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In just a few days we’ll be knee-deep in Turkey dinners, work parties and spending time with friends and family. You may already be getting asked, “What do you want for Christmas?”
If you’re a bartender or just shopping for one, this list will hopefully give you some out-of-the box ideas for the perfect gift!
Hey bar owners! If you are an employer looking to give a gift to your hospitality employees, the most requested gift was a Friday or Saturday night off. Just sayin’.
Gift Ideas for the Professional Bartender
Fitbit / Fitness Tracker
As bartenders we are on our feet most of our shift, walking from one end of the bar to the other multiple times in an hour. It can be fun to track how many steps you take during a busy shift and it might be easier to justify that extra piece of chocolate cake or end of the night beer if you hit your 10,000 steps 2 hours into your shift
This is one of the best bartender notebooks that I have discovered. It has plenty of room for many cocktails, including the glass that it is meant to be served in, the garnish and notes that you can use for recording any ingredient creation if needed. This is an especially good gift for beginning bartenders.
Intro to Molecular Mixology Kit
Alright I’ll be honest, I put this on the list for myself. The kit contains all the chemicals and tools that you need to get started experimenting with caviars, and foams. You get some new toys to play with that could elevate your cocktail program as well, what’s not to love
DIY Bitters Kit
After a long week on your feet, bending over an ice well for 8 hours a day, a massage sounds like the perfect gift to unwind. The holidays in particular are extremely busy times for bartenders and the gift could be a perfectly timed one as well.
Smoking Gun / Torch
Edible Flower Garden and Book
Edible flowers are expensive and they don’t last very long when you buy them. Having edible flowers available to gussy up your latest instagram creation would be a great gift. Grab the book, find a few seeds or flowers that you like an this could be a great multi piece gift for the botanically inclined bartender
Blue Apron / Hello Fresh Meal Delivery
This should be no surprise. But booze can also be one of the more intimidating things to buy for a spirits professional. Don’t worry I got you covered!
There are 2 basic categories of spirits that you can buy for a bartender: spirits that are functional and less expensive, and spirits that are a bit higher end – intended to be sipped and enjoyed.
Functional Spirits: In the functional group we have some bartender favorites, spirits like Tapatio Blanco 110 (Tequila), Jameson and Rittenhouse Rye would all make a bartender pretty happy. These are great spirits at a good price point – great for mixing but good enough on their own as well.
For the “sipping” group you could aim for the $50 price point and be pretty happy with a lot of spirits.
- Tequila– Siete Lequas and Fortaleza are both brands that produce some beautiful tequilas that would make a great gift for a tequila lover.
- Amaro – Amaro Montegro, Amaro Lucano and Amaro Nonio are all very popular and delicious. Fernet Branca is another good bet!
- Whiskey– Colonel E.H Talyor, Basil Hayden and 4 Roses Small Batch would all be great choices for the Bourbon category.
- Rums – Plantation Rum pineapple infused rum, Santa Teresa 1796 and Clemente Rhum Agricole.
- Gin – Plymouth, St. George Terroir Gin, Spirit Works Barrel Aged Gin. This last one is a bit unusual, but very delicious.
…Of course a bottle of Green Chartreuse would be a welcome gift, especially if you are going to spiking any hot chocolate during the holidays. (I don’t have a Green Chartreuse problem. I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
Vintage Bar Equipment
Most bartenders I know have a barware problem. Whether they collect Hawthorne strainers, shakers or bar spoons, chances are pretty good that they would welcome any and all good quality bar tools to add to their collection. Now I’m totally biased, but I think our tools are some of the best! Consider the Set of Three strainers, a couple heavyweight bar spoons or even some cocktail picks to step up their garnish game. Or go hog wild and get the full set!