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Christmas Gift Guide: 40 Perfect Presents For The Cocktail Lover In Your Life

Christmas is just around the corner which means it’s time to curl up by the fire at home with your laptop to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. If you’re struggling with ideas for the cocktail enthusiast, we’ve got you covered with our extensive list featuring 40 perfect cocktail-related presents

1. Cocktail Recipe Book

Every budding mixologist should have a cocktail recipe book in their collection. They’ll spend hours pouring over the pages and creating delicious drinks.  The Savoy Cocktail book is always a classic on any cocktail lover’s bookshelf. 

It was created by Harry Craddock - an American bartender who left the U.S during prohibition to work as a cocktail artist at London’s Savoy. Classy and elegant, this cocktail book captures the spirit of the Prohibition era and features historic recipes and vibrant illustrations that will fascinate any cocktail lover.


2. Mason Jar

Mason jars are a great gift for cocktail lovers as it gives them a fun and creative way to present their drink creations. From Mojitos and Pimms to Frozen Daiquiris and Margaritas, everything will look and taste amazing in a mason jar.


3. Cocktail Gift Basket

Making someone a special gift basket filled with delicious, ready-made cocktails, spirits, cocktail tools, recipes and syrups could be the perfect gift. Fill a hamper with everything a cocktail lover will need for their at-home bar.


4. Metal Straws

Cocktail with metal straws

Not only are reusable metal straws great for the planet, but they make amazing gifts too. With so many different varieties available, the cocktail lover in your life will be able to drink their creations in style.


5. Cocktail Making Class

For the person who has everything, treat them to an experience they’ll never forget. A cocktail making class is a fun way to make some delicious drinks and learn some valuable skills when it comes to mixology.


6. Christmas cocktail set

Christmas cocktail box

Treat them to NIO’s Christmas Cocktail Box, a selection of crafted pre-mixed Christmas cocktails. The Christmas Cocktail Box features 6 delicious drinks filled with festive spices and aromas and can be delivered straight through their letterbox, so you can send them a gift no matter where you are. Give the gift of luxury, and ensure that your friends and family have everything they need to make festive cocktails.


7. Flavour Thesaurus Book

Cocktail enthusiasts want to know everything there is to know about the craft, so giving them a flavour thesaurus book this Christmas, where they can learn all about the intricacies of different flavourings and what foods to pair with cocktails, will be a very valuable gift. The vibrant and informative Flavour Thesaurus Book looks perfect on any coffee table.


8. Coffee Lover Cocktails

Know someone who loves both coffee and cocktails? Combine the two by gifting them some coffee flavoured cocktails such as our signature Brown Gold as the ultimate, indulgent treat!

9. Ice cube tray


No cocktail is complete without ice and giving your cocktail loving friend a unique ice cube tray, like our silicone 4XL ice cube tray, will always be appreciated. 


10. Cocktail scented candles

If you’re looking for something a bit different then cocktail scented candles are the way to go. We’re positive any cocktail fan will love for their home to smell like the sweet scent of their favourite drink. We’ve collaborated with Acqua di Parma to bring your loved one the perfect gift box, featuring Acqua di Parma's Aperitivo in Terrazza candle and our Cosmopolitan and Negroni cocktails.


11. Crystal Whiskey Decanter

A crystal whiskey decanter is a truly luxurious gift that will show someone just how much you care. Any cocktail lover will treasure this generous gift and proudly display it in their at-home bar.

 

12. Cocktail shaker

 Cocktail shaker

From stainless steel to glass to graphite, there are plenty of cocktail shakers to choose from that will add a touch of style to any home bar. And, for an extra special touch, you can even add a personalised engraving. When looking for a cocktail shaker, choose something that is durable, comfortable and allows you to serve cocktails that can be shaken, muddled, stirred and strained...without the same happening to you!

13. Mixology dice

For the person who likes to experiment, mixology dice will make the perfect gift - and a very entertaining evening. A roll of the dice will decide which ingredients and ratio to use to make a unique cocktail.

14. Alcohol-free cocktails

Enjoy the taste, aromas and complexity of a cocktail sans the alcohol with our alcohol-free cocktails! The Virgin Bitters cocktail delivers the flavours of a classic Negroni and is perfect to enjoy before dinner as an aperitif, whereas the Lemongrass Citrus is wonderfully refreshing and energising which is just what’s needed over Christmas!


15. Cocktail glass set


 

There are many different types of cocktail glasses available, from classic coupe style glasses to whiskey-based cocktail tumblers and champagne flutes. So, giving a cocktail lover a set of unique, high-end glasses such as part of the NIO Cocktails x GQ gift set will definitely be appreciated.


16. Set of Coasters

Coasters are always a handy gift, especially for cocktails enthusiasts, as no one likes leaving rings on their surfaces. You can get personalised coasters, luxury coasters or themed coasters to match the style and taste of your cocktail lover’s decor.


17. Hand juicer

A hand juicer is a useful little gadget that every cocktail artist should have in their tool kit. It’s quick and simple to use and perfect for making cocktails where small quantities of fresh juice are needed.


18. Full experience box

For someone looking to begin their journey into the world of cocktails, the Full Experience Box is the perfect gift. Featuring 2 glass tumblers, an ice mould to create 4XL ice cubes and 5 ready-to-drink cocktails of your own choosing, this gift has everything needed to get the at-home bar started.


19. Cocktail pin

Enamel pins have become pretty popular lately with many people building their own pin collections. So, giving someone a fun cocktail pin is a great way for them to showcase their love of cocktails. And with so many unique pins to choose from, the collection can be added to year on year.


20. Cocktail neon sign

For that eclectic friend with the quirky home decor, a fun cocktail neon sign would be ideal for their at-home bar! The neon sign will be a real statement piece that’s bound to create intrigue and excitement to anyone visiting the cocktail lover’s home.


21. Shot Glasses

Shot glasses

 

Every at-home bar needs a set of shot glasses. Whether it’s for mixing or measuring or to have on the side of a cocktail, shot glasses are essential and a gift that all cocktail lovers will be happy to receive.


22. Bottle Stopper

A bottle stopper is an invaluable tool that any drinks lover will thank you for. You can get many different styles of bottle stopper, such as in the shape of their favourite animal, art deco styles or personalised to make it a truly thoughtful gift.


23. Cocktail Kit Travel Bag


 

For the friend who’s always on the go, our Cocktail Kit Travel Bag is a portable bar complete with backpack, a spherical ice tray, two fully insulated carry bags to keep your ice cold and four NIO travel tumblers. It’s the perfect addition to picnics, road trips, camping holidays, BBQs, garden parties and more. 


24. Cocktail Scented Soap and Shower Gel

Everyone loves a good pampering session, so getting the cocktail lover in your life some cocktail scented soaps and shower gel will always go down well.


25. Drinks trolley

Exuding style and sophistication, a drinks trolley is a unique and exciting gift that will thrill any cocktail aficionado. This glamorous addition to the home will make a bold statement and provide extra storage for more drinks.


26. Cocktail artwork

Surprise the cocktail lover with some cool, modern artwork for their home this Christmas. Whether it's a print of their favourite cocktail, a fun cocktail-related quote or an illustrated guide of ingredients for classic cocktails, there are plenty of options to choose from.


27. NIO cocktail bestsellers box

If you're shopping for someone you've recently met, a work colleague, for example, then you can't go wrong with our Best Seller Cocktail Box. Filled with 6 of our top-selling cocktails, this box makes for a fun and exciting gift.

28. Cocktail mixing spoons

Simple yet effective, a set of cocktail stirring spoons is a super useful gift that all cocktail lovers will thank you for. They make mixing cocktails a far easier process and they can look luxurious and decorative too. 


29. Blender

If your cocktail loving friend is wanting to branch out and try making their own frozen cocktails ready for the spring and summer seasons, then buying them a blender for Christmas will happily be welcomed.


30. Glass punch bow

A beautiful glass punch bowl is something every cocktail lover should have in their drinkware collection. From vintage to art deco there's plenty of choices so you can choose the bowl that will match their style perfectly. If you're feeling extra generous you can even throw a glass ladle in there too.


31. Glass rimmer

A glass rimmer is one of those products that once you've used it you'll never look back. This handy little item will delight a cocktail lover as they'll be able to add salt and sugar to the rim of the glasses easily.  A glass rimmer will usually have separate sections with trays that allow you to dampen a sponge and dip your glass in salt and sugar to garnish your cocktails with ease.


32. Olive serving bowl

Olive serving bowl

 

Snacks are always required when making and drinking cocktails. So supplying your cocktail loving friend with some stylish olive or nut bowl sets will be a great gift.


33. Tiki glasses

Allow the cocktail enthusiasts in your life spice up their drinks and get creative with a set of tiki glasses. These cocktail glasses are often handcrafted in ceramic or glass, and add a touch of authenticity to your cocktail. Ideal for rum and tropical cocktails, these mugs will no doubt liven up their cupboards and are perfect for themed cocktail parties.


34. Copper mugs

If the cocktail-loving family member or friend in your life enjoys making aesthetically pleasing drinks, treat them to a set of copper mugs this Christmas. Cocktails such as a Moscow Mule or Frozen Mojito will always look amazing in these stylish mugs.


35. Bar tray

Cocktails bar tray

A bar tray is the perfect addition to someone's at-home bar. Not only does it make serving drinks easier, but it looks good too! Treating a cocktail lover to a sophisticated bar tray will undoubtedly make them happy.


36. Cocktail strainer

A cocktail strainer is an essential tool when it comes to making the perfect drink as it removes unwanted ice and ingredients, resulting in a smooth cocktail. Splash out and get a luxury gold stainer or a strainer set for professional bartending that will greatly please the cocktail lover.


37. Theatrical cocktail experiences

With hundreds of unique, theatrical bar experiences in the county, your cocktail enthusiast will be spoilt for choice. From themed cocktails in an immersive experience set in a famous prison to a magical cocktail experience inspired by the iconic boy wizard, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


38. Cocktail jigger

Cocktail jigger set

A cocktail jigger is a useful measuring tool that all cocktail connoisseurs will cherish and use often to create a perfectly balanced cocktail. You can choose a classic stainless steel jigger or go for something a bit different and get it personalised. Either way, we're sure they'll love it!


39. Smoking gun with glass cloche

Will your loved one appreciate the ability to infuse their drinks with smoke and add a professional touch? A smoking gun with a glass cloche will really allow the cocktail lover to take their drinks up a level. As one of the most amazing kitchen tools, this item infuses food and drinks with a natural smoky flavour which will be perfect for certain types of cocktails. 


40. Oak Barrel

Buying an oak barrel for your cocktail loving friend may seem a little odd but it's something they will love as it means they'll be able to age spirits and cocktails easily for an exquisite tasting drink. Wooden Shell is a small UK based business that creates beautiful handcrafted oak barrels that are perfect for maturing whiskey and look lovely in the kitchen.


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