The official season of giving may now be behind us, but with a plethora of birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and other special occasions on the cards as we head into 2022, the pursuit of the perfect gift continues.
There is always someone to buy for, and getting it just right can often feel like a mammoth task you don’t quite know where to start. But if that special someone has a particular penchant for a luxurious liquor or a certain fine wine, then what better way to put a smile on their face than wrapping it up for them to open on their big day?
A favourite high-end champagne or spirit is the kind of gift that will likely be warmly received on any important date or day of note. After all, there are few special days that don’t call for a good toast, and enjoying a drink together while you reminisce about favourite memories from times gone by or daydream about future plans together can often mean more to them than a material gift alone might. It’s not just about the drink, but the enjoyment they will get from it, and about the time you spend together because of it – and that, quite simply, is priceless.
Of course, finding the perfect gift does require some lateral thinking, and while a bottle of their favourite drink might seem like the obvious choice, there are some interesting alternatives you might not have considered. Here, we take a look at some of the best unique luxury gift ideas for those who enjoy a good single malt, appreciate a fine champagne, or have a soft spot for another high-end tipple – and this lot are certain not to disappoint.
The personalised bottle
A plain old bottle of vodka might seem like a rather impersonal gift – but when you take the time and effort to choose one of the very best, high-end brands on offer, they’re certain to appreciate it. To make the gift even more meaningful, you can even treat them to a personalised vodka bottle. From Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to those times when you just want to say ‘congratulations’ or ‘thank you’, Ciroc offers a range of customisable options, allowing you to choose your own flavour and bottle design to really capture the nature of the occasion, as well as catering to more specific preferences.
Whether they are a lover of brandy or a cognac connoisseur, there’s a personalised bottle to suit all tastes – so before you opt for the usual plain offering, consider putting some extra thought into it for a unique, cool and classy gift that will really make their day, and they’re certain to appreciate it.
The cocktail gift set
Providing an experience instead of just a stand-alone gift is a sure-fire way to up the satisfaction factor, and a cocktail making gift set will allow them to learn the art of creating their favourite tipple, as well as getting to drink it. To make the moment really special, why not make them together?
We love The Cocktail Society’s Espresso Martini Gift Set, which includes a shaker, recipe card and all of the ingredients needed to bring the cocktail to life. Or for a gift that keeps on giving, Fodabox’s cocktail subscription box gives the recipient the ingredients and instructions for up to six bar-quality drinks delivered to their door every month.
The foodie gift
Luxurious alcohol-based gifts don’t have to be the usual bottles of their favourite drink, and if you’re prepared to think outside the box then you’ll find that there are some interesting alternatives. Take, for example, the damsons in gin for cheese, by The Fine Cheese Company – a sweet, tart and utterly boozy snack that are designed to pair perfectly with mild cheeses like Vacherin Mont D’Or and Wigmore. And we all know what goes excellently with cheese – a good wine. So, a gift comprising a fine vintage and some foodie accompaniments such as these will likely go down a treat.
The Forman and Field Smoke and Bubbles box is another great example of a perfect pairing, comprising a quality champagne alongside delicious grade-one London cure smoked salmon for an indulgent gift and the ideal way to start that special day.