Make a bartender friend laugh by presenting him with gag gifts appropriate to his line of work. Play on the bartender's low tolerance for annoying customers or ability to turn any night of the week into a party night. Create your own versions of bartender T-shirts, bar stools and signs as well as bartender "survival" gift baskets.
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Create your own versions of goofy bartender T-shirts and other apparel items to present to your favourite bartender. Ideas include using airbrush techniques to make both fitted and regular T-shirts emblazoned with familiar bartender phrases, such as "I Have the Booze So I Make the Rules," "Intoxicologist," "Property of Liquid Voodoo University" and "Beer -- It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore." Such phrases may also be airbrushed onto trucker hats as well as aprons. Also look for ties featuring beer mugs or other forms of alcohol.
Create signage as a gag gift for a bartender friend, such as "Signs You're a Bad Bartender." Ideas for such sign lists include "Annoying the servers is your nightly entertainment;" "You think expiration labels on juice and milk are guidelines only;" "You use your hands as ice scoops;" and "You wash your hands once per shift -- at the end of the night." Paint wooden signs to give to your favourite bartender as gag gifts, such as those that read "Never Question the Bartender's Judgment" or "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere."
Create gag gift baskets, which can include both useful and silly gifts. Ideas for bartender gag gift baskets include cocktail shakers and strainers, bar rags and corkscrews along with "spew bags" for those who cannot handle their alcohol, a stick for herding people out of the bar at 2 a.m., glasses featuring painted-on eyes for sleeping on the job or talking to a boring customer, and coffee and soda for staying awake on slow nights. Place items in large beer mugs, ice buckets, punch bowls or small coolers.
Ideas for book gag gifts for your favourite bartender include "The New York City Bartender's Joke Book" by Jimmy Pritchard, "A Partier's Guide to 51 Drinking Games" by Brian L. Pellham, "Magic for Bartenders" by Senor Mardo, featuring all kinds of tricks using items like highball glasses and coins, and "The Bartender's Black Book" by Stephen Cunningham. Create sculptures with these books or try making bartender stools out of these and other bartending books. Other ideas for gag book gifts include the classic cutting of the Bible or other book to hide a flask.
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