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Your Guide to Summer Gift Giving

Christmas has nothing over spring and summer when it comes to the onslaught of events that require gift-giving. But Dad doesn’t need another tie, and who can keep up with book-bag trends for the college-bound (or exiting)? And brides and grooms? Well, they could use some inspiration. Try one of these well-fermented ideas.

An assortment of gifts from Try the World.
Photo courtesy Try the World

Gifts for Graduates

A personalized growler.
Personalized Growler / Photo courtesy Wine Enthusiast

Great for the professional student heading to grad school, this sleek, stainless steel growler ($49.95) can be personalized and allows alums to keep tabs on their tanks. Bonus: The flip-top cap can’t get lost at the tailgate, and it keeps your suds sudsy.

And what’s beer without something to nibble? Hook your grad up with a monthly supply of treats from Try The World ($39.99). This cool little box of international snacks will help stave off hunger and perhaps make the recipient a more informed world citizen.

A diagram of Urwerk's Flask 2
Urwerk’s Flask 2 / Photo courtesy Urwerk

Fawn Over Your Father

Macallan Rare Cask and Mitcher's 10 Year Kentucky Straight Rye.
Photo courtesy Macallan / Mitcher’s

Swiss watchmaker Urwerk’s Flask 2 ($2,500) is a design-obsessed dad’s dream. There are 156 parts in this nifty titanium and stainless steel device, created with renowned Scotch producer The Macallan. Highlights include retractable winglets that act as a stand, two booze chambers and a display wheel to note the age and wood-type of the spirit inside. Get them while (if) you can: There are only 500.

Fill that fancy new flask with a limited-release Macallan Rare Cask ($300), with rich notes of dark chocolate and orange zest influenced by time in former Sherry barrels. In the second chamber, go all-American with the heady 92.8-proof Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Rye ($150), a rarefied (like Dad) annual release rife with notes of toffee and spice.

Drinkware from Thirsty Nest
Photo courtesy Thirsty Nest

Savvy Stocking Up for Couples

Forget the toaster and towels. Stock the bar for those newlyweds instead. One-click registry Thirsty Nest offers curated wines and spirits, glassware and cocktail accoutrements, as well as site-centric tips on how to throw memorable shindigs.

From Mouth ($82/three-month subscription), Cocktail Hour Every Month ships goods for a home mixology session. Each box is built around a particular cocktail and supplies artisanal mixers and snacks to create a perfect cocktail hour.