It's hard to beat bar accessories as far as housewarming gifts go. Martini shakers, bottle openers, bar tools, and coasters are always great to have on hand, even if a host ends up with multiples. (They can always use extras for bigger parties, or when items go missing after very, very good parties.) The key to giving bar accessories as gifts is to choose ones with ultra-stylish designs, rather than looks that are merely utilitarian. The following 11 items fit the bill so well, we wouldn't be surprised if you take home a few for yourself.
Pineapple Ice Bucket
Yes, the pineapple trend is at the risk of being a bit overexposed, but it's undeniably still a fun one that'll put a smile on any friend's face when they see it. This ice bucket from CB2 ( $69.95 ) is an alternative to the fun-but-ubiquitous brass pineapple cups.
Gold Martini Set
There's a definite '80s influence happening right now that's bringing back the super-shiny brassy finishes of the decade. This metallic martini set found at Urban Outfitters ( $39.00 ) is a low-commitment way to get in on the trend.
Craft Bar Tools
For hosts that have never met a garnish they didn't love, this tool set by Williams Sonoma ( $71.96 ) allows them to chop, slice, carve, and sliver to their heart's content. Plus, it looks super stylish if they decide to leave it on their countertops, too.
Geometric Bottle Opener
At first glance, this dimensional geometric form found at Anthropologie ( $28 ) looks like a sculpture or a modern paperweight, perhaps. Underneath one of the facets, though, is a helpful bottle opener. It's the rare bar accessory that a pal will want to display on their coffee table.
Frosted Sake Set
It's highly likely that your friend doesn't have a sake set, making this pick from CB2 ( $19.95 ) a guaranteed unique gift. Even if they don't drink sake, they can use the shapely pitcher as a decanter.
Rainbow Martini Set
And speaking of unusual presents, this rainbow-hued martini set from Blush ( $39.99 ) is yet another item your friend probably doesn't already have in her arsenal. It'll bring an element of whimsy to her bar, and look great next to her collection of bottles.
Reactive Cocktail Shaker
If a rainbow finish is too colorful for your friend, then maybe she'll like the gleaming reactive finish of this martini shaker spotted at Anthropologie ( $58 ). Its unusual shape and shading adds up to a piece we've never seen before.
Snail Cocktail Picks
Reminiscent of whimsical '60s brass figural sculptures, this charming cocktail pick holder from Pottery Barn ( $20.50 ) would look lovely surrounded by an array of colorful garnishes.
Engraved Leather Bar Coasters
These custom leather designs from Dark Horse Engraving at Etsy ( $26.85 ) offer an unexpected upgrade on typical plastic or paper coasters. And they'd be perfect for a friend who just got engaged, married, or bought a house.
Literary Rocks Glass
It's a fact: Drinks taste better in stylish glassware. This statement cocktail glass by Etsy's theUncommonGreen ( $14 ) bears the words of Shakespeare, but you can also find versions with Jane Austen, James Joyce, H.G. Wells, and more. Wrap a pair of these up for a friend who loves to curl up with a familiar book.
Gold Swizzle Sticks
Everyone loves an unexpected detail, and these swizzle sticks found at VinePair ( $22 ) have a layer of gold that's been electroplated over stainless steel. In other words, it's a small but sophisticated addition to cocktail hour.