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.

White Marble Coasters, $14.99 at Target


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.See It

Stonewall Kitchen’s Ski Lodge Soy Candle, $12.95 at Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Kitchen

We love a good candle on a mirrored bar cart. This juniper, vanilla, and cedarwood candle is one of our holiday favorites—the scent will transport you to a cozy mountain chalet.See It

Maison Numen Martini Glass Pick Set, $190

Maison Numen

We definitely have a set of these show-stopping glasses on our wish list this season. Designed by glass expert Vanessa Mitrani, they’re hand blown with thin bronze stems, and the ideal vessel for a martini (or two).See It

Owney’s Rum, $40 at Reserve Bar


This super-premium blended white rum is named after iconic Prohibition-era hustler and rum runner Owen ‘Owney’ Madden. Bottled in New York City, it’s a blend of Owney’s Distiller’s Reserve and two-year-old cask-aged Dominican rum. The bottle is a conversation-starter unto itself.See It

Wood and Copper Bar Tools & Accessories, $3.99-$39.99 on World Market

World Market

You can outfit your bestie’s entire bar cart for around $100 or pick up just a few of these standout wood and copper cocktail tools. They come in all the must-haves: a jigger, strainer, bar spoon, serving tray, and ice bucket. And at just $4, the Wood And Copper Bottle Opener is easily the stocking stuffer you don’t have to think twice about this season.See It

Hangar 1 Vodka: Fog Point, $134 on Reserve Bar

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This premium vodka comes with an interesting origin story—and a gorgeous bottle. Hangar 1 collected Northern California fog and turned it into fresh water. It was then blended with distilled white wine from the same region. The result is a crisp sipping vodka that tastes of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle. Hangar 1 also makes a rosé vodka for $32 if you’re looking to keep your bar cart thematic.See It

Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions,” $25.47 on 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.See It

Better Homes & Gardens Fitzgerald Serving Cart, $64 on


If you can’t swing a vintage bar cart on 1stdibs, this gold metal and classic glass version is a steal. With two tiers and built-in bottle holders, it has plenty of storage space for bottles, glasses, or bar tools of varying heights and sizes.See It

Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia, $205 on Reserve Bar

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This extra-añejo from the first family of tequila’s private collection is made of 100 percent blue agave and aged in French and American oak barrels in the family’s cellar for at least three years. It’s also delightfully packaged in a collectible wooden box, decorated each year by a different Mexican artist.See It

El Guapo Bitters Flight, $95 on NOLA Boards

NOLA Boards

El Guapo bitters are handmade in New Orleans, with uniquely NOLA names. Think Crawfish Boil, Gumbo, and Chicory Pecan. Choose any four for your flight, which includes a holder in a choice of cherry, maple, or walnut woods.See It

Aviation American Gin, $33 on Reserve Bar

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If this particular spirit is good enough for Mr. Blake Lively, it’s good enough for us. Ryan Reynolds bought the boutique gin producer earlier this year after realizing it was the key ingredient in his favorite Negroni. Whether you agree that the American craft gin is smoother and easier to drink than its British counterparts is up to you. Not up-for-debate: This good-looking bottle is a must for any dude’s liquor stash.See It

RH Gibson Bar Cart, $1,195 on Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Taking its name from the classic cocktail, this beaut is ‘70s chic with two shelves and a removable mirrored tray. With two color options—polished brass or polished nickel—it’ll be the showpiece in any room.See It

HappyFiestaDesign’s Cocktail Recipe Cards, $5.30 on Etsy


For a gift with a personal touch, use this digital file to print out cocktail recipes and gift to friends. If you need one to get you started, we’re a fan of the Nite Lite from Daniel Zacharczuk of Los Angeles’ Bibo Ergo Sum. The main ingredient being Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon (2oz), mixed with 2 teaspoons of apricot liqueur and 1 teaspoon each of Frangelico, simple syrup, and a rhubarb-based bitter like Amaro Sfumato. Stir over a large cube of ice and serve in a double Old Fashioned glass with a lemon twist.See It

Highest Rated Wine Case, $267 on Naked Wines

Naked Wines

A nice bottle of red is never a bad gift idea. Even better is a whole case to fill up that bar cart. Especially when said case is full of bottles from independent wine producers all over the world. Naked Wines, a customer-funded wine business, put together a box of some of the most popular wines it sells. For about $22 a bottle, you’ll get a diverse selection of reds and whites. Pro tip: the case is almost $150 cheaper for members.See It

Pernod Ricard’s Prestige Bar Cart, $2,400 on Reserve Bar

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For gift givers with truly deep pockets, there’s this fully stocked bar cart. It’s definitely a splurge, but the time you’ll save acquiring these premium bottles— Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut and Martell XO Cognac—as well as crystal glasses and flutes, and bartender-approved Elyx copper barware might just be worth it.See It

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