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Gifts for Drunk Uncles 

Gift Guide 2012

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Your uncle isn’t always drunk, just when you see him, because it’s the holidays. At least that’s what he says. Whatever. Even Saturday Night Live knows that everyone has a drunk uncle. They tend to smell like a 1997 Gary Busey and don’t look far off from him, either. Here’s what you should get him.


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Teach your uncle the trick of passing booziness off as merely supporting local business by giving him this 101-proof Spokane-made bourbon. It’s a rich, bold yet sipping bourbon that will impress him, even if he fancies himself a liquor expert. The much-anticipated second batch was just released last week, so get on it.

$34.95Dry Fly Distilling • 1003 E. Trent Ave.


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He bitches about every microbrew you put in front of him, so why don’t you make him put his money where his mouth is and start making his own? Homebrewing is a delicate craft, but one that he can pick up quickly thanks to Jim’s Homebrew Supply’s crafty kit, which includes almost all the supplies he’ll need. There’s even the five-gallon glass carboy fermenters, funnels, gauges and cleaners. If he doesn’t know what he’s doing, no problem — there’s also a how-to book included in this one-and-done deal.

$199.95 • Jim’s Homebrew Supply • 2619 N. Division St.


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I don’t know your particular drunk uncle, but I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say he would find Bill O’Reilly (who himself might be someone’s drunk uncle) somewhere between amusing and saintly. Buy him a collection of Bill O’Reilly classics, including these self-explanatory titles,Who’s Looking Out For You?, The No Spin Zone or Culture Warrior. And if he’s a history buff, get him the factually iffy but likely entertaining Killing Lincoln.

Prices vary • Auntie’s Bookstore • 402 W. Main Ave.


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Your uncle is vocal about his opinions, especially when it comes to sports. Introduce him to the diehard fandom and fast-paced action of the Spokane Shock. He can yell all he wants — that’s part of arena football — and he gets to do it all season.

Tickets begin at $90 •, 242-7462


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Remember that story about how your uncle once partied with Bret Michaels and the rest of Poison? Of course you do — he tells it all the time. Let him relive his glory days by gifting him tickets to this post-Christmas show (Dec. 28 at Northern Quest Resort & Casino) featuring the bandana-loving, ballad-slaying, babe-destroying badass. It will take him right back to 1987, which is, according to your uncle, “the best damn year of his life.”

$55-$100 •

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