Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Last-Minute

Save the excuses; we don’t have time for them today. Like many of us, you’re probably racing around to get at least one final present. Relax. We have some excellent gift suggestions that should be easy for you to find. A true holiday miracle.

Give Liquor.com advisor Jim Meehan’s The PDT Cocktail Book ($25), which came out last month and includes recipes for every drink served at his award-winning bar. Or pick up the brand-new 75th-anniversary edition of Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide ($15), edited by noted mixologist Jonathan Pogash. If you’re shopping for a beer lover, buy the exhaustive and recently published The Oxford Companion to Beer ($65) edited by The Brooklyn Brewery’s talented brewmaster Garrett Oliver.

Great gifts come in all shapes and sizes, such as the clever Silicon Ice Ball Maker ($12) from stylish Japanese housewares company Muji. (It’s the perfect accompaniment to a fine Scotch.) And forget about wrapping paper; use Built’s handy Cheers tote ($18) made from neoprene, which can keep a bottle of Champagne or vodka chilled on your way to a party.

This time of year, you can also find some limited-edition bottlings, like Sandeman’s Founders Reserve Port ($20) packed in tins featuring the brand’s historic art nouveau posters. Plus, The Macallan is offering its signature Sherry Oak 12-year-old Scotch ($50) in a series of special boxes bearing fascinating X-ray photographs taken by Nick Veasey. And Perrier-Jouët just released a set ($150) containing a bottle of its Belle Epoque 2004 vintage Champagne and two elegant flutes designed by artist Daniel Arsham.

Happy (shopping and) Holidays!

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