So here’s the thing: I'd really like to fall in love with Christmas, but I'm not quite there yet. I'd like to love it like I see it portrayed in all the holiday romantic comedies. I love watching folks on the big screen play in snow, shop for gifts and get crazy-excited about Christmas—I am not that person. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not Scrooge or anything. I just haven’t had my romantic moment with Christmas yet. I like the idea of it being another holiday where I get to spend time with friends and family and throw a holiday party, but that’s about it. I’m an only child, and my parents made sure I always had a great Christmas as a child—but we never had a Christmas tree, and the most decorations we ever did were maybe a wreath and some candles in the windows. That’s sort of how I am about the holiday.
This doesn’t mean that I’m not willing to change. Even now, I’m starting to come around and get more and more excited about celebrating Christmas. I’m thinking that maybe when I have a child, I’ll be more excited about the holiday—maybe not? Anyway, Christmas may not be my favorite holiday, but I love putting together gift ideas for folks. I have a couple of gift guides over on my blog, which may be helpful for you if you’re still looking for gifts. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a cookbook lover or products to support women-owned businesses, I’ve got you covered. Today, I thought I’d do something fun and share a few gift ideas for those of you who are interested in building your at-home bar, or if you’re searching for gifts for someone who is.
Moscow mules are delicious and refreshing cocktails served in recognizable copper mugs. Even though you don’t necessarily need the mugs to sip on a mule, they keep your beverage nice and cold, not to mention help it look really pretty. These will make the perfect addition to anyone’s bar. Most department stores like Bed Bath & Beyond carry them.
I know, coasters don’t sound that exciting—but what about brass coasters? I love fancy coasters not only for catching condensation from my cocktail, but when you purchase beautiful ones, they double as décor on your bar—like these from Anthropologie.
I think cocktail napkins add something extra to your home cocktail game. They look nice and they’re reusable. Check out Etsy for a few unique options, like these flamingo napkins.
As a wedding gift, we received a fancy decanter, and it’s my favorite way to display alcohol on our bar. Anyone looking to expand or start their home bar would be happy to get one of these as a gift. You can pretty much find decanters anywhere, but I do love cheeky ones likes this one from Shop Waiting on Martha.
Hope this helps you find something bar-inspired for the cocktail enthusiast in your life!
Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.