Be Merry: Dashing Gifts For Drinkers

Perfect presents for the bon vivant this Christmas.

Tis the season for no-holds-barred eating, drinking and being merry – and never has there been a year in which we’ve been gladder for good glass of something merry-making (and not just at Christmas, either). Drinks, along with the accoutrements of drinking, tend to be failsafe gifts to give; few people wouldn’t thank you for a wicker hamper emblazoned with the iconic F&M containing a bottle or two to make the big day go with a bang (or, indeed, in a mellow haze); nor, indeed, would many baulk at a lovely decanter or a pair of glasses designed to imbue your drink with suitable ceremony. To that end, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts to buy for the bon-vivants in your life – whether fine wines, smoky whiskeys or jaunty cocktails are their tipple.

By Nancy Alsop
November 2020

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The Conran Shop

Oeno Motion Corkscrew Black & Walnut, £175

John Lewis

Nude Camp Whisky Bottle, £260

Ralph Lauren

Isabel Cocktail Shaker, £295


Riedel Laudon Dark Green, £65


The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2006 Vintage Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, £200

Black Cow

Black Cow Cocktail Shaker Gift Pack, £105

Masters of Malt

World Gin Awards Winners 2020 Tasting Set, £21.95

Closet & Botts

Whisky Glass Copper, £24


STELTON Norman Foster Ice Bucket, £180


Vodka Cocktail Glass, Ste of Two, £40


Champagne Trio Celebration Hamper, £135


Professional Barman Equipment, £55.37

Untitled Drinks

Negroni Set (4 Bottles), £145

Matches Fashion

Richard Brendon X Jancis Robinson The Young Wine Decanter, £100

Rowen & Wren

Bodin Craft Beer Glasses, Set of Two, £22

Pullman Editions

La Floridita Cuba, £395

David Mellor

Linear Champagne Flute, £17


Bamboo Tray Brass, £250

Twenty Twenty One

Decanter 2004, £59


FFERRONE May Collection, Set of Two, £171

Clos 19

Belvedere Bartender Bag With Mixology Kit, £339

The Conran Shop

M4R Console Trolley Black, £1,225


Craft Bundle, £28.95

John Lewis

Georg Jensen Indulgence Champagne Cooler, £195


Aberdare Leather Ice Bucket, £295

Not On The High Street

Set Of Two Geo Glasses, £20.75

The Conran Shop

Basic Corkscrew, £35

David Mellor

Bar Spirit Decanter, £69

Clos 19

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Personalisable Metal Gift Box, £50

Central Living

Essence Champagne Set, £30

Fortnum & Mason

The Wine Quartet Wicker, £100

Tom Dixon

Plum Cocktail Shaker, €155


Adnams Rustic Ceramic Blue Tankard, £11.99


Paul Smith London Dry Gin, £29

Ralph Lauren

Academy Bar Tool Box, £1,995

The Whisky Shop

Nikka From The Barrel, £54

Freight HHG

Handblown Crystal Glass Carafe, £150

Rowen & Wren

Clara Flared Glasses, Set of Two, £32


STORSINT Clear Glass Carafe, £8

Nancy Alsop


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