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Christmas Gift Guide: 40 Perfect Presents For The Cocktail Lover In Your Life

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time to curl up by the fire at home, grab your laptop with your laptop, and find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. 

If you’ve got a cocktail lover on your list and you’re struggling with ideas, we’ve got you covered with our extensive list of 40 perfect cocktail-themed presents.

1. Cocktail Recipe Book

Every budding mixologist should have at least one cocktail recipe book in their collection. We love The Savoy Cocktail book by Harry Craddock, an American bartender who left the U.S during prohibition to work as a cocktail artist at London’s Savoy Hotel. 

Capturing the spirit of the Prohibition era and featuring historic recipes and vibrant illustrations, this book is a classic that any cocktail lover will spend hours pouring over to create delicious drinks. 

2. Coupe Glass Set

Mason jars are a great gift for creative cocktail enthusiasts who love finding fun twists to presenting their drink creations. From Mojitos and Pimms to Frozen Daiquiris and Margaritas, every cocktail looks and tastes amazing in a mason jar.

Although coupe glasses were historically meant for serving champagne, they are a firm favourite amongst cocktail lovers. Their design not only prevents spills but also ensures that hands don’t warm up the drink thanks to the long stem, making them especially great for drinking chilled cocktails like Frozen Daiquiris.

3. Cocktail Gift Basket

Fill a basket with everything a cocktail lover will need for their at-home bar! Have fun with it and add in spirits, syrups, tools, recipes, and delicious easy-to-pack ready-made cocktails into your gift hamper, such as our Adriatico Amaretto Cocktail Box.

4. Cocktail Making Class

For the person who has everything, what better than treating them to an experience they’ll never forget? You can’t go wrong with giving a mixology masterclass experience to cocktail lovers who are always keen to make delicious new concoctions. 


5. Christmas Cocktail Set

Treat them to NIO’s Premixed Christmas Cocktail Box, a selection of delicious premium cocktails filled with winter spices and soothing aromas. Even if you’re apart for Christmas, you can give cocktail lovers the gift of raising a toast to the festive spirit straight through their letterbox. Featuring six of our most popular limited edition premixed Christmas cocktails, this cocktail gift set is the perfect way to warm up the holiday season.

6. Flavour Thesaurus Book 

For those cocktail lovers who like to know everything there is to know about their craft, why not go for a flavour thesaurus book this Christmas? In guides like The Flavour Thesaurus, they can learn all about the intricacies of different flavourings and what foods to pair with cocktails. As a bonus, it will look great on any coffee table.

7. Coffee Lover Cocktails

If you know someone who is passionate about both coffee and cocktails, there’s no need to choose: combine the two by gifting them some coffee flavoured cocktails such as our signature Brown Gold or our award-winning Espresso Martini Cocktail as the ultimate indulgent treat!

8. Cocktail Shaker

From stainless steel to glass to graphite, the right cocktail shaker will add a splash of personal style to any home bar. You can even add a personalised engraving for an extra special touch. When choosing a cocktail shaker, opt for something that is durable, comfortable to hold and allows cocktails to be shaken, muddled, stirred, and strained… without the same happening to the mixologist!

9. Ice Cube Tray

Any cocktail lover knows that ice is arguably the most important ingredient in cocktails. Our silicone  square cocktail ice cube tray is ideal for chilling and sipping cocktails in classic style, while our sphere cocktail ice tray will make perfect frozen ice balls that will keep drinks cool in more ways than one.

10. Cocktail Scented Candles

If you’re looking for something a bit different, cocktail scented candles are the way to go. Any cocktail fan will love smelling the sweet scent of their favourite drink at home in the evening (or any other time of the day). We’ve created the perfect luxury cocktail gift box in collaboration with Acqua di Parma, featuring their Aperitivo in Terrazza candle and our best-selling Cosmopolitan and Negroni cocktails.

11. Crystal Whiskey Decanter

A crystal whiskey decanter is a truly elegant present that will show your loved one just how much you care. They are sure to treasure this generous gift and proudly display it in their at-home bar to serve and preserve their whiskey.

12. Mixology Dice

For the person who likes to experiment, mixology dice will make the perfect gift – and undoubtedly many entertaining evenings. Make cocktails together, but with a twist: a roll of the dice will decide which ingredients and ratio to use to mix countless unique concoctions.

13. Alcohol Free Cocktails

Everyone can enjoy the taste, aromas, and complexity of a cocktail without the alcohol with our premixed alcohol-free cocktails! Our Virgin Bitters cocktail delivers the flavours of a classic Negroni and is perfect to enjoy before dinner as an aperitif, and the energising Lemongrass Citrus is just what’s needed over the Christmas period!

14. Cocktail Glass Set

The sky’s the limit when it comes to cocktail glass styles available, from whiskey-based cocktail tumblers to champagne flutes. Giving an amateur cocktail lover a set of various cocktail glass styles to help jazz up their home bar will certainly be appreciated. 

15. Hand Juicer

A hand juicer is a useful little gadget that every cocktail artist should have in their tool kit. It’s quick and simple to use, and perfect for making cocktails where small quantities of fresh juice are needed.


16. Full Cocktails Experience Set

For someone looking to begin their journey into the exciting world of cocktails, our Cocktail Experience Box is the perfect gift. Including two glass tumblers, our XL square ice tray and 5 ready-to-drink cocktails of your own choosing, this gift has everything an amateur cocktail connoisseur needs to get the at-home bar started.

17. Cocktail Pick Set 

Cocktail skewers are a must for holding garnishes like cherries and olives in cocktails, and can even be used to serve bites. A reusable metal set is not only more sustainable in the long run, but also stylish. With sets ranging from sleek to quirky and playful, your friend will find new joys in garnishing their cocktails.

18. Cocktail Neon Sign

For that friend with the quirky home decor, a fun cocktail neon sign would be ideal for their at-home bar! The neon sign will be a real statement piece that’s bound to create intrigue and excitement to anyone visiting the cocktail lover’s home.

19. Shot Glasses

Every at-home bar needs a set of shot glasses. Whether it’s for mixing or measuring, or to have on the side of a cocktail, shot glasses are essential and a gift that all cocktail lovers will be happy to receive.

20. Bottle Stopper

A bottle stopper is an invaluable tool that any drinks lover will thank you for. You can get many different styles, such as in the shape of their favourite animal, art deco styles or thoughtfully personalised.

21. Cocktail Kit Travel Bag 

For the friend who’s always on the go, our Cocktail Kit Travel Bag is a portable bar complete with backpack, a spherical ice tray, two fully insulated carry bags to keep ice cold and four NIO travel tumblers. It’s the perfect addition to picnics, road trips, camping holidays, BBQs and garden parties.

22. Cocktail Scented Bath and Shower Gift Set

Everyone loves a good pampering session! Encourage the cocktail lover in your life to prioritise self-care with cocktail-scented soap, shower gel, and bath melts.

23. Drinks Trolley

Exuding style and sophistication, a drinks trolley is a unique and exciting gift that will thrill any cocktail aficionado. This glamorous addition to the home will make a bold statement and provide extra storage for more drinks.

24. Cocktail Artwork

Surprise your favourite cocktail lover with modern artwork for their home this Christmas. Whether it's a print of their favourite cocktail, a cocktail-related quote or an illustrated guide of ingredients for classic cocktails, there are plenty of options to choose from.


25. NIO Best Selling Cocktail Box

If you're shopping for someone you've recently met, such as a work colleague, then you can't go wrong with our Best Seller Cocktail Box. Filled with six of our best-loved cocktails, this box makes for an exciting gift even for the most discerning cocktail lover.

26. Cocktail Mixing Spoons

Simple yet effective, a set of cocktail stirring spoons is an incredibly useful gift that all cocktail lovers will thank you for. Not only do they make mixing cocktails a far easier process, they can look luxurious and decorative too. 


27. Blender

If your cocktail loving friend is looking to branch out and make their own frozen cocktails, then buying them a blender will happily be welcomed and have them ready for the spring and summer seasons.

28. Glass Punch Bowl

A beautiful glass punch bowl is something every cocktail lover should have in their drinkware collection. From vintage to art deco, there's plenty of choices so you can choose the bowl that will match their style perfectly. If you're feeling extra generous you can even throw a glass ladle in there too.

29. Glass Rimmer

A glass rimmer is one of those products that once you've tried it, you'll never look back. Equipped with separate trays, simply dampen a sponge and dip your glass in salt or sugar to garnish your cocktail, and voilà! This handy accessory will delight a cocktail lover and allow them to easily garnish the rim of their glasses. 

30. Snack Serving Bowl

Snacks are always important when making, serving, and drinking cocktails. Supplying your cocktail-loving friend with stylish bowl sets to serve olives or nuts will always be appreciated.


31. Tiki Glasses

For the party-loving cocktail fan, spice up their presentation with a set of tiki glasses. These cocktail glasses are often handcrafted in ceramic or glass, and come in varied shapes and colours. Ideal for tropical and rum-based cocktails, these mugs will no doubt liven up their cupboards and are perfect for themed cocktail parties.

32. Copper Mugs

If the cocktail-loving family member or friend in your life enjoys making aesthetically pleasing drinks, treat them to a set of rustic copper mugs this Christmas. Cocktails such as a Moscow Mule or Frozen Mojito will look especially amazing in these stylish mugs.

33. Bar Tray

A bar tray is the perfect addition to someone's at-home bar. Not only does it make serving drinks easier, it also looks sophisticated and stylish. You can’t go wrong with treating a cocktail lover to a beautiful serving tray.


34. Cocktail Strainer

A cocktail strainer is an essential tool when it comes to making the perfect drink, removing unwanted ice and ingredients to create a smooth cocktail. Splash out and get a luxury gold strainer or a professional bartending set that will please any cocktail lover.


35. Set of Coasters

Coasters are always a handy gift for cocktails enthusiasts, as no one likes leaving rings on their surfaces. You can get personalised coasters, luxury coasters, or themed coasters to match the style and taste of your cocktail lover’s home decor.

36. Immersive Cocktail Experiences

There are hundreds of unique, theatrical bar experiences in the county to choose from – your cocktail enthusiast will be spoilt for choice! From an immersive experience set in a famous prison or wild west saloon to a magical cocktail experience inspired by the iconic boy wizard, there are themed cocktails for everyone to enjoy.

37. Cocktail Jigger

A cocktail jigger is a useful measuring tool for creating a perfectly balanced cocktail, and a must for any cocktail enthusiast. You can choose a classic stainless steel jigger or go for something a bit different and personalised. Either way, we're sure they'll love it!

38. Cocktail Smoker

As one of the most amazing kitchen tools available, a smoking gun with a glass cloche will infuse drinks (and food) with a natural smoky flavour which is perfect for cocktails like an Old Fashioned. It’s a great gift for amateur mixologists looking to take their drinks to the next level with a professional touch.

39. Reusable Straws

Not only are reusable straws great for the planet, they make an amazing stocking-filler or Secret Santa gift. From metal to glass in all the colours of the rainbow, the cocktail lover in your life will enjoy sipping their creations in eco-friendly style.


40. Oak Barrel

Buying an oak barrel for your cocktail-loving friend may seem a little unusual, but it will allow them to age spirits and cocktails easily for an exquisite tasting drink. Wooden Shell is a small UK-based business that creates beautiful handcrafted oak barrels that are perfect for maturing whiskey and look lovely in the kitchen.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, you can’t go wrong with simply sending the cocktail fan in your life a personalised selection of the cocktails they love most. Why not build a box of their favourite cocktails? Mailed through their letterbox already premixed and ready to enjoy, they will be bound to have a wonderful Christmas time!

If you’re looking to get creative while treating yourself this Christmas, take a look at 10 of the best Christmas cocktail recipes!