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cor Mar 31, 2008 10:01 AM

Does anyone have any unique ideas for a gift for my friend's "Stock the Bar" shower this weekend? I know they're big fans of bourbon, vodka & beer. I don't want to buy anything that they'll get a million of, like cocktail shakers, etc.

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    pengcast Apr 6, 2008 10:13 AM

    I got a kit for rimming glasses that I have used more than I would have predicted. It came with two round little trays (one for the liquid and one for the coating), a couple of interesting salt and sugar mixes and a cute little mini cutting board with a well for the lime or lemon. And best of all, everything goes in the dishwasher. I think the giver said she got it at Linens n Things.

    Another possibility would be interesting ice cube molds.

    1. mcmachete Apr 4, 2008 03:18 AM

      Since they like Bourbon, expand their horizons with one of these quality Bajan rums that have some essence of Bourbon: Mount Gay XO or Cockspur 12.

      http://www.macheterum.com/2007/08/mount-gay-xo.html

      http://www.macheterum.com/2007/06/coc...

      1. cassoulady Apr 3, 2008 12:51 PM

        i love nice cocktail napkins, they are great to have. nice olives for martinis, swizzle sticks. you could be silly and buy umbrellas for drinks, that would be fun.

        1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 1, 2008 10:50 PM

          I love that this is described as a "shower," as if they've just had a kid. Or if they did just have a kid, this is kind of sad.

          If you browse eBay, you'll find big lots of vintage bar coasters that advertise old, extinct regional beers, and they always go for dead cheap. I have tons of these, and they're really cool to have around. Similarly, metal bar trays with the old logos are pretty cheap, though some of them are pretty beat up.

          Do you know where your friend grew up? If there's an old local brewery that was native to his hometown, maybe you could find an old bar clock or some glassware with their logo. For example, my brother in law is from Minneapolis, and he LOVED a set of mixed Hamm's beer glasses I got him for Christmas last year.

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          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
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            cor Apr 2, 2008 02:14 PM

            It is a "shower" like, they're getting married. Like a wedding shower.

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            chazzerking Apr 1, 2008 08:51 PM

            a cool oddball bar pitcher, or a high quality muddler and some vintage garnish picks and swizzle sticks

            1. slobhan Apr 1, 2008 01:21 PM

              Vintage glassware! It's unique, usually relatively affordable, and they'll think of you every time they take a sip.

              If you're feeling generous, no one's going to be sad to get a bottle of Eagle Rare aged Bourbon.

              1. sailormouth Mar 31, 2008 01:46 PM

                High quality old fashioned and highball glasses, brandied cherries, cocktail napkins, a juicer, sugar cubes, an assortment of good bitters.

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                1. re: sailormouth
                  slobhan Apr 1, 2008 01:22 PM

                  Fee's sells an assortment of their 7 bitters which are fun to experiment with:
                  http://www.kegworks.com/product.php?p...

                2. MMRuth Mar 31, 2008 10:05 AM

                  Doesn't go w/ bourbon, vodka & beer - but I've always thought that champagne straws are fun:

                  http://www.vivre.com/control/product/...

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