Let’s be real. It’s hard to go wrong with a bottle of booze when it comes to gift-giving (especially when you’re trying to buy something for that person who is impossible to buy for—you know who you are). Which is exactly why we rounded up the best-dressed bottles, subscription wine boxes, and even customizable one-offs, already packaged with the holidays in mind. (That means no last-minute ribbon or wrapping paper runs for you.)
Absolut’s Lime, Grapefruit, and Original limited edition holiday bottles are undeniable proof sequins and Christmas just go together. Bring one to your Secret Santa office party and forget the gift tag. Instead, tie on a recipe card for a vodka-based cocktail, like a Classic Cosmopolitan or a Moscow Mule.See It
This subscription wine box startup has cornered the market on Instagrammable to-go cans of delicious whites and reds produced in California. But you don’t have to be a member to buy this three-piece box set, which gives your next party host the chance to try one can of each blend: Tempt (red), Chance (rosé), and Fate (white).See It
This is a single-origin tequila, sourced from the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico, and is aged for six months in American oak bourbon barrels. Any tequila lover in your life will be singing “Arriba, abajo, al centro y adentro” to this bottle, which comes with a ruby red gift canister that can (and should) be engraved.See It
The Italian fashion house Trussardi dressed up this year’s Disaronno gift set bottle, which also comes with matching champagne flutes. Of course, spiked hot chocolate might be more your thing when pouring this amaretto in the dead of winter.See It
According to Ferrari Trento’s head winemaker Marcello Lunelli, your sparkling wine should always be chilled but not too cold, between 43 and 50 degrees. Which is exactly why the Italian winemaker is including a special chill box with its holiday gift set.See It
Drumming up excitement amongst single malt collectors, the GlenDronach Revival 15 Year is back in the distillery’s line-up after a hiatus. The anticipated new batch is aged in Spanish sherry casks with notes of rich fruit, dark chocolate, and tobacco. It was created under Master Blender Rachel Barrie, one of the few women filling the role in the Scotch whisky industry. Also, the green box will look pretty slick under any tree.See It
Skip the monogrammed hand towels. Instead, have a magnum of Belvedere’s signature premium vodka custom engraved. The bespoke Silver Saber bottle is laser cut and can be personalized with initials or even messages (like, “Be sure to share this with me, gulpy!”). There’s also a LED light in its base, which makes for a pretty sweet party trick.See It
For the cognac enthusiast on your holiday list, there’s Hennessy X.O. on ice. Literally. This bottle is encased in an ice gift box that comes with a detachable pad to hold your bottle and ice tongs. The box cleverly doubles as an ice bucket, too.See It
One of our favorite bottles of the bubbly variety we’d be more than happy to give (or receive) is this Ruinart Rosé & “1764” Spice Blend Set. It’s delicious, for one, and the spice jar—designed to pair well with the Champagne—features a blend of sumac, licorice, and cubeb berries. This special gift gets its name, 1764, from the year Ruinart forever altered the world (and the beaches of Montauk) by creating the very first rosé Champagne.See It
If you’re looking to splurge on someone, we suggest this bottle of bubbly, which comes with two Champagne glasses made by Riedel. This Champagne is a blend of pinot noir, chardonnay, and meunier. It’s made up of reserve wines—over 120—and is aged for at least six years.See It
You get a holiday gnome with this bottle of Elyx, Absolut’s single-origin vodka. It’s manually distilled (in a vintage copper still from 1921) from winter wheat grown in Sweden. We also love these copper coupe glasses if you’re looking to keep things thematic.See It
Can’t bear to face the frigid air outside? If you’re in an area where Saucey delivers, you can get spirits, beer, wine, and more brought straight to your door! Now through December 26, you can get 10 percent off orders of $40 or more when you use code WINTER2018. And if you’re a first-timer, get 20 percent off your initial order when you use code COLDWEATHER. Select areas can also get free 30 minute delivery (with no order minimum requirement)!
For more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide, and our Best Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.
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