Christmas gifts for wine/beer/booze-lovers that go beyond the bottle.
By Sara Kennedy / ShopNW
Sure, you could get your wine/beer/booze-lover wine, beer or booze. Or you could give them something that lasts a little longer.
Here are some picks for cocktail-hour gifts that go beyond the bottle.
Rosanna Chez Elle Wall Art Happy Hour ($36 at rosannainc.com). She can let it be known that every hour is a happy hour with this porcelain placard by Seattle’s Rosanna Inc. An art deco typeface in gold and black pops on a pretty pink background.
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Lonely Planet Wine Trails ($25 at shop.lonelyplanet.com). This lush coffee-table book provides your oenophile with 52 itineraries for wine regions nearby and across the globe.
Yes Way Rosé Tote Bag ($22 at shop.yeswayrose.com). If she thinks pink, pick up one of these cheeky totes in cream or black. It really speaks for itself.
Sammallammas Felted Wine Cooler Cat ($98 at Pirkko, downtown). Functional and fun, this charming felted-wool cat wine coozy can be submerged in water and then frozen to cool a bottle on the fly. Or just use the handmade pieces as the best wine carrier of all time.
Savino Wine Saving Glass Carafe ($50 at Bed Bath and Beyond). They can decant and store wine in this clever glass carafe. A float adjusts to the depth of the wine to keep out air, preserving good taste longer. It self-adjusts to let wine flow out and then rights itself when the carafe is set down.
Le Mouton Noir & Co. A Date With Wine ($44 at amazon.com). Sippers can more easily keep track of what was opened when with this stopper that has a day and month dial built in. They just twist the top as they put it away, and they’ll never have to do sniff/sips tests again.
Eye of the Needle 12th Blend Chenin Blanc ($15 at grocery stores). We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one very giftable wine. Whether you’re still partying every Sunday or the Seahawks are driving you to drink, this white wine is for you. It’s crisp and refreshing with notes of kiwi, apricot and apple.
33 Books Single Malts of Scotland Scotch Tasting Map ($30 at 33books.com). The perfect piece for behind the bar or in the mancave, this Portland-printed, oversized poster highlights the key Scotch-producing areas of Scotland, and can be filled in with tasting notes.
Handmade La Conner Beer Soap ($14 at handmadelaconner.com). These soaps have a different local beer brewed into each bar, which provides color, better lather and added antioxidants. A mix of eight oils and manly scent combinations make it moisturizing and luxurious.
Skillet Diner Bloody Mary Gift Set ($28 at Skillet Diner locations). Get your regular brunch buddy this new set, available in December, from local diner Skillet. The kit includes Bloody Mary Mix, spiced up with Sriracha, capers and olive brine, Bacon Salt and the company’s famous Bacon Jam.
Evrgrn Last Call Flask ($25 at REI). It’s always fun to think about summer camping during dark winter days, and this new flask from evrgrn is a perfect stocking stuffer to take him back to the woods. Available in fun colors on stainless steel, it holds 8 ounces and has a lid loop to keep everything together.