Sunday, November 13, 2011
I was recently contacted by Red Envelope (who I met at BlogHer - funny how many BlogHer-related posts I'm doing lately) about doing a review of one of their products. I really wanted to review these customizable throw pillows, because they come with cute pictures of states, and I thought it would be fun to have a Washington or Minnesota pillow and a California pillow for our home. Sadly, there was a bit of miscommunication, and the only pillows to choose from were text-only, and I don't really care for the text-on-pillow thing. Doesn't really go with our decor.
Anyway, they were nice enough to let me select something else, so I selected a flask. Why not? We don't own one, and Will actually drinks things like gin straight out of a flask, and I figured it would be good for us to take to games and tailgates and whatnot to mix with other stuff. All alcohol-drinking adults should have flasks, right?
So part of the deal with receiving this product was that I have to write a review, and link you to some stuff. Maybe that means I'm selling out a little bit, so sorry if you never want to read this blog again, but oh well. Kimmy wanted a free flask, so there you go. Red Envelope is a good place to go if you're looking for personalized bar gifts (like, say, a flask), or any leather gifts, really. But honestly, they have a whole lot of stuff to choose from in their catalogue. So check 'em out.
The flask (actually flasks...they accidentally sent me two - bonus?) is pretty good. We don't really have any other flasks to compare them to, and our flask experience is pretty low, but it works. The leather is glued on in a way that is a liiiiitle bit cheap; I thought you had to remove the leather to clean the flask, and it came apart easily as I tried to take it off -- clearly, I wasn't supposed to rip the glue, and luckily I only did a little corner before realizing this. It has silly debossed writing on it, so it's not necessarily the classy gift-type flask (unless your classy recipient would laugh at the "damn fool" message on the bottom there), but we don't mind that. We need to get a smaller funnel, because our funnels are all a little too big, and it's hard to pour without spilling -- it would be nice if it came with a funnel. Do any flasks come with a funnel? Are you just supposed to have a steady hand?
Overall, a decent flask I think. Ours didn't come personalized, so I can't speak to the quality of that, but Will's used his twice already and, when prompted for a review, said, "It's fine." And that's about all I need from a flask, really. Nothing fancy, a comfortable fit in the pocket, not too heavy, and easy to use. I mean, it's a flask, right?
Am I missing something? Any flask aficionados out there with opinions or things I should be looking for in any future flask selection?
Thanks to Red Envelope for sending us the flasks!