Guest Guru: My Favorite Gift

December 13, 2010    |    By +
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Even us Guru’s get stumped sometimes when it comes to finding great gifts. That’s when we turn to the greatest gifting resource of all: the Gifts team, to help us solve our gifting conundrums. This week’s edition of gifting guidance comes from Raina, a product manager by day, and newly minted mother by night. She shared with us, a very memorable and unique gift she recently gave.

“To commemorate his first Father’s Day, I got my husband a custom engraved barrel from Thousand Oaks Barrel Co. and had it engraved with “Patrick’s Reserve – April 26, 2031″.  Which will be our son, Patrick’s, 21st Birthday.

Thousand Oaks specializes in oak barrels used for aging fine spirits. They offer a variety of pre-made designs and also allow you to custom create a barrel as well. They are great décor pieces for a ‘man room’ or bar area, but it is also a functional aging cask. You can age rum or any other liquor (doesn’t have to be premium) – and you get a great flavor after only a few months.

My husband also gave one of these to his friend as a baby shower gift, and we regularly sample the wares when we are over at their house for play dates. You could also use them for vinegar too (though what’s the fun in that?).”

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.