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

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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.

1. CB2 Another Round Shot Glass and Stand Set, $49.95

How grown-ups "do shots."

2. W&P Design Homemade Gin Kit, $50

A homebrewing kit for your WASPiest pal.

3. Uncommon Goods Hanging Cocktail Bar, $118

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

4. Selfie Cork, $9.99

This clever cork keeps wine fresh and photos steady.

5. Gris Gris Jalapeño Simple Syrup, $25

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

6. Izola Barmaster Tool, $32

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.

7. Meriwether 2-Bottle Wine Tote, $18

For the friend who really, really gets you.

8. Uncommon Goods Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature, $30

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.

9. W&P Carry On Cocktail Kit, $17

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

10. CB2 Henry Hand-Painted Tequila Decanter, $79.95

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

11. Aervana Original 1-Touch Luxury Wine Aerator, $99.99

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.

12. Dexas Ice-ology Clear Ice Cube Maker, $39.95-$49.95

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.

13. West Elm Acrylic Wall-Mount Wine Rack, $69

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

14. Corksicle Whiskey Wedge, $17.95

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.

15. Vinglacé Wine Chiller, $89.95

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

16. Resafy Champagne Saber, $39.99

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

17. Bittermilk No. 3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour, $15.95

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.

18. Crafthouse by Fortessa Smoking Cloche, $220

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

19. Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, $349.99

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

20. King St. Vodka, $24.99

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.


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