Alcoholic gifts for Christmas
With Christmas closing in fast, it's time to get organised and find great gifts for friends and loved ones. If they like a drop of booze then there are a range of gifts for all tastes and budgets....
1) Scotch Malt Whisky Society Gift Membership
For the whisky lover of the family, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society gives its members exclusive access to tasting events, members rooms, a magazine, and access to multi award-winning monthly Outturns of around 20 new single cask, single malt bottlings in an ever-changing variety of flavours.
The special offer gift membership is £50.00 - Just use the code FESTIVE50 at the checkout. Find out more at the Scotch Malt Society website.
2) Wine Society Gift Membership
The Wine Society is the UK's original co-operative wine merchant. Owned by its members, the society sources amazing wines from around the world to sell to its members without the profit margins, meaning you can get delicious quality wines for pocket friendly prices.
There's no commitment to buy wine at any time - you just become a member and place an order when you like.
Membership costs a one-off lifetime fee of £40, and there's £20 off the first order. Read more about gift memberships on the Wine Society website
3) A visit to a vineyard
We love touring vineyards and wineries! Whilst the winemaking process is similar everywhere, you can always learn and see something new each time you visit a different winery or brewery. The Buyagift website have a range of places and experiences to choose from - starting from just £15 for two people. Maybe the recipient will choose to take you along too!
Take a look at the experiences on the BuyaGift website.
4) Fantastic whisky gifts!
The Whisky Exchange is the perfect site to get a fantastic whisky gift. From gift sets, hard to find whisky, tasting sets of miniatures, personalised bottles, and much more visit The Whisky Exchange website.
5) Pocket money fun gifts
From spreadable mulled wine, alcoholic gummy sweets, and personalised wine labels, the Firebox website has a fantastic array of boozy gifts for stocking fillers or secret santa gifts.
6) Bar accessories
Do you have a friend or family member that thinks of themself as the pub landlord... without a pub? Help them to pretend with bar and cocktail equipment for the home or man cave. For the smaller budgets there are optics, spoons, ice moulds, measures and strainers for under a fiver. At the other end of the scale, there's a half yard of ale, or the rock and roll gift of a Jagermeister dispenser anyone?
Browse the range at the Drink Shop website.
7) Beer kegs and packs
For beer lovers, the Beerwulf website has 2-litre kegs of popular beers, along with multipacks of ales and even mystery packs!
Take a look at their innovative range at beerwulf.com
Gifts if you have deeper pockets!
8) Vine Rental
So, you can't afford to buy a whole vineyard (unless you've won the lottery, in which case you don't need this article), but this could be the next best thing - Rent a row of vines that produce Grand Cru wines in the prestigious region of St Emilion.
The gift includes a certificate, one bottle from the 2011 vintage (value £39.97), one bottle from the 2012 vintage (value £39.97) and one bottle from the 2015 vintage (value £39.97), all shipped in separate silk lined wooden presentation box with four wine accessories (corkscrew, wine pourer, drip stopper & wine thermometer), a limited edition 'Great First Growths of Bordeaux' Print (worth £49.97) and the chance to buy the latest vintage release at preferential rates.
The offer is available from Vintage Wine Gifts website and costs £159.97.
9) Vine Adoption
There are various UK vineyards that allow you to adopt or lease a row of vines. The perks range from helping with harvest, money off bottles of wine, events for vine adopters and much more. Prices can vary.
the respected Chapel Down Vineyard in Kent
the Hencote Vineyard in Shropshire
the local Titchfield Vineyard in Hampshire
10) Special bottles in beautiful gift boxes
If someone in your family or friends has an affinity for vintage clarets, or port, then Vintage Wine and Port not only have a staggering array of choice, but can send the bottle in a beautiful gift box. From oak wooden boxes with silk lining, to dark mocha leather boxes, double and triple boxes and a range that include accessories, these are special gifts for that special person. All packaging includes tasting notes and a personalised message. UK delivery is free for orders over £100.
Take a look at the range on the Vintage Wine and Port website.
11) Foreign wine tours on foot or by bike
For the ultimate gift for an adventure lover who is into food and drink, then Exodus Travel have some exciting tours of wine country by bike or on foot. Trips include
Chianti walking and wine
Cycling the Cape and Winelands
Self-guided cycle in Borolo
Cycling in Provence
Walking the Routes des vins in Alsace
Chateaux of the Loire Cycling tour..... and many more
Holidays range from 5-9 days and range in price. Search over 600 holidays on Exodus Travel website.