Alcohol gifts make great present ideas at Christmas time because they are quick and easy to source, they've got a great shelf life and as long as your recipient likes the tipple in question, the gift is almost guaranteed to be well received because it doesn't need to match their style, be stored or displayed.
There's more to choosing the right alcohol gift than nipping to the supermarket and grabbing the cheapest bottle of prosecco though. Whether you're buying a thank you gift for your host this Christmas or opting for something drinkable as a Christmas gift for the dad who has everything, it's always worth looking for a thoughtful or indulgent version of someone's favourite tipple so it really feels like a treat.
Before buying, start by considering what drink they like the most and if you're more likely to see them sipping spirits or enjoying a real ale. If in doubt, it's hard to go wrong with a bottle of the best Champagne or a warming, well-rounded bottle of red to enjoy with a festive feast.
For our guide, we largely avoided featuring single bottles unless there was something particularly special or notable about them and instead chose presents that were more unusual, practical or downright decadent to make sure these alcohol gifts felt really special this Christmas.
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Best alcohol gifts ideas for Christmas 2022
From boozy Christmas hampers to experiences like tastings, this is our pick of the best alcohol gifts to put under the tree this Christmas.
1. Cantium Gin: View at Cantium Gin
RRP: £39.95 for 50cl | Delivery cost: £4.95 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Just when you think you've tried every gin possible, along comes the world's first gin a reusable flask bottle. Two presents in one, this award-wining craft gin from Kent comprises key locally sourced botanicals including blackberry, apple, cobnut, hops, lavender and roasted chestnuts. It's available as a classic London Dry Gin and the 'Rubesco' pink gin, which is enhanced with strawberries and raspberries for a slightly sweeter taste.
Then when the final drop is drained, the sleek metal flask can become your new favourite reusable water bottle. Or refilled with a pouch of more Cantium gin. Unwanted flasks can even be returned for Cantium to clean and donate to their charity partner, Warming Up The Homeless.
2. Christmas Day Mixed Wine and Prosecco Gift: View at Virgin Wines
RRP: £47.99 | Delivery cost: £7.99 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Gift this to your host on Christmas Day as the ultimate thank you for having you over. This trio of bottles arrives in a sleek wooden case in festive red and takes the guesswork out of wine pairing on the day.
You can enjoy the light, fruity Senti prosecco over crackers and canapés then pour the crisp Black Pig Sauvignon Blanc when serving the turkey. The berry-packed Lenne Pinot Noir can wash down the cheeseboard, but they might prefer saving it for a nightcap when everyone else has gone home.
3. Soho Street Cocktails Pouch: View at Soho Street Cocktails
RRP: £28.99 for 1.5 litres | Delivery cost: From £4.95 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
If you're buying for someone who loves to whip up the odd Cosmopolitan cocktail at home, expand their repertoire this December with these easy-peasy craft cocktails that make a great alcohol gift.
Made with high-quality ingredients and no artificial flavours or colourings, these are a world apart from most ready-to-serve cocktails and really do taste like they've been freshly made in a bar. They come in 1.5 litre pouches that fit snugly into a fridge door and the range includes Pornstar Martini, Espresso Martini, Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada.
4. Maison Mirabeau Dry Gin & Candle Gift Set: View at Maison Mirabeau
RRP: £35 | Delivery cost: £7.50 | Delivery time-frame: 1-2 working days
Anyone who has spent summer sipping delightful rosé wine in the sun will already be familiar with Mirabeau, one of the UK's best loved French rosé brands.
They'll also love this pretty gift set to get them through the dark days until rosé season starts once more. It contains an elegant 20cl bottle of the brand's Dry Gin to sample, plus a travel-size 100% natural scented candle from Perfect Chaos. Hand-poured in a luxury rose gold glass container, it offers more than 12 hours burn time and is inspired by the gin's woody citrus notes with layers of lavender and herbs.
5. Hattiers Eminence Blended Aged White Rum: View at Hattiers
RRP: £37.50 for 70cl | Delivery cost: £4.95 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
It's never easy knowing shopping for Christmas gifts for men (especially if he doesn't need more socks), but this top-notch rum should make him smile on Christmas morning.
Eminence Blended Aged White Rum is one of three premium aged rums from Devon's Hattiers who also make the UK's first B Corp Rum. Hand-bottled in small batches and blended with Dartmoor water, this one is particularly ideal for anyone who's a dab-hand at making cocktails. It has a light and fruity yet not overly sweet taste with nutty pineapple notes and a creamy fudge finish that will have him reaching for more.
6. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Whisky Collection: View at Master of Malt
RRP: £74.95 | Delivery cost: £4.95 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
If you're looking for alcohol gift ideas and you know your recipient is a whisky buff, don't risk buying a bottle he might hate but choose this collection of 12 drams instead.
Though it looks a little like an alcohol advent calendar, it's suitable year-round, with 12 doors concealing a different wax-sealed dram from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The lucky owner could open one a day, or look forward to one treat every weekend for the next three months with whiskies inside including a 12 year old Auchroisk and a 10 year old Macduff.
7. Fortnum & Mason The Six Course Wine Hamper: View at Fortnum & Mason
RRP: £150 | Delivery cost: £5.95 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Everyone dreams of receiving a hamper chockful of the best Christmas food gifts from Fortnum & Mason. If you're unsure about whether they'll prefer chocolates or cheese, play it safe and send them a wicker basket stuffed with wine instead.
This luxury hamper has all the wines they'll need for the Christmas feast of their dreams, from the perfect bubbles to serve as an aperitif to a lip-smacking pudding wine to complement dessert. There are two bottles of white and two excellent bottles of red, including one that would be heavenly served with cheese on Christmas Day. Anyone hosting others for the big day would be thrilled with this generous gift, and they'll still get to reuse the iconic Fortnum & Mason hamper afterwards.
8. Sandford Orchards' Pub in a Box: View at Sandford Orchards
RRP: £20.99 | Delivery cost: £7.99 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Give someone the ultimate Christmas party this year in the comfort of their own living room. Send this quirky pub in a box and they can enjoy a great night out without having to queue at the bar or battle Christmas crowds.
The gift comes from Sandford Orchards, a family-owned cider business based in the oldest working cider mill in the UK. Inside the box there are four generously-sized bottles and cans of cider, two packets of Mr Filberts snacks, two bags of Burts Chips, a pint glass, a bottle opener and even some beer mats. All this and they won't need to pay for a taxi home either.
9. Vintage Roots Prosecco Pair Gift Box: View at Vintage Roots
RRP: £35 | Delivery cost: £8.95 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Put some sparkle in a friend's life this Christmas by sending them this can't-go-wrong gift of two bottles of Prosecco.
The wines come from top Prosecco producer Giol in Veneto, Italy. There's one white and one rosé though both are Spumante in style and the bottles are delivered in a smart wooden crate with a rope carry handle. It's also worth noting that both wines are vegan and organic, with very low levels of sulphur. This is said to make them easier to digest and less likely to trigger allergies and may even mean the morning after isn't quite as painful. A result all round.
10. Black Cow Vodka - Christmas Spirit: View at Ocado
RRP: £25 | Delivery cost: From £0 to £6.99 depending on slot availability | Delivery time-frame: As soon as the same day in some cases
Taking the concept of Christmas spirit quite literally, this festive bottle of vodka tastes like mince pies in a glass. It has all the ingredients of a Christmas pudding including raisins, figs, brown sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and vanilla, macerated in silky smooth Black Cow vodka. It would be perfect served with Prosecco for a cocktail to sip while decorating for Christmas, so we'd recommend gifting early so it can be enjoyed all the way through December.
11. Majestic's Mix Six: View at Majestic
RRP: From £23.94 for six bottles | Delivery cost: £6.95 on orders under £75 | Delivery time-frame: 2-7 days or collect same day from store when ordered before 3pm
Give someone wine they'll really look forward to drinking with this smart offer from Majestic. Pick any six bottles across their enormous range of wine and Champagne and you'll always save 10% or more on the single bottle price.
That means you can mix and match favourite bottles you know the recipient will love, send six different rosés to a pink-loving friend or even design a case around a country that means something special to the recipient. If you're short of inspiration, we'd recommend the buttery Edouard Delaunay 'Septembre' Chardonnay with notes of white chocolate and citrus or the elegant Pasqua 'Romeo & Juliet' Prosecco Rosé DOC.
12. Liberation Cocktails 4 Can Gift Pack: View at Not On The Highstreet
RRP: £20 | Delivery cost: £5.95 | Delivery time-frame: 48 hours
Looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift for someone far away? This cocktail gift pack can be posted through the letterbox, includes a gift message and will get the party started from afar this Christmas.
It contains four 200ml cans of pre-mixed cocktails including Mojito, Pornstar Martini, Pisco Sour and Gin Garden, all created by top mixologists and blended using the highest-grade spirits. It would make the perfect Secret Santa gift too.
13. Salcombe Brewery Pub in a Box: View at Salcombe Brewery
RRP: £19.99 | Delivery cost: £7.99 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
There's no point splashing out on a fancy bottle of champagne if you know their ideal night is nursing a pint of ale at the local pub.
Send them this in the post and they can enjoy all the benefits of the pub while sat in front of a feel good Christmas movie in their own home. This great value box includes two 330ml cans of Salcombe Pale Ale, two 330ml cans of Breeze Lager, two 330ml cans of Salcombe Pilsner, two half pint glasses, two bar towels, a packet of nuts, olives and even six beer mats.
14. Hattingley Valley Luxury Gift Set: View at Hattingley Valley
RRP: From £62 | Delivery cost: £4.50 | Delivery time-frame: 24 hours
Hattingley Valley is one of the UK's most successful wineries and has won over 100 medals for its stunning sparkling wines. If you're buying for someone who adores champagne, introduce them to English sparkling wine instead with this impressive navy and gold gift box.
Inside, there are two Hattingley tulip glass flutes, a bottle stopper and a corkscrew plus a full-size bottle of boutique bubbles from the Hattingley estate. Choose from Classic Reserve NV (£62), Rosé 2019 (£67), Blanc de Blancs 2014 (£71) or go all-out with King's Cuvee 2014 (£104). They'll never drink champagne again.
15. Marks & Spencer Red Wine & Nibbles Gift Box: View at Marks & Spencer
RRP: £35 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: 2-4 working days
Whether they've got the whole family round or have to wrap a mountain of presents, this sleek wooden gift box is the perfect way to encourage your host to enjoy a little me-time this Christmas.
It has everything they'll need for a quiet night in after the chaos of Christmas Day, including a bottle of Susanna Balbo Malbec, a bag of Sweet Rosemary & Malden Nut Selection and Cornish Cruncher All Butter Biscuits. All they need to do is turn their phone off and forget all about the baking trays in need of a scrub.
16. Real English Beer Box Subscription: View at Real English Drinks
RRP: £20 | Delivery cost: £6 | Delivery time-frame: 2-5 working days
There's only one thing better than the perfect Christmas present and that's getting one every month for a year. Though you can buy a great value one-off beer box from Real English Drinks, you could also treat them to two, six or twelve-month gift subscription for major brownie points.
Each month, they'll receive six new and unique craft beers all brewed in the UK. They'll also receive tasting notes so they can ponder the flavour of each, though if they really hate one (they won't), they can always knock up this beer can roast chicken. Win win.
17. Shwen Shwen Prosecco Cocktail Gift Box: View at Shwen Shwen
RRP: £54.85 | Delivery cost: £9.95 | Delivery time-frame: 2-3 working days
Make Prosecco more interesting this Christmas with this quirky box so they can mix their very own cocktails.
Chef Maria Bradford launched her food company to share the flavours of her homeland, Sierra Leone. This cocktail box includes three bottles of artisan Prosecco plus three bottles of traditional Sierre Leonean drinks to whip up cocktails with a truly international flavour. Juices include Passionately Bissap (hibiscus & strawberry juice) and mango lemonade for the ultimate mango Bellini.
18. The House of Suntory Trilogy Gift Pack: View at Master of Malt
RRP: £42.82 | Delivery cost: £4.95 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
We're all for being generous at Christmas but we draw the line at splurging on Suntory's £399 bottle of 12 Year Old Pure Malt! If you're after spirit-based alcohol gift ideas though, you can still treat someone to a glimpse of the finer things in life with this set of three decently-sized 200ml tasters.
The ideal introduction to Japanese spirits, it comprises a bottle each of Roku Gin, Haku Vodka and Suntory Toki blended whisky.
19. Bolney Wine Estate Sparkling Wine and Tour Voucher Gift Box: View at Bolney Wine Estate
RRP: £104 | Delivery cost: £7.95 | Delivery time-frame: From three working days
For any keen wine drinker, the chance to stroll around a vineyard and see where the wine actually started life is a bucket list experience.
This lovely gift set is a winner all round. It includes a bottle of Bolney Bubbly or Eighteen Acre Rosé and a gift voucher for a day out in the months to come. This allows two people to look round the award-wining Sussex vineyard Bolney Wine Estate, see inside the winery at one of the oldest commercial vineyards in the UK and enjoy a tutored tasting of five wines paired with matching cheeses. An alcohol gift ideas coupled with a brilliant UK staycation idea too.
20. Devon Hampers Jingle Bells Jail Ale Hamper: View at Devon Hampers
RRP: £45.50 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: Next day
This part of the UK might be famed for its coastline (some of the best beaches are in Devon and Cornwall after all) but its real ale takes some beating too.
This hamper from the Dartmoor Brewery will bring the Christmas party right to someone's door—and all with free next day delivery too. It includes two 500ml bottles of Jail Ale and enough snacks to make a full meal including popcorn, nuts, olives, chocolate, crackers, charcuterie pulled pork, fudge and crisps. It's a downright Devon feast.
21. Devon Cove's Cove Royale Christmas Eve Box: View at Devon Cove
RRP: £38.90 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: 4-5 working days
Give the gift of the perfect festive night in with this charming cocktail kit from Devon Cove vodka, who create vodka from King Edward potatoes grown on their family farm in South Devon.
Their Christmas Eve box contains a 20cl bottle of their fruity Damson Liqueur (featuring their trademark vodka) and two 20cl bottles of Prosecco plus a recipe to follow to make their take on a Kir Royale. To add an extra festive twist, there's also a pack of luxury mince pies and Salcombe Dairy Bean to Bar Christmas Pudding Chocolate.
22. Wickhams The Classic Christmas Day Wine Case: View at Wickhams
RRP: £99.99 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: 1-2 working days
Take the hassle out of choosing wine for Christmas dinner by having it all chosen and delivered for someone special.
Award-winning wine merchants Wickhams have selected only the very best bottles for this case and every one will work with a different course if they're having a full-on feast. These include Paul Langier Champagne NV to kick things off, a complex Domaine de Rochebin Mâcon-Villages Blanc 2020 to savour over turkey and a half bottle of Château Les Mingets 2018 Sauternes to make Christmas desserts sparkle.
- View at Wickhams
23. The Thinking Drinkers Subscription Club: View at Thinking Drinkers
RRP: £150 for a year | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: Delivered five days before each tasting on the last Thursday of each month
Gift someone drinks with a difference with a year's subscription to this ingenious tasting club from Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland. Known as The Thinking Drinkers, they've already toured UK theatres and played sell-out runs at the Fringe in Edinburgh with their alcohol-based comedy. Now they're bringing their live show to living rooms with this unique subscription club that makes a great gift that keeps on giving.
Sign someone up and they'll receive three 60ml pouches of premium spirits each month, plus a monthly e-magazine and a signed copy of the fascinating book The Thinking Drinkers Almanac. They can then attend the duo's entertaining online tasting to sample the month's drinks with them and learn exactly why The Thinking Drinkers believe you should drink less but drink better.
24. Crystal Head Vodka Original: View at The Whiskey Exchange
RRP: £42.95 | Delivery cost: £4.95 | Delivery time-frame: 4-7 working days
This iconic vodka skull-shaped vodka bottle is the ultimate show-off style statement.
Those in the know will also appreciate the award-winning premium vodka inside, created by actor Dan Aykroyd in 2007 and served in the hippest bars around the world. Completely additive-free, the corn-based vodka is filtered through 500-million year-old crystals known as Herkimer diamonds and has a silky smooth taste with a hint of vanilla.
25. Philips PerfectDraft Beer Machine: View at Beer Hawk
RRP: £225 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: 1-2 working days
Say goodbye to spending loads at the pub (probably...) with this amazing machine that will allow them to pour their very own draft beer without leaving the house.
The machine cools a six litre beer keg to a cool three degrees and keeps it fresh for 30 days for the perfect pint whenever they need it. Each keg holds around ten pints and the machine sits on the counter top, without any gas cylinders required. The LED display even shows the temperature and how much beer is left and there are over 45 kegs available to buy including Stella Artois, Leffe and Lowenbrau. We think it's one of the best alcohol gifts for beer drinkers we've seen and would turn any house into an instant party pad. If they don't mind sharing their beer of course.
26. Harvey Nichols Lovely Bubbly: View at Harvey Nichols
RRP: £159 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: Named day delivery
This alcohol gift idea has wow factor in spades. The perfect Christmas gift for a friend who deserves seriously spoiling, this swish monochrome box of bubbly goes the extra mile to impress.
Inside, there are two bottles each of Harvey Nichols Premier Cru Brut Champagne NV, Harvey Nichols Premier Cru Brut Rosé Champagne NV and Harvey Nichols Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore NV, all top quality bubbles that will put a sparkle into even the dullest December day. This makes a wonderful wedding gift if you're going to a winter wedding too.
27. Green Man Wildwood Gin: View at Silent Pool Distillers
RRP: £30 | Delivery cost: £5.95 | Delivery time-frame: Two working days
Get Christmas off to a guilt-free start and choose sustainable Christmas gifts instead this year.
Green Man Wildwood Gin is the world's first spirit to be packaged in a cardboard bottle, made from 94% recycled paper with a carbon footprint 83% lower than a glass bottle. Made in Surrey Hills, it is lightweight and 100% recyclable while the gin itself has suitably festive top notes of pine, birch leaf and fir. It's ideal for a gin and tonic with a conscience.
28. Case of Chapel Down English Rose NV: View at Chapel Down
RRP: £144 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Any real wine buff has long since swapped Champagne for English sparkling wine. Add some pizazz to their Christmas celebrations by sending them a whole case from Chapel Down, one of the UK's best-known wineries. The vineyard in the North Downs of Kent has a similar terroir to those in Champagne, with warm sea air and south-facing chalk soil for truly fantastic fizz.
For an extra splash of glamour in their glass this December, make it pink and gift them Chapel Down's English rosé. This classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Blanc bursts with strawberry and rosehip aromas and will work perfectly with Christmas Day canapés.
29. The Henley Distillery Gin Experience: View at The Henley Distillery
RRP: £100 | Delivery cost: Free | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Don't just buy someone a bottle of gin this Christmas. Give them the opportunity to make their own with this present they'll never forget.
Voted New Distillery of the Year 2022 at The Gin Guide Awards, The Henley Distillery makes small-batch artisan spirits in 300 litre copper alembic stills heated over an open flame. A gift voucher allows a dedicated gin fan to tour the distillery and learn about the drink's history with a Master Distiller, before tasting various gins made on site including Lemon & Chilli and Raspberry Black Pepper. Afterwards, they'll choose from over 100 botanicals to create their own recipe and take home a unique 70cl bottle of gin with a personalised label.
30. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne Bamboo Robe Edition: View at The Champagne Company
RRP: £74.75 | Delivery cost: £7.50 | Delivery time-frame: 3-5 working days
Make Christmas even more special by choosing this limited edition bottle from Laurent-Perrier encased in a nature-inspired robe made from enamel. This is detachable and can be reused to jazz up future bottles too. Inside, the Cuvée Rosé isn't short on wow factor either, as one of the few rosé champagnes to gain its fresh raspberry flavour and colour from black grapes instead of blending red and white wine.
How to choose the best alcohol gifts to give this Christmas
Remember the type of alcohol and the thought behind the gift are both far more important than any specific brand when choosing alcohol as a gift. There's little point splashing out on a high-end whisky if the recipient is a dedicated beer drinker, or choosing ale for someone who adores cocktails.
"Great gifts show the recipient that you know their tastes, and have actually given thought about what to buy," says Master of Wine Sarah Knowles from The Wine Society. "Giving just any old bottle to a friend can be construed as lazy."
When buying wine, think about whether a bottle from a certain country might appeal or simply select a more expensive version of a friend's go-to drink. "Wine is often used to celebrate the little and large milestones in life," says Sarah. "A specific bottle can, if chosen thoughtfully, link to a great memory for your friend, perhaps even one that you've shared together."
Another way to make an alcohol gift feel special is to think about size and quantity. "Magnums and bigger bottles are just great fun and can feel extravagant without breaking the bank," says Sarah. "A mixed case of half bottles could also be perfect for someone to explore various wine styles."
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Siobhan Grogan is a freelance travel, shopping and lifestyle writer. She began her career at NME interviewing everyone from Paul McCartney to Amy Winehouse and has since written reviews and features for Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, Glamour, Red, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Independent and Grazia.
She writes product reviews and shopping guides on everything from food and wine to fashion and beauty and in her spare time – fortunately – loves food, wine, fashion and beauty. A travel obsessive, she’s also a mum of two and loves nothing more than dragging her children everywhere from Glastonbury to Greece at every possible opportunity.