While Christmas present shopping this year may look a little different from normal (and involve more staring at a screen), we hope you’ll all still be looking for great gifts to delight loved ones, and supporting the gin industry at some point in the process.
If you want something special for the gin fan in your life that isn’t just a bottle of spirit, why not give one of these alternative gifts a try? There’s a mixture from big names and independents, and everything from advent calendars to jumpers!
Double Dutch G&T crackers
Mixer brand Double Dutch Drinks has released a range of Gin & Tonic crackers – a great indulgent addition to the Christmas dinner table. The crackers come in packs of six, with each one containing a 150ml can of Double Dutch tonic water and a 50ml serving of gin, with spirits from distilleries including Sipsmith, Warner’s, Whitley Neill and Edinburgh Gin. Packs are available to buy on the Double Dutch Drinks webshop.
Lone Wolf advent calendar
For the first time this year, BrewDog has released an advent calendar for its Lone Wolf gin range, packed with 12 50ml bottles. As well as the core Lone Wolf expressions – Original, Cactus and Lime, Cloudy Lemon and Gunpowder – it features brand new gins including Cranachan, Fig and Apricot, and a sherry cask-aged Old Tom. It’s available exclusively through the Brewdog web shop.
Bombay Sapphire ‘12 Days of Creativity’ advent calendar
Designed to be enjoyed over the days after Christmas and into the New Year, this calendar from Bombay Sapphire holds a selection of items to encourage people to ‘stir their creativity’ through either mixology or visual art. It also has a QR code that people can scan each day to access an online hub of exclusive video content form world-class artists and Bombay Sapphire’s mixologist.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Cocktail – Emma Stokes
Written by Emma Stokes (a.k.a. Gin Monkey), this excellent little read covers some 80 cocktail recipes to warm you up this winter. It’s packed with easy-to-follow recipes such as a Pumpkin Spiced Russian, Sleighbell Sings and Happy New Years, as well as the trusty classics and a selection of non-alcoholic alternatives.
Gin – Shonna Milliken Humphrey
Published this year, Gin is an exploration of the rise of our favourite juniper spirit. Shonna Milliken Humphrey situates the spirit within a complex cultural history, from early medical textbooks that treated it as a healing agent, to the 18th century ‘Gin Craze’, to its current trendy status around the world, references in pop culture, and how modern distillers are pushing its boundaries.
Vemacity gin glass set
If you’re looking for a gin cocktail-making kit upgrade, this set from Vermacity could fit the bill. Presented in a stylish box, it includes two handmade gin copa glasses, a rose gold double-sided jigger, and a rose gold mixing spoon. It’s available to buy through The Local Gin Company.
Masons of Yorkshire G&T glass set
This beautiful glassware set from Masons of Yorkshire features two custom-engraved and branded cut glasses, adorned with the Masons logo, which are presented in a bespoke gift box. The distillery has also launched a ‘taste experience’ gift set this winter, featuring miniature bottles of its gins.
Gordon’s festive hamper
Gin stalwart Gordon’s has teamed up with celebrities to give away 45 limited-edition festive hampers worth £200 a piece. They’re packed with everything you could need to make your festive celebrations shine, including velvet table runners, baubles, festive candles, coasters and wrapping paper, as well as a bottle of Gordon’s gin and some gorgeous glassware.
Slingsby Gin festive attire
Harrogate-based Slingsby Gin has launched a special gift for gin lovers – and their furry friends – this festive season. A charity Christmas jumper for owners with a matching bandana for dogs (just the ticket for those Christmas selfies!) are available to buy from the Spirit of Harrogate store and online.
Gin club subscriptions
Looking for a gin gift that keeps on giving? How about a subscription to a gin club? There are plenty of options out there, such as the Craft Gin Club, Think Gin Club, Friday Night Gin Club and I Love Gin Club, that offer flexible monthly subscriptions.
Atlas Curated Gin Set
Get jet-setting with these curated gin sets from Singapore’s Atlas bar. The team has put together five sets, each featuring a different gin, tonic pairings, garnish, cocktails made with the gin, and recipes cards so you can replicate the drinks at home. Gins featured include Curiosity Dry Gin from New Zealand, Amass Gin from California and Peddler’s Shanghai Gin.
The Gin Game board game
Test your knowledge on all things gin with Talking Tables’ The Gin Game. Players make their way around the board by answering History cards, Mixology cards and ‘Gin-ius’ cards. It’s available from retailers including Amazon, John Lewis and Waterstones.
This may seem a peculiar pairing, but it’s a tried-and-tested and ever-more popular one. Retailers including Hotel Chocolat, Friar’s, Fortnum and Mason, The London Chocolate Company and Thortons have gin-flavoured chocolates in their ranges, which will delight any gin lover with a sweet tooth.