Few things get us in the holiday spirit like, well, actual spirits. And if we had to venture a guess, the guy (or lady) for whom you're buying a present probably feels the same way.

That being said, there's a difference between the dude who only orders beer at the bar, the person who revels in whipping together a delicious fall cocktail, and your buddy who'd rather of sip on a dram of Scotch whisky (neat, of course) than go anywhere near a mixed drink.

That's why we've selected smart gifts for every type of tippler, from novice level to aficionado status—all editor-approved and editor-tested (with absolutely no complaint on our part).

The best part of gifting one of these home bar essentials to your friends? There's a damn good chance they're going to invite you over for a drink.