Who says you can’t be both generous and a little bit selfish?
Give the gift of drink and/or pot accessories this season and, if you’re lucky, you just might benefit from your act of kindness. Here are a few picks, all from the Pacific Northwest, to set you up for a season of sharing.
Tovolo 4-in-1 Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker ($30 at amazon.com). Seattle-based Tovolo has put four tools into its new shaker, adding a citrus reamer, strainer and a cap that acts as a jigger.
Addition Holiday Spice Gift Set ($72 at drinkaddition.com). Add the taste of the holidays to everything from egg-nog to apple cider to Manhattans with these Seattle-made cocktail spices. The set includes cardamom, allspice, cinnamon and clove.
The Canon Cocktail Book: Recipes from the Award-Winning Bar ($28 at booksellers). They can attempt to create the refined cocktails of Capitol Hill bar Canon with this new collection from bartender and founder, Jamie Boudreau. It includes 100 recipes for classics, as well as the bar’s most-loved drinks.
The Beer Bible ($20 at booksellers). If they’re more into beer, they’ll love Portlander Jeff Alworth’s look at the major families of beer, going deep into ingredients and origins, as well as offering picks for varieties to try.
Mazama Wares Cocktail Glass ($34 at shopmazama.com). These Portland-made glasses are slightly retro with gray or pink tints, and sit firmly in the hand to create a glass that’s as lovely as what’s inside.
Pigeon Toe Ceramics Stone Pipe ($48 at pigeontoeceramics.com). Portland’s cool, minimalist ceramics line now carries 10 colors of this pocket-sized pipe, which was cast from a rock found in Washington’s Washougal River.
Vanderpop Triple Threat ($55 at vanderpop.com). Local line Vanderpop’s chic and giftable set includes an odor-tight jar, a grater card and rolling papers made of unbleached hemp pulp.
33 Books The Original Cider Tasting Mug ($40 at 33books.com). Cider fans can take their appreciation to the next level with this Portland-made tasting mug designed specifically for cider. A wide mouth and tapered neck encourage sniffing, while a ceramic body keeps the liquid cool, and a white-glazed bottom lets you appreciate the color and clarity of the drink.
Stoned Ware 2016 Holiday Special ($100 at stonedwarecompany.com). This set includes a gorgeous faceted pipe along with a clever necklace that is graphically striking and also serves as a smoking clip. Both pieces are made by Portland artisans.
Finish the gift off, of course, with some Washington wine or locally made craft beer, cider or spirits to really make the season bright.