Looking for a Christmas gift?

Finding a good gag Christmas gift can be difficult.  But when you are looking for a gift for that special someone, like dear old Uncle Jim or your favorite bartender, the job becomes even more difficult.  Following are some suggestions for vintage cocktail related gifts.

1. Cocktail Mittens

I would love to find a pair of the cocktail mittens shown above (believe me, I’ve looked). Not only are they practical (keeping your hands toasty warm while you shake up a batch of daiquiris) but they are musical as well.  Little bells are sewn inside, so you can actually play Jingle Bells while shaking. Some enterprising someone should sew up a few of these mittens (with bells, of course) and offer them for sale.  I bet they would sell like hotcakes!

2. Jigger Whack

The Jigger Whack sounds like a practical gift….combination ice mallet, ice scoop and jigger.  The top ad says it has “a thousand uses”.  Hmmmm.  In any case, the good news is that you can actually find these on line!


The “merry-go-round” revolving bar was offered in at least three different versions and you can find them on line.  It certainly would add interest to someone’s vintage barware collection.

4. Hang Over Mixer Set

Other than having a clever name, the “Hang Over” mixer set doesn’t seem to have much of a purpose.  The high hat jigger hangs off the side of the mixing cup. And the purpose for that would be????

5. Jigger Chaser

The “jigger chaser” might look familiar to some of you.  They are known as quaffer double bubble layer shot glasses today.  You see many new ones on line with the Jack Daniels logo on them.  But the patent for this design actually dates back to 1939.  If you look hard enough, you might be able to find a vintage jigger chaser.

6. Swizzle Stick Termometers

These thermometer swizzle sticks look down right dangerous.  Mercury cocktails anyone?  But vintage boxed sets can still be found.  The Ohio Thermometer Co. offered a version as did the John L. Chaney Co.


The “sportsman’s mixer” is kind of strange.  You get a canoe paddle stirrer, a tennis racquet strainer and a shotgun shell shaped mixer.  Unusual grouping.

8. Thingama Jigger

If you are looking for a gift for your plumber, the Thingama-Jigger would be the perfect choice.  But try to find one!

9. Martini Meter

Now I really like this “martini meter”.  It has a cork top with a little green bulb that looks like an olive.  It is made to fit into your bottle of vermouth. Squeeze the bulb and dispense vermouth into your drink, drop by drop.  It holds 724 drops (one ounce total). Invento RX Martini offered these with Noilly Prat branding and a box with gorgeous graphics.  Every now and then you see one for sale.

10. Walking Jigger

These walking jiggers are truly a fun gift.  Both Poynter Products and Invento offered them (the Invento jigger came in a leather like case).  There are some that can be found on line. I do like the concept.

11. Martini Spike

You can definitely find these vintage Gorham sterling silver martini spikes on line (in the original box).  Nice classy gift.

12. One Arm Boozer

I really don’t know how this slot machine whiskey dispenser “one-arm boozer” works. I have seen one, with box, on line (directions included) and it looks complicated! It takes all coins except 50 cent pieces and is battery operated.  But it is different, that’s for sure.

So there you have it! Hope you find this list helpful. Unfortunately, you can’t find any of these items at my Etsy shop.  And I’m really serious about those martini mittens. Someone should be making them….

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1 Response to Looking for a Christmas gift?

  1. KerryCan says:

    This is amazing! What a bunch of fun, and crazy, gadgets–I can just imagine someone, with a real bartending fixation, wanting to collect them all!

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