1. THE HATCHERY MONTHLY CONDIMENT DELIVERY
I’ve always been wowed by those people who have those really unique seasonings or sauces … balsamic fig spread made with figs that were grown only on the east side of hills (because figs are just better when grown facing east?) or some rare salt that has was backpacked up to at least 14,000 feet by left-handed Mongolians in woven bags. Treat your friends to the gift that can keep on giving and make them THAT host with a membership to The Hatchery, a monthly delivery service that delivers those unique condiments!
giltcity.com | $36 for three months
2. CHEERS PRINT & 2016 DESK CALENDAR
A year ago, I launched the CHEERS line with Southern Fried Paper with some cheeky cards, gilded napkins, prints and coasters, and a desk calendar with a seasonal cocktail recipe for each month. This print features “cheers” in six languages and is available in white, black, blush, and fuchsia.
SFP Studio (2524 Converse Street in the Design District) or SouthernFriedPaper.com | $26 (print), $18 (calendar)
3. WHISKEY BARREL WATCH WITH ITALIAN LEATHER
These babies are not only sexy, but they have some seriously badass bones. Made from reclaimed American Oak Whiskey Barrels and paired with Italian Leather, these water resistant watches make the perfect statement … that you love your booze enough to wear it.
originalgrain.com | $159
4. ZANE LAMPREY’S DRINKING JACKET 2.0
I was a Girl Scout … and our leaders always told us to be prepared. Enter: the Drinking Jacket 2.0, a sort of sartorial Swiss army knife complete with a bottle opener zipper, built-in drinking mitts, a flask pocket, and more. Oh, and it’s available in black, blue, red, and grey.
missinginkshop.com | $95 (on sale now for $84.99)
5. TUMBLEWEED TEXSTYLES DEZAVALA STAR COPPER MUGS
Moscow mules only seem to taste right when they’re in copper mugs, amiright? Get these Texas-centric mugs by a local company and sport the DeZavala Star!
TumbleweedTexStyles.com | $24.99
6. BARSMITH OLD FASHIONED MIX
Most of us don’t have great mixology skills, so let this syrup do the work thanks to this sweet, cherry-citrus syrup. Wrap it up with your friend’s favorite whiskey and it’s a damn perfect gift.
World Market, Total Wine & More, or barsmithmix.com | $4.99
7. MAKER’S MARK SILICON ICE BALL TRAY
Ice balls can take your in-home cocktails from usual to unique. My team and I have tried quite a few of the molds on the market, but this one is our favorite. It makes four balls at a time and allows for overflow.
MakersMarkShop.com | $14.95
8. JONATHAN ADLER VICE CANDLE
I love all the things at Jonathan Adler … all the things. However, I can’t imagine a cooler candle than one that looks sexy and smells like my favorite thing … booze! The copper candle (shown) smells like bourbon with notes of plum, leather, birch, and cedar. BONUS: the vessel can be reused as a vase after the bourbony goodness is burned up. Vice candles come in champagne (copper), absinthe (chrome), and vodka (silver) and have a 40-hour burn time.
Jonathan Adler store or JonathanAdler.com | $42
9. TOTE + ABLE COLLAPSIBLE FLASK
You just never know when you’re going to need a nip … so be prepared with this BPA-free collapsible flask that holds 16oz of your favorite poison. Made in the USA, the inside is made of a food-grade lining and the outside is heavyweight cotton with cheeky designs or even Dallas-themed options!
Accents at Mockingbird Station or toteandable.com | $19
10. ABSOLUT ELYX PINEAPPLE GIFT SET
You’ve seen these badass copper pineapple vessels at your favorite bars around Dallas, but they’re more than just a neat tiki touch. Absolut Elyx crafted these gilded fruits to be sold alongside their clean, sipping vodka “crafted from single estate winter wheat”. They chose the pineapple because it’s actually the international symbol for hospitality! BONUS: Absolut Elyx teamed up with Water for People, so each Elyx Pineapple sold will give a month of safe water to someone in need.
reservebar.com | $120