HRM Holiday Gift Guide: For the Imbiber

The season of giving is again upon us, and with so many people on your list to account for, we thought we'd give you a helping hand. From now until the big day, we'll be serving up holiday gift guides to help you select presents for everyone on your list. From cocktail bitters to his and hers glasses and even some hangover preventers, we've got just the thing for the imbiber in your life!

Growler – $5.00 (Price of beer varies depending on variety.)

Nothing says, “Hey man, I love you” better than a growler of locally crafted beer. For the wintry season, we recommend the seasonally brewed Coffeehouse Stout from Williamsburg Alewerks. The coffee aroma of this stout will perk your pal up in no time, and the cream and sugar notes will ensure a super sweet holiday!

Purchase a ½ gallon growler from Williamsburg Alewerks, and fill it with your favorite brew!

Bitters – $19.95

It’s easy to get bitter during the holidays, but there’s nothing a well crafted cocktail won’t cure. Your friends will be making their own festive refreshments this year with Chesapeake Bay Bitters from The Bitter End. The combination of bay leaf, black and cayenne peppers, mustard seed and allspice evoke a summery seaside experience even in the midst of winter. Perhaps they’ll invite you over for a Pre-Prohibition Bay Martini to help make the season bright.

Purchase online from Only Bitters.

His and Hers Wine Goblets – $36.00 plus shipping

The wine drinking duo on your list can sip simultaneously with these adorable His and Hers Etched Wine Glasses. The lips and moustache designs are sandblasted onto the glasses, so they'll never have to worry about the design fading. You may also have your glasses customized with a special greeting or name.

Order them from Etsy.

Bloody Mary Mixer (Dressed) – $9.99

There’s nothing wrong with boozing during breakfast as long as you make it a bloody mary. The pre-lunch lush on your list will get a true combination of our region’s flavors as they sip a bloody mary concocted with Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer, a rich blend of clam and tomato juices spiced with Chesapeake Bay Seasoning and freshly grated horseradish.

The weathered fishnet and nautically tied cord make for a cute coastal gift.

Find the mix at specialty food retailers throughout Hampton Roads, or order online.

Rhinestone Studded T-shirts – From $27.10

Adorn a gal pal with some added sparkle this season with Rhinestone Studded T-shirts from Virginia Wine Lover. Choose from darling designs to match each vino vixen’s personality on your list. Each shirt is available in various sizes and styles. Allow your friends to show their love for Virginia wine in a wonderful glimmering way!

T-shirts can be purchased from Virginia Wine Lover.

Brewing Kit, Plus – $160.00

Begin your beer-loving buddy on a lifelong hobby with a Brewing Kit, Plus from HomeBrew USA. A step above the basic kit but cheaper than the premium version, this brewing kit allows for a two-stage fermentation to reduce sediment and get clearer, cleaner beer. Plus, your gift recipient can brew two batches at the same time—bonus!

Purchase a beer kit from HomeBrew USA’s Norfolk or Hampton location, or order supplies online.

All those holiday parties (not to mention New Year’s Eve) can cause one ugly hangover after the next. Skip the home remedies and “hair of the dog” drinks, and stop hangovers before they start by using Bytox Hangover Prevention Patch. Bytox contains 12 organic ingredients, and this powerful blend of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants reduces alcohol side effects and prevents hangovers.Include a patch inside each invitation to your holiday party, and advise guests to apply 45 minutes before alcohol consumption.

Bytox can be found at various convenience stores in Hampton Roads or ordered online.


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