The Coolest Bottles To Get Every New Year's Eve Party Host


From the DIY-obsessed homebody to the pre-gaming party animal

You thought the gift-giving season was over? Not so fast! If you're celebrating New Year's Eve at a house party, you know you shouldn't show up empty-handed (no matter what the host says). With that in mind, below, we've gathered the most design-forward and coolest bottles to get every type of host, whether they're DIY-obsessed and use hand-calligraphed place cards or are known to throw a sound meditation at the strike of midnight.

And, if you're the one hosting the gang, we have a special bonus for you (which you deserve after offering to host in the first place!): the best espresso martini recipe ever that will wow everyone who tastes it and, well, also keep everyone awake.

Made for the host who creates their own place cards, party favors, and party poppers and loves a good photo op, bring a case of these Champagne quarter bottles, available in rosé and brut, to toast with come midnight. Each bottle also has a handy wrist strap attached to it so you don't lose it among other guest's bottles and New Year's commotion.

Nicolas Feuillatte, One Fo(u)r rosé

For the host who doesn't drink alcohol but throws the best parties around—the kind that include a DIY oyster-shucking station and impromptu sound meditation—Seedlip created the first non-alcoholic distilling spirit. It's fair to say we're obsessed with it and the killer mocktails it creates. The newest flavor boasts bitter orange, mandarin, blood orange, lemongrass, sansho peppercorn, ginger, and lemon flavors.

Seedlip, Grove 42

A new Hendrick's gin re-imagining, Orbium, instilled with additional extracts of quinine, wormwood, and lotus blossom essences and created in very small batches (making it limited-edition and, thus, special to gift), is perfect for the host that loves a good gin martini and an aperitif.

Hendrick's, Orbium gin

Our favorite new New York City restaurant, west~bourne's Love Red natural wine—made in collaboration with Broc Cellars, a hip urban winery in Berkeley, California—is perfect for the host who you forgot to get a holiday gift for, and can now pair with a gift card or invite to go the restaurant (and, more importantly, make it seem planned). Design-lovers will also love the artwork on the label created by The Cartorialist.

West~bourne x Broc Cellars, Loved Red wine

This sparkling wine, made in collaboration with BaubleBar, is for the gal in your life who's obsessed with jewelry.

Chandon x BaubleBar, brut

Delight the Sanrio-loving host with one of these Hello Kitty wines.

Hello Kitty Wines, pinot grigio

Give the Holiday Lovers with a capital "L" one last festive gift to make the year-long wait until next season less bittersweet.

OneHope, Naughty California Celebration brut

For those same festive folks—but the ones who don't like bubbly—there's this sequin-covered vodka. Sex and the City-obsessed will also love this.

Absolut, Lime vodka

If you've decided to spend New Year's Eve with family, and are now maybe dreading it, bring this wine "cube" from Target, that, hilariously, holds four bottles of wine but also has snagged a few wine awards. Your Dollar General-loving aunt who misses a good Filene's Basement run will especially approve.

WineCube, chardonnay

Bring a sophisticated, fashion- or design-forward host, whose taste you're not quite familiar with (or scared to get something their discerning taste palate won't enjoy), this liqueur, made this year in collaboration with luxury Italian fashion house Trussardi (last year it was Missoni), that they will be proud to display even if they won't drink it.

DISARONNO, Trussardi, limited-edition

The true whiskey connoisseur will recognize and appreciate the effort you made into getting them this limited-quantity 21-year-aged whiskey.

Glenfiddich, Winter Storm single malt whiskey

My personal favorite to gift people who love a good story or need to be impressed, Monkey 47 features, yes, 47 botanicals and is distilled in the Black Forest in Germany and is the best gin I have ever tasted.

Monkey 47, dry gin

Bring the host who is holding the party to which everyone is invited this magnum bottle of cabernet sauvignon, designed by street artist Faust, whose bottle reads, "Live Dangerously & You Live Right."

Faust, Graffiti Magnum, Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon

Having just launched, MI CAMPO tequilas would be apt for the most in-the-know person you know. We love the quirky label artwork created by Mexico City artist Raul Urias who has collaborated with big-name brands like Nike, Sony Music, and Converse.

MI CAMPO, Reposado tequila

For the classiest friends in your life, there is this stunning clear box that holds a bottle of gorgeously designed Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque bubbly and a layer of Venus et Fleur's Eternity Roses.

Perrier-Jouët, Venus et Fleur Lé Clair Dix-Huet

While the name, Downhill From Here, can describe the start of any New Year's Eve rager, it's actually a clever nod at Napa's coolest tasting room, housed inside a former gas station, Tank Garage's most recent collaborator: HUF, an iconic skateboarding brand. Which makes this bottle perfect for streetwear- or wordplay-loving hosts.

Tank Garage Winery x HUF Worldwide, Downhill From Here red blend

If your host likes everything they consume and wear to be artisanal and independent, get them this tequila from the small-batch producer from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It's also great for the minimalist who likes their designs simple.

Casa Dragones, Blanco tequila

For the most fashion-forward and luxe people in your life, comes this sparkling rosé made by Moët & Chandon in collaboration with Off-White and Louis Vuitton's Virgil Abloh.

Moët & Chandon x Virgil Abloh, Nectar Impérial rosé

For the host who color-codes their books, get a few of Del Maguey's mezcal bottles that come in the same shade of emerald green with complementary labels to signify the specific village in which the mezcal is made and that gives each creation its unique flavor.

Del Maguey, Single Village mezcal

This Champagne brand has tapped DJ Tiësto as its new global creative director, which makes it an apt one for the host who's offering their house as a pre-party meeting spot before hitting the club.

Beau Joie, Sugar King cuvee demi-sec Champagne

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Sounds fake, but okay

In a new interview for Australian Vogue, Kendall Jenner makes the claim that being associated with the Kardashian name was a setback in her modeling career. Hmmm, that's funny, because power and influence usually works in their holder's favor.

In the interview, Jenner addresses skeptics who doubted that she would make it as a professional model. "A lot of people assumed that because I came from a 'name' that it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got, but actually it's the completely opposite," she says.

"I've always been the person to prove [critics] wrong, even when I was younger," she says. "I've always been a hard worker: that's in my blood. My parents raised me and my little sister to be that way and the rest of my sisters, too." In the profile, it's revealed that Jenner used to attend castings "simply as 'K' or 'Kendall' to distinguish herself from her famous family."

But keeping her name off her portfolio wasn't going to fool anyone, really. Her face has been on television for years, and it seems unlikely that a casting agent wouldn't know who she was even if Kendall didn't come out and say it. Perhaps Jenner was more closely examined and more readily criticized by people who doubted her, but I'm not sure I believe that she had a harder time gaining a modeling platform or booking big jobs, even if she didn't use her last name.

After all, Jenner was likely able to get into those big casting rooms right away because of her family's connections, and she was able to devote her time to pursuing that career because of the wealth they have. She would've had a much harder time making a name for herself if she didn't come from an influential family. She probably wouldn't get to be so selective about which shows she walks, and she definitely wouldn't be the highest paid model in the world.

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Introspection is not a bad thing

In Look Back at It, we revisit pop culture gems of the past and see if they're still relevant and worthy of their designated icon status in our now wildly different world.

"It just seems like you agree to have a certain personality or something, for no reason. Just to make things easier for everyone. But when you think about it, I mean, how do you know it's even you?"

Iconic '90s show My So-Called Life is filled with existential questions and observations like this, with many, if not all of them, voiced by high school sophomore Angela Chase (Claire Danes). They're delivered with a familiarly annoyed tone, as if Angela can't believe things are the way they are, and that they're unlikely to change.

Angela lives with her parents and sister in a comfortable home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spends her time navigating the social scene of Liberty High School. She's undergoing a big change, having switched friend groups and fallen in with a cooler crew, namely Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer) and Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz). Thanks to them, Angela dyed her hair from blonde to a "Crimson Glow," and is encouraged to indulge in her obsession with Jordan Catalano (a pre-Gucci Jared Leto), the kind of guy who's constantly applying Visine and has a limited chance of actively graduating.

From the first moment of the first episode, Angela's voice is pure, unadulterated teen angst. The melodrama can, when watching as an adult, feel like it's too much. And then there's other times, like when Angela talks about the agony of Sunday evenings, that it feels unnerving to relate so much to a 15-year-old:

"There's something about Sunday night that really makes you want to kill yourself, especially if you've just been totally made a fool of by the only person you'll ever love, and you have a geometry midterm on Monday, which you still haven't studied for because you can't, because Brian Krakow has your textbook, and you're too embarrassed to even deal with it. And your little sister's completely finished with her homework, which is just, like, so simple and mindless a child could do it. And that creepy 60 Minutes watch that sounds like your whole life ticking away."

Angela is nothing if not an over-thinker, preoccupied with very teenage problems like zits and gossip and who to talk to at parties; her thoughts on the most simple of relationships are extreme, like when she thinks about how she felt before she became friends with Rayanne and Rickie: "it seemed like if I didn't, I would die or something."

Sometimes, her melodrama feels suffocating—particularly when related to Jordan Catalano (it's imperative to say both his names). Angela wonders: "Huge events take place on this earth every day. Earthquakes, hurricanes... even glaciers move. So why couldn't he just look at me?"

As an adult, it's easy to think that, of course, Jordan should look at her: She's smart, witty, open-hearted, pretty, has good taste in music. But then, there's no way to make sense of how crushes work. As a sophomore in high school, I also pined after guys who I felt were out of my league, and after the only girls who were out... but who were dating each other. My thoughts probably (definitely) sounded a lot like Angela's, and I was similarly dissatisfied with my life.

At the time, that dissatisfaction felt oppressive—and I wouldn't want to relive it entirely. But that introspection was also what saved me. By questioning what was around me and interrogating how I really felt, I was able to reject the trappings of my conservative town, figure out my own politics, and accept my own queerness. My teenage dissatisfaction with the way things actually are made me grow as a person, and it shaped me into who I am. Thinking about Angela now, and how her angst fueled her, reminds me that I should also let myself indulge in some teen angst—even as an adult.

In one of the show's final episodes, Angela pauses to reflect on the value of her overthinking. She's ringing in the New Year with her friends and decides her resolution could be "to stop getting so caught up in my own thoughts, because I'm like way too introspective… I think." But she decides against that idea, because "what if not thinking turns me into this really shallow person?" Same, Angela. Same.

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Thanks, I hate it

In an interview today with The Cut, Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder blessed readers with some of her thoughts on HBO's Game of Thrones, and since we can't get enough GoT talk, we were excited to see what Schroeder had to say.

And, in case you're wondering if Schroeder is a fan of GoT, don't: She's actually such a massive fan that she refers to her fans Khaleesis, and they call her Khaleesi right back. So!

Anyway, after the wide range of responses to Daenerys' fiery mayhem in the show's penultimate episode, The Cut wanted to check in to see how Schroeder was faring, and ask what she thought of it all. While Schroeder's opinion on Dany is mixed (she found the Dragon Queen's "crazy" actions to be relatable, but she didn't think it followed Dany's character arc), it wasn't, like, a bad opinion, just a bit muddled, if not so different than those of the majority of viewers.

Schroeder's real hot take, though—what we feel comfortable calling the worst GoT opinion we've heard—is about another character altogether: Arya Stark. Here's what Schroeder had to say about our favorite blacksmith-banging, Night King-killing, proposal-denying assassin in all the Seven Kingdoms: "Arya, I feel like she probably should have just married whats-his-name [Ed. note: Gendry! His name is Gendry!!]. What's wrong with being a lady and a badass at the same time? You don't have to choose just one."

And, like, sure, you don't have to choose just one, but Arya would never choose to be a lady. That's not her! So, if we're still talking about characters behaving inconsistently, Arya saying yes to a proposal (a rushed one at that) would have been absolutely bonkers. Arya's not about to change her entire personality just because some dude drops down on one knee and proposes, and to want her to do so would be like wanting Dany to act like a sheep, instead of a dragon.

All to say, you know nothing, Stassi Schroeder.

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Our favorite grouchy girl died today

Today is a sad day, because it is the day Grumpy Cat died. Also known as my personal favorite feline celebrity, Grumpy Cat died from complications following a urinary tract infection. The super relatable cat—real name, Tardar Sauce—was only seven years old.

Grumpy Cat was first introduced to the world in 2011, back when LOLcats were everywhere. Grumpy Cat's downturned face (the result of feline dwarfism, according to her owners) was the subject of a huge amount of memes—she was even the 2013 Meme of the Year at the Webby Awards—and was the subject of her own Lifetime movie, in which she was voiced by the Grumpy Cat of actresses, Aubrey Plaza. But, though we loved her for the memes, we loved her even more because we related to her mood.

Grumpy Cat was so relatable because, like us, she was completely over everyone's bullshit. Unlike us, Grumpy Cat didn't hide her feelings with a smile. And while that was because Grumpy Cat literally couldn't do that, we like to think that she also just didn't want to do the emotional labor. Which is why, in honor of Grumpy Cat, have the courage to roll your eyes at someone today, instead of forcing a fake grin. And just think about how Grumpy Cat's probably frowning at us from some sort of kitty afterlife, utterly annoyed that everyone is mourning her death.

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And I need to see the rest ASAP

As excited as we already are for Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, Booksmart, to hit theaters next week, we just got even more desperate to see it. Why? Well, the first six minutes of the film were just released, and every minute is incredible.

The film opens on Molly (Beanie Feldstein) meditating and listening to a motivational tape telling her she's better than everyone else, and to "fuck those losers." Her room is decorated with pictures of Michelle Obama and RBG, so we know her head is in the right place. We learn she's the class president when she arrives at school with her best friend, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever).

It's there that we get a glimpse of the social hierarchy in which Molly and Amy exist—but somewhere down near the bottom, way below the popular kids, the theater nerds, the stoners, and even the annoying class clown.

The film officially hits theaters on May 23, but Annapurna Pictures is holding advanced screenings across the country today, May 17—we're actually holding two of them! So, if you're in L.A. or New York, check them out.

But also, you can watch the first six minutes of the film, below, and prepare yourself to watch the whole movie in a week.

BOOKSMART | Uncut First 6 Minutes