While the gin lover in your life would never turn down a good bottle of their go-to spirit tied with big bow, you can do better. Step up your gift giving game with gin-centric books, glassware, club memberships and more.
Here, the perfect presents to satisfy every gin-fatuation.
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A Boozy Advent Calendar
For the perfect pre-holiday gift, go for the Ginvent Calendar ($138) from Drinks by the Dram. If you deliver your gift on December 1, your recipient will be able to enjoy their favorite spirit all month long until Christmas with 24 mini bottles. NOTE: Shipping to the U.S. on these can be tricky to find, your best bet is probably through Masters of Malt
Gin Adjacent Spirits
If you’re shopping for a gin drinker who already has a well-stocked gin shelf, by them a bottle or two of one of gin’s lesser known siblings. Try an Old Tom, a style of gin from the mid-19th century revived with the help of cocktail historian David Wondrich, like Ransom Old Tom Gin ($40). Or opt for gin’s progenitor, genever, from an old school Dutch producer like Boomsma ($25). For a sweet addition to your gin lover’s liquor cabinet, pick up a bottle of craft sloe gin like Spirit Works Distillery’s tart bottling ($45).
Turning vodka into gin is easy—but it’s even easier with a handy kit. This Homemade Gin Kit ($50) comes with the juniper berries and other botanicals, while this Sloe Gin Kit ($30) is perfect for the sweet-toothed gin maker. If you’re buying for an experienced infuser, skip the hardware and pick up a botanical blend from Bootleg Botanicals ($15).
A Gin-Based Beauty Routine
Will drinking collagen-based gin actually make your favorite gin drinker look younger? No, not a chance. But CollaGin ($43), which is exactly what it sounds like, is the perfect joke gift to throw shade on a friend who would appreciate a lighthearted present.
Yeah, you could DIY your own game of gin pong, but it just seems so much more official when it’s sanctioned by a purchase. The attractive light green and gold shot glasses in this Gin Pong set ($20) will appeal to any gin-lover’s color palette, with citrus-colored green and yellow pong balls to match.
Sometimes you want the flavor of gin without the boozy effects (we call those times morning). Choc on Choc’s Chocolate Gin and Tonic Set ($16) consists of chocolate gin bottles, tonic bottles and lemon slices, all crafted to taste like delicious, delicious gin.
Gin & Tonic Airplane Kit
While airline cocktails leave a lot to be desired, TSA liquid size restrictions allow just enough wiggle room to DIY your way to a great drink in the air. Prepare cocktail baggies as a cute pre-flight gift, or buy a Carry On Cocktail Kit ($24), which comes with craft tonic syrup, a tiny spoon, a jigger and a linen coaster, all packaged in a tin case. Pick up a few mini bottles of gin at your local liquor store and you have everything you need for the best flight of your life.
If you’re over in the U.K., you can gift the nation’s favorite cocktail in icy popsicle form. Gianni’s Alcoholic Ice Popsicles, aka ice lollies as they call them across the pond, are a seriously summery way to indulge in the frozen fizzy libation, but there’s no reason one can’t enjoy these icy treats all year round.
Gin & Tonic Chopping Block
Citrus fruits are gin’s best friends, which means gin lovers can often be found slicing lemon wheels and lime wedges for their cocktails. This G&T Chopping Block ($60) from The Oak & Rope Company will make the chore a bit more pleasurable.
Gin & Tonic Moustache Wax
If you’ve got a mustachioed gin lover in mind, buy him this G&T Mustache Wax ($10) so he can smell (and smell like) sweet, refreshing gin drinks all the time.
In a genius combination of gift, decoration and drink, Edinburgh-based gin distillery Pickering's has begun offering gin-filled baubles (six-pack for $37), perfect for decorating a booze themed Christmas tree. The ornaments can help your special gin lover show his or her holiday spirit and gin pride at once. Plus, when supplies run low at the next holiday party, you and your recipient can pop a few of these to keep the festivities alive.