Novelty Bar Gifts

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    Novelty Bar Gifts

    Novelty bar items can make sophisticated or silly gifts for someone with a home bar or for those who like to entertain with flare. From antique bar signs and advertisements to wine cork stoppers or accessories such as customised cocktail napkins, novelty bar items are popular gifts at stag parties, recognition events and birthdays. When giving a gift related to alcohol, consider the recipient's age and personal preferences.

    Novelty bar items add extra fun to a home bar or liquir cabinet. (bar image by daniel sainthorant from

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    Beer Signs

    Add a splash of colour to the walls of the bar, or just a flash to the past, with an old-fashioned beer sign. Select a popular phrase such as "Free Beer Tomorrow" or an old advertisement such as "Guinness is Good for You." Browse thrift stores or antique markets for the antique metal signs or shop novelty stores for reproductions. Consider the taste and style of the gift's recipient when choosing a beer sign advertising a particular brand.

    Reproductions of antique beer signs make fun gifts for beer enthusiasts. (Beer & Barley Logo image by Infs from

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    Wine Cork Stopper

    Add flare and character to an open bottle of wine with a novelty wine cork stopper. Avoid the mess of flaking corks or the banality of a screw top with a reusable and decorative cork stopper. Think about the season during which the gift shall be given or the theme of the gift-gifting situation. Bring extra laughs to an engagement party, for example, by bringing a cork stopper with a giant diamond ring on top, or get a flower-shaped stopper for Mother's Day.

    Wine cork stoppers bring variation to the bottle. (Decorative corks for open wine bottles. image by Konovalov Pavel from

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    Talking Bottle Opener

    Solicit laughs again and again with the gift of a talking bottle opener. Gift a football fanatic with an opener that plays a team's fight song each time it is used. Tickle another friend with an opener that makes animal noises, or repeats silly phrases, such as a speciality "Simpsons"-themed opener.

    Talking beer openers make the most mundane chore of opening a beer more pleasurable. (orange bottle opener image by Jim Mills from

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    Accessorise a bar with a variety of personalised or standard novelty items. Order custom-printed cocktail napkins to honour a recent graduate, newlywed or a special person celebrating a milestone birthday. Feed a golfer's enthusiasm for his sport with a gift of golf ball cocktail stirrers, or a pewter relish dish shaped like a tiny golf course. Recognise a special hobby or interest with the gift of a set of wine glass charms featuring the gift recipient's favourite world cities or authors.

    Accessories are half the fun of drinking fancy cocktails. (cocktail image by Leonid Nyshko from

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