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10 Best Happy Hour Gifts

Updated on August 3, 2015
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For many families, happy hour is the glue that brings them all together. It's a time for everyone to catch up and talk about their lives.

Whether you're shopping for a new home owner, recent grad, empty nester, or retiree, there is a place in their lives for a good old fashioned cocktail - or possibly a new hobby.

These gifts will all add some spice to that magical hour and will certainly impress your gift recipient. These ideas are also perfect for the person that has everything.

Etched Globe Decanter

You know you're an enthusiast when you have specialized decanters like this one.

This would be especially nice for a world traveler. Wrap it up with a great bottle of wine or liquor from an exotic part of the world and you'll be sure to please!

Wine Enthusiast Etched Globe Spirits Decanter
Wine Enthusiast Etched Globe Spirits Decanter

The look of this decanter is what makes it so special. Worldly, vintage, and sleek. It is definitely an upscale item to have on display at all times.

Mainly used for port, cognac, and wine, this decanter can stay by your bar or in your home office.

 

Jack Daniels Whiskey Filled Chocolate Truffles

Sometimes the best gifts are consumable. And we all know that something magical happens when you mix liquor and chocolate, right?

These are great as a stand-alone gift or could be used as a stocking stuffer (for your adult children, of course).

Vodka Zinger

Put a personal twist on each and every cocktail!

The vodka Zinger is only one in the family of Zinger products. They are known for their water infuser and salad dressings, but it was only a matter of time before they came up with this amazing innovation.

Vodka Zinger Vodka Infuser - Quick Infusion works for all Spirits, Whiskey, Rum - Stainless Steel 19oz - DIY Cocktail Bartender
Vodka Zinger Vodka Infuser - Quick Infusion works for all Spirits, Whiskey, Rum - Stainless Steel 19oz - DIY Cocktail Bartender

The Vodka Zinger enables you to infuse vodka with any flavor you can think of chopping up in its attachable grinder.

Some Fan Favorites - kiwi strawberry, banana, raspberry basil, or peach jalapeno.

You can make it ahead of time or wait to see what your guests can come up with. (Also perfect to take along on a picnic or beach walk!)

 

Wine Corkcicle

Corkcicle Classic Wine Chiller, Cork
Corkcicle Classic Wine Chiller, Cork

Now you won't need to keep a big bucket of ice next to your table. This icicle will keep your white (or red) wine chilled all night.

All you need to do is store the Corkcicle in the freezer until you open your bottle of wine. Then just use the Corkcicle in place of the cork and you've got chilled wine!

 

Molecular Mojito Set

This gift is great for the cocktail lover that has a flare for science or loves to concoct in the kitchen. This mixology kit will help you turn the classic Mojito into foam, jelly, or little floating balls. Your guests will certainly be impressed by this one!

Molecule-R Mojito, R-Evolution, 32 Grams
Molecule-R Mojito, R-Evolution, 32 Grams

Molecular gastronomy is quickly growing in popularity - if you think your gift recipient will like this, check out the other options available in the molecular gastronomy world.

 

Bitters Variety Set

Bitters aren't necessarily something people keep in their home, but if you are shopping for a cocktail aficionado, then they will certainly have this in their cabinet! What they won't have is 12 different varieties from all over the world.

Fee Brothers Bar Cocktail Bitters Complete Set - 12 Bottles
Fee Brothers Bar Cocktail Bitters Complete Set - 12 Bottles

Twelve variations from around the world will give you a chance to spice up a classic cocktail in a whole new way.

The flavors include - peach, rhubarb, mint, orange, lemon, grapefruit, cherry, chocolate, celery, plum, classic, and cranberrry.

 

Cocktail Ice Ball Molds

Now, this is cool! Instead of a glass full of normal ice cubes, you will be able to serve just one large ice cube in your glass.

Bonlavi Bonlavi Silicone Ice Ball Maker Mold, Makes 2.5" Large Round Ice - Set of 2, White
Bonlavi Bonlavi Silicone Ice Ball Maker Mold, Makes 2.5" Large Round Ice - Set of 2, White

Not only will this keep your cocktail cold, but it will also serve as a fabulous conversation starter.

I've seen this given as a gift time and time again and it always pleases. And since it's not an expensive item, you can also consider using it as a stocking stuffer over the holidays!

 

Homemade Beer Kit

Once you become familiar with all of the variations of beer out there, you will be drawn to the idea of trying to make your own. While wines may require a vineyard (or at least a lot of grapes), beer can be made in your own home!

Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition 2 Gallon Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit
Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition 2 Gallon Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit

This kit will get you started on your own adventure of creating your very own homemade beer.

Some of the best beers I've ever tasted were homemade, so don't be discouraged thinking it is hard. And go out on a limb to try and add some flavor (coffee or chocolate maybe?).

 

Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses

The Spice Lab Pink Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Shooters Naturally Anti-Bacterial - Set of 4 - Oprah's Favorite Item
The Spice Lab Pink Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Shooters Naturally Anti-Bacterial - Set of 4 - Oprah's Favorite Item

Himalayan salt blocks are classically used to cook meat or fish on - they give a great salt flavor without actually adding all the salt. These shot glasses will have the exact same effect. No need to add salt to this tequila!

 

Roly Poly Whiskey Glasses

This is surely something your gift recipient doesn't have yet! And most likely, either do their friends or family. Another great conversation starter - even if it's just to watch people jump after their glass. :-)

Sagaform Rocking Whiskey Glasses, 6 3/4-Ounces, Set of 6
Sagaform Rocking Whiskey Glasses, 6 3/4-Ounces, Set of 6

If you love the glasses, then check out the matching decanter that completes the set.

 

And Let's Not Forget the Obvious...

A bottle of wine or liquor! And of course beer. :)

If you really don't know what to get and especially if you're pressed for time, then just stop by the local liquor store and pick something up for them. Different flavors of liquor are always a good idea and locally brewed beer is always thoughtful.

And don't forget - tons and tons of studies show that the price of wine is no indication of it's quality, so don't feel like you need to break the bank picking out the most expensive bottle. Look for something fun and different and focus on the grapes that you want instead.

Good luck with your shopping!

What happy hour gifts have impressed you over the years?

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      ReviewsRS 3 years ago

      A set of four shot glasses that are made out of ice. The trick (if there is one) is to drink the shot before the ice glass melts and the shot goes all over the table. Best part is downing the shot and then eating the ice glass. Can I get the etched globe decanter from near where I live?