Have no idea what to get the gin lover in your life? Don’t fear, the 2018 gin gift guide is here!
2018 Gin Gift Guide
This guide covers:
- Gin (obviously!)
- Gin Reads
- Gin Accoutrements
- Gin Eats
- Gin Christmas Jumpers
- Stocking Fillers
Obviously I had to recommend some actual gin here….
Gin Foundry famously kicked off the trend of having 24 mini samples of gin for the month of December. And they have continued this year! The Ginvent Calendar is back, with no repeats, but with higher ABV gins included. To read more about this year’s calendar check out the Gin Foundry website (spoiler alert!!!).
Order from Gin Kiosk for £124.95 (all orders come with a handy booklet and 2 cans of Franklin & Sons tonic). Watch out for Black Friday offers….
Order by 2:30pm on 20th December if you want to receive this by Christmas day – I’ll be getting mine for the 1st December!
That Boutique-y Gin Calendar
24 amazing Boutique-y Gins packed into this advent calendar mean a whole lot of fun this Christmas! Here’s a suggestion for just one of the gins:
You can buy the Boutique-y gin advent calendar for £99.95 from Master of Malt.
York Gin gift set
York gin comes in their distinctive square bottles and this gift set is perfect as tasters before diving into the full size versions. The Cocoa and Roman Fruit versions are great for variations on a classic negroni also.
Pinwydd Gin from Gower (Gwyr) Gin Company
Pinwydd gin is the perfect gin for the season. With pine needles, cranberries, pink peppercorns and orange included in the botanical mix, this gin makes a warming g&t and some great cocktails. It also has great packaging and branding!:
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I had to get in on the #stripeyselfie action this morning when I wore this top! Check out how to smuggle @thegowergincompany gin into places by looking just like the label ? . ❓have you ever matched your drink❓? . #welshgin #gowergin #gwyrgin #ginoclock #matchingthedrink #stripeytop #stripeygin #whatskatiedoingblog #whatskatiedrinking #ginandtonic #pinwyddgin #ginspiration #gintime #ginmagazine #ReGinned
Yuletide Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company
That Boutique-y Gin Company went one step further with Yuletide gin and threw everything Christmas in there (except the kitchen sink – but it was a close run thing!). Definitely the essence of everything Christmas this gin even sparkles with real gold inside!
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Another week – another giveaway! . Competition now closed! This time you have the chance to win a bottle of @boutiqueygin Yuletide gin. Not only does it contain everything Christmas – it literally has gold, frankincense and myrrh in it! (You can watch it sparkle ?) . To enter to win the competition you need to follow @whatskatiedoing and @boutiqueygin, like this post and tag the people you would share it with! . T&Cs – over 18s only, must have UK address (sorry I’m posting this myself!), competition closes on Saturday 17th November 2018 and the one winner will be announced on Sunday 18th. No purchase necessary; and winners will not need to pay more. . #wingin #boutiqueygincompany #whatskatiedoingblog #gincompetition #yuletidegin #christmasgin #ginwithgold #gin #ginspiration #ginmagazine #ReGinned #imbibegram #imbibe #instacocktail #happyhour #instadrinks #drinkstagram #womenwhodrink #spirits #spiritsblogger #drinkup #booze
You can buy Yuletide gin at Master of Malt for £34.95
Tappers Darkside and Summer Fruit Pudding
When I finally got around to tasting Tappers Gins at Catford Gin Festival I wasn’t disappointed. Their signature Darkside gin, refers to the local area in the Wirral being the ‘darkside’ of Liverpool. It uses a combination of local coastal botanicals to make this Dry, but herbaceous gin with floral notes. But they didn’t stop there, I also tried their Eggcentric Easter special (think chocolately Easter Egg notes!) and the Hydropathic Pudding (aka Summer Fruit Pudding), which totally reminds me of my Mum’s summer pudding dessert. It’s absolutely packed full of English berry flavours – great for cocktails, cooking or a Summer Cup when served long.
You can buy the Darkside original gin for £39.95 on the Tappers website.
The Teasmith premium Scottish Gin
I reviewed The Teasmith earlier this year and it’s definitely a premium product that would make a classy gift. Read more about the flavour profile and my suggested serves.
Buy for £38.95 from their website: Teasmithgin.com
Whilst the bottle definitely looks the part (ticking that gold box!), the gin is worthy of a place on your Christmas list too! Combined with the hibiscus based Ginfusion garnish (see below!) this makes a great tropical (& pink!) G&T, definitely a show piece for any Christmas party.
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❓have you tried @brentingbygin❓ . This beautiful shiny bottle contains a beautiful shiny liquid that is delicious! ? . At 45% Brentingby gin is a distinctly recognisable flavour in a g&t – thanks so much for inviting me to be part of your launch event last night and for the opportunity to taste your hard work! . #brentingbygin #reginned #whatskatiedoingblog #gintonic #ginspiration #gintasting #newgin #prettybottles #❤️gin #ginlush #gintime #ginstagram #ginforthewin #ginformation #ginoclock #gintastic #whynotgin #imbibegram #imbibe #instacocktail #happyhour #instadrinks #drinkstagram
6 O’Clock Gin 5 year aged sloe
Now this was a very late addition to the list this year! This new 6 O’Clock gin was only released the other week – after 5 years of aging. All accounts from those who have tried it, is that it’s something pretty special for a sloe gin. So naturally I want it! (hint hint family….)
At £50 for 350ml this is not a cheap present… but I think I’m worth it!
12 Days of Christmas from Chase
Perhaps you don’t want a whole 24 days of advent in gin… well Chase has you covered with the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift. Their collection includes 12 spirits (not just gin, but others too) and suggested cocktail serves:
Drinks in Tube gin gift set
Drinks in Tube is a great concept, where decent sized samples of gins come in a securely packaged set. Not just for Christmas, but these make great gifts! This set with tasters of the Mason Yorkshire Gin range is a good one to start with.
Why not give the gift of gin in a different format? The gin spa in Glasgow does gift certificates for it’s gin themed spa days. Choose your treatment based on some of the key botanicals included in the making of gin. After your relaxing treatment you’ll have afternoon tea served with a g&t!
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It’s not always about alcohol… Just kidding! Obvs it is! She might be pouring tea, but there are also glasses of G&T and prosecco on the table! ? Not only has @gin71bar wide selection of #gin, they also offers nearly 50 types of tea! ➡️Head over to the blog to read more about our visit to the @theginspa! #afternoonteaweek
You can read more about my friend Inka’s experience at the Gin Spa here.
Order gin spa gift vouchers online for £90 for a 60 minute treatment and afternoon g&tea.
Gin Distilled by Gin Foundry
This recently published book covers everything you need to know ‘to drink gin with a connoisseurs confidence’. It’s a modern history of gin, starting from 1950 and if I don’t get one of these for Christmas I’m going to be very sad!
Order before 20th December for Christmas delivery
Gin Foundry Annual
Every year Gin Foundry publish an annual that looks at gin and gin trends. Definitely a collectors item, the 2018 Gin Annual is no different!
Order before 20th December for Christmas delivery – an ideal stocking filler (If you have weird shaped stockings!)
The Gin Dictionary
David T Smith (aka Summer Fruit Cup) has written a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about gin! (Literally from A-Z) Every gin lover should have a copy for reference, that’s for sure.
Everything you need to make a good g&t or a negroni… or a martini…. the list is endless!
A copa glass is the go to way to serve a gin and tonic these days. These dishwasher safe glasses from Lakeland not only look pretty, but they multitask for red wine too!
Isle of Harris have launched martini glasses that go with their beautiful bottle. I already have the tumblers and they are lovely glasses, I’d be totally up for expanding my range!
As I mentioned I received the Isle of Harris tumblers as a present and these make excellent negroni glasses. However if you want something in a different style, then check out these tumblers made from thermal resistant glass:
I love the design of these and they sound like they are going to last a long time too!
Why not celebrate the classic gin cocktail with a classic poster design?
Starting from £5.95 unframed (£14.95 with frame), this poster is sure to appeal to the negroni lover!
Starter Negroni kit
Whilst googling Negroni I came across this London Negroni Kit. I’ve called it a starter negroni kit, as we all know, there is no negroni without Campari! But this would be a great introduction to the classic cocktail, with a slightly less bitter focus, given the hibiscus cordial,
It’s not cheap at £79, but will make you a few negronis and comes in the pretty box with snacks!
Make sure you are doing your bit in reducing single use plastic use, by getting one of these reusable metal straws:
I first came across these at the launch of Brentingby Gin. Emma Stokes (aka Gin Monkey) was sporting one of these in her Brentingby G&T and naturally we all wanted one!
Gin genie straws are priced from £60 (when you buy a pack of two), these are made from silver and will last you a lifetime. Think of all the plastic you’ll be saving!
Buy at GinGenie.com
Copper straws from Hidden Curiosities
Jenny at Hidden Curiosities not only makes a great gin, but she has an eye for an accessory too! These beautiful copper straws are available in two sizes to fit whichever size glass you use.
Now you really can’t use a plastic straw again, can you?! Ps there is Black Friday code valid until 10pm Monday 26th November – get 10% off at Hidden Curiosities by quoting BLACKFRIDAY on check out.
Gin tea towel & note book from Posh Yarns
The other half of A Gin Thing, Posh Yarns shares his taste in gin and personalises both tea towels and note books:
Both are perfect for gin lovers.
Order at PoshYarns.com before the 18th December, to guarantee Christmas delivery.
Larkin’s Larder make their cocktail inspired jams and marmalades in mini gift sets:
Buy them online at Larkin’s Larder for £5 each, or why not try both?
Larger sizes are also available for £12. Last order date for Christmas is 18th December.
OK, so when I actually tasted this I wasn’t overwhelmed by the flavours. However these make a nice little gift for someone, or get the savoury cheese ones to have alongside your favourite G&T aperitivo style!
Gin Christmas jumpers
Of Life and Lemons is the original and best gin Christmas jumper design. So make sure you support small businesses and buy from here! I will certainly be wearing mine this Christmas.
Last order date for Christmas is the 22nd – so no excuse not to take advantage! (ps this jumper is also super soft)
Small things to pad out a stocking or as a token of appreciation:
Ginfusion gin garnishes
Make a gin and tonic pop with Ginfusion garnishes. Or even better let them infuse with the gin before adding tonic. The Spice flavour will go really well with aged gins and create a seasonal flavour, or add the Tropical for a burst of colour from the hibiscus in your g&t.
Hidden Curiosities gin baubles
Not the same as the Pickering’s ones that swept the UK with a storm a couple of years ago… These baubles are a fab way to present a 50ml sample of Hidden Curiosities gin in their signature square bottle. Treat someone to a taster of this gin presented in a fancy way!
Ps there is Black Friday code valid until 10pm Monday 26th November – get 10% off at Hidden Curiosities by quoting BLACKFRIDAY on check out.
Christmas cards with gin included!
Or why not combine 2 things together with Daffy’s gin Christmas cards? They come in a slim box that fits through the letter box and contain a 50ml sample of Daffy’s gin!
You can order from Daffy’s online, a single card is £7.49 and a pack of 6 is £44.94
Ginspired Christmas cards
Of Life and Lemons keeps the great gin based designs coming!
They have various gin and other alcohol themed designs. A single card is £2.99, a pack of 6 is £8 and 12 £12.
Gin crackers from Drinks in Tube
Make your Christmas lunch more luxurious with these gin filled crackers from Drinks in Tube:
A box of 6 crackers is £47.50 and each cracker contains 50ml of an English gin.
Gin botanical candle by Gwyr Gin
So basically I want to match my candles with my stripey top – just like I matched the gins!
The candles look great and I’m sure it smells great too!
So what are you adding to your wish list this Christmas?
Hopefully this gin gift guide has given you plenty of ginspiration and you now know what to get your gin obsessed friends this festive season! (Could I fit the word gin in anymore?!)