Food & Drink

7 Gifts He’ll Actually Want This Year

Your dad, brother or significant other doesn’t need another hot sauce gift set this year—he’s barely touched the bottles gathering dust in his pantry. If you want to buy him something he’ll actually use, look no further than these seven boozy guy gifts. Whether it’s a sleek ice bucket or durable American-made apron, there’s something here for every happy hour-loving guy on your holiday list.  

Mako Flat Bottle Opener ($6)

If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, this colorblock bottle opener from Mako is a great choice. Bright and sleek, the flat design easily fits into a pocket or wallet if he needs to take his cocktailing on the go. And at this price, they’re the perfect add-on gift for everyone on your list.

Man Crates Whiskey and Woodworking Crate ($150)

For the guy who loves to get his hands dirty, this woodworking crate is chock-full of everything he needs for a productive cocktail hour. The kit includes a set of whiskey glasses and a pair of wooden coasters, but it also comes with the beginnings of a holiday season DIY: a wood chisel, mallet and a woodshop apron, along with the book Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman. The book has tales of his own woodshop adventures and how-tos to complete your own home projects.

Rabbit RBT Ice Bucket ($80)

This sleek and masculine ice bucket is the perfect addition to his bar, especially if he’s been using the same plastic mini cooler since college. Upgrade him with this piece from Rabbit, which features a stainless steel and wood design, along with double-wall insulation to keep things extra icy. He’ll start finding excuses to make drinks just to lift the lid.

Walnut Mid-Century Bar Cart ($200)

The classy, classic guy will love rolling his booze around on this handsome walnut bar cart. Its mid-century design will look good in just about any setting as he mixes Manhattans and Martinis for houseguests. Throw in a couple of nice looking bottles to really treat him right.

The Steven Satterfield x Tilit Apron ($80)

We all have that one friend who pulls out all the stops at his homegrown happy hours, and we’re grateful for his dedication. He loves to look the part, which is why he needs this canvas apron from Tilit. A collaboration with Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union in Atlanta, the machine-washable apron is 100 percent American made.

Nachtmann Highland Smoke Tumbler ($19.90)

We love a classic, clear crystal tumbler just as much as the next drinker, but there’s something to be said for glassware with a little more character. This elegant grey version from Nachtmann is timeless but will give his bar cart a refined modern edge. Buy a set of two, or splurge on a set of four if it’s someone extra special.

Teals Prairie & Co. Personalized 5-Piece Cocktail Set ($80)

Buying a gift for the guy who has everything is never an easy feat, but this customized bar tool kit makes things a lot easier. It comes complete with a monogrammed shaker, jigger, barspoon, Hawthorne strainer and ice tongs, all packaged neatly in an engraved wooden storage box. Whether it’s for the cocktailing dad, significant other or happy hour-loving boss, this keepsake will always have a place on his shelf.