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How to package booze gift?

NycLass Apr 29, 2012 08:14 AM

I am traveling with a gift of a bottle of local micro-distillery gin and one of bourbon to give to a food and beverage manager of an upscale hotel. I don't know him. He's doing me a favor through a mutual contact, so this is a thank-you gift. The bottles are two completely different sizes, from two different distilleries. It looks crazy. Should I put them in a gift bag with tissue paper or just hand him the bottles? Please don't mock my pathetic question. I'm not a drinker; i really don't know how it's done. I don't want to look like a dope. My first post on Chowhounds. Thanks.

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    Querencia May 31, 2012 06:11 PM

    I like to give wine (or spirits or whatever) in an insulated carry bag that the recipient can re-us.e

    1. Bill Hunt May 30, 2012 09:13 PM

      We often do similar, and normally use gift-bags, plus tissues. My wife makes them look better, than I do.

      Good luck, and nice touch.


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        NycLass May 29, 2012 07:07 AM

        Thank you everyone for these great tips. I found the perfect product in a high end wine store. They were gauzy and somewhat see-though, so the recipient didn't have to take the bottles in and out of the bags to see what they were. Also, the tops tightened with a ribbon, so that i could make them fit both the big bottle and the small bottle and it didn't look strange. Only $1 each. Worth a search.

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        1. re: NycLass
          HillJ May 30, 2012 01:21 PM

          Classy choice. Welcome to Chowhound.

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          hawkeyeui93 Apr 29, 2012 11:03 AM

          I'm sure he or she will appreciate it no matter how you do it, but I would use gift bag(s) for ease of your gifting/transporting ...

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            Maximilien Apr 29, 2012 10:56 AM

            A simple gift bag is enough (one for each bottle).


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            1. re: Maximilien
              vday Apr 29, 2012 10:59 AM

              agreed - go to a BevMo or other outlet and they have lots of selection of nice looking gift bags for liquor bottles:-)

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                PotatoHouse Apr 29, 2012 02:07 PM

                Also +1. If they are pretty much "average" size bottles, they will have gist bags to fit them.

              2. re: Maximilien
                latindancer Apr 29, 2012 11:20 AM


                You can find them anywhere...anyplace that sells liquor and in CA that's just about everywhere.
                Keep them simple....not frilly.

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