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A glass of whiskey left out for Santa, complete with clear craft ice. View our Sacramento holiday gift guide.

The weather is cooling down and December is drawing near, which means many of us are already worried about holiday shopping. This year, it’s especially important to choose small businesses for your gift buying. After a rough year weathering the COVID pandemic, many local companies will be counting on a strong holiday season.

Shop local and find the perfect boozy gift with these 6 exciting gift ideas from Sacramento businesses. Shopping small? Check. A great drink? Check. What’s not to love?

6 of Sacramento's Best Gifts for the Whiskey Lover in Your Life

#1: Bring Home a Bottle of Their Favorite
Nothing pairs better with a chilly evening than a great drink by the fire. Locked Barrel is a local whiskey lounge and restaurant that offers some of the best drinks in town! You can enjoy their amazing whiskey–served over Block Ice artisan ice -- at their Sacramento location or bring their amazing whiskey home to add to your own bar cart. Quantities of take-home are limited. Order yours today.

#2: All-You-Can Golf and Sip
Enjoy your favorite drink over a game of Minigolf or Duffleboard™ at Flatstick Pub. Give the gift of savings on beer, merchandise, and free golf for life with Flatstick’s lifetime membership! Check it out.

#3: Date Night at DeVere's
DeVere's Irish Pub is a Sacramento favorite and a Block Ice client! If you're dreaming of a night out on the town, you can treat your sweetie to an evening enjoying the DeVere's patio by leaving a gift card in their stocking this year. (No longer available.)

#4: Indulge Their Inner Bartender
You can't shake up the perfect cocktail without the right tools. Local favorite The Kitchen Table offers adorable gifts and home decor, including this stylish bistro bar utensil set with all the basics you'll need for a home bar.

#5: Industrial Style Bar Cart
Bring your favorite bar's industrial decor style home with you with this chain link bar cart. Roll it out to pour a glass of wine for your guests, and then tuck it away when you're done. Shop now with SacTo Furniture.

#6: J.J. Pfister Distilling
Sacramento's local craft brewing scene is a whiskey and beer lover's dream. They can rep their favorite local distillery with swag from J.J. Pfister Distilling! They got their start, surprisingly, as a San Francisco knitting company and later evolved into a distillery that makes some of Sacramento's best drinks.

As an added bonus, if you want to sample some of J.J. Pfister's fare, you can sip a glass over dinner with Block Ice client Kru Japanese Restaurant.

What's on your shopping list this year? Share with us on social and let us know what you're hoping to add to your home bar this holiday season!