Christmas stockings are typically filled with silly knick knacks, candies or oddly practical bits and bobs (we once received toilet paper covers and a tongue scraper). But if you have an alcohol-enthusiast in your life, forgo the ubiquitous chocolate Santa and stuff his or her stocking with cocktail-inspired goodies. Here, the best stocking stuffer ideas for every budding bartender.
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These glitzy straws and swizzle sticks are flashy enough to make even the most mundane of Vodka Sodas an event. Metallic, rose gold-colored straws ($7) and silver and gold star-topped swizzle sticks ($8) would look lovely sparkling on a bar cart, especially compared to the generic kind stuffed in the kitchen drawer.
Disposable toothpicks are so blah. Instead, stylishly skewer that fruit flag or olive with a set of decorative cocktail picks. These elegant arrow-shaped, stainless steel picks ($20) keep your cocktail classy, while these skull-shaped picks ($10) give your drink an emo edge.
Novelty ice cubes are an easy way to inject some fun into a humdrum cocktail. These “brain freeze” ice molds ($8) instantly upgrade a Halloween party, while these Death Star spheres ($9) will imbue any drink with the Force. For the ultimate (if slightly offensive) Gin & Tonic, opt for these “Gin and Titonic” boat and iceberg molds ($7).
Supercall’srecipe library presents a huge selection of cocktail options when inspiration runs dry, but sometimes you want to leave it all up to chance and roll the dice—literally. A set of Mixology Dice ($24) includes eight wood dice, each engraved with different categories of ingredients, so every roll results in a new drink. In fact, there are 1.5 million possible combos. For example, you might roll gin, agave, elderflower liqueur and tangerine juice, and discover an unlikely new favorite.
Salted rims already elevate drinks like Margaritas and Bloody Marys, but seasoned salts take those flavor profiles to the next level. While any mini bottle of flavored salt from the grocery store would be a great stocking stuffer, this stackable World Salt Tower ($20) features hand-harvested salts from around the world, like Black Cyprus Sea Salt, Hawaiian Red Alaea Sea Salt and Maine Cherry Smoked Salt.
Artisan Cherries and Olives
Friends don’t let friends ruin their cocktails with toxically artificial cherries or flavorless olives. Give the gift of a good garnish with small, artisan jars, like these sweet and salty, cocktail-onion-stuffed Gordal olives ($10), or these Jack Rudy bourbon-soaked Oregon cherries ($16).
Bottle Openers and Multitools
Break out the keychain bottle opener and you’re instantly the hero of any party. This slick Mako flat bottle opener ($6) fits in any wallet, or opt instead for a multitool that can open bottles, pop corks, peel citrus and measure pours like this Bar10der 10-in-1 multitool ($20).
If you’ve ever expressed a desire to bathe in a bottle of booze, now you literally can, thanks to a host of boozy bath products. Turn your bathtub into a bottle of bubbly with these Champagne and grapefruit bath bombs from Charmed Aroma ($16), or rub a dub dub with this Hair of the Dog whiskey soap from Outlaw soaps ($7). Gentlemen can even make their beards smell like an Old Fashioned with bitters-scented beard oil from Dr. Adam Elmegirab bitters ($26).
Mini Bottle Cocktail Kits
When in doubt, stuff a stocking with mini bottles of liquor. Or, go the extra mile and put together a DIY cocktail kit. Or, if crafting isn’t your thing, W&P Design’s Carry On Cocktail Kit collection ($24 each) does all the work for you—just add booze.
Why fill your stocking with booze-related goods, when you can just fill the whole darn thing with the real thing? Santa’s Flask is a plastic Christmas stocking that can be filled with 2.25 liters of your chosen cocktail, or three bottles of wine. Use the handy toe tap to fill your glass, or as the company’s imagery suggests, pour it directly into your mouth. It’s a perfect contribution to a White Elephant gift exchange (just make sure to get an extra for yourself).