Trader Tiki’s Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by TraderTiki on December 9th, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, Tools

With the upcoming gift giving season, I thought I’d throw out this little gift guide.  Consider this your shopping list for the Tikiphile or Mixologist in your life.  Hell, just give yourself a little something this hoilday season, you deserve it.  The following items are tried and true, tested, touched and tamed and approved by me personally.

Waring Pro Ice Crusher

Waring Ice Crusher Pro

Coming in around $80, this sucker’s just the right thing for throwing a tiki-drink party or two.  Not great for the day to day one round evenings, but this sucker saves hours and a few wrists before full-fledged events.  We used this at Teardrop for a few Tiki Tuesdays, so it can take whatever abuse you’ve got for it.

Clément XO

Rhum Clément XO

Possibly the best high-end Rhum I’ve ever had.  Coming in around $150, this would be a gift for someone REALLY special in your life, and hopefully someone with a strong inclination for sharing.  Seriously, liquid gold.

St Elizabeth Allspice Dram

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

One of the most useful substances known to bartenders, this Allspice Dram carries plenty of funk and a lot of allspice punch to whatever it touches.  One quarter ounce goes a long way, so it’s the gift that will keep on giving.  Used in classics, classic tiki cocktails, and even a few new drinks, this is definitely one for everyone’s liquor cabinet.  Priced around $30.

Orange Bitters Collection

Orange Bitters Collection

Love a Martini, but not sure that Regan’s is the right Orange Bitters for you?  This collection gives you a thorough sampling of Orange Bitters currently on the market.  Angostura just came out with their product earlier this year, and it’s already quite the sensation.  Sells for $21.95 through

Ypsilon Cocktail Glasses

Anchor Hocking Ypsilon Acqua

Used by the fine folks at Teardrop, the improvements over the traditional cocktail glass are VAST.  Let me tell you, when carrying a big tray of glasses, this is a drastic improvement over the easily spillable traditional cocktail glass.  Doesn’t look that great with a rim, but they’re quite durable.  They’re priced anywhere from $72 to $130, depending on where you go.  Best to find them at a local restaurant supplier.

Trader Vics Mai Tai Glasses

Trader Vic’s Glassware

I’ll have to admit, these are not the sturdiest pieces of glassware, and they’re a bit pricey, but damned if they don’t add a touch of the debonair to any drink that fills them.  A Mai Tai just don’t look right without one.  Don’t forget to enter “MaiTai” at checkout for a 10% discount.

Barkcloth Shirt

Vintage Barkcloth shirt

My closet is filled with these suckers, and I don’t mind sharing the look.  Originally developed to imitate Tapa, barkcloth is a sturdy material with a unique woven texture.  You’ll usually find these in your local mid-century modern store, or vintage clothing store.  Goodwill or Salvation army can be a tough find, though there’s always a large selection of SOME kind of Hawaiian shirt there.  The bonus feature on these shirts?  Shiny gold buttons.  Dig it!

Bon Vivants Companion

Bon Vivant’s Companion from MudPuddle Books

Someone somewhere at sometime ago decided he could just reprint some out of copyright material off of PDFs from google books, rewrap it in plastic and make a mint.  These are not they. The classic cocktail book selection from MudPuddle Books are extreme quality reproductions, down to the typeface, binding, and cover.  Reading these online is fine, holding a real quality reproduction in your hand can be down-right breathtaking.

Fugu, by Munktiki

Fugu Sipper from Munktiki

Strong ceramic, lovely coloring, and a bit of whimsy.  These are what I’ve come to expect from Munktiki over the years.  These Fugu Sippers are the perfect addition to a mug collection, or way to start a new one.  Besides, how else are you going to hold your Fugu for Two?

Well, there’s what I’d get for myself if I didn’t already have most of the stuff above already. If none of these are quite floating your boat, you can always check out the Forbidden Island 2008 gift guide, the Tiki Talk Holiday Gift Guide, and of course, interesting reads on the Library page.


Comment by Kimmy Kupcake

I’ve been waiting for you to write this and so very glad that you did. I forwarded it on to Drew with a big hint towards wanting the ice crusher for Christmas. I’m tired of banged up hands after using our vintage hand crank ice crusher.

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 11:29 am

Comment by Tiare

NICE gift guide Trader! mele kalilimaka.

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Comment by Martin

Cheers for the plug, holmes.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 9:34 am

Comment by Jeff Frane

I can only find the Ypsilon glasses listed in cases of 12, which is a bit more than I really want. Is there a store in Portland that might carry them and sell by the piece?

Posted on December 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm

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