If you can’t use Christmas as an excuse to excessively drink, then when can you? Pour yourself a double sloe gin and sit in front of your open fire with a mince pie and your Christmas jumper on. Festive or what, ay?
Gin has become increasingly popular in the past few years, and so there is sure to be a gin-fanatic in your gift-giving circle this year. I’ve put together this handy little gin gift guide to help you pick the perfect present for your G&T loving friends.
A bottle of gin
As much as I drink gin out of the house, (hello Poppy Rose cocktail) I don’t often treat myself to a bottle to keep in the house. (You know, for after a very long, stressful Friday when you’ve nearly headbutted the desk 16 times and wanted to cry at least 7?).
There is a whole world of gin out there, and you have so many gifting options. You could keep it simple with Gordon’s or Bombay Sapphire, or explore cool flavours like parma violet or rhubarb and ginger. I strongly believe that there is a gin out there for everyone and you just have to find it. Maybe the Unicorn Tears gin for your glitter loving friends?
Ten Green Bottles recommends the Poppies gin as the perfect Christmas gift because of its beautiful pottery bottle and unique flavour. The herby gin features in 10GB’s Poppy Rose cocktail, which is a blend of grapefruit and rose lemonade.
I love to try my hand at cocktail making at home, and this book from Home Bargains gives a range of recipes to try.
The Gin: Classic and Contemporary Cocktails book is just £1.99, so makes the perfect stocking filler or secret santa gift with a RRP of a tenner! Bargain.
The book features tipples with a range of flavours from ‘light and floral’ to ‘vibrant and zesty’ alongside tips on crafting your cocktails.
There is also a pink, Prosecco edition of this book, should your babes that love the bubbly.
Gin and Tonic lip balm
Tis’ the season for chapped lips and rosy cheeks. Give the gift of moisturised lips with this Gin and Tonic lip balm from The Prohibition Co. As opposed to smelling like juniper, it actually smells quite citrusy, like lemonade and gin mix. You could even pair it up with a gin scented hand cream for the ultimate gin infused duo.
Gin wall hanging
There’s only one thing I love as much as gin and that’s copper homeware. That’ll be the blogger in me. This glass wall hanging from Home Bargains was £1.49 and reads ‘Save Water, Drink Gin’ which had me giggling as they should really have a matching one that says ‘Save Money, Drink Water’. I think this would make a cute edition to anyone kitchen. The illustration and typography look far more sophisticated than its price tag and there is, again, a matching Prosecco hanging sign.
Upcycled gin lamp
These lamps are made by Ten Green Bottles to help reduce waste and upcycle the (many) empty gin bottles they get through.
What’s great about these is that you can choose your recipients favourite gin and it’s just £10! Absolute steal.
The bottles are filled with fairy lights and the switch is concealed in a cork shaped top and they look stunning. This is such a clever idea and I love to see businesses coming up with creative ways to help reduce waste and look after the planet. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and all that. I mean, if anyone is struggling for what to buy me for Christmas, look no further xo.
For just £5 they are also selling empty bottles that have been reworked into vases, and their Poppies gin bottles look particularly lovely filled with festive foliage like pine and eucalyptus.
Some of you that have been reading my blogs for a while may remember that I went to a gin masterclass earlier this year. If not, you can read all about it here.
This could make a great experience gift to give to someone who wants to learn how to pair gins, mixers and botanicals and learn more about the spirit. Alternatively, your friendship group could sack Christmas presents off all together and all attend together for a Christmas outing. Afterall, Christmas isn’t all about presents, it’s about spending time with those you love (and largely about food and booze).
These types of experience gifts vary in price depending on location, but locally in Stoke-on-Trent, I can certainly recommend The Exchange (and ask for Sarah, she’s a babe).
Gin and Tonic candle
White and rose gold is the most gorgeous homeware colour scheme and no shelfie would feel complete without this £1.49 candle.
The juniper scented candle comes in a little pink box and I love the font on the front of the jar. Home Bargains have really gone for it with the mega cheap booze-themed gifts this year. You could easily make a hamper full of bits for less than a tenner, including candles, lip balms, hand creams and bath salts.
Gin Made Me Do It sleep mask
Another present that could go into the hamper is this ‘Gin Made Me Do It’ sleep mask. This is perfect for that mate that suffers the morning after the night before. I actually bought this as a gift this year, but may be keeping it for myself.
Its pink silky material is super luxe and would help with getting those 8 hours of beauty sleep and a much-needed lie-in on a Sunday. Find this at Home Bargains for just £1.99.
I hope this gift guide has given you some ideas to buy your gin loving mates! Christmas will soon be here so make sure to get them quickly!