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Is gifting booze badform?
Gigantalope
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From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-11-14 6:58 pm   Permalink

As I get older, I find most of what I get as gifts to be trite. I must also thus assume what I give as being trite no matter what amount of time I put into the gift.

Further it seems most people I know have more junk than storage for it, and so we find ourselves at the famous dillemma of what to give.

What are your views of Santa visitng Liquor Barn rather than a mall or giving a coupon.

(Keeping in mind, the huge array of quaf available...nobody gets a 12er of Bud Lite)

Do you get a Scotch or Wine, and re-gift, or think, "lazy-thoughless-toad-giftgivver?"

Well, do you?

Please share


 
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FreakBear
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From: Springfield, Ohio
Posted: 2004-11-14 7:17 pm   Permalink

Go on! Put some 'spirit in the spirit of giving! I'm still waiting for Santa to get the news! I have proudly given boose as gifts and hope eventually someone will return the favor.

 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2004-11-14 7:23 pm   Permalink

Put some cheer into the Holidays!

Give a gift that keeps on giving everytime you open & pour.


 
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ZebraTiki
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From: Enchanted Bay Area, CA
Posted: 2004-11-14 7:54 pm   Permalink

That depends on how much alcohol is being given!
I know quite a few people who practically swoon over an aged scotch, and just try to keep them from opening it, sharing, well that's another story. The trick is knowing what the recipient likes, and it's all the better if you can find their favorite, or a new favorite.
I know my dad opened all packages that were vaguely bottle-sized first, and considering the comical 'fightin' Irish' quality of our family gatherings, I don't know how he didn't drink everything in sight!
How could it not be a good gift ... it's kind of like soap, eventually you're going to use it, which I can't say about the Adorable Kittens in a Basket trivet.


 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2004-11-14 8:30 pm   Permalink

If no one you know wants booze as a gift, I'd be more than happy to accept it in their place.

I've asked for several rums this year, I've got my fingers crossed.

I've always given big bottles of Belgian ales to the people I know who are beer lovers. And they never blanch at consuming them whilst the seasons spirits are in the air.

TG


 
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Posted: 2004-11-14 8:34 pm   Permalink

We have given booze as gifts many, many times, and they were never unappreciated. One thing you can do to personalize it a bit more is to pick a good drink recipe you think they will like, print it up on a nice card and give them all the ingredients to make the drink. It doesn't have to be a 10 ingredient drink from the Grog Log, just something simple, but maybe something they haven't tried.
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velveteenlounge
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Posted: 2004-11-14 8:36 pm   Permalink

Not only do I consider booze a swell gift, but my husband actually puts a bottle or two on his list for Santa every year.


 
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Gigantalope
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From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-11-14 8:46 pm   Permalink

Belgian Ales, aye?

I too have gifted those with mixed results. Which do you give?

Lindeman's Frambrois with a bar of Sharfenberger chocolate is an old stand bye...though it's been recived with mixed results, often people don't know the two go together, and give the Bitter Chocolate to thier kids, and don't expect the beer to be fruity.

Saisson DuPont and LaChuffe are others with great charachter

I've also done a chronological 6er of Big Foots (which takes 6 years to collect of course) These seem to always get grabbed by individuals and not sampled together.

Wine can run such a gambit of prices too...I often feel like people like what they've heard advertized, (Kendall Jackson...or JD or Jose Cuervo, or Bushmills...) and choose not to taste first, then evaluate.

Do you tend to give what you like? or give something new and different? or try to find the persons stand-bye hooch?...or do you pick a winery, get a case (and a bit of a discount) and finish it in one fell swoop?





 
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Beatnikine
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Posted: 2004-11-14 10:37 pm   Permalink

I agree - gifting booze is fantastic.

I also agree that one needs to consider the tastes of the giftee. A little bit of research and a nifty bow is all you really need


 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2004-11-15 02:38 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-11-14 20:46, Gigantalope wrote:
Belgian Ales, aye?

I too have gifted those with mixed results. Which do you give?

Lindeman's Frambrois with a bar of Sharfenberger chocolate is an old stand bye...though it's been recived with mixed results, often people don't know the two go together, and give the Bitter Chocolate to thier kids, and don't expect the beer to be fruity.

Saisson DuPont and LaChuffe are others with great charachter




The three never miss brands for me are Duvel, Affligem, and Chimay. Although the Chimay is the one I feel is borderline.

Affligem makes a fantastic Christmas Ale that is the smoothest beer that I've ever had. No back bite after taste. And it will kick your ass.

But if you can't find it, the DUBBEL and TRIPLE ales are over proof and mighty fine.

Just get a champagne bottle stopper. It makes it so you don't have to consume the enitre bottle in one sitting. Unless your into downing 750ml of 8.5% beer.

For Duvel check
http://www.duvelusa.com/
Duvel is apparently Flemish for Devil.

And most people know Chimay. Its the least favorite of the three in my world. But some people swear by it.

But my absolute favorite Belgian beer is
Hoegaarden. It is pure Nirvana on a hot summers day. With a wedge of lemon. cue Homer drool...

http://www.silrubin.com/hoeg_white.htm

I've never gotten into Chocolate beers, or heavily fruit flavored beers. Dunno why.

TG

Good guide to Belgian nectar...
http://belgianstyle.com/mmguide/

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tikifish
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Posted: 2004-11-15 05:39 am   Permalink

I am trying to get my clients (and my boss) to give out booze for Xmas... every year i get useless t-shirts and trinkets, when what would be really aprecaited is a bottle of wine. Even if its not good wine, it can still find some use over the holdiays! There are places where you can get your own label put on a half decent wine, so your company can have its branded wine, and give those as gifts. Please, if you are in charge of your comany'sgift giving this year... give the gift of wine, and say no to Santa Squeezeballs!

 
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tikilee
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Posted: 2004-11-15 09:47 am   Permalink

I find that giving booze as a gift pretty rewarding. To make it more special go out and by a nice set of wine or pilsner glasses, a heavy tall beer mug, or tiki mug. Wrap them together. Seriously, wouldn't you like to open a gift to find a nice set of hurricane glasses and a bottle of Jamaican rum.
Here’s the best part’ Last year I bought my brother-in-law a case of Guinness and a Case of Bass Ale along with some heavy beer mugs. An hour later my dad and I was helping him drink his black and tans. This works great with cigars as well.
Most liquor around the holidays usually comes with something special, like a pair of glasses, shot glasses, or a flask. Keep your eyes open. Sometimes they even have special collector’s bottles.


 
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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2004-11-15 10:52 am   Permalink

I like giving booze as gifts. Giving out bottles of cordials, like Grand Marnier or Midori is cool because people who don't buy a lot of booze wouldn't normaly buy these for themselves.

 
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Tikiwahine
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From: Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2004-11-15 11:54 am   Permalink

My brother gave us an ice-o-mat crusher, stainless shaker, 4 stainless steel martini glasses(does that make them metals?) gin, vermouth, tequila, margarita mix, and a swell shag card as a wedding gift. VERY much appreciated! Booze is always a welcome gift in my household, and I never hesitate to give it either.


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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2004-11-15 12:47 pm   Permalink

For those in the NYC area, hers a great place to try out many a fine belgian ale.

BURP CASTLE.
http://www.brewist.com/burpcastle.html
A few photos and info

A review
http://www.realbeer.com/library/authors/smith-g/burp.php

The front window says it all

http://www.pubcrawler.com/Template/viewphoto.cfm?ID=1148-01282004050224-15098.jpg

Enjoy!

TG
http://www.exotic-tiki-gardens.com


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