While wrapping up a six-pack with a bow seems impracticle, there are a few beer-themed gifts to give a beer geek for Christmas that are not far off of the beaten path. These gifts can be as fun to track down as they are to give.
- Gift Cards/ Certificates: These are the go-to gifts. If the beer enthusiast in your life enjoys beer, then he or she has more than likely been vocal about a favorite beer, favorite establishment, or at least a favorite style of beer. While you may not want to give the beer, you can certainly give the means to get beer. The finer beer makers, servers, and purveyors of craft beer all offer gift cards or certificates. Prices vary.
- Glassware: This is the next best thing to beer itself. A beer served in proper glassware is a better beer. More and more stores that serve and/or sell beer will also sell specialized glassware for serving the beer. Prices vary, usually between $3 and $10 per glass.
- Gift Sets: Many of the fine Belgian beers like Saint Bernardus or Chimay will sell boxed gift sets with a glass or two and a sampling of their beer. These gift sets are conveniently boxed up for wrapping and sharing around Christmas. American breweries are catching on and breweries like Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York have boxed gift sets as well. Prices are between $10 and $50 (and possibly more), depending on the amount and type of beer.
- Books, Magazines, and Reference Materials: Whether the beer enthusiast in your life has aspirations of becoming a homebrewer or not, there are plenty of printed materials to give in any Christmas situation. Lifestyle magazines like All About Beer, Beer Advocate, or DRAFT magazine all offer basic beer-themed content. Homebewer magazines like Zymurgy offer suggestions for the do-it-yourself homebrewer. Finally books like Garrett Oliver’s The Brewmaster’s Table, Charlie Papazian’s The Joy of Homebrewing, Tim Hampson’s The Beer Book, or Sam Calagione’s He Said Beer She Said Wine all offer a variety of beer-themed writing on food pairing, home brewing, or beer choices, respectively. Books and subscriptions are priced from a few dollars to $25, depending on individual preference.
- Coolers and Carriers: All beer needs at least a small chill, and the nature of beer is a social beverage. Inevitably, beer will need to be carried out of the home and away from controlled cooling. A good cooler is essential and sometimes hard to find. Whether toting a few bottles or a few cases, a good cooler is invaluable. Prices can vary from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, depending on the individual beer enthusiast’s needs.
While six-packs don’t play nicely with wrapping paper, these handy gifts are all unique, wrappable, and enjoyable for the beer enthusiast in your life. Cheers and Happy Holidays!