As the holiday season approaches, many of us are scrambling to buy gifts. We don’t want to buy just any old thing; it’s vital to put thought and effort into the gifts we get our loved ones. However, sometimes it’s just too difficult to think of something unique to them and what they love.
This list takes care of that for your friends and family that bartend. It’s eleven of the best gifts for bartenders, from fun mixology dice to spirit infusion kits. No matter what style your bartender friend has, they will enjoy something from this list. You can take the gift-giving pressure off and enjoy some drinks!
These gifts range in price, so you should be able to find something that suits your budget and your friend’s tastes. If you like more than one thing, they’re affordable enough to make a double purchase. Whichever style works best for you and the bartender or barback in your life will make the perfect gift. There will be no more asking yourself what to get for someone who bartends.
Best Gifts for Bartenders
- BarConic Customizable Speed Bottle Opener – Black & White Marble
- Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit
- Travel Bartender Kit Bag
- Hammer Stahl Bar Knife
- Epure Milano Collection 12 Piece Stemmed Martini Glass Set
- Oggi Insulated Ice Bucket
- Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker
- Spirit Infusion Kit
- The Essential Bar Book for Home Mixologists
- SmokeTop Cocktail Smoker Kit and Torch
- Mixology Dice
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Your bartender friend has opened a bottle or two in their day. They may even know the fancy trick of opening it on the counter or with a knife. However, opening bottles quickly requires a speedy bottle opener. Why not give them one that works well and is completely customizable?
This keychain bottle opener comes with a two-sided engraving that can say whatever you want it to. Engrave it with your friend’s name, favorite quote, or an inside joke. That way, your bartender can whip it out and open bottles wherever he is. It’s an inexpensive way to make his life a little easier and a lot more personalized.
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If your bartender friend loves to mix drinks at home and work, this is the perfect gift for them. First of all, it’s charming. It’s a polished copper mixology set that just glows in any collection. It will look fantastic in a home bar or a kitchen. Secondly, it’s excellent for mixologists and has every piece you could ask for!
The fifteen-piece set includes everything you need for martinis, mojitos, and many more drinks (including recipe cards if you want to try something new). This mixology kit is perfect for beginning bartenders, gifts for home bartenders, or professionals who might enjoy a few well-mixed drinks away from work!
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Know a bartender always on the go? Get them this travel bartender kit, complete with a traveling bag. If they are short on space or travel a lot, this could be the perfect gift to keep their passion alive while they’re out of town. It comes with seventeen bartending essentials that all fit tidily within a great carrying tote.
This gift is an excellent start to a traveling bar if you know a bartender who primarily works private parties, work events, or is always in different places. It has the essentials for every significant cocktail (only missing cocktail cups, of course). They are not super tiny either – other than the shaker, all of the pieces are standard-sized!
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We’re moving on from the beginner items now. If you’re considering getting your bartender friend a bar knife, they must know what they’re doing behind a bar. Bar knives are generally used to cut or peel fruit for garnishes. They are different from regular knives because of the prongs on the end, perfect for spearing olives or pickles.
This knife is of high quality. Hammer Stahl is known for its high-quality steel and comfortable grips, and this knife is no exception. If your bartender friend already has all the basics, splurge on them and show them that you mean (bar) business with this beautiful, practical bar knife. It’s sure to impress!
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What if your bartender friend already has all the mixers, shakers, and necessary items to make delicious drinks? This isn’t their first rodeo. When it comes to hosting a party, all they need are the people, the alcohol, and enough cups to serve it in. Well, there’s one thing on that list that you can help out with!
Show your bartender friend you are ready to drink some high-class cocktails with them and buy them a set of martini glasses (or brandy snifters, margarita glasses, and other cocktail cups). These glasses make a simple, classy gift that will keep on giving every time your friend hosts a party or makes a gin fizz.
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Do you host a lot of outdoor parties? The biggest issue with outdoor parties is that the drinks always get warm. Coolers don’t always do the trick if you’re trying to keep ice cold for long enough to make drinks on the rocks. Any good bartender knows that you need a way to keep ice frozen or to keep white wine cold. This bucket can do either.
Much bigger than the classic hotel ice buckets, this three-quart insulated bucket has a handle for carrying, a tight lid to keep the cold inside, and a scoop to make bartending easier! Whether your friend is making mixed drinks on the patio or taking a bottle of wine on a picnic, this bucket is a great gift!
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If you have the bartending skills and the ingredients, there are very few drinks you can’t make at home. However, a frozen margarita is one of them. Without an adequate slushie machine, you won’t be able to make that smooth, delicious frozen cocktail outside of a restaurant (believe me, I’ve tried).
However, this frozen concoction maker isn’t too far off from the real thing. With a margarita mix (or homemade margarita) and ice, you can make a frozen drink that is worthy of a beach vacation. It’s the perfect gift for the bartender who has almost everything. Complete their collection with this unique little appliance!
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What’s better than getting someone alcohol as a gift? Getting them an inexpensive method of making their alcohol fancier is the best option! It’s all well and good to pick up a fifth of gin or vodka as a last-minute gift, but this spirit infusion kit will kick home parties up a notch (or several). With it, you can make any spirit taste fancier and more flavorful.
Infusing a liquor with another flavor–whether that’s fruits, spices, or herbs–can be a lengthy and strenuous process. However, a spirit infusion kit makes it much more manageable. Once you have all the parts and pieces, all you need is to put the ingredients in and wait for a fancier, more cultured liquor for sipping on cocktails.
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Know a bartender who likes to play by the book? Not every bartender knows all of the recipes for everyone’s favorite drinks. Whether they are just beginning or seasoned mixologists, this book will be a welcome addition to their library. It’s a great way to learn new drinks, experiment with old ones, and take a mini-bartending course from the comfort of your home.
The Essential Bar Book for Home Mixologists is just that: essential. The book has everything you need, from the tools necessary to make an excellent martini to exactly how much mint goes into a mint julep. Give this book to your friend and further the gift by offering to taste anything they make out of it (after all, what are good friends for?).
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If you want to get fancy with cocktails, this smoker kit and torch are a great way to spice up a home cocktail party. If your friend loves the smoky taste of bourbon, whiskey, or mezcal, this smoker kit will make their home cocktails even more delicious.
When it comes to professional bartender gifts, this is an excellent option. You can choose from four different wood styles to subtly infuse your drink with a smoky taste. The smoke topper never fails to draw a gasp from guests and will be a memorable part of any home party your bartender friend throws!
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Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include these delightful dice on this list. If you want to get crazy at a cocktail party, bring out the mixology dice. They are a fun way to add a little variety to your drinks and give your bartender friend a challenge.
These dice have multiple different bartending instructions on each side, varying from which spirit to use to what kind of liqueur to add. You can truly make some wild drinks when using these. Prepare for a lot of chaos, laughter, and experimental drinking!
Whether you buy your friend a smoker kit to give their bourbon the bonfire feel, a cocktail recipe book to increase their experience, or a bar knife to complete their collection, they will truly feel loved by your gift. Any item on this list is sure to please, but only you know what your friend would genuinely love. Happy shopping and happy drinking!
Still not sure what to get? Consider buying them a pair of shoes for bartenders for those long shifts!
Which bartending gift are you planning to buy? Let us know in the comments down below!