While any drinker would love a full bottle of whiskey for Christmas, true cocktail enthusiasts will be much more impressed by an empty one—as long as its one of Jim Beam’s vintage decanters. I confess, I didn’t know about these incredible bottles before I stumbled upon an incredible jackelope decanter after falling into an eBay black hole. But now that I know of them, I’m obsessed. Introduced in 1955, these collectibles come in a wild range of shapes like Volkswagen Beetles, antique phones—there’s even a train set decanter. Obviously, I am not the first to be enthralled by these ceramic wonders. There are lots of decanters up for auction on eBay (some sell for under $20 while others start at $500) and there’s even a club for the decanter-obsessed called the International Jim Beam Bottle & Specialty Club. They’re the greatest gift I know for the whiskey lover who doesn’t need any more whiskey, but could do with a really cool bottle.
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Anyone who cooks would love receiving a gift subscription to Besh Box. Each monthly package contains an impressive selection of seasonal ingredients, cooking tools, recipes and other great items curated by star New Orleans chef John Besh (an F&W Best New Chefs All-Star). The contents of each box is a surprise, but F&W can confirm that the December haul includes two beautifully-made tools that will be useful for holiday baking and a full pound of very good organic pecans from Louisiana's Inglewood farm. Subscribe at beshbox.com for a single month ($55) or up to a whole year ($660).