4 Fail-Safe Gifts to Celebrate Any Occasion

Your best friend just got engaged, your sister’s birthday is next week, your dad is about to retire— it seems like there’s always a special occasion to celebrate. With so many celebrations, it can be stressful to find the perfect gift for everyone. Instead of racking your brain to think of something that’s “just right,” save yourself some time by choosing one of these four fail-safe gifts for any occasion.

Fiesta Time

Gather all of the essentials of a great Mexican fiesta for an instant party. Combine a bottle of tequila, orange liqueur, margarita mix, coarse salt and a few limes and present it all in a sombrero for a fun treat fit for any occasion. For a more personal touch, make your own margarita mix from scratch and present it in a Mason jar.

Unsure of what kind of tequila to get? While it’s a matter of personal taste, you can’t go wrong with silver or reposado tequila. Be sure to get a variety made from 100 percent blue agave to satisfy even the most particular tequila connoisseur. Look for brands like Cabo Wabo, Don Julio and Patron.

Wine Lover Gift Basket

Raise a glass to toast the wine connoisseur in your life with a gift basket filled with their favorite varietals. Add treats to enjoy with the wine such as cheese, crackers, Charcuterie and chocolate. Present it all in a versatile gift basket that can be a used as home decor.

Need a gift for a friend or family member who lives out of town? Be careful and research the laws about sending alcohol before doing so, as the USPS bans the shipment of alcohol and it can also be difficult to mail it through UPS and FedEx. You can order wine baskets at FTD.com instead of trying to ship everything yourself to save time and the frustration.

Champagne Wishes

Champagne is appropriate for every occasion, whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, wedding, new baby or any other occasion. For something substantial that won’t break the bank, choose lower-end varieties from reputable Champagne producers like Moet & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot. Opt for Moet & Chandon White Star or Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, both of which you can get for under $50.

On a tight budget? Instead of Champagne, get a bottle of Italian sparkling wine, prosecco, or cava, which is Spain’s answer to Champagne. Both of these sparkling varieties are affordably priced. You can get a decent bottle of either for under $20.

If you really want to splurge, spring for a bottle of Dom Perignon, Cristal, Perrier-Jouet or Armand de Brignac. Pair a nice bottle of bubbly with a set of Champagne flutes.

Irish Coffee Delight

For the Irish coffee lover, gather all of the essentials for a sweet treat with a jolt. Include a package of freshly roasted fair trade coffee beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a bottle of Bailey’s Irish cream, a bottle of Irish whiskey (Jameson and Bushmills are popular brands), brown sugar and heavy cream. Pair with a set of Irish coffee mugs to make your gift a hit.