Pop the Cork: 20 Gift Ideas for Your Friend With the Perfect Bar Cart

Check out the full Hunker Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas and inspo. Whether you're shopping for midcentury modern lovers, ceramic fiends, self-proclaimed foodies, or budding astrologers, we can help.

Not sure what to give a bibulous bestie who already has plenty of top-shelf booze? We've found 18 party-ready gifts to impress every liquor-swilling, wine-collecting, cocktail-crafting drinking buddy on your list.

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How grown-ups "do shots."

A homebrewing kit for your WASPiest pal.

The front of this compact, industrial-style bar folds open into a mixing and serving station.

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This clever cork keeps wine fresh and photos steady.

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For the friend who likes their cocktails to have a little kick.

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If Inspector Gadget tended bar, this would be his go-to gizmo. Made of wood and stainless steel, this handy device is actually 10 tools in one and includes a muddler, reamer, channel knife, jigger, zester, knife, stirrer, strainer, corkscrew, and bottle opener.

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For the friend who really, really gets you.

Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan's illustrated chart reveals the signature cocktails — and recipes! — favored by 49 classic fictional characters, including Jay Gatsby's Gin Rickey, Holly Golightly's White Angel, and Fredo Corleone's Banana Daiquiri.

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A jigger of elderflower liqueur gives economy class wine a much-needed upgrade.

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Handmade, painted, and kiln-fired in Mexico, each of CB2's limited edition ceramic decanters is one-of-a-kind.

Wine enthusiasts can safely savor their priciest vintage bottles a portion at a time, thanks to the Aervana. The gadget aerates wine under pressure, and dispenses it through a tap, keeping what remains fresh until the next special occasion.

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This ice maker freezes water the way Mother Nature would — from the top down, pushing out air bubbles along the way. What comes out are perfectly clear globes that melt slowly, so drinks served on-the-rocks never taste watered down.

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Even Trader Joe's Three Buck Chuck would look fancy in this modern, minimalist display.

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This nifty invention freezes a wedge of ice that's bigger than the average cube, melts a lot slower, and perfectly chills each sip right before it hits the lips.

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Wine and champagne stay icy cold for hours when encased in vacuum-insulated stainless steel.

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Okay, now the bar is fully stocked — and ready for any and all party tricks.

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Inventive, interesting mixers, like this sweet, smokey twist on the classic whiskey sour, are a great gift for friends who already have plenty of booze.

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If you've got the money to burn, wouldn't it be nice to get a smoked cocktail in return?

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Hey, if it's good enough for Oprah's favorite things, it's good enough for us all.

Created by Kate Hudson, this premium beverage is one of the only vodkas on the market helmed by a female founder. Throw together and fun gift basket of glasses, mixers, and olives for a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind holiday treat.


Amelia McDonell-Parry

Amelia McDonell-Parry

I'm a freelance writer and reporter for outlets like Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, BUST, Nylon, Woolly, and the Appeal, a podcast host for Undisclosed, and once upon a time, I was the founding editor of The Frisky.