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Tis the season for a drink or two, so what do you get for the amateur sommelier, mixologist, or craft beer enthusiast in your life? From coasters, to spirits, to boozy scented fragrances, there’s something for the somebody that’s sipped it all.
SULFITES BE GONE
The Ullo Wine Purifier removes sulfites and sediment with Selective Sulfite Capture™ technology and aerates too, restoring wine to its natural drinkable state. A huge plus for people who get headaches and migraines after drinking wine, which can be caused by sulfites. Another bonus? According to some reviewers, it makes cheap wine taste better.
Ullo Wine Purifier, $60 at Amazon
A COLD ONE EVERY TIME
There is nothing worse than warm beer. Sip at your own pace with these freezable beer glasses that keep your brew cold for hours — but don’t worry, the silicone sleeve protects hands from the chill.
Rabbit Freezeable Beer Glasses Set of 2, $39 at Amazon
THE PERFECT MATCH
World-renowned cheese expert Max McCalman created this uber-handy swatchbook to help nibblers and sippers worldwide navigate wine and cheese pairings. These cards are filled with detailed information about the history and flavours of fifty of the world’s best cheeses and accompanied with notes on the best wine varietals to pair with them.
Max McCalman’s Wine and Cheese Pairing Swatchbook: 50 Pairings to Delight Your Palate, $18 at Urban Outfitters
A PRETTY POUR
Admire and pour your favourite tequila from this agave plant (the base ingredient for tequila) inspired decanter. Handmade from glass with a 100 per cent all-natural cork stopper to seal in freshness.
Final Touch Agave Tequila Decanter, $45 at Amazon
HOMEMADE BREW, ANYONE?
For the craft beer lover in your life, this portable and super sleek half gallon, stainless-steel growler keeps beer fresh, cold and carbonated for up to two weeks. Gift it or bring it with you while you do the holiday party circuit, your friends will thank you.
GrowlerWerks Ukeg Craft Beer Growler, $255 at Amazon
HERE’S DRINKING WITH YOU, KID
Gone with the Gin is the ultimate cocktail book for the film buff in your life. Fifty drink recipes categorized by movie genre and paired with commentary on some of the world’s most quotable films. This cute book is filled with film and cocktail inspired illustrations and drinking games throughout.
Gone with the Gin, $14 at Amazon
GIN AND VODKA
Whether you’ve got a gin or vodka fan on your hands, Georgian Bay has you covered. Made from wild natural juniper from, you guessed it, Georgian Bay, their gin is infused with coriander, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root and grains of paradise. Their smooth vodka has notes of cereal, spice and vanilla. On the rocks or with a mixer, you can’t go wrong gifting a bottle of one of these babies.
Prefer something pre-mixed? A smashed tea is always the answer.
Georgian Bay Gin, Georgian Bay Vodka and Georgian Bay Smashed Tea, $40 and $3 at liquor stores across Canada
JUST A SIP
Sometimes you just need a sip. This mini keychain flask holds exactly one shot and is also really cute.
Mini Keychain Flask, $12 at Urban Outfitters
Throw in two Margarita Magic Tumblers, a bottle of Spicy Margarita Cocktail Syrup (for the perfect kick) and round it out with Salty Paloma Fiesta Cocktail Rimmer infused with grapefruit, lime and himalayan sea salt. The perfect gift set for those partial to margaritas all year round.
Margarita Magic Gift Set, $47 at Cocktail Emporium
CARE FOR A SPRITZ?
Warm, spicy and woody, a blend of whiskey, rum, leather and tobacco will make you think you’ve been sent back in time to the prohibition era, right smack in the middle of a roaring speakeasy. “You smell like booze” will have a totally new (and good) meaning.
Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club Eau de Toilette, $159 at Sephora
EAT YOUR COCKTAILS
Who doesn’t love a Prosecco or gin and juice inspired gummy candy? Pro-tip: freeze a few of the gummies and pop them into your favourite cocktails. You’re welcome.
Squish Ultimate Box Cocktail Edition, $42 at Squish Candies
HOLD THE BOOZE PLEASE
For the mocktail lovers, this one’s for you. Seedlip Grove 42 uses three types of oranges and spice distillates making it the ideal companion to tonic. Yum!
Seedlip Grove 42, $45 at The Lake
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
This bottle is a tribute to Toronto’s iconic Flatiron Building at 49 Wellington Street East, which served as the Gooderham & Worts headquarters for over 60 years. With tasting notes of honey, orange marmalade and hints of rye spice and clove it’s the essential stiff drink for the colder winter months.
Gooderham & Worts 49 Wellington, $90 in stores at LCBO and other liquor stores nationwide
PUT YOUR DRINK DOWN
On these beautiful solid white marble square coasters. Each coaster mixes white mother of pearl with four precious stones: grey agate, brown Italian marble, blue lapis and malachite making them a pretty table accessory and protector from pesky cup rings.
Two Fold Brass and Marble Coasters Set of 4, $100 at CB2
Is it a chic bag or is it a cooler? It’s both. This cooler bucket bag is made with vegan leather and space-grade insulation that will keep up to 12 cans or six bottles of wine cool for hours.
Corkcicle Eola Cooler Bucket Bag, $179 at Goop