November 29, 2010

5 Liquor-Related Gift Ideas for Cyber Monday

coal_stocking.jpg'Tis the season for buying gifts, it being Cyber Monday and all, but it's also the season for scratching your head over just what to get people. We're having the same problem, so we decided to see what you, our readers have bought for yourselves and others this year, to help with the hard decisions. We crunched the numbers and broke things out into five quick and easy categories.

Remember we can't guarantee any of these items will be part of Cyber Monday sales - just think of this as a nice addendum to our Holiday Shopping Guide to laser-focus your shopping efforts and keep you out of the bad gift club.

  1. Oversized Drinking Glasses It probably says a little something about our audience when the biggest sellers in 2010 were oversized drinking vessels. The biggest seller was the The Full Bottle Wine Glass, but you can also pick up the XL Champagne Glass or the XL Beer Glass, which holds five bottles.

  2. Breathalyzers
    We're consistently surprised at just how popular breathalyzers are, but we can't deny the strong sales, especially for Alcohawk products. This year's biggest sellers were the Slim and the ABI, followed closely by the PT500.

    If you're looking for something more along the lines of a stocking stuffer, the BreathKey Keychain Breathalyzer was quite popular as well.

  3. Booze Books
    We already covered our Top 10 Booze Books in our holiday shopping guide, but we wanted to call out a few that seem to be exceedingly popular. 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die - which is awesomesauce for even the slightest of whiskey nerds - is completely worth picking up.

    Other popular choices seem to be How to Booze, Kevin Erskine's Instant Expert's Guide to Single Malt Scotch, The Flavor Bible and Boozehound.

  4. Decanters and Gift Sets
    It's always nice to give a liquor nerd a means to display the object of his obsession, and one of the most popular items for this seems to consistently be the Bormioli Rocco Selecta 7-Piece Whiskey Gift Set, which includes six rocks glasses and a decanter, all reasonably priced. You can also get just the Dedalo Decanter from the same folks if you don't want to spring for the glasses.

    If you'd like to step it up a bit, the Godinger Dublin is a popular and slightly pricier six-piece decanter option.

  5. Gadgets & Gizmos
    We also saw a lot of items that are less easy to classify - for your dorm room drinker there's the 36-Shot-Glass Bandolier. For the oenophile in your life we saw a lot of Vacu Vin WineMaster Corkscrews on the popular list.

    Perhaps a beer enthusiast would like a Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Microbrewery System or even a full beer brewing kit - we know we've been having a lot of fun with our home brewing adventures.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 29, 2010 7:01 AM
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