Mavenhal Ford’s Gin Bar Bag, $395
This limited edition (100 pieces total) custom designed Mavenhal for Fords Gin Bar Bag contains everything for the professional bartender or novice enthusiast on the go. Inside the green-lined backpack is a 750ml bottle of Fords Gin, a hardcover copy of “The Bar Book” written by award-winning bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common in Portland, and a curated assortment of professional-grade bar tools from Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, made in partnership with Steelite International. It’s a match made in boozy heaven.
Mixologist Tool Box, $295
Everything you need to make your favorite cocktails for the most important boozehounds on your list. The kit comes with a variety of syrups, mixes, bitters, olives, flavorings, toothpicks, a muddler, and a shaker, all packed ina cool wooden crate. And who doesn’t like getting a crate for the holidays?
The Ginger Cocktail Kit, $204
This custom kit will make everything from a Moscow Mule to a Dark ‘n Stormy. Complete with two 100% copper mugs, a full-bodied rum, a potato vodka, and bottle of bourbon with caramel and vanilla notes, as well as a bottle of spicy ginger liqueur. Other kits available, including the martini kit and various spirits groupings.
Facundo Luxury Bar Cart, $9,500
Yes, it’s almost $10,000, but you’re worth it, right? Made from a rich, walnut wood by skilled craftsmen, the cart features solid brass hardware, including precision cut wheels and bespoke, custom-crafted and Art Deco-inspired handles. The front of the cart also features a brass inlaid laser-cut signature, “FACUNDO”, a nod to Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, to whom the FACUNDO Rum Collection is a tribute. Comes with a full line- up the Facundo rum collection, including NEO, EXIMO, EXQUISITO and PARAISO.
Dom Pérignon 3-Pack, $500; fine liquor retailers
Three bottles of “The King of Champagne” and a custom ice bucket will ensure that you are the most popular party guest of the night.
Armand de Brignac Champagne, $300 – 765; fine liquor retailers
If you want even more bling than Dom, bring out a bottle or three of Armand de Brignac Champagne. Owned by Jay Z, its 250 year old artisanal production process is executed by craftsmen in Chignt les Roses, France. Available in five varieties: Brut Gold ($300), Rose ($450), Blanc de Blancs ($675), Blanc de Noirs ($765) and Demi Sec ($360).