It’s time for me to admit it – I’m a horrible gift giver. I suck. People cringe when they get me for Secret Santa gift exchanges. My family has set expectations very low for my gift giving and still I find ways to slide under that bar I can even screw up giving gift cards (isn’t that right uncle Fred?)
To make matters worse, the current state of the world means that shopping for the right gift has never been harder. It seems 2020 would be an especially important year to try and up my gift-giving-game – so, in an effort to do just that, here is a list of gifts to give the beer lover in your life. (Note, we’ve done our best to make these ideas as local as possible – and hope you do the same with your buying no matter where you are reading this. Don’t forget that a gift card for your local craft brewery, distillery, cidery or meadery will make people smile for sure!).
6) A Crow Drinking Beer T-Shirt! Great Right?
The Robbie Vergaras Printing & Design Co. has created a cool play on words beer themed t-shirt ‘Mi-Crow Brew’ . Who knows, this might be your first step in training a crow to bring you a beer…. (disclaimer – trying to train a crow to bring you a beer might be a really bad idea…).
5) Beer And Socks? Yes please!
The Friday Sock Co. out of Calgary has a few variations of beer themed socks you should check out – below is the link to their Beer & Hops Socks, but you might be just as happy to wear their Beer & Wheat combo. Better yet, get both and explore even more awesome combinations!
4) Move Over Beer And Socks – Here Comes Beer And Cookies!
Disclaimer, I’m hungry as I write this and I can’t eat socks – sorry socks. The team at CoRise were runners-up in the food category of the Made In Alberta Awards – check out their Beyond Beer Gourmet Cookies – your tongue will thank me. (and you should too if you have any manners….).
3) You’ll Need Somewhere To Put That Beer While You Eat Your Cookies or Put On Your New Beer Socks or Crow T-Shirt!
I don’t know how many times I’ve thought, ‘I wish there was a place I could put my beer while I’m here, showering to make myself smell nice and clean.’ Is it a problem that I don’t remember how many times I’ve asked that question? Maybe. Is it a problem that I don’t have anywhere to put my beer while in the shower – not anymore! Check out this Shower Beer Holder from Liz and Lottie…
2) A Whole Bunch Of Options In One Place!
Okay, is it cheating to put a whole bunch of options in one place? Maybe. Go ahead and call the ‘Top 6 Gift Idea Police’. I dare you. For those of you more interested in great gifts than rules, the team at Craft Beer Market has put together some fantastic gift ideas – and this is a great way to support many of the craft breweries you love!
1) Is That A Beerfest In That Box Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
The team at Alberta Beer Festivals haven’t been able to do any festivals for a bit, but they’ve created the next best thing – Beerfest In A Box! Each box features 8 great beers from 8 amazing breweries. Also included are links to videos where you can hear the brewmasters talking about their beers. Beerfest In A Box can be enjoyed at home or shared with friends over online. Beerfest In A Box is available at fantastic liquor stores across Alberta. Click below to find the store closest to you that carries it.
Thanks for supporting local – good luck with your gift giving – and here’s wishing you a Happy and Safe Holiday!