The festive season is swinging into gear, and that means social occasions and gifting are ramping up. But what to do when you are short on time and have friends or family who are hard to buy for? Drinking gifts are the perfect solution. We’re talking drinks that look impressive and taste even better. To eliminate the guesswork, we’ve curated a list of this season’s best alcohol gift sets and perfectly-packaged finds. It goes without saying that they all taste a treat. So, whether you need bottles that can be cellared, a bargain buy for Secret Santa or top-shelf luxury bottles for that special person in your life, look no further than our ultimate alcohol Christmas gift guide. There’s something for everyone.
These alcohol gifts are fun, fruity and first-class. From the hard-core whisky and tequila fans in your life to the cool cousin who prefers canned cocktails for summer outings, these presents will go down a treat.
With a bonus glass, this gift pack will excite the gin devotee. Roku Gin is made with six Japanese botanicals using traditional techniques. Add tonic water for a refreshing festive drop.
Named Australia’s Best Botanical Vodka at the 2022 World Vodka Awards, this premium vodka from one of Australia’s favourite gin brands has festive notes of peach and panettone.
A highly-awarded Japanese whisky that takes 12 years to age is bound to be special. Add its recent surge in popularity (making it harder to come by) and you have an impressive gift that’ll be remembered and enjoyed for years to come.
Hailed as one of the best tequilas ever made, this reposado is a fitting gift for someone who appreciates the art of the agave. Reposado translates to ‘rested’ in Spanish and this special tequila is rested in oak barrels for 6 to 9 months, which results in a warm, delicately spicy liquor that’s best sipped straight or over ice for maximum appreciation.
Famed for its bold Scottish flavours (including a hint of seaweed), this whisky is a winner for someone who likes their scotch rich and unique. Perfect for the friend who could have been a Viking in another life.
Want to give someone a good Aussie whisky? This one from Tasmania’s Lark Distillery was named the Best Blended Malt Whisky in Australia. It tastes of peaches, apricots, mangoes and Tasmanian apples. Say no more.
These alcohol gifts all scream of celebrations. Simply take your pick from the affordable (yet fabulous) bubbly finds to the ultimate wine splurges.
This bottle makes a fashionable choice for that bubbly person who enjoys a taste of France. With acacia, elderberry and honeysuckle notes, it’s a vivacious choice for Champagne classicists. Selected stores only.
Veuve Clicquot is the ultimate brand for special-occasion bubbles, and its Yellow Label Brut is even more special when it comes housed in a mini Smeg fridge that actually keeps it cold. As far as alcohol gift sets go, this is ice cool. Selected stores only.
Want to surprise someone with a premium red? They’ll be delighted with this delicious pinot from Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Think cherry flavours and earthy notes.
This spicy and flavour-packed drop makes a jolly good gift under $50 for someone who enjoys quality reds. It tastes like Christmas in a bottle.
A special red that would be a worthy addition to a home cellar. This wine tastes beautiful now – and even better in five years.
Said to be from one of the greatest vintages of all time, this beautifully packaged bottle is the ultimate wine gift. It can be cellared for up to 50 years as a gift that keeps on giving.
It’s safe to say that gifting beer is now all class. We’ve hunted down the best-looking (and tasting) brands that your mates and family members can crack open.
If you know they love mezcal, this limited-release sour beer from NYC’s cult Brooklyn Brewery makes a thoughtful gift. Brewed with key lime and salt and aged in rare mezcal barrels, this tropical-tasting flavoured ale ‘Palenque” (say pah-leng-ke) also has hints of coconut and pineapple.
Something special for the festive season, this fruity, spicy Belgian-style drop is aged in the bottle for an irresistible flavour. Selected stores only.
Ale aficionados will appreciate the complex flavours that come from ageing this beer in bourbon/rum/red wine oak barrels. Selected stores only.
Aged in oak barrels previously used for cognac, then cellared on Nero D’Avola wine grapes, this Belgian-style golden ale is a wild ride of rich flavours and aromas. Selected stores only.