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8 fun items that put the "happy" in happy hour

Wine accessories, trendy drinking glasses and the ultimate happy hour gag gift

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Happy hour is supposed to be one thing — happy. Bring some joy to your happy hour with these clever, useful alcohol accessories that also make great conversation pieces.

 

Gin-making kit

Alcohol-making is a centuries-old process, and everyone from medieval Franciscan monks to modern-day Americans have taken part. Bring the tradition to your home with this nifty gin-making kit. You and your friends can enjoy the big flavors that come from the juniper berries and a secret spice blend.

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  • Makes 750ml
  • Includes everything you’ll need

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Wine bottle/glass

The wine bottle with a wine glass topper is a hilarious product. If you happy hour with wine snobs, this will bring some smiles amongst the sniffing, aerating and tasting. Just uncork a bottle, pour it into this funky product and you’re ready to go!

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  • Holds a 750mL bottle
  • 11.4” tall x 2.8” wide

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Charcuterie cutting board

What’s a happy hour without something to nibble on? We’re new to the word “charcuterie," but it seems to involve cheese, so we’re excited about it. Add some olives, fruit and crackers for a better selection on your hors d'oeuvres platter.

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  • Made from bamboo
  • Stainless steel cutting knives

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Wine tumbler

Wine glasses are functional, but they break easily, and white wine gets warm reasonably fast — especially if you're sipping outdoors. These wine tumblers are an excellent way to keep wine cold and stop wine glass breakage.

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  • Keep wine cold for 9 hours
  • Stainless steel

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Stemless aerating wine glasses

If you’re feeling fancy, these aerating wine glasses are a fun way to make your wine taste even better. Aerating wine — i.e., exposing it to air — alters the flavor, improving it in many cases.

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  • Set of two
  • Pyrex glass

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Whiskey glasses

Some people prefer a cocktail — and it tastes even better when sipped from a well-made glass. These whiskey glasses’ freeform shape looks plain cool, and they’re easier to hold onto than traditional tumblers.

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  • Great for scotch, whiskey and spirits
  • Man cave must-have

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128-ounce carbonated growler

With a carbonated growler, you can say goodbye to flat beer. The carbonation cap lets you determine the level of carbonation you want in your brew. The growler also has a pressure gauge and a sight glass, so you see how much beer you have left. You’ll have an "ale of a time" with this one.

128 ounce carbonated growler
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  • Co2 cartridge
  • Vacuum-insulated

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Tea tumbler

We have an answer for all those teetotalers out there that want to enjoy a sober happy hour. Tea is a good alternative — it has numerous health benefits, brewing it is simple and it tastes good. This tea tumbler makes drinking tea fun, and it looks excellent as well.

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  • Built-in infuser
  • Double-walled to prevent leaks

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