While everyone handles gift giving differently, there are always those people who might be a little difficult to shop for. If you’re like me, the last minute gift buying frenzy can stress you out.

To help those of you out shopping for the beer lovers in your life, I’ve created the 2011 holiday beer lovers gift guide below.

Last year I broke it down by price and had multiple suggestions for different price groups which is a great starting point.

The year before that Luke wrote a top 10 gifts for beer lovers list which has some great suggestions as well not covered in the other posts.

This year, I’ve decided to feature some fun and interesting products not mentioned in previous years. So between these and the previous posts, hopefully you will find some good ideas to shop for that beer lover in your life.

The Oxford Companion to Beer

The Oxford Companion to Beer This is a book that should be on every beer lovers tabletop. It covers pretty much everything to do with beer, and while not perfect, a pretty awesome book. The book is generally $65 but Amazon is currently running an amazing promotion where it is only $26 (I’m not sure how long it will last). Get It Here.

Beer Gear Wallet

Beer Gear WalletIf you’ve never been to Etsy, you are missing out. There are a lot of talented people on there making some cool stuff. I came across Mindy’s Beer Gear the other day where you can buy some custom made beer wallets, cuffs, luggage tags and even head bands. All of the gear looks pretty well done. It looks like Mindy is located in the same city as me, so a lot of the gear is focused on Northwest beer companies, but she does do custom orders. Get It Here.

Spiegelau Beer Classics Glasses

Spiegelau Beer Classics Glasses

I wrote a post about these Spiegelau Beer Glasses last week and I’m including them in the list because I absolutely love them. Anyone that loves good beer will enjoy these glasses (I know I do). Amazon has the best prices that I’ve found on these. Get It Here.

Zaca Recovery Patch

Zaca Recovery PatchLet’s face it, no one likes hangovers and alcohol created headaches. The Zaca patch is a perfect gift for that person who drinks a little too much at times. You just apply it to your body and it’s blend of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids help you feel better in the morning without the hangover or headaches. This isn’t the go ahead that you should drink more than your limits, but a helpful tool. They sent me a sample last year and it worked pretty well. They start at $19.95. Get It Here.

Brew Your Own Magazine

Brew Your Own Magazine

Brew Your Own is by far my favorite beer related magazine on home brewing. If you need a gift for the home brewer in your life, a subscription is only $17 for the year. Get It Here.

Beer Tasting and Hops Appreciation Kit

Beer Tasting KitThis is a great tasting kit for any aspiring beer geek. It contains samples of 13 hops and a guide so you can start training your palate to detect hop varieties in taste and aroma. This will take you from a fan of beer to an expert in no time. Get It Here.

Arkeg – Drink n Game

ArkegAre you the ultimate friend? Yeah its expensive but it just might be worth it. Arkeg is both a classic arcade game preloaded with 69 classic games (more can be installed) plus a kegerator all in one unit. Just think you could be playing astroids and filling up your pint glass at the same time without moving. Starting at $3999, this is designed for a either the hardcore gamer, or nostalgic beer fan. Get It Here.