It's that time of year when we want to acknowledge our friends and family by buying them thoughtful gifts that we know they'll love. If your recipient(s) are beer lovers, look no further than this list which includes my favorite gifts, all of which cost less than $40.
I'm going to assume that, if they're a beer lover, they already have plenty of specialized glassware, growlers, bottle openers, etc. so no need to add to their collection unless they have specifically asked for a certain item in this category. Instead, let's focus on some fun and unique gifts that are sure to please. I have highlighted products that are handmade in the Pacific Northwest. All prices are accurate at time of posting.
I personally have three different pairs of beer socks that I have received as gifts. I love them all! There are many styles for men and women so just pick the ones you like best. Here are some suggestions:
Show your love for beer with a little auricular adornment.
Moisturize and cleanse your skin with the added benefits of hops and other natural ingredients.
Not just for Valentine's Day, this is a special treat for both the chocolate and beer lover in your life.
Mindy Humphrey has been making wallets, luggage tags, passport covers and other fun items from repurposed six-pack boxes since 2010. Prices range from $9.00 to $30.00 so there's something for even the smallest budget.
Many beer lovers like to participate in bottle shares so they need a way to transport all of that precious beer. A well-designed sturdy, leak-proof, insulated bag that holds anything from cans to 750 ml bottles upright like this one is what you want.
My friend Jeff Alworth took two full years to research and write The Beer Bible. It is my go-to resource for all things beer. It's really easy to pick up and read just one chapter at a time when you're curious about the history, traditions and brewing techniques for a certain style of beer.
I'm also a big fan of Randy Mosher's Tasting Beer. The updated, second edition was just published this year. It has everything you ever wanted to know about beer styles and what imparts flavor in beer.
I have a set of these beer mug lights hanging above the windows around my kitchen dining area. They're a nice touch for parties and add some much-needed light in the dark, winter months.
Another useful household item is this set of beer-themed coasters:
If you're still not sure what to get for your favorite beer lover, you can't go wrong with a gift card for a local homebrew supply store (if they make their own beer) or for their favorite bottle shop or tap room. Maybe they'll even share the beer(s) they pick out with you!