Gifts for a Well-Stocked Home Bar
A well-stocked bar is the hallmark of a good host. That's why bar gifts are one of the best options for gift giving. Whether it be for Father's Day, a wedding shower, a housewarming party, or just because, a gift that adds to a home bar is always welcome.
This list of bar gifts goes beyond just the alcohol (although you need plenty of that!). It also includes classic glassware, mixers, tools, and more. You could gift one of these with your favorite bottle of booze, a gentle encouragement for the recipient to give their new gift a test run of sorts. Here, we collected over 25 of our favorite bar gifts for any occasion.
Made from a blend of sugar, spices, and fresh citrus, each blend in this Craft Syrup Set is ready to make premium cocktails at a moment's notice. Simply pair them with a splash of booze and some still or sparkling water, and you'll have happy hour in no time.
Experiment with your own custom liquors by using this Mezcal and Tequila Infuser Set from Anthropologie to mix and match for unique flavors. Serve it up in the matching hand blown jicara glasses, featuring a wide-mouthed design for allowing full expression of the tequila's flavor.
Add a little something special to your next cocktail party with this Champagne Shimmer set from Thoughtfully. Each color — green, purple, blue, and rose — features edible glitter to add a distinct iridescence to whatever drinks they're mixed into. And since they're alcohol free, they're also a great choice for upscale mocktails.
Bar Tool Set
For a dressed up home bar, you've got to have the right tools on-hand for any cocktail. This Mikasa Luxe Bar Tool Set has a shaker, strainer, tongs, double jigger, stirrer, and bottle opener, all perfectly organized in a matching stainless steel stand.
Electric Wine Opener
Make enjoying your favorite vino a little bit easier with the Oster Electric Wine Opener. This rechargeable tool opens each bottle with just the click of a button and its sleek metallic design makes it display-worthy on any home bar.
Whether you want an extra fancy gin and tonic or something that pairs well with almost any liquor for an easy mixed drink, these Q Mixers Elderflower Tonic Waters are exactly what a home bar needs. They're the perfect balance of sweetness with a hint of bitter from the quinine. Each bubbly can contains 6.7 ounces, just the right size for your favorite cocktail glass.
If you are (or are buying for) an on-the-rocks type of person, then an ice mold is a necessity. Just like you see at the swanky cocktail bars, these molds will create giant clear ice squares or spheres, perfect for a sip of whiskey or bourbon.
Merry Christmas Wine Glasses
Make spirits bright by serving up your favorite wine in these stemless Plastic Merry Christmas Wine Glasses from Target. Best part? Since they're dishwasher safe, clean up is a breeze after guests leave.
Vodka Cocktail Kit
For anyone who has a hard time deciding which drinks to mix, this Just Add Vodka gift set from Mouth gives you plenty of options that all conveniently use the same liquor. Blend up some Moscow mules, cucumber mint cocktails, or bloody marys in a moment's notice. You can serve up the drinks in the included unbreakable stemless wine glasses for an easy nightcap.
While most of us can't afford a full-time bartender in our homes, the Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine will make you feel like you've got one on staff for a fraction of the price. At the press of a button you can have an old fashioned, margarita, gin martini, and more. Simply load up your drink mix and liquor of choice, pick your preferred strength, and let the Bartesian do the rest.
Make the gift more personal with fun glasses like these map glasses from Uncommon Goods. Pick from a variety of cities for an etched glass memento of the recipient's favorite town.
Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit
If your friend likes to take the party on the road, gift them a cocktail kit that's designed to go. This four-serving Old Fashioned cocktail kit has everything they'll need for one nice old fashioned: bitters, sugar cubes, and a mixing spoon. They'll just need to bring the whiskey with them. If they like martinis or mint juleps more, good news. A kit is available for those drinks, too.
Bar Games Coasters
Coasters are a bar necessity; they protect furniture and help people identify their drinks. But why not make them fun for your guests, too? These coasters come with both fun games coasters and coasters that give you new cocktail recipes to try.
If an after-dinner brandy is always on top for your pal, make sure they have the beautiful stemware to make the moment special. These brandy snifters are designed to offer the best olfactory experience: a bowl shape that enhances the liquor's aroma, tapered glass for easier swirling. Plus, they're just plain beautiful sitting in a cabinet or on a cocktail cart.
Fever-Tree Tonic Water
Fever-Tree makes some high-quality tonics worth checking out if you're putting together a bar gift basket. The brand's basic options, like tonic water, are available in most grocery stores, but it's worth seeking out unique options like Elderflower Tonic Water or Ginger Beer for Moscow Mules.
This faceted highball glass looks like an heirloom with its classic and iconic style. The diamond cut looks like fine crystal, but these are bargain-priced highball glasses. So for people who prefer an old fashioned, Pimm's cup, or tiki drinks, highballs are a perfect bar gift. One reviewer gifted these with whiskey at the holidays: "Gave these as holiday gifts in a Whiskey basket - these had a nice weight and added a nice classy touch to go with whiskey!"
Don't forget to garnish your cocktail! If you want to add a little personality to the glass, you can do it with fun cocktail picks. They're also perfect for holding cherries or olives.
Bloody Mary Cocktail Kit
Brunch it up big with a complete bloody mary kit. In this kit, you'll find pickled string beans, two bloody mary mixes, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and a bloody mary salt. It also complete beautifully packaged for the perfect presentation.
For drinks like mojitos where you want to add fresh herbs, a muddler is a must. You can use it to release the flavors of herbs, fruits, and spices in a cocktail
There's something about switching from red plastic cups to true beer glasses that makes the increase maturity of any beer drinker. These beer glasses make as much of a fashion statement as they do one of maturity. The double-walled borosilicate glass keeps hot hands away from the cold beer, and it protects against condensation. "These are the best beer glasses you can buy, no joke! They keep the beer cold for so long it's insane. The double-walled technology is amazing, and you can see through it so you are never guessing how much you have left," wrote one reviewer.
For wine, a decanter serves as both a way to let the drink breathe and a stunning artistic statement like this one. "I could not be happier with this decanter- it is both beautiful and functional- I love it so much I bought 2," one reviewer wrote.
Most bar tool kits are geared toward cocktails, so it's great to gift a wine tool if your friend prefers vino. Victorinox has it all in this compact version that has a foil cutter, corkscrew and so much more.
Bourbon Bitters Bundle
The name alone draws a great deal of respect from bourbon fans — Woodford Reserve — but the fantastic reviews will draw you to them as a great gift. "Based on what you'll generally be paying for decent bitters, these were top notch. I enjoy old fashioned's and Manhattans. For those two particular drinks these provide excellent flavor without cloying sweetness (which I find cheaper bitters have). Natural intensity of flavor without overpowering the alcohol," one reviewer wrote. The bitters bundle include four flavors: aromatic, spiced cherry, orange, and chocolate. This is a great building block for some of the best bourbon cocktails.
Stemless Wine Glasses
Stemless wine glasses maintain beautiful sophistication while being a bit easier to hold in casual settings, like picnics and Tuesday nights. While they're designed for red or white wine, they'd be great for a little frose or even a pina colada. With more than 2,300 reviews, the glasses maintain more than 4.5 stars, a testament to how well they hold up and how much they're enjoyed. "After knocking over and shattering the last of the stemmed wine glasses due to the usual clumsiness (and probably not helped by having drunk the wine in the glasses), we decided to try a different style. These are of a nice shape and size, hold about 15 ounces which means you can pour a decent portion of wine and not have to worry about it spilling off the top," one reviewer wrote.
Fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice is often necessary in a cocktail, and a citrus press will make life a lot easier. This one gets high marks from users because it's made with materials that will last: stainless steel and durable silicone.
Not every drinking occasion calls for fancy cocktails with more than 10 ingredients. In fact, a beautifully made cocktail syrup and a fine liquor are often all you need for a highly impressive sipper. This Strongwater Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup is proof of that. It's put together everything you need for a fast and flavorful old fashioned. Your friend will just need to add the whiskey, bourbon, or rye — which you could also gift them.
Whisky also loves a good decant, and we adore this stately option. "Classic shape with great visual texture (and it helps with grip!) The piece I purchased had no imperfections in the glass and the stopper seems to fit well without rocking about," wrote one reviewer.
If you really want to take things next level with your gift, this infuser is a work of art and can create interesting infusions with favorite spirits and herbs, fruits, even flowers. The Porthole is as stunning as it is delicious! Bring it filled so your friend can enjoy the gift in many ways before they make their own concoction.