best bar cart gifts 2019
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A Christmas gift for your favorite home bar enthusiast doesn’t have to cost a fortune—even if you’re gifting them the entire bar cart!

The bar cart has practically become the new throw pillow for any apartment living room or loft space. But it’s around the holidays when a bar cart really stands out—a vintage brass stunner dressed up in garlands and white mini lights may just upstage your tree (or replace it). Whether you’re looking to upgrade your own bar on wheels or liven up a friend’s with standout stemware, we’ve got you covered with these no-fail cocktail-minded presents for every budget—but none are over $100.

Parallels Double Old Fashioned Glasses, 4 for $38.40 from West Elm (normally $48)

Parallels Double Old Fashioned Glasses

West Elm

We definitely have a set of these vintage-vibe, just-flashy-enough cut crystal glasses on our wish list this season. They’re the ideal classic and refined vessel for an Old Fashioned (or two) or any other cocktail you create, especially during the festive holiday season—but if you’re looking for something a bit funkier, try these gold patterned glasses. (And if you’re feeling naughty, you can gift a set of “tipsy” glasses that always look like they’re falling over…)Buy Now

Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Whiskey, $46.99 from Saucey

Basil Hayden Dark Rye Whiskey

Basil Hayden

This intriguing blend of Kentucky rye whiskey, Canadian whiskey, and port is a perfect bottle to give during the colder months—though maybe not to strict whiskey purists. For everyone else who appreciates an interesting liquor, the complex oaky notes with caramel tones and dried fruit flavors mingled with sweetness and a bit of rye spice will prove a nice warming winter spirit (with, according to Sara Havens for The Alcohol Professor, a finish that tastes like sugar cookie dough).Buy Now

Scrappy’s Bitters New Classics & Essentials Gift Set Bundle, $49.99 from Amazon

Sscrappy's Bitters Classic & Exotic Sets Bundle

Amazon

Scrappy’s bitters are handcrafted in small batches from organic ingredients with no artificial flavors, dyes, or chemicals. This bundle of two boxes of sample size bottles includes both their New Classics and Essentials bitters sets; all together, there are eight flavors: chocolate, black lemon, lavender, cardamom, orange, Orleans (anise, citrus, and cinnamon), and Aromatic bitters (with vanilla notes), plus their Firewater (a habanero tincture balanced by subtle sweetness and floral notes). Perfect for the home mixologist who likes to experiment.Buy Now

Gold Pineapple Cocktail Picks with Holder, $49.95 from Williams Sonoma

Gold Pineapple Cocktail Picks with Holder

Williams Sonoma

Add a little whimsy to your pal’s bar cart with this charming golden pineapple with six matching cocktail picks for skewering drink garnishes—way better than those disposable wooden ones with the plastic frills. For a more affordable and sleekly modern option, try these silver cocktail picks in an etched holder from Etsy.Buy Now

Herb & Lou’s Infused Cocktail Ice Cubes, $36+ from Food52

Infused Cocktail Ice Cubes

Food52

These brilliant little blocks are designed to be frozen, then popped into a glass and doused with liquor for an insta-cocktail with multilayered flavors that only requires you to stir. There are five flavors in total, including The Cooper (with blood orange and ginger), The Cecile (with cucumber, watermelon juice, clover honey, and thyme), The Clyde (with peach, lemon juice, sage, rosemary, juniper, and vanilla), and The Oliver (an updated Negroni with wormwood extract). Each delightfully illustrated box contains 24 cubes of your chosen flavor. They’re also great for non-imbibers, as they can be splashed with seltzer for a ready-made mocktail.Buy Now

Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit, $25 each from Uncommon Goods

Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit

Uncommon Goods

If your mixologist is more into DIY, this infusion kit is a fun option that comes with a curated mix of dried fruit and spices. Choose from four options: Island Time Spicy Pineapple with cinnamon and cayenne; Parrot Head Strawberry Jalapeno with a hit of lime; Blue Sunday Blueberry Lavender with a little lemon; and Navel Gazer Spiced Orange with cinnamon and clove. All your recipient needs to do is add booze and wait about a week—but once that batch is gone, the pour spout-equipped jar can be reused for their own creations again and again.Buy Now

Classic Red Wine Decanter, $30 from Sur la Table

Schott Zwiesel Classico Red Wine Decanter

Sur La Table

A nice bottle of red is never a bad gift idea (ditto a recurring wine club subscription). But what’s even better is if you accompany it with a beautiful decanter for unlocking the full flavor of the wine itself. This glass decanter is pretty enough to use as a vase or art piece on the bar cart in between vino sessions. And if you want to be even more generous, consider throwing in a bottle brush perfectly shaped for cleaning the curvy interior of the decanter.Buy Now

Gold-Dipped Pinch Bowls, 2 for $58+ from Food52

Gold-Dipped Pinch Bowls

Food52

These gorgeous handmade bowls with touches of gold are the perfect size for small jobs, like holding your fancy Luxardo cherries during a cocktail party, for instance. But they can also move off the bar cart to hold condiments during a dinner party. They’re so enchanting, their new owner will doubtless find many excuses to use them and keep them in sight. They’re available in sets of two or three and various colors, so you can choose whatever combo will most appeal to your giftee.Buy Now

Project 62 Stainless Steel Ice Bucket with Tongs, $20 from Target

retro gold ice bucket

Target

An ice bucket is an item that’s easy to forget when stocking a bar cart, but it’s incredibly useful, and this one made of stainless steel with a retro gold finish is also attractive—and affordable. It comes with tongs so no one needs to reach their fingers into the communal ice chest.Buy Now

11-Piece Black Cocktail Shaker Set, $49.90 from Amazon

black cocktail shaker set

Amazon

If your giftee prefers to mix things up, you can outfit your bestie’s entire bar cart for under $60 with this sleek black matte metallic Boston shaker set with all the essential tools included: shaker, strainer, double jigger, muddler, bar spoon, and tongs. The set also comes in copper and silver to coordinate with any decor.Buy Now

Viski Crystal Mixing Glass, $30 from Sur La Table

Viski Crystal Mixing Glass

Sur La Table

For those who prefer their drinks stirred, not shaken, this elegant crystal mixing glass will look lovely on their bar cart even in between uses.Buy Now

“Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions,” $25.23 from Amazon

Cocktail Codex book

Amazon

The best-selling authors and mixologists behind the acclaimed Death & Co are at it again. This time, they’re crafting classic and original drinks built from six “root cocktails:” the Old-Fashioned, Martini, Daiquiri, Sidecar, Whisky Highball, and the Flip. If there’s one recipe book to prominently feature on a bar cart, this is it—but check out some of our other favorite cocktail books for more great options too.Buy Now

Novogratz Helix Gold Utility Cart, $48.87 from Amazon

Novogratz Helix Gold Utility Cart

Walmart

If you can’t swing a vintage bar cart on 1stdibs, this gold metal rolling cart is a sleek alternative. With three tiers, it has plenty of room for bottles and tools, but if you want a funkier retro look, try this under-$90 bar cart from Target. Alternatively, if you’re willing to go over $100, this gold metal and wood version has built-in bottle holders and a wineglass rack as well.Buy Now

Homecho Wine Bar Cart, $79.99 from Amazon

Homecho Wine Bar Cart

Amazon

If your recipient is more into industrial chic or farmhouse style, this bar cart is a great option. The rustic aged wood and metal construction is simple but striking, and it includes a wine bottle and glass hanging rack along with two shelves for holding plenty of tools and bottles. For about $150, this bar cart sports a similar style with a bit more bespoke flavor thanks to the raised handles and oversize wheels.Buy Now

Meyer Lemon Towels, 2 for $19.95 from Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Towels

Williams Sonoma

A towel is handy to keep on a bar cat for mopping up inevitable spills, and this one is particularly pretty (and thematic since citrus is such a common cocktail ingredient)—but more important, it’s still machine-washable, so not too precious to actually use as intended. Depending on your giftee’s proclivities, you can find the perfect print with a little looking, from Harry Potter houses and Parisian icons to vibrant florals for a splash of color. Tea towels are also a cute way to wrap up small gifts.Buy Now

Small Cutting Board With Magnetic Knife, $9.99 from Amazon

Small Cutting Board With Magnetic Knife

Amazon

A miniature cutting board is another thoughtful addition to any bar cart, perfect for slicing limes, other citrus, or small garnishes. This bamboo model has a nesting knife held in place by magnetic action, and is large enough to serve as a one- or two-person cheese board in case a cocktail snack is called for. Yet it’s sleek and small enough not to interfere with the overall aesthetic of the bar cart, whatever that may be.Buy Now

White Marble Coasters, $12.99 from World Market

white marble coasters

World Market

Marble is timeless and basically screams fancy. These geometric coasters are an easy (and affordable) way to say ‘bye bye’ to water rings in style.Buy Now

Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen Jar Candle, $14.95 from Amazon

Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen Jar Candle

Amazon

We love the warm flicker of a good candle on a mirrored bar cart. This pineapple-evergreen scent is seasonal without being too on-the-nose.Buy Now

Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits Trio, $89 from Seedlip Drinks

Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits Trio

Seedlip Drinks

Finally, while bar cart gifts would seem to go hand in hand with alcohol, mocktails have come a long way from their Shirley Temple origins. Now, even home mixologists are getting serious about crafting them just as carefully as they would a traditional mixed drink. These non-alcoholic spirits are made from complex blends of botanicals, herbs, and spices, to start you off on the road to a nuanced non-alcoholic cocktail that nonetheless tastes intoxicating.Buy Now

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This post was written by Dan Koday in 2018 and has been updated by Chowhound Editors with new images, links, and text.

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Dan Koday is a New York City based digital and social media content expert, writer, and editor. His work has been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, Robb Report, Marie Claire, BRIDES, Martha Stewart Living, and American Airlines, amongst many other prestigious publications. Before becoming a full-time digital and social media content consultant, Dan most recently held the titles of Managing Editor at Time Inc. and Digital Director for Teen Vogue. He is dad to a black and tan Pomeranian named Fluffy.
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