The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun – but what are you hoping Father Christmas will leave you under the tree? Gin, of course! To help you with writing your Christmas list (or doing your Christmas shopping for fellow gin lovers), we’ve gathered together some great gift ideas. From delicious craft gin, to yummy gin snacks, to the perfect glasses to sip your gin from, our guide will help your Christmas gin-gle all the way!
No Christmas would be complete without some delicious craft gin now, would it? Luckily we’ve got a few options for you to treat your friends and family – or just yourself. For our Christmas hampers (2 or 3 bottles), we’ve selected some of our favourite featured gins from the past year and wrapped them in a festive package so you can indulge your friends and family – or even yourself – with a sample of what the Craft Gin Club is all about. Alternatively, you can treat someone to a year’s worth of gin with a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly gift subscription. (Available from Craft Gin Club online shop, from £69.90)
Smith & Sinclair make gorgeous sweets that are strictly for grown-ups only. Their luxury cocktail pastilles use high quality booze, fresh fruit and sensuous spices to create the same complexity of flavour you’d get from a real-life, liquid cocktail – complete with a 6-8% ABV. Their Gin Selection box contains six of the sweets - three ‘Gin and Tonic’, with a violet infused gin pastille coated with a tart lemon sherbet, and three ‘A Spring Clean’, an elderflower and gin pastille coated with thyme infused sugar. (Available from Harvey Nichols, £9.50)
The Library of Fragrance produces unusual perfumes based on real smells. Since launching in 1996 with ‘Grass’, ‘Tomato’ and ‘Dirt’, the library has expanded to 300 scents in total, encompassing everything from ‘Baby Powder’ to ‘Thunderstorm’. Most importantly though, you can also get your hands on ‘Gin and Tonic’, so you can carry the sweet scent of your favourite tipple around with you wherever you go. Rather than making you smell like you’ve been on the sauce, the fragrance is actually rather pleasant and delicate, capturing the crisp, citrusy, and refreshing nature of a G&T, complete with a hint of juniper. (Available from Boots, £15 for 30ml bottle or £25 for two bottles)
If you fancy something a little bit different on your toast in the morning, what could be better than a good spreading of gin-infused jam? Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods starting out making homemade gins and liqueurs from their farmhouse kitchen in North Yorkshire. They have since expanded their range to include a range of preserves, confectionery and gifts, including their rather delicious raspberry and damson gin jams, made from locally sourced fruit, steeped in your favourite tipple. This is the makings of a truly festive breakfast! (Available from Raisthorpe Manor online shop, from £3.50)
One thing that every gin lover needs is some quality glassware in which to enjoy their favourite drink. Dartington’s new ‘Gintuition’ set is just the ticket, containing three different glasses so you can sup your gin in style, whatever your mood. It features a conical highball for a traditional G&T, a stemmed copa glass, for a more modern take on the signature serve, and a classic martini glass for when you’re feeling in the cocktail frame of mind. Endorsed by Fever Tree tonic, the set also includes a booklet with serving suggestions and recipes. (Available from John Lewis, £25)
What better snack to accompany your gin and tonic than some gin and tonic-flavoured popcorn? Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn is handmade in London by a small team of pastry chefs using all natural ingredients. Their ‘Crisp Gin & Tonic’ flavour uses 5% real gin and 5% real tonic. The result is a unique, tasty snack with notes of sweet tonic followed by the citrus and juniper of gin. They have also recently launched Gin & Tonic Caramel Sauce – perfect for drizzling on ice cream or just devouring straight from the jar! (Available from Joe & Seph's online shop, from £4)