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Give Gifts Worth Toasting To

Published On 11/18/2014 Published On 11/18/2014

It's an indisputable fact that life is better when you're drinking well. We've shown you the most badass gadgets and the liquors worth tasting; now we're stepping in to share the gear guaranteed to take any home bar to the next level.

These products cater to every man's drinking style, from the depraved to the dignified. Gift them to the guys you care about in anticipation of a better, stronger, boozier future.

Start Simple

You don't need a bartending license to make a cocktail at home, but you do need bartender-quality gear. Do your friends a solid by jumpstarting their at-home bar with everything from a muddler to a strainer and ice cube molds, because owning the right products goes a long way.

A set of skull-shaped glasses means your friend can ditch whatever he's amassed from souvenir shops and toss 'em back with dignity.

In a perfect world, the last sip of your drink is just as cold and strong as the first. This tray makes your dream a reality.

Your old man deserves a real Old Fashioned—muddled sugar cubes included. Put an end to slipshod mashing with this tool's serrated rubber base.

Use a strainer to keep boozy goodness in, but herbs, seeds, and ice out.

Gift a jigger, because the perfect cocktail demands perfect measurements, and nobody deserves a bad drink.

Squeezing lemons by hand may seem macho, but using a reamer is more legit. And realistically, people are more impressed by guys who can make a proper drink.

Waste not, want not. You're spilling liquid gold if you're not using a flask funnel. It may be small, but oh, is it mighty.

Your friends deserve to drink something other than half-assed highballs. Open their eyes to new libations with a quality shaker and built-in strainer.

Enhance The Experience

Sure, you could drink beer straight from the bottle or pour wine into any ol' glass, but when it comes to enjoying a drink to its fullest, the proper vessel makes a world of a difference. Give your friend a better, more enjoyable drinking experience with the products he's brushed off as unimportant for years.

You could put more than Scotch in here, but...why? Couple this with the flask funnel for an easy stocking stuffer.

A man deserves to drink wine from proper glassware, not a plastic cup or a pint glass. This set specifically enhances the rich, dark, fruity flavor of your go-to Cab.

Give your friend the gift of cold wine while discouraging the capital icecubes-in-your-chardonnay sin.

Ishmael could have used a beer at many points throughout Moby Dick. Drink in his honor, and pour one out for Captain Ahab.

Slate coasters harvested in upstate New York and hand-finished in Brooklyn are how you help your friend keep his new coffee table looking clean.

An enclosed ice tray is the best way to keep cubes from absorbing that nasty freezer scent. Now when your friend mixes drinks, they'll be free of any mystery meat aftertaste.

Good stout gets better when you're sipping from a glass designed by expert brewers.

Upgrade your crew's tailgate gear with a vessel worthy of a Viking, because drinking like an animal doesn't require red plastic cups. 

Go Beyond The Basics

For the guy who deserves to drink in style, gift barware he wouldn't think to buy for himself. Whether it's an in-bottle beer chiller or airtight wine canteen, these are the products he'll use for the rest of his life, and he'll drink better because of them.

This holiday season, give someone you really, truly care about cold beer for life. An in-bottle chiller is the kind of gift that any beer-imbibing human will appreciate.

For the beer connoisseur, a set of glasses designed to bring out the aromas and flavors of pilsners, lagers, and wheat beers is a gift that keeps on giving.

Extraordinary barware means nothing without extraordinary liquid to accompany it. A bottle of Dewar's 12 is the perfect gift for relationships that have stood the test of time, including that one year you were constantly "borrowing" your friend's Dewar's. Enjoy responsibly.

Every aspiring mixologist needs a stand-out shaker to lessen the blow of a failed Whiskey Sour. And who doesn't like penguins?

Grabbing a drink with Bill Murray is any rational human's dream. Let your friend drink in the company of a Hollywood great, and don't worry if the conversation is a little one-sided.

Glasses contoured to enhance the aroma of smoky, blended Scotches are how royalty imbibes. With a set of two, this is just as much a present for you as it is for your bro.

A carafe that infuses vino with 10 times the oxygen is best for the guy who hasn't kicked his cheap wine habit yet.

A vacuum-sealed, triple-insulated canteen makes boat trips, hikes, and picnics boozier, ergo better.

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