Finding just the right gift to impress and surprise my husband is almost impossible. His birthday is, unfortunately, just before Christmas. And, since we are usually swamped with holiday obligations, he often gets lost in the shuffle. But, not this year…
Recently, I discovered the Ale Horn. This is a must-have for any guy who enjoys a cold beverage or is a history buff (or both!).
Inspired by ancient drinking horns throughout history, Ale Horns are fully functional tankards based on early forms. Traditional drinking horns have been used for over 2,500 years and have been crafted of horn, metal, and glass by civilizations all over the world. Once a simple, utilitarian item, today’s drinking horns are a symbol of our rich past.
My husband received the Game of Thrones style, pictured above, which has a distinctly medieval vibe. It’s absolutely gorgeous!
There are also many other styles available including the Extra Large 20 Viking Drinking Horn with Stand, shown, as well as Small Handmade Drinking Horn Cups, pictured below. There are even other items, like Beard Combs, Bottle Openers, and Shot Glasses, all crafted from natural horn!
How they are made
The tankard is made from 100% ethically sourced cow horn. And, once the core has been removed from the horn, it is softened using heat and pressed to form its desired shape. (In the case of the Game of Thrones Tankard, a tail or tongue shape is left when the cup is cut from the horn, so it can be heated again and bent down into a handle.)
After the horn is formed, it’s coated in a specially formulated, food-safe, water-based coating and polished. Finally, it’s fitted with metal details or carved with etchings, depending on the design. You can even personalize the gift with custom engraving!
Safe to use, easy to care for
All horns are solid and sturdy, but some of the handles and places where the horn has been manipulated may be a bit less resilient to impacts and stress. It is recommended that you treat your horn with care.
Ale Horns are sealed and suitable for cool liquids. But, you should rinse your horn before use. And, avoid the dishwasher, microwave, extreme temperatures, and hot liquids. Also, avoid contact with strong solvents, detergents, and/or chemicals, just in case.
A gift he will love
The Game of Thrones style drinking horn is available in three sizes. The Medium retails for $27.99, The Large retails for $33.99, and the Extra Large retails for $39.99. To see the entire amazing line of products, visit Ale Horns.
Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!
PHOTOS: Used with permission by Ale Horns.
DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a sample of the Ale Horn mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.