Shopping for the budding mixologist/boozehound in your circle can be as easy as picking up a quality 6-pack or a nice bottle of liquor (add a local twist by shopping from Middle West, Watershed, Brothers Drake Meadery, Four String Brewing and on and on and on…). Here are a few additional thoughts if you're looking for something more to round out the gift.

Shopping for the budding mixologist/boozehound in your circle can be as easy as picking up a quality 6-pack or a nice bottle of liquor (add a local twist by shopping from Middle West, Watershed, Brothers Drake Meadery, Four String Brewing and on and on and on…). Here are a few additional thoughts if you're looking for something more to round out the gift.

Growler

Columbus is flooded with top-notch brewers, so why not gift the beer lover on your list with a growler - we love the 32-ounce glass version from Growl! ($5) - along with a gift card from his or her favorite brewery. Among our current faves are Wolf's Ridge (hit the taproom and try anything brewed with coffee) and Land Grant Brewing in Franklinton, which pours one of the city's best IPAs with its Stiff-Arm. Growl! 2995 N. High St., Clintonville. 614-447-2337.growlcolumbus.com

Mitten Flask

The Mitten flask ($18.50) is the ideal product for introducing a warming glow to both body (they're mittens, after all) and mind (they double as a flask). It's also a gift that could transition easily between sledding hills and the stadium (not that we'd condone that kind of thing), and, in Ohio, it could be useful straight through to May. Pair these mittens with a quality bottle of bourbon from Weiland's Market for an even better gift. amazon.com; Weiland's Market, 3600 Indianola Ave., Clintonville, 614-267-9878,weilandsmarket.com

"The PDT Cocktail Book"

"The PDT Cocktail Book" ($24.95) is the ideal gift for anyone who regularly visits establishments like Curio or Mouton in search of boundary-pushing cocktails. Though gaining access to the NYC-based PDT can be a challenge (it requires a password and secret entry via a hot dog stand), the cocktails collected here can be whipped up with relative ease by most burgeoning home bartenders. amazon.com

Himalayan salt tequila glasses

Consider these Himalayan salt tequila glasses ($28 for a set of four) a classier, more grown-up version of that old college party staple. According to the product notes the salt works as a natural antibacterial agent, so there's no need to scrub these mid-party. And though they will gradually dissolve, they could last an entire summer at Sammy Hagar's beach house. Want to be an even better friend? Add in a top-shelf bottle of tequila or mezcal. uncommongoods.com

"Sideways" and a bottle of wine

Sure, "Sideways" ($15 on Blu-ray) dates back a few years, but it has aged like a fine, well, you know. Besides, no movie has better captured the mix of obsessiveness and eccentricity inherent in the most diehard wine lover, and it holds up wonderfully to repeated viewings (try it with the commentary from costars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church for an entirely new experience). Round it out the gift with a nice bottle of wine - just make sure it's not merlot, obviously. amazon.com