25 Fun Gifts to Stock the Bar Cart or Cabinet

updated Nov 1, 2021
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Bar carts and cabinets have been so popular for the past few years, you can’t really go wrong with gifting most folks on your list a little something something for this hot spot in their homes. From bottles of booze and bar tools to non-alcoholic spirits and everything in between, help them stock the bar with these essentials.

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This stud decanter really is, well, a stud. It’s reminiscent of a vintage piece one might find at an antique market but can be purchased new for less than $50. Hip and handsome, gift this decanter to anyone that appreciates a bit of glamour and wants to put their favorite liquor on display.

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Every host — and bar cart or cabinet — needs chic cocktail napkins. Made with Liberty of London fabric, these sophisticated sets are bound to please any entertainer and look great on the ‘gram to boot. An added bonus? The intricate floral prints will easily help camouflage spills.

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If you're looking to bring a bottle to a holiday dinner party, you can't go wrong with this medium-bodied red. It has notes of berry and currant with a bit of a spicy finish.

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Urban Outfitters

Cocktail books look lovely on display and will provide your pal with an activity for days when it’s too cold to venture outside to the local bar. This petite set is divided up based on alcohol type and will provide endless drink inspiration.

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Let your friends indulge their inner divas with this charming metal bell that gets all the more fun to press as the night progresses. It makes a darling stocking stuffer or white elephant gift, too.

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Could your sibling use an update in the drinkware department? In that case, gift a couple sets of Leeway's The Drinks Way. Each comes with five classic hand-blown, handsome glasses: wine, flute, coupe, a pint glass, and a tumbler. The best part? Every piece is dishwasher-safe.

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Not sure what to gift that person in your life who has everything? You can never go wrong with something monogrammed. These leather beauties are ultra-sophisticated and available in eight different shades, with or without metallic foil highlighting the letters.

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Katie Kime

Your friend who’s always up for a party will flip for this cheetah patterned ice bucket. Feeling ultra generous? Fill it with mini champagne bottles before gifting it.

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Optimist Botanicals

Want a botanical, herbaceous gin for mixing minus the hangover? Give this non-alcoholic spirit from Optimist a try. There are also vodka- and tequila-like versions available, and each bottle bears a beautiful hand-illustrated drawing of its ingredients.

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Burke Decor

What's wine without cheese, right? This little set will help your giftee serve both. It comes with a small acacia wood serving board and matching cheese knife plus a wine opener tool with a bottle opener and corkscrew.

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Corral bottles and glasses in a spunky tray that will add some pep to a living room sideboard or coffee table. This one comes in a fun quatrefoil shape and can easily be transported around a home as needed.

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This gorgeous amber-colored bottle will class up any home bar, but the proof (80-proof to be exact!) is in the taste of this newly-launched bourbon. Sip it neat or on the rocks, or stir a shot into your favorite aperitif.

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Total Wine

Who says rosé is only for summer? Let this pink drink transport your bestie to the South of France with its crisp, fruity finish. It doesn't hurt that the pretty, gray-and-white striped bottle is très chic either.

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Uncommon Goods

If your friend is all about Bloody Marys, they’ll 100 percent appreciate this stainless steel “branch” pick kit that makes it easy to deck out a pair of these classic drinks with toppings galore. Brunch at home just got way better.

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Bloodies require "juice," and Tito's — gluten-free and certified kosher — has been a crowd pleaser since the '90s. To really knock this boozy present out of the park, add the picks from above and a jar of olives or bottle of hot sauce.

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Throw it back to ancient Greece with this bottle opener that will match your pal's favorite bust sculpture. Seriously, this mini tool is like a tiny work of art and yet another great Secret Santa gift option.

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Cakebread Cellars

Bring a taste of Napa to your holiday dinner with this light white. Its citrusy notes complement a wide variety of dishes.

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No bar cart is complete without art, but the print you pick doesn’t need to be cheesy. Pay homage to a friend or family member's favorite watering hole or happy hour spot near or far with a piece like this one.

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What’s better than a good old-fashioned drinking game? Help them say goodbye to that basic deck of cards by showing up bearing this vibrant set. They'll want to display — and play with it — at all times. It even comes ready to gift in a decorative box!

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Total Wine

Treat the whiskey drinker in your life to a bottle of this bourbon. It starts strong and finishes smooth, making it the perfect holiday nightcap.

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World Market

When it comes to collecting cocktail glasses, the limit does not exist! Don't be afraid to present the entertainer in your life with this set of gorgeous cups that will brighten up their bar cart when not in use. Alternatively, split up the set, fill each cup with a couple of mini bottles of liquor, and check four friends off your holiday shopping list in one fell swoop.

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Williams Sonoma

This monkey-shaped cocktail shaker turns at-home bartending into a whimsical experience. Your most fun-loving friend won't be able to get enough!

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It can be difficult to source bar tools that look and feel sophisticated without breaking the bank, but here they are. This 10-piece brass kit merits a permanent spot on the cart or countertop and includes all the basics you need to craft cocktails at home (plus a wine opener and tongs!). The most artsy part might be the wooden base; it provides a warm, earthy contrast to whatever metal finish you choose — copper, brass, black, or chrome.

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Pottery Barn

This 12-bottle wine rack can hang with just about any kind of decor and be tucked right next to the bar cart. It even has a handle — you know, just in case you want the bottles to be a little closer to the festivities.

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Total Wine

This tequila's about as pure as it gets, made from only three ingredients: organically-grown mature blue agave, volcanic-filtered well water, and yeast. In fact, it's been made the same way for the past 25 years by the Padilla family in Jalisco, Mexico.

Additional reporting by Danielle Blundell