It's Thanksgiving week, and that means one thing: holiday party season is kicking off in a major way. You're surely racking up invites to all sorts of fun seasonal soirées--- so you'll need some creative and thoughtful host gift ideas, naturally! Leave the tired old bottles of wine and boring bouquets to everybody else: you'll be setting yourself apart from the crowd with these fun and fabulous boozy gifts that will definitely lock down your perennial spot on the guest list.
It might surprise you that as a sommelier and wine educator, I actually advise against giving wine as a host gift--- mainly because your hostess may feel obligated to open and serve it at the party. I think the best host gift is a special treat they can enjoy after the occasion; and of course they'll be reminded of your generous spirit as they enjoy it!
Here are 5 boozy host gifts sure to delight anyone living the 'lush life':
DIY Infused Spirits
Hello Glow has an awesome guide to infusing spirits, with some basic ground rules (ie, use middle-shelf brands because no amount of flavoring can salvage cheap booze!) and delicious recipes too. Cardamom Fig Brandy or Coffee Vanilla Bourbon, anyone? Use pint-size Ball jars for the infusing process and simply tie a handwritten tag on with twine or pretty ribbon when it's time to bestow your gift.
Mulled Wine Kit
Head over to Style Me Pretty for a fantastic guide to creating your own Mulled Wine Kit. Include a jar of cinnamon sticks, star anise, and whole allspice; plus honey, red wine, brandy, and citrus. Bonus points if you include some cute mugs!
Homemade Irish Cream
I made this last year and it was so easy and so incredibly delicious! There's just something so decadent about Bailey's; around the holiday season I just crave a little bit in my coffee. Making your own is impressive and sure to knock the fuzzy socks off whoever you gift it to! Pop over to Tasting Table for the recipe.
Red Wine Sugar Scrub
It couldn't be easier to make this indulgent gift. Red wine, turbinado sugar, honey and coconut oil make a luxurious scrub that smells AMAZING and is a wonderful treat for the recipient to truly pamper herself--- party throwing is stressful, after all! Learn how to make it at We Know Stuff.
Delightfully Irreverent Cocktail Glasses
How cute are these cocktail glasses? Whether you intend to get sauced, blitzed, pickled, or turnt--- these are a total blast to give and anyone who loves to entertain would absolutely adore receiving them. And for anyone that's a true procrastinator, this set ($44 for the 4 glasses, $11 each) is available on Amazon Prime. So even as a last-minute gift--- you have no excuses for not bringing something fab. Would make a great Secret Santa gift too!
For even more boozy ideas: check out our Very Lush Holiday Gift Guide!