Whether you’re writing your own list for Santa (in an attempt not to get another pair of novelty socks/ironing board under the tree), or starting to search for the perfect Christmas gift idea for the gin lover in your life, check out these absolutely gorgeous cocktail shakers and bar kits, any of which would make a fantastic gift.
We’ve scoured the shops for those that are a little bit special, but still affordable - stunning kits that any budding cocktail-maker or experienced home mixologist would love to have in pride of place on their shelf.
Happy shopping, gin lovers!
Gold Glitter Cocktail Shaker
£14, Not On the High Street
A gold-flecked cocktail shaker that will add a touch of sparkle to any special occasion or festive party!
Rose Gold Parisian Cocktail Set
One of the best value-for-money cocktail kits we found, and all in an elegant rose gold copper tone.
Gold & Glass Cocktail Shaker
We love the gorgeous vintage-style design of this glass cocktail shaker, which will transform any cocktail gathering into a Gatsby-esque glamorous occasion!
Hot Pink 3-Piece Cocktail Set
£21.99, Robert Dyas
As our favourite TV ballroom dancing judge might say: fab-u-LOUS, darling! The perfect gift for the gorgeous cocktail-loving party girl in your life (so… you, maybe!).
Tropical Leaves Cocktail Shaker
Transport yourself to a hot, palm-fringed tropical island every time you shake up your favourite gin cocktail, with this fun sea-blue and sunshine-gold cocktail shaker!
What are the different kinds of cocktail shaker?
When choosing a cocktail shaker, there are two main types to consider: a 2-piece shaker (the ‘Boston’ shaker), which has one small cap that you wedge at a slight angle into the larger bottom cup (which makes dismantling it easier), or the 3-piece shaker (a ‘Cobbler’), which already has the strainer and lid included, and is therefore often the easier option for those new to cocktail making.
Gold & Patterned Glass Cocktail Shaker With Lustre Finish
£25, Hurn & Hurn
We love the delicate rainbow lustre of this delicate, sophisticated cocktail shaker. It’s an elegant option that would make a good gift for those with vintage style.
Glass Rainbow Cocktail Shaker
Everyone knows the party’s started when this sexy, shimmering, mermaid of a cocktail shaker comes out! Enough said?
Mini Gold Pineapple Cocktail Shaker
£9.60, Love Tiki
How adorable is this miniature cocktail shaker? It’s just the size for a single cocktail, so would make the perfect stocking-filler for anyone who just wants to make one drink (well, one at a time, anyway…).
Iko Scalloped Cocktail Shaker
£24, Oliver Bonas
A fabulous art-deco style cocktail shaker in a bold, beautiful blue and gold, this gift can be appreciated as much as when it’s sitting on the shelf looking good as when it’s being used to whip up a cocktail or two.
Why do you need a cocktail shaker?
Shaking a cocktail is important for three reasons:
Cooling a drink down quickly
Combining the ingredients thoroughly
Adding just the right amount of dilution from ice and/or foam from egg white
Oh, and if you’re wondering why a cocktail shaker is important for certain cocktails while stirring is fine for others, check out our handy guide to shaking vs stirring.
S’well Cocktail Kit
We love the subtle marble-effect that reminds us of the sea on this sophisticated, high-quality cocktail kit that includes two tumblers and a jigger as well as an insulated stainless steel shaker that will keep your cocktails colder for longer. A good gift idea for anyone who likes to take a glamorous picnic every now and then, maybe?
Turquoise Cocktail Shaker
Another aquamarine beauty, this turquoise and gold cocktail shaker is more contemporary in its design. One for the Millenial cocktail lovers maybe?!
Art Deco Cocktail Shaker
£16.96, Harts of Stur
This art deco-influenced cocktail shaker is a timeless, sturdy classic.
Cerise Purple Cocktail Shaker
£25, Go Gift Shopping UK
This fun, contemporary 2-piece cocktail shaker also comes in three other colours: gun metal, turquoise blue, and metallic red.
Stelton Collar Cocktail Shaker & Measuring Cup
£69.95, Cloudberry Living
Ooh, hes handsome, isn’t he?! Cool, sleek, sophisticated, we think this matt black and brass cocktail shaker with matching measuring cup would be an ideal gift for the cocktail-loving man about town.
Personalised ‘Rocket Fuel’ Spaceship Cocktail Shaker
£23.99, Getting Personal
We love this fun-but-classy rocket ship cocktail shaker! Even better, you can add a personal message to the side of the shaker, making it a fab gift idea for anyone who loves a cocktail.
Silver Pineapple Cocktail Shaker
£25, John Lewis & Partners
We’re not entirely sure why or when pineapples became so fashionable, but they’re everywhere! You’ll be bang on trend with this sophisticated silver cocktail shaker in your kitchen.
Personalised Iridescent Cocktail Set
£34.99, Getting Personal
As if the stunning rich colours of this cocktail kit weren’t enough of a reason to add it to our lust list, it’s also really good value for money compared to many other kits out there, especially when you consider that you can get a personalised message engraved on the side!
Green and Brushed Gold Cocktail Set
£29.99, Von Shef
We just love the timeless, classic elegance of this cocktail set, which is another absolutely brilliant bargain at under £30 for a shaker, measuring jigger, strainer, bar spoon and more!
Mini Cocktail Shaker with Personalised Muddler
£24.99, Rocket & Fox
Soooo cute! What gin lover wouldn’t love to find this in their stocking on Christmas morning? The mini cocktail shaker holds just enough for a single martini or other cocktail, and your ingredients can be muddled with an adorable little muddling stick that has a personal message inscribed on the side from the giver. We love.
Copper-Effect Cocktail Shaker & Strainer
£17, John Lewis & Partners
Grown-up. Tasteful. Arty. Sophisticated. If you know a cocktail drinker who matches that description, then this is the cocktail set for them!
Bonus: it’s another one that really does look more expensive than it actually is.
How do I create a cocktail?
There’s an easy ‘golden ratio’ to remember when it comes to making your own cocktails:
2 parts spirit (e.g. gin)
1 part tart (e.g. lemon or lime juice)
1 part sweet (e.g. simple syrup, honey, flavoured liqueur)
Find out more in our guide to making your own cocktails at home!
Black & Gold 3-Piece Cocktail Set
This simple but classy-looking cocktail set punches well above its weight in terms of value and appearance. You won’t find many better-looking cocktail kits that includes the shaker, jigger and strainer for under £15!
Gold and Zinc Barware Set
You could have guessed that this chic, tasteful cocktail set is from a French company! Including a large cocktail shaker, corkscrew, bottle opener, stirring spoon and strainer, this set has everything you need to set up your own home bar to serve yourself and guests cocktails.
Personalised ‘Cocktail Queen’ (or King) Cocktail Shaker
£35, Becky Broome
British boutique company Becky Broome makes lots of fabulous cocktail shakers, but this one is our pick of the bunch - simple but sleek, and the option to add a personal name or message.
The grandaddy of them all? This luxurious gift box contains a Manhattan-style copper shaker, a muddler, strainer, bar measure, pourer, spoon and classic cocktail recipe booklet. Fabulous value at just under £32, this cocktail set is also available in silver and gun metal black.