Christmas has nothing over spring and summer when it comes to the onslaught of events that require gift-giving. But Dad doesn’t need another tie, and who can keep up with book-bag trends for the college-bound (or exiting)? And brides and grooms? Well, they could use some inspiration. Try one of these well-fermented ideas.
Gifts for Graduates
Great for the professional student heading to grad school, this sleek, stainless steel growler ($49.95) can be personalized and allows alums to keep tabs on their tanks. Bonus: The flip-top cap can’t get lost at the tailgate, and it keeps your suds sudsy.
And what’s beer without something to nibble? Hook your grad up with a monthly supply of treats from Try The World ($39.99). This cool little box of international snacks will help stave off hunger and perhaps make the recipient a more informed world citizen.
Swiss watchmaker Urwerk’s Flask 2 ($2,500) is a design-obsessed dad’s dream. There are 156 parts in this nifty titanium and stainless steel device, created with renowned Scotch producer The Macallan. Highlights include retractable winglets that act as a stand, two booze chambers and a display wheel to note the age and wood-type of the spirit inside. Get them while (if) you can: There are only 500.
Fill that fancy new flask with a limited-release Macallan Rare Cask ($300), with rich notes of dark chocolate and orange zest influenced by time in former Sherry barrels. In the second chamber, go all-American with the heady 92.8-proof Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Rye ($150), a rarefied (like Dad) annual release rife with notes of toffee and spice.
Savvy Stocking Up for Couples
Forget the toaster and towels. Stock the bar for those newlyweds instead. One-click registry Thirsty Nest offers curated wines and spirits, glassware and cocktail accoutrements, as well as site-centric tips on how to throw memorable shindigs.
From Mouth ($82/three-month subscription), Cocktail Hour Every Month ships goods for a home mixology session. Each box is built around a particular cocktail and supplies artisanal mixers and snacks to create a perfect cocktail hour.