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Best Bets: 10 Holiday Gifts for the Beverage Buff

The holidays are a natural time to celebrate, and everyone has that dear friend or family member who is the most fun to grab a drink with. Our Beverage Buff is one part sommelier, one part mixologist, with a float of social butterfly and a twist of party animal. Shake up your gift list this year with these service-ready ideas, and be sure only your drinks are on the rocks—not your relationships.

Written by Kelsey Kittle

Anna G. Corkscrew by Alessi

She’s cute, cheerful and really pops...corks! Alessi’s iconic Anna G. has been livening up wine service for more than 20 years and is a design-inspired gift that is endlessly practical.

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Anna G. Corkscrew by Alessi

Essence Set of 4 Red Wine Glasses by Iittala

Nothing quite says “party” like the clink of glassware over lively chatter. The Essence family of drinkware by Iittala serves up Scandinavian festivity and signature simplicity with silhouettes that are timeless, comfy to hold and even go in the dishwasher.

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Essence Set of 4 Red Wine Glasses by Iittala

Monti Beer Tasting Set by Sempli

With craft breweries popping up almost as frequently as a certain siren-logoed coffee house, your favorite beer enthusiast has his work cut out for him. Help him decide which brew is best with Sempli’s tasting set, with specially designed glasses for the different types of beer on the menu.

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Monti Beer Tasting Set by Sempli

Plum Bar Collection by Tom Dixon

The James Bond of your crew will appreciate Tom Dixon’s signature British style, beautifully realized in the Plum collection. Each piece is curvaceous and appealing alone, and the entire set together is just plain sexy.

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Plum Bar Collection by Tom Dixon

Cognac Glass Set of 2 by Normann Copenhagen

Sipping hand-warmed cognac by a roaring fire sounds like a Danish necessity in their deep, dark, wintry nights. Your sophisticated imbiber can embrace that tradition with these uniquely shaped glasses meant to be cradled in the palm of her hand.

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Cognac Glass Set of 2 by Normann Copenhagen

Ripple Carafe and Glass Set by Ferm Living

Get a grip. Ferm Living’s Ripple glassware is naturally comfortable, with a graded silhouette and textured surface. Its appearance is modern but casual, while the handblown glass lends an upscale touch.

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Ripple Carafe and Glass Set by Ferm Living

LOUNGE Boston Shaker Set by Blomus

Go back to basics for the recently of-age or someone just starting their barware collection. This set handily includes measuring lines and recipes right on the glass, while the classic stainless steel shaker and strainer are indispensable additions to any kitchen.

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LOUNGE Boston Shaker Set by Blomus

Kontra Vacuum Jug by Stelton

For a beverage aficionado who also appreciates a well-set table, consider this gorgeous jug. Its sanguine lines are just about pretty enough to display as a centerpiece, while drinks stay cool inside thanks to the vacuum lid.

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Kontra Vacuum Jug by Stelton

Valerio Citrus Squeezer
By Guido Venturini for Alessi

Multi-taskers unite. Appropriate in the kitchen or at the bar, this ingeniously designed multi-tool is half reamer, half muddler--all in a sleek, stand-up design that looks too cool to be relegated to a drawer.

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Valerio Citrus Squeezer By Guido Venturini for Alessi

Spun Champagne Bucket
By Tom Dixon

If your giftee has been very, very good this year, treat him or her to a super-luxe token of your appreciation. Tom Dixon’s expert metalwork is on point in the Spun Champagne Bucket, adding a touch of industrial flair to a mid-century staple. Just add bubbly.

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Spun Champagne Bucket By Tom Dixon

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