Raise Your Glass


My parents have pointed out to me a few times now that when it comes to holiday gift giving, at their age, they’d actually sort of kind of prefer I go for consumable items – like tickets to a show, a gift cert for a spa, or a bottle of my dad’s beloved Grand Marnier – as opposed to more ‘clutter’ for their house. I actually really like the idea of liquor as a holiday gift, because it’s something truly personal (everyone has their brand), and more often than not, liquor companies play up limited-edition brews or holiday gift sets around this time of year. But as a twist on that whole thing, I thought it would be cool for me to feature some liquor-inspired gift ideas to either accompany your boozy beverage purchase, or in lieu of your giftee’s already expansive alcohol collection. So without further ado…

For The Would-Be Bartender: Bartule – $44.99
If the person you’re shopping for has a wet bar in their basement or serves up the best mojitos at their annual summer BBQ, then they’ll definitely appreciate this all-in-one, modernist bar set-up. Although it takes up just a little bit of room, it actually features the essential gadgets for any night of getting a little buzzy – including an ice bucket, juicer, jigger, coaster / cocktail glass rimmer, corkscrew, and bottle opener. Available in six colours, this is a standout piece for any at-home brewmaster’s bar.

For The Big League Beer Drinker – Beer Wheel – $7.49 @ Organize.com
Boys and their beer. I’m not even being sexist here, because I do drink the odd pint here and there, but it seems like the truly beer-loving, brew-swigging experts out there are the guys. If someone in your family is a fan of the yeasty stuff, hook him up with this handy, way-affordable wheel to learn about beer styles from around the world, including the flavours, traits, and manufacturing process. As long as they’re not a know-it-all, this makes a swell stocking stuffer or Secret Santa present!

 

For The Immaculate Hostess: Scrabble Coasters – $29.95 @ Lakehouse
Eat, drink, and be merry when your precious furniture isn’t tarnished by a water ring or two. These funky cardboard Scrabble coasters will practically have people demanding to use one, and since there’s 54, you’ll never be short no matter how big your party. Bonus – consider using them for drinking games to liven things up that much more (like drawing a random coaster and having to do as many shots as on the letter – yikes for Z & Q!)

For The Refined Wine Palette – Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets – $139+ each @ The Wine Establishment
These beautiful, cloth-bound books are filled with a hidden bounty designed to tickle any wine connoisseur’s nose. Each gift set includes twelve aroma vials featuring the most commonly incorporated tastes in white, red, and oak cask-aged wines. The idea? Sniffing each vial (and reading about it with the included instruction booklets) trains our brains and our noses to easily identify flavours with a single whiff. The more sensitive your nose, the more flavourful your future fine wine sipping will be. Alternatively if you want to be able to spot a badly brewed bottle, there’s also the ‘Wine Faults’ set that sharpens your senses to avoid a rancid glass of wine. Definitely a splurge, but a worthy one if someone on your shopping list just screams VINO!

For The Whiskey Whisperer: Polar Stones Whiskey Rocks – $20+ @ Polar Stones
Never get between a man and his whiskey – this much I can tell you. And that goes for water too, which when frozen into ice cubes, has the habit of getting between an alcoholic beverage’s complex flavours and your tongue. Enter Polar Stones, an ingenious Canadian-made product that allows you to chill your favourite drink (including rye, bourbon, and rum – among many others) to the perfect temperature without watering it down – meaning you can quite literally enjoy your drink on the rocks. These cube-shaped rocks are made from soapstone, which thanks to its non-porous properties, makes it odourless and tasteless. They’re also pre-tumbled to ensure even cooling and to avoid scratching up your glasses. So how does it work? Simply store your Polar Stones in the freezer and pop them into your beverage when you’re ready to kick back and drink up. Also cool? Polar Stones sells moustache-emblazoned leather-wrapped flasks, making this an ideal groomsmen, boyfriend, or dad gift idea – fill up the flask with his favourite drink, and gift it to him alongside a bag of Polar Stones.

If you’re ready to indulge in a little holiday cheer, you may be in luck. I’m giving away three awesome prizes from Polar Stones to three very lucky winners. They are:

9-Piece Polar Stones Gift Set – Enough to chill three beverages (any more and you risk losing the dynamic flavour palette of your favourite drink) + you’ll be able to properly store your stones with the included muslin bag.

3-Piece Engraved Polar Stones Whiskey Blocks – Go big or go home – you’ll only need one of these jumbo-sized stones to keep your drink chilled. As a bonus, these stones come engraved with the Polar Stones’ Inuit art-inspired logo.

Whiskey Rock & Flask Kit – Just in time for Movember, gift your man with a leather-wrapped flask and a set of stones to keep his favourite drink perfectly chilled.

Wanna win? Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by December 2nd on which liquor-inspired gift idea you’d most like to give (or receive).

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 3rd to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like or Follow Polar Stones on Facebook / Twitter to earn up to two bonus entries. Simply leave your Facebook username / Twitter handle in the comments below so I can track your bonus entries. 

Comments
109 Responses to “Raise Your Glass”
  1. Dreena says:

    I like the Scrabble Coasters – so fun! Also that little Polar Stones flask is cute!
    Cheers.

  2. Dreena says:

    I follow Polar Stones on Twitter as @Alexandrina_M

    Cheers.

  3. Evan says:

    The Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets look great for gift-giving. Thanks so much.

  4. Louise says:

    I would love the For The Would-Be Bartender: Bartule I would give this as a gift to my favorite bartender

  5. Louise says:

    Follow Polar Stones on Facebook-fb name Louise gilbert
    I follow polar stone on twitter-wildcardacehigh (louise gilbert)

  6. Linda says:

    This would be my choice – For The Would-Be Bartender: Bartule – $44.99

  7. Elaine D says:

    I liked PolarStones on Facebook as Elaine Dyck and would love these as a gift for my hubby!

  8. Lea says:

    Wiskey stones would be a great gift, have discovered different types of wiskeys and
    that is what friends and family are getting for Christmas

  9. Nikki says:

    I would choose the Whiskey Rock & Flask Kit for my fiance 🙂

  10. I would choose Whiskey Rock & Flask Kit for my fiance 🙂

  11. I also “Liked” polar stones on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/originalmissnikki and “followed” Polar Stones on Twitter https://twitter.com/MissNikkiDotCom

  12. Sandra P says:

    Whiskey rock & flask for my Dad

  13. Wendy Dickinson says:

    I think my husband would love to receive the For The Whiskey Whisperer: Polar Stones Whiskey Rocks.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  14. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Liked on Facebook as Wendy Dickinson.

  15. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Liked on Twitter as @wendylady75

  16. julie says:

    i would love the Polar Stones Whiskey Rocks *LIKED ON FACEBOOK AS JULIE SNOW :)*

  17. John Crawley says:

    Like Polar Stones on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/john.crawley.311
    Would love to get the Rfined Wine Palette

  18. Patricia says:

    The Scrabble Coasters are a cute idea

  19. love the scrabble coasters

  20. Sean Pynaert says:

    I’d like the beer wheel

  21. jen says:

    Polar Stone Whiskey Rocks – this would be a great gift for my boyfriend ; his drink of choice is single malt on the rocks, but he often drinks it neat to avoid it the water effect.

  22. Vivian D says:

    I think the Scrabble coaster are a fun idea.

  23. pinecone8 says:

    I love the Scrabble Coasters!
    ‘Like’ Polar Stones on FB (Tricia Cooper)
    ‘Following’ Polar Stones on Twitter (pinecone8)

  24. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets – $139+ each @ The Wine Establishment would be the perfect gift for me.

  25. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    Liked Pola stone on FB Brenda Fournier-Lacourciere

  26. LS says:

    The Scrabble coasters are pretty cool.

  27. intensev5 says:

    I really like the Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets from The Wine Establishment

  28. Nancy says:

    the Polar Stones Wiskey Rocks

  29. I like the Le Nez De Vin Gift sets

  30. krista maksymchuk says:

    I like the Bartule

  31. Debbie Petch says:

    I like the 3 piece engraved whiskey stones!

  32. Debbie Petch says:

    I liked the Polar Stones facebook.!

  33. Debbie Bashford says:

    I like the Bartule

  34. Mary Ann Dudragne says:

    I like the Whiskey Rocks… I enjoy a good Scotch on the rocks, and this would truly be the real thing (much better than ice that waters down the good malt whiskey.)

  35. Debbie Bashford says:

    I liked them on Facebook

  36. Debbie Bashford says:

    I follow them on twitter @skeetersden

  37. Holly Sproule says:

    I like the Polar Stones and definitly the moustache flask! I also liked them on fb.

  38. I’d love to receive the Bartule. It looks cool, as well as useful. I’ve liked Whisky Rock on Facebook (Alison Braidwood).

  39. Florence C says:

    Whiskey Rock & Flask Kit

  40. Florence C says:

    Liked Polar stones on Facebook

  41. Florence C says:

    Following polar stone on twitter @fossie55

  42. catcou says:

    The Polar Stones Whiskey Rocks – $20+ @ Polar Stones

    I’ve wanted a set of these since reading about them in the LCBO Food & Drink.

  43. Vesper says:

    I would like the 3-Piece Engraved Polar Stones Whiskey Blocks

  44. Vesper says:

    Follow Polar Stones on Twitter – vesper1931

  45. Susan says:

    I love the Polar Stones and the Scrabble coasters!

  46. I love the whisky rocks–I’ve actually tried these (a friend has them) and they’re perfect!

  47. Followed Polar Stones on Facebook.

  48. shondra says:

    I would love to give or recieve the polar stones whiskey rocks.

  49. Lisa Morrison says:

    I like the Polar Stones.

  50. Martha Lamarche says:

    My choice (to give OR get) would be the 9-piece polar stones gift set.

  51. I love the Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets!

  52. I follow Polar Stones on Twitter @rebthecatsitter

  53. Tanya says:

    I love the Scrabble Coasters!

  54. Tanya says:

    Followed on twitter: @tagna09

  55. mousecat says:

    I’d most like to give the Polar Stones! How cool are those??!

  56. Victoria Ess says:

    I would love to try the Whisky Rocks!

  57. angela mitchell says:

    I like to give the Bartule to my husband.

  58. angela mitchell says:

    Like Polar Stones of Facebook
    Angela Mitchell

  59. angela mitchell says:

    Follow Polar Stones on Twitter @skyalive1976

  60. stacey h says:

    i really like the Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets

  61. stacey h says:

    follow Polar Stones on twitter
    @tooliecat

  62. Donnas says:

    I like the Bartule.

  63. Donnas says:

    I like Polar Stones on facebook as Donna Lee.

  64. Barbara B says:

    I love the Polar Stones engraved Whisky Blocks. Interesting.

  65. Jennifer R says:

    I would love to give the Scrabble coasters to my sister. We play Scrabble on FB everyday together!

  66. Susan Spidle says:

    I like the bartule

  67. marlene says:

    Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets – $139+ each @ The Wine Establishment

  68. sonja says:

    3-Piece Engraved Polar Stones Whiskey Blocks – Go big or go home – you’ll only need one of these jumbo-sized stones to keep your drink chilled. As a bonus, these stones come engraved with the Polar Stones’ Inuit art-inspired logo.

  69. sandy says:

    The polar stones would be very cool!

  70. Joan G says:

    I like the Bartule – my daughter is just finishing off a bar in her recroom and it would be a perfect gft.

  71. Adina H. (@Adinagator) says:

    I would like to give the Beer Wheel to a friend I met in university.

  72. alison k says:

    I would most like to give/receive the Bartule – $44.99 ‘cos it’s both elegant, practical & most versatile for the majority of people I know.

    Bonus Entry: Liked (Alison K) and Followed (SoulSeeker0) Polar Stones on Facebook / Twitter to earn up to two bonus entries.

    Thank you

  73. I would love the Scrabble. So cute!

  74. Sarah says:

    I like the scrabble coasters

  75. ron says:

    Polar Stones Whiskey Rocks.

  76. Natalie says:

    I love the Bartule as a little hostess gift for a holiday party organizer.

  77. pacificnxnw says:

    I’d love to give the flask to my bro!

  78. pacificnxnw says:

    I like on FB (Erin W) and follow on twitter (@erockspell)

  79. Kelly P says:

    Love-Love-Love the BarTule! Great idea! My hubby would love the Whiskey Rocks.

  80. I would love to give Polar Stones Whiskey Rocks, I think they are very unique and cute, what a great idea, I also liked their facebook page, fb username Cheryl MacIntyre

  81. Kiki says:

    The “Scrabble Coasters” are so nifty! They speak to my inner word nerd!

  82. Melanie D says:

    I really like the Polar Stones Whiskey Rocks. I imagine if I gave my mom a drink with the rocks inside it, she would start screaming. I think it looks wicked!!

    I follow PolarStones on twitter – @melzzzzzzzzz

  83. tegan says:

    I love giving or getting wine. It feels so practical… maybe just because I really love wine?

  84. steph says:

    Whiskey Rock & Flask Kit is super cool!

  85. Victoria Ess says:

    Followed as @VictoriaEss2, liked as Victoria Ess

  86. Caroline Morin says:

    My father-in-law would absolutely adore the Beer Wheel.

  87. caroneko says:

    I like on FB (Caroline Morin) and follow on Twitter. (@caromorin)

  88. sarah snow says:

    The Scrabble set would be sweet. I likes polar stones on facebook (shamrock Snow)

  89. Pat B says:

    I’d like the scrabble coasters

  90. Sophia says:

    I really like the polar stones and the bartule. Both make beautiful and useful gifts!

  91. Sophia says:

    Followed Polar Stones on Twitter: @FabAndSassy

  92. Trina V says:

    whiskey stones would be a super idea

  93. aimee says:

    the scrabble coasters look fun

  94. aly3360 says:

    I think the Le Nez De Vin Gift Sets would make a really awesome gift!!

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  95. aly3360 says:

    I like Polar stones on fb (amber lynn)

  96. Myra says:

    The polar stones!!! We have a tiny freezer for a fairly large family so we never have enough space for ice cube trays. These stones would be awesome!

  97. Karen says:

    Polar stones would be great!!!!!!

  98. lisa bolduc says:

    the Scrabble Coasters – $29.95 @ Lakehouse would be great in a game room

  99. Angela Gray says:

    The scrabble coasters are super cute!

  100. prairiebelle says:

    I would love the Bartule

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  101. prairiebelle says:

    I follow PolarStones on twitter as prairiebelle

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  102. prairiebelle says:

    I like Polar Stones on facebook as belinda m

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  103. Stacey says:

    I would love to get the whiskey stones

  104. I would love to get the whiskey stones

  105. Dee B says:

    The scrabble coasters are amazing!

  106. lori butler says:

    scrabble coasters

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