Hip flasks, as we recognise them today, appeared in the eighteenth century as accessories for wealthy men to carry small amounts of an alcoholic beverage in a trouser or jacket pocket. Typically they are thin metal flasks with screw tops, bent around in a shape which is designed to match the curve of the owner’s hip or thigh. They are typically used for drinking alcohol where a bottle would be inappropriate, or where a small amount of a beverage in a compact receptacle is desired. We are reliably informed that a little nip on a cold winter’s morning is quite satisfying!
Hip flasks are celebrated for their capacity for engraving. An engraved hip flask makes a terrific gift for any special occasion, especially if it features the recipient’s monogram, name or a short personal message. In fact, according to Modern Drunkard Magazine an engraved hip flask is the best gift you can give!