The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and one thing is certain; you are about to spend a lot of money on gifts. A long list of names and a shortage of ideas can be intimidating–but it’s likely a portion of the people in your life would appreciate a theme that comes into play all year long: alcohol. In Hoboken, our small businesses go beyond wine bags and ribbons and venture into Jack Daniel’s coffee and bacon salt for the rim of your cocktail, so shop at one of these local spots this holiday season, and get the right gift for the booze lover in your life.
Washington General Store
Washington General Store has a gift for every single booze enthusiast in your life. Mule mugs, wine stoppers, cork holders, brew-your-own-beer kits, Bloody Mary mix…the list goes on and on.
Gingerbread Old Fashioned
This one’s for whiskey lovers. The drink mix comes with the glass and the recipe card, making it one bottle of Crown Royal away from a complete gift…and a righteous hangover.
Rescued Wine Candles
The scents are all your favorite wines (Pinot Noir, Rosé, Champagne, etc.) and the candles are served in repurposed glass–also known as recycled wine bottles. Pair it with a set of matches and add a bottle of their favorite wine–but maybe encourage them to light the candle and knock back the wine separately.
Francesca’s has all the super-cute drinking accessories that everybody wants (and nobody needs). Extra large wine glasses, silly drink markers, shot glasses for your favorite holiday movies, holiday onesies–and don’t get caught assuming this store is just for the ladies.
Christmas Vacation Shot Glasses
The Art of the Bar Cart Book
Little City Books
Continuing the book trend, the ones over at Little City Books can school you on anything from wine appreciation to a guide on whisky–impress a pro or create a new one.
Rosé All Day
The rosé trend has held strong for a few years now–and this book explores it from its origins back to King Louis XIV. And if they’re not here for the history, placing it on their coffee table or bar cart can at least create the illusion of a well-read owner.
You can get your recently engaged friend some wedding-themed champagne glasses or your cheeky friend this all-too-truthful set–then get them professionally wrapped and topped with a cute card, all in one stop, at the Hudson Paperie.
Hoboken Wine House
This uptown shop is a good stop for when you’re exiting town northbound and need to grab a gift on the way. Snag libations ranging from a $13 dollar Spanish red to a $300 dollar bottle of scotch, or some Game of Thrones craft beers.
A smaller selection at this mostly-clothes-and-accessories story, but these glasses are perfect for the friend whose version of “lifting their spirits” involves raising a cocktail to their lips that reads “cheer up f##ker.”
Written by Brittany Temple
Brittany is a bona fide Jersey girl (sans stereotypical sky-high hair) with an obnoxious laugh and a super fast-paced walk. You can hear her on-air and behind the scenes at SiriusXM where she serves as the Executive Producer on the political talk show “Make It Plain with Mark Thompson.” She’s not yelling at you–that’s just her natural volume.