Nothing says Christmas quite like a mid-aisle panic about what makes for great Christmas gifts. Whether you’re after gifts for mum, gifts for dad or you’re looking for the perfect gift for your partner, a bottle of something special can tick every box (and help ease your stress).
How early do you start shopping for Christmas? Sooner is better than later, but don’t worry, we have a curated list to make your job that much easier.
What makes a bottle of Penfolds St Henri Shiraz the perfect gift for mum? First of all, its official description, “St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, arthy, mocha-like characters as it ages” can be used in Christmas cards (two birds, one stone) indicating how the most important woman in your life gets better with age. That said, what really puts this shiraz in the ‘gifts for mum’ list is that unlike many high quality domestic wines, St Henri Shiraz doesn’t rely on any new oak, maturing instead in age-old vats. A true shiraz.
When it comes to gifts for dad, a common question which rears its head is, ‘What’s a good whiskey to buy as a present?’ Presenting Lark Classic Cask Australia Single Malt Whisky, the ultimate all-rounder with its perfect marriage of sweet, spicy and savoury characteristics. Ever-popular whisky is, of course, a safe bet for dad, but that doesn’t mean the gift bag won’t feature a few surprises; in this case, a little citrus and butterscotch, along with a suggestion of Tasmanian peat.
The intelligent among us will surely be asking, ‘What are some gift ideas for my wife on Christmas?’. We say you can do no wrong with a bottle of Pol Roger Vintage Champagne. Whether you’re keen to serve it with breakfast in bed, or prefer to place a bottle under the tree, your significant other will appreciate this Champagne’s elegance, delicacy and creamy texture popping with peaches, apricots and almonds. Just be sure to explain that like your wife, this drop is considered to be strong and elegant.
Christmas gifts for men, we hear you sigh. Shopping online for the perfect pour is a start, but why not call off the search entirely and opt for a bottle of Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin. Celebrating alcoholic alchemy by pairing two masculine favourites: shiraz and in this case, Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, your man can expect a distinct pepper taste with raspberry notes, as well as a hint of pine needles, citrus and spice. The perfect drink for every occasion.
Whether you’re on a Secret Santa mission or you’re looking for the perfect gift for your best mate, Grosset Polish Hill Riesling has got you covered. FIrst of all, everybody knows everything happens for a riesling (sorry), but when you’re working with an intense flavour profile of lime pith paired with a foundation of enticing florals, you’re gifting a vintage that works well with just about everything you introduce it to – just like a certain someone you might know. Certified organic and biodynamic.
Need a few more Christmas present ideas? When it comes to alcohol gifts, the world is your oyster. Consider Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne for those top-notch occasions, Ch Haut Brion Rouge Graves 2009 as a Christmas Day treat, and Hennessy Paradis Cognac as a Kris Kringle for the ages.