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The perfect gift for that friend who always makes the best drinks, chooses the coolest wine, or has the in on the newest brewery in town.
These brew cuffs are handmade in Raleigh, NC from cans rescued from around the world. They’re so pretty and lightweight, you can choose a friend’s favorite drink or a pretty design. $22-$28 from Zass Design.
Made in Richmond, James River Distillery, Oster Vit is a Virginian take on the traditional Scandinavian spirit Aquavit (meaning “water of life”). This triple-distilled bevvy is steeped with Rappahannock oyster shells alongside caraway, fennel and orange peel for 48 hours before one final distillation. Any liquor enthusiast will jump at the chance to try this unique spirit that can be sipped alone or used in place of gin or vodka in cocktails. $36.49, available at Virginia ABC Stores.
What’s better than relaxing with a glass of wine? Relaxing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine! And this doo-dad makes it classier by holding a plastic wine glass on the side of the tub. $12, from Amazon.
.This little test-tube vial of port is perfectly packaged for the wine-lover in your life. They can store in a purse, glove compartment or suitcase and be prepared for any severe port emergency. $11.95 from Barrel Thief.
Any lover of wine and pools, hiking, or anything outdoors (a.k.a. sunbathing or picnics) will adore these Corkcicle Cantene Vinnebago Edition bottles that hold an entire bottle of wine each. I tested mine out and it kept a bottle of white wine cold for 24 hours! If you really want to impress, I suggest giving both the red and white so your wine lover will have a special container for each, but they are available in a variety of colors. $32.95 each, from Tweed or Amazon.
An eye-catching way to keep track of all the beers any hop fanatic has tried throughout the state. Pop the caps into the holes to create a unique piece of wall art. $47.50 from Tweed.
I fell in love with these hand-crafted bitters on a recent trip to Atlanta. This kit includes Earl Grey, Tart Cherry + Saffron (my favorite) and Aromatic Prohibition, three options that are perfect for classic cocktails. Make sure to print the recipes featured on the web page and include them with the gift. $25.99 from 18.21 Bitters. The gift sets page also has options for gin, vodka, rum, and tequila/mezcal.
Anyone who’s known for appreciating a quality glass of wine has probably already received their share of funny glasses, but this one stands out because one side is actually useful for cooking. It’s not ounces, which would be even better, but it’s still handy dandy and funny all at the same time. $17.50 from La Difference.
Stainless steel straws up any home mixologist’s game. This set comes with four straight, four bent, two cleaning brushes, and a little case to keep everything in. $10.99 from Amazon.
How cute are these little disposable coasters and cocktail picks? Also available in vodka. $15.50 from Quirk Gallery.