Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gift Guide: Cocktails, Beer and Wine, oh my!

As I mentioned last week, I'm going to be doing my gift guides a little differently this year. By nature a planner, I really enjoy having a good think about what to gift and for me the months of October and November are a fun season of thinking about presents and planning what to give. Add in all the fun that I had at various 'Christmas in July' events earlier in the year and I am just full to bursting with inspiration!

Rather than doing gifts guides for him, or gifts guides for her, this year I'm arranging my guides around themes, so the lists will address a certain interest, area or passion. Each post has an accompanying Pinterest board too, so I can keep adding great finds as I come to them! I hope these prove useful and that you might find an item or two that works for you.

Today's gift guide? Is for the people who know their Merlot from their Malbec, the budding mixologists, and the beer fans - I know I have a few of these on my Christmas list! Of course a great choice is drink itself (I'm crossing my fingers for some Tanqueray 10), but I've looked mainly at accessories and additions.

This 'cheers' sign (£24, West Elm) would look fabulous is any home bar - love the gold tinge of the brass! I love being gifted unusual spirits and mixers to develop cocktails - how delicious does this Blackberry Gin (£22.50, The Ely Gin Company on Not On The High Street) sound? Also on Not On The High Street, how fab are these drink-inspired teatowels (£31, Hey Holla) - a very chic way to keep things neat and tidy!

These cocktail-inspired soaps (£6, John Lewis) would be a lovely stocking filler or a hostess gift - I've actually bought one of these for a friend already and can confirm they smell amazing! For a beautiful wine rack, look no further than this beauty (£30, Habitat) - I love the pretty honeycomb design.

For a budding cocktail maker a bumper book of cocktail recipes (£7.99, Amazon) would be a great gift. And for someone channeling that Don Draper classic vibe, this lead crystal decanter and glasses set (£48, George at Asda) would be a beautiful addition to proceedings. For the whisky drinker a set of whiskey stones (£15, Habitat) is a thoughtful gift - made of granite they are the perfect way to chill the amber goodness without diluting it!

For those who would like some decor for a bar area, Amazon has tonnes of cute signs and decor ideas - this one depicting different shot combos (£3.54, Amazon) is very nice and would be a great addition to a room. This mason jar kit (£3.99, Lakeland) would be a fabulous stocking filler. And who wouldn't want to become a 24-hour Wine Expert (£4.99, John Lewis)?

I hope you've found a little inspiration - plenty more over on my Pinterest board!

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of gift guides around specific themes. I'm more organised this year as have all my friends sorted with a wee thing, but need to add to it. One friend is all done too! Got too many ideas this year though haha x


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