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I’m no connoisseur, but even I know that when it comes to gifting alcohol, there are clear do’s and don’ts. Choose the wrong bottle or show up with something in a plastic grocery bag and you risk sending the wrong message, and coming off as a gifting procrastinator.
If you want an alcohol gift that feels thoughtful, fun, and cool enough for your friend that always knows the hip new bars opening in town, look no further than Haus.
If you’ve followed TQE for a while, you know that we’re big fans of Haus over here. The brand specializes in low-alcohol aperitifs made with real fruits, herbs, and botanicals in Sonoma County, California. Discerning drinkers will love Haus’ farm-to-bottle mantra: real, natural flavors (nothing artificial here) farmed and blended locally, then shipped straight to your door.
Inspired by classic European apertivos, which are commonly sipped before dinner to whet appetites ahead of a big meal, every bottle of Haus is low proof: the product line hovers around 15-18% ABV in contrast to most hard liquor which is usually between 35-40%. It’s enough to get a buzz without a nasty hangover the next day.
Haus can be served straight up over ice, mixed with club soda or juice, or even used as a substitute in your favorite cocktail. With a roster of exciting flavor profiles, Haus is sure to entice all palettes. There’s Citrus Flower, Rose Rosé, Grapefruit Jalapeño, Lemon Lavender, Ginger Yuzu, Spiced Cherry, Pomegranate Rosemary, and a New Fashioned.
And as the icing on the cake, the brand’s aesthetic is on point. In the Instagram era, Haus is a winner, with bottles that look great adorning your bar cart or holiday party tablescape.
A Deluxe Gift
We’ve already concluded that Haus makes an amazing gift for anyone (of drinking age, of course) on your list, but what products should you go for? While you can’t go wrong buying some bottles a la carte, Haus has some ready-to-go kits that make gifting easy.
The Sampler Kit is an awesome introduction to the brand. For $50, you can curate a Haus Sampler for them, with 4 200ml bottles of your choosing. If you’d rather leave the choices to them, you can opt for a gift card.
But, the piece de resistance at Haus this holiday season is The Deluxe Cocktail Kit.
It starts with a festive red box. Inside are six of Haus’ most popular flavors: Citrus Flower, New Fashioned, Grapefruit Jalapeño, Rose Rosé, Lemon Lavender, and Spiced Cherry. The 200 ml bottles can be used to make about 3 cocktails each, depending on how heavy their pours are. They’ll also find a cocktail book featuring over 20 recipes that’ll help them live out their mixology fantasies. Throw a personalized note in the box (which Haus helps you do, of course) and you’re all set.
It’s $100, but the unboxing experience feels even more premium than that price point suggests. The bottles are displayed securely in the box so upon opening, you’re met with the vibrant colors of everything you’re about to try. It doesn’t hurt that Haus adds some simple but cute sayings to its packaging, which is far more enjoyable than tearing through some boring cardboard.
If you want to gift Haus this holiday season, we support you. To help make sure your gift arrives on time, we recommend double checking the brand’s shipping guidelines. Since it is alcohol, Haus cannot ship to all 50 states just yet. Find the list of states that Haus cannot ship to here. In addition, here are the brand’s holiday shipping deadlines:
- Ground Shipping: Order by 12/12
- 2-Day Shipping: Order by 12/21
- Overnight Shipping: Order by 12/22
Did we mention our readers can save on all things Haus right now? New customers can use code TQE10 anytime during December for 10% off their purchase (1 use per customer).