11 Gifts for the Beer Geek in Your Life

Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

The beer lover in your life doesn’t need another hilarious “Will Work for Beer” t-shirt this year. Instead, try one of these options.

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1. 99 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL SCRATCH-OFF; $35

It can be hard to find tasteful home décor that reflects a love of beer, and it can be just as tough to keep track of the brews you’ve tried. This print from Pop Chart Lab cleverly solves both issues by featuring 99 lauded beers—from American classics like Three Floyds’ Zombie Dust to European stalwarts like Drie Fonteinen’s Oude Geuze—in a scratch-off format. When your brew-loving buddy tries a new beer, he or she can scratch it off to track their progress. It’s like an instant lottery game, except they win every time.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

2. UKEG 64 PRESSURIZED GROWLER; $149

Growlers offer a great way to bring home a beer that doesn’t make its way into cans or bottles, but they’re not perfect. Unless you plan to drink all 64 ounces in a single sitting, you’re likely to end up with flat beer. Present a solution: The uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler uses a CO2 cartridge to ensure that the last pour from this growler is as lively as the first, and its custom tap makes it easy to pour one out.

Find It: Amazon

3. THE OXFORD COMPANION TO BEER; $44

Beer lovers can be a little obsessive about their passion, and if you’re shopping for someone who’s thirsty for knowledge, there’s no better place to start than this comprehensive reference. Edited by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, the Oxford Companion crams an incredible amount of information about beer culture, history, styles, brewing methodologies, and more into 900 pages. Even the most well-versed know-it-all will learn something from this text. And if you’re shopping for a beer-loving foodie, Oliver’s classic The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food makes an excellent gift, too.

Find It: Amazon

4. BEER CAP MAP OF THE UNITED STATES; $35

Brewers keep making more intricate and beautiful bottle caps, and it’s a shame to just chuck that art into the trash each time you pop a bottle. If your giftee is trying to drink their way through all 50 states, this fun wooden map helps them keep track of progress while preserving standout caps.

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5. LIBBEY CRAFT BREW SAMPLER CLEAR BEER GLASS SET; $33

Pouring a beer into a glass enhances the whole sensory experience each sip offers. By allowing the user to better see and smell what they're drinking, the glass is a valuable aid in fully enjoying each brew. And since different shapes of glasses suit different styles of beer, a beer geek’s glassware collection can never be too large. While there’s a dizzying variety of cool brewery-branded glassware on the market, this six-piece set from Libbey covers all the bases and enables your favorite beer geek to sip everything from dense Russian imperial stouts to refreshing German hefeweizens. Plus, at just $25, it's a steal.

Find It: Amazon

6. BROOKLYN BREW SHOP BEER MAKING KIT; $33

With a little know-how and the right recipe, home brewers can make beers that rival the offerings of their commercial counterparts. If someone on your list wants to dip their toe into the home brewing waters, Brooklyn Brew Shop offers kits that come with almost everything they'll need to make a gallon of beer. With styles ranging from Everyday IPA to Chocolate Maple Porter to Jalapeno Saison, there’s something for everyone.

Find It: Amazon

7. BEER SOAP; $10

For a number of reasons, it can be hard to enjoy a delicious, hoppy IPA whenever you want one. Enter the next best thing: catching a pleasant whiff of brew. Swag Brewery crafts soaps made with real beer. Available in nine varieties—including oatmeal stout, IPA, and Belgian witbier—these soaps will finally give you even more reason to wash your hands.

Find It: Amazon

8. DAS CAN-IN-STEIN; $14

Drinking from a pewter tankard is a great way to add a colonial-grog-house vibe to an evening, but it’s not always practical. Das Can-In-Stein changes that. Your loved one just needs to slip their favorite 12-ounce can into the frame and enjoy.

Find It: Amazon

9. BEER CARRYING BRIEFCASE; $28

Traveling with a six-pack can be tricky. You want to be inconspicuous, but you’ve got that bulky shape and bottles inevitably jingling together conspiring to blow your cover. Help a brew-loving buddy out. This padded briefcase securely holds a six-pack of standard 12-ounce bottles, enabling them to safely transport suds from point A to point B—all while feeling just a little bit like a secret agent.

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10. WESTMARK GERMAN HERMETUS RESEALER BOTTLE OPENER; $11

Downing an entire 22-ounce bomber of a boozy imperial stout or double IPA in a single sitting can be a delicious but questionable decision. With Westmark’s clever bottle opener, saving part of the bottle for the next day is a little easier. The Hermetus opener pops caps like normal, but once your giftee is ready to call it quits, it slides across the top of the bottle to form a tight, bubble-preserving seal.

Find It: Amazon

11. BEER; PRICE VARIES

Don’t overthink this. If you’re shopping for a beer lover, you can’t go wrong picking up a six-pack or growler as part of the gift. Free beer is the best beer, and you might get your recipient something they would have overlooked on their own shopping trips. If you’re traveling for the holidays, you’re sure to put a smile on a beer lover’s face by bringing them a local offering they can’t normally get their hands on. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a holiday gift pack that throws in a free glass with a few bottles.

10 Brilliant Gifts for the College Kid in Your Life

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If anyone needs a great holiday gift, it’s a broke college student. Give them something they’ll love (and use). May we suggest one of these?

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1. KEURIG® K55 Coffee Maker

College kids may not have time between classes to make—or drink—a full pot of coffee, making them perfect candidates for single-serve pod machines. This Keurig machine makes anywhere from 6 to 10 ounces. Plus, it’s compact for easy dorm storage, and comes in several different colors.

Find It at Amazon for $80 and also at these other retailers:

2. Ban.do "After This We're Getting Tacos" Gym Bag

Ban.do workout gym bag
Amazon

Just because exercise is healthy doesn’t mean it’s always fun. Help your reluctant student get to the gym with this cheeky bag, which is sure to help him or her make like-minded friends—who might know where a student group will be giving out free tacos that night.

Find It at Amazon for $35 and also at these other retailers:

3. Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Reviewing has never been easier with Moleskine’s smart pen set, a portable digital tool that converts hand-written notes into digital files in real-time, allowing drafts to be emailed or uploaded to a LiveScribe account with the push of a button. The smartphone app will even convert handwriting into digital text, though it doesn’t always recognize messier script.

Find It at Moleskine for $199 and also at these other retailers:

4. Uber Gift Card

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Joy ride: Most students can get from place to place on campus just fine, but they could probably use extra help hitting the town. Make sure they get on route safely with Uber gift cards.

Find It at Amazon for $25 and up and also at these other retailers:

5. Beyoncils

It’s hard not to be inspired by the wisdom of Beyoncé, and these nine handmade pencils are sure to remind the writer to be as confident as Queen Bey. They’re handmade and feature lyrics like “fresher than you,” “flawless,” and “I woke up like this.” For every set sold, LZPENCILS donates nine pencils—minus the lyrics—to a school in need.

Find It at Etsy for $18.

6. Roku Streaming Stick+

It's rare to find a college student these days who has a cable subscription, so you might as well give them the gift of streaming. This Roku streams smoothly in high definition and supports most major services like Netflix and Hulu.

Find It at Amazon for $50 and also at these other retailers:

7. Mophie Powerstation Mini

Mophie mini powerstation
Amazon

Help your favorite student keep smartphones charged during a full day of classes with Mophie’s ultra-fast portable charger. The gadget has the capacity to charge a cell phone about twice. Perhaps they’ll even use that extra battery power to call home.

Find It at Amazon for $24

8. State Bags KENT Backpack

Coral State Bags Kane Backpack
Amazon

Students can carry their books in style and feel good about it. For every backpack sold, STATE Bags gives one to a child in need. And it’s machine washable, just in case it ever ends up at a frat party.

Find It at Amazon and also at these other retailers:

9. Logitech Keys-To-Go Wireless Keyboard

Logitech Wireless Keyboard
Amazon

Let your student stand out in the lecture hall—and get work done on the go—with this bright-colored, stain-resistant bluetooth keyboard. Each one is compatible with both Android and Apple devices and can pack up to three months of battery power into one full charge.

Find It at Amazon for $50 and also at these other retailers:

10. Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera

Help them make college memories that won't just sit in a forgotten album on a smartphone. The Kodak Printomatic automatically creates high-resolution photos as soon as you capture them. The printed photos make for perfect dorm room decoration.

Find It at Amazon for $70 and also at these other retailers:

11 Awesome Gifts for Skincare Obsessives

Peace Out Skincare
Peace Out Skincare

Need a gift for someone who is constantly streaming pimple popping videos, purchasing sheet masks, and posting their daily skincare regimen to their Instastories? Look no further than this list.

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1. Dr. Pimple Popper “Zit Happens” Gift Set

An image of a canvas bag with "Zit Happens" on it, as well as two pimple popping tools.
Dr. Pimple Popper

In addition to a skincare line and a game, Dr. Pimple Popper—a.k.a. dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee—now sells awesome merch that every blackhead-popping superfan will want. Lee has everything from t-shirts and totes to stickers and socks to shot glasses and coffee mugs, but our favorite is the punny “Zit Happens” gift set. It comes with Lee’s SLMD Acne Spot Treatment, a comedone extractor, and blackhead tweezers in a cute, zip-shut canvas bag.

Find it at DrPimplePopper.com for $48.

2. Da Bomb Bath Fizzers“F” Bomb

An image of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers F Bomb.
Target

This lavender scented bath bomb is designed to soothe the skin and the mind: It dissolves to reveal a calming message.

Find it at Target for $5 and also at these other retailers:

3. Yensa Beauty Pumpkin Tumeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

An image of the Yensa Pumpkin Tumeric Mask.
Yensa Beauty

As its name implies, this mask—which is infused with eight orange superfoods, including pumpkin, ginger, carrot, honey, and orange—has a dual purpose: First it’s a mask, applied in a thin layer to damp skin and left to sit for up to 10 minutes so the ingredients can sink in; then, it’s a scrub, rubbed with warm water in circular motions to exfoliate. It gently polishes skin so it’s soft, smooth, and glowing, and smells good enough to eat (though that’s not recommended!).

Find it at Yensa Beauty for $45.

4. Kalastyle Modern Wash Coffee Soap

An image of Kalastyle Soap's Modern Wash Coffee Soap.
Kalastyle

This bar of soap doesn’t just smell like coffee—it’s also packed with real beans, ground into the perfect texture for exfoliating the face and body, ensuring smooth skin all over.

Find it at Kalastyle for $6 and also at these other retailers:

5. Dermovia Lace Your Face

An image of four Dermovia masks in their packaging.
Amazon

If your skincare obsessive is a fan of multitasking, Dermovia’s lace masks are the perfect gift: They’re equipped with straps at the ears and chin—which both fit over the ears—which helps the mask stay securely in place while providing compression and lift. And because they’re made of cloth, they can be used a second time. Lace Your Face masks come in eight varieties, from exfoliating papaya to healing yogurt, so there’s something for everyone, and once they feel how these masks fit, your skincare obsessed recipient will never go back to regular sheet masks.

Find it at Amazon for $55 for a pack of four or $15 for a single mask and also these other retailers:

6. Peace Out Skincare Acne Healing Dots

An image of Peace Out Skincare's Acne Healing Dots.
Peace Out Skincare

Skincare obsessives sometimes can’t resist picking at their zits, even though they know they shouldn’t—which makes Peace Out Skincare’s Acne Healing Dots the ultimate gift. Made of absorbent hydrocolloid technology (which is patent pending!) and infused with ingredients like salicylic acid, Vitamin A, and aloe vera, the adorable little dots are applied before bed and absorb oil, calm redness, and protect blemishes from picking for flawless skin. Peace Out Skincare also offers pore strips and their puffy eye patches—pick up the whole set this holiday!

Find it at Sephora for $19.

7. Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream

An image of Purlisse's Perfect Glow BB Cream.
Purlisse

Available in eight different shades, Purlisse’s Perfect Glow BB Cream hydrates and protects (it contains SPF 30) without clogging pores. It’s easy to apply and provides a natural finish; your skin-obsessed recipient can wear it under foundation for more coverage.

Find it at Purlisse for $35.

8. GlamGlow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment

An image of Glamglow's Supermud clearing treatment.
Amazon

Whether or not activated charcoal truly works on the skin hasn’t been rigorously tested, but that hasn’t stopped every beauty and skincare company from creating products made with the stuff. GlamGlow’s Supermud is one of those products, and users love it, touting its ability to clear up acne and blemishes—which makes it a perfect gift for the for recipients with oily or combination skin. The mask contains six acids (glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, pyruvic, and tartaric) that shrink pores and clear skin, and, of course, activated charcoal, which pulls in dirt and oil, among other gross stuff. As the mask dries, they’ll see (and feel!) the activated charcoal’s adsorption at work; oil-heavy areas turn a dark gray. Users should moisturize after use if their skin feels dry. If your loved one has sensitive skin, advise them to apply this mask in problem areas only.

Find it at Amazon for $57 and also these other retailers:

9. SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

An image of SkinMedica's HA5.
Amazon

Reviewers rave about SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, and for good reason: Applied with a bit of water after cleansing and toning but before moisturizer, it fills fine lines and wrinkles, evens out roughness, and pulls moisture from the air to hydrate the skin for eight hours to create super smooth skin. Plus, it feels really, really nice. Key ingredients include amino acids, antioxidants, algae and herbal extracts, plant stem cells, and Hyaluronic Acid (which is also produced by our skin cells naturally). HA5 is pricey, but a little goes a long way, so pick up the 1-ounce and pop it in your recipient’s stocking.

Find it at Amazon or Dermstore for $96 and also at these other retailers:

10. LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion

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Lush Cosmetics North America

Skincare obsessives likely have both a regimented skincare routine—and they shouldn’t forget the body! Insomniacs are obsessed with LUSH’s Sleepy Body Lotion, which is made with Glycerin, cocoa butter, and almond oil to moisturize and scented with lavender and tonka for ultimate relaxation—and the sweetest dreams.

Find it at LUSH for $10.

11. Beauty Routine Tee

This 100 percent cotton tee allows skincare enthusiasts to wear their routine with pride. Its a slim fit, so order a size up if your recipient prefers their shirts loose.

Find it at Amazon for $23.

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