Shopping for the booze hounds on your holiday list might seem like an easy task, but being creative can also be difficult. This year, think outside the box with these 10 gift ideas, from unique bottles to quirky gadgets and some cool drinking utensils.
Temptress Single Malt Whiskey
Local businesses Lakewood Brewing Co. and Dallas Distilleries teamed up to brew a collaboration spirit unlike anything we've heard of before. It's a Herman Marshall whiskey flavored with Lakewood's beloved Temptress milk stout and aged for seven months in New American white oak barrels. See the tasting notes. ($59.99)
Hometown pride shouldn't be limited to sports team jerseys and custom license plates. These etched glasses from Uncommon Green map the Dallas neighborhoods. The company offers a Big D rocks glass and pint glass, but maps of other cities are also available. Looking to splurge? Go for the Dallas-themed muddler gift set. ($12.50-$72)
Everybody has that one friend who shows up to a party with champagne, but then proceeds to drink it straight from the bottle. Satisfy their classy and trashy sides with Chambong, a six-ounce glass vessel meant for chugging bubbly. The glass is dishwasher safe, and makers say it can also be used for wine. ($30)
Don't let the name fool you; these boozy baskets will satisfy women and men alike. Choose among the Bloody Mary bar starter kit ($74.99), NFL package with Dallas Cowboys pint glasses ($89.99), beer box with a personalized growler ($74.99) and many more.
He'brew gift package
New York's Shmaltz Brewing Co. returns this Hanukkah season with its special 12-pack, known as the Shtick in a Box. The pack features three 12-ounce bottles each of four different styles: Slingshot American Craft Lager, Hop Manna IPA, Messiah Nut Brown Ale, and Hannukah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer dark ale. The pack also comes with 12 candles so drinkers can build their own "beer menorah" and upload pictures for a chance to win prizes. (About $30)
Spirit-filled advent calendars
Holiday spirit isn't the only thing you'll find behind the tiny doors of these Masters of Malt advent calendars. The Drinks by the Dram calendars are available in 14 different spirits, including whiskey, bourbon, tequila, absinthe, vodka and gin. They're pricey -- ranging from $125 for vodka to $1,250 for rare and aged whiskeys -- but the company promises unique samples. Worried about the dates? Don't be; booze is still booze no matter the month. (Prices vary.)
Copper Moscow Mule mugs
Your friends will never have to steal copper mugs from your local watering holes again. Amazon has plenty of options, but this set of two cups comes with an electronic recipe book. If you're feeling merry, throw in a bottle of your favorite vodka too.
The flask tie and flask bra are classic booze-hiding gifts that never go out of style, but this year's offerings include a flask scarf. Baxbo is selling the drink-carrying wearable, which includes an eight-ounce soft flask, in both solid colors and textile designs. ($24.95)
G&Style Power Cyclone Mixer Bottle
All you have to do is press a button on this stainless steel shaker and let the mixer do all the work. The 12-ounce glass takes AAA batteries to mix cocktails, protein powders or baby formula (if you'd consider sharing this toy). The battery pouch is also detachable, so the glass can be put in the dishwasher for cleaning.
Total Wine/Spec's gift card
When all else fails, buy the gift that allows the recipient to do their own damn shopping.