Wondering what presents to procure this holiday season? The Spend Matters Gift Guide offers suggestions on what to give your friends, family or your boss this year. Today's suggestion comes from Kaitlyn McAvoy, editor of Spend Matters.
Typically, I am all about the homemade gifts – the crocheted scarf in my friend’s favorite color, a custom kitchy apron for my baker friend sewn by yours truly. But I realize not everyone is, or has the desire to be, crafty. (I also realize I may very well be that “weird aunt” knitting all the kiddos slippers or something every year at Christmas). However, I am still all for the one-of-a-kind, thoughtful gift made or designed specifically for a loved one. And, when I cannot make something myself because I either do not have the talent or tools to do so, I employ the services of some other abled crafter.
My gift suggestion is for the beer (or wine, or whiskey, scotch, etc.) lover: Custom drinking glasses. It is a gift I bought my uncle this year for the holidays. He has a bar in his basement, is Irish (as if my last name didn’t already give that away already) and enjoys a good brew. I searched on the Internet and found an artist on Etsy who creates custom etched pint glasses. I gave her the specs, and she created a pair of beautiful pint glasses. They say “McAvoy’s Pub” and feature a pretty Celtic shamrock. I figured he can use them personally and show them off at one of our many family parties throughout the year (my family is large – again as if the Irishness didn’t give that away already).
If it’s a wine-o you’re buying for, there are also options to do this on wine glasses. Same goes for just about any drinking glass - scotch, highballs, brandy, etc., you can probably customize the glasses. I did this for a friend of mine a couple of years ago as a wedding gift. Her husband owned a brewery, so I made them custom pint glasses with the monogram of their initials they used on their wedding invites.
Along with the custom glasses – throw in a nice pack of craft beer, or a good bottle of wine or whiskey into the gift. For a beer snob, I also recommend this book to accompany the pint glasses: "The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes." I received it as a gift from a friend last year, and I love it. I’ve learned a lot about beers just by flipping through the pages. And, I can’t tell you how many times I have referenced it to understand how a certain craft beer I am drinking is made, where it comes from and what exactly a steam beer is.
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