A person can never have too many flasks. Whether you’re headed out on a summer camping trip, facing a long flight with nothing but a grim hotel mini bar to greet you at the end, or helping your best friend celebrate their wedding, a full flask is a valued companion. Even when they’re just sitting empty on the sideboard, they promise good times ahead.
If you’re hunting for a good flask this holiday season—for yourself, or somebody else—you’re spoiled for choice. Here are five of our favorites, with the right model for everybody on your list.
For the outdoor enthusiast
This Stanley insulated cocktail shaker and shot glasses set is just the thing for taking your favorite tipple on the road in a civilized fashion. The flask’s capacious 8-ounce size makes packing for even a multi-day excursion easy, and the glasses pack away snugly in the included canister.
For the Traveler
I am probably biased as an Oregonian, but I think this flask-disguised-as-an-umbrella is the best of the latest crop of novelty flask shapes. While it’s not a working umbrella, it makes up for it with its whopping 13 ounce capacity, more than half of a standard 750ml bottle.
For the fancy drinker
If your giftee loves a bit of sparkle (and come on, be honest, who doesn’t?) this glittering gold flask will make even the most mundane drinking experience feel like a party. Also comes in pink sparkle and “mirage,” a kind of oil slick-like iridescent rainbow finish.
For the design devotee
MAKO’s circular five-ounce flask looks straight out of the pages of Dwell magazine, complete with trendy dip paint motif in two on-trend colors (aqua and melon). The round shape tucks comfortably into a pocket.
For the Purist
Everybody needs at least one leather-wrapped flask. They’re comfortable to hold, classy to look at, and just feel right, especially for whiskey. This one comes with a useful tiny funnel for minimizing spills during filling.
For the Fancy Dresser
What’s the point of having a flask if you don’t look fantastic when you use it? This super-stylish hand-hammered pewter flask is made in Sheffield, England, and holds an eminently reasonable six ounces of spirit. It, too, comes with a tiny funnel (also in pewter), as well as a recommendation to not store spirits inside for more than 24 hours due to the potential for discoloration. Drink up!
Margarett Waterbury is the author of Scotch: A Complete Introduction to Scotland's Whiskies and a full-time freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Whisky Advocate, Food and Wine, Spirited Magazine, Artisan Spirit, Edible Seattle, Sip Northwest, Civil Eats, Travel Oregon, Artisan Spirit, and many other publications. She is...