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Alcohol gift guide

21 Best Alcohol Gift Ideas

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the discerning whisky, wine or booze lover in your life, you have come to the right place. From Father’s Day to Christmas, most special occasions call for a good get-together around the bar, kitchen or barbeque, so naturally, your drop of choice means a lot. Whatever your poison, whether it be whiskybeerwine or gin, the work shackles are off and you’re free to enjoy as much (or as little) as you like. However, a good drink is more than just entertainment for the big day. In fact, it also makes for a pretty stellar gift. If you’ve got a family member or friend who doesn’t mind a tipple from the top shelf, we’ve got you covered. These alcohol gift ideas are perfect for the boozehound in your life, we guarantee it.

Best Alcohol Gifts at a Glance

Starward Two-Fold Whisky | Image: Starward

1. Starward Two-Fold Whisky

Price: from AU$79

Melbourne’s own Starward Distillery is never afraid to mix things up and this award-winning whisky is here to prove it. Equal parts dynamic and approachable, it marries together a wheat whisky and a single malt whisky and matures the result in Aussie red wine barrels. This one simply pops on the palate in bursts of juicy red fruit and sweet vanilla, counterbalanced by premium grain and subtle oak spice. Yum.

With its creamy texture and fruity character, Two-Fold whisky makes for one heck of a terrific sipper. However, it’s also the perfect base for your next classic or seasonal cocktail. No matter how you serve this double-grain spirit, expect a vibrant and unforgettable tasting experience until the very last drop. Pick up a bottle for the spirits-lover in your life and show them why Starward is putting Australian whisky on the world map. 

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Ardbeg 10 Years Old | Image: Ardbeg

2. Ardbeg 10 Years Old

Price: from AU$99.95

Among those who love smoky single malts, Ardbeg needs no introduction. Hailing from the island of Islay, the iconic distillery has been bringing the peat for over two centuries and counting. Their signature Ten Years Old is as classic as they come and by that we mean it’s one of the most uncompromising drams you can ever experience. Only the bold need apply.

Now that we’ve scared off the lightweights, we’ll add that Ardbeg Ten Years Old is far more complex than its peaty reputation would suggest. Intermingled within the smoky profile are notes of lemon, lime, black pepper, sea brine, and liquorice root. Combine that with a full-bodied texture and you get a taste that starts at your mouth and runs straight down to your toes and back. The finish goes on and on long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.

Pick up a bottle of Ardbeg Ten Years Old for your favourite whisky drinker and prepare to make their holiday. Indeed, who needs chestnuts roasting on an open fire when you can have the fire instead? Now you’re getting it!

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Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses Rosé | Image: Cote des Roses

3. Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses Rosé

Price: from AU$22

Indulge in life’s simple pleasures and savour the moment with a refreshing glass of the beautifully blush-coloured Cote des Roses rosé, crafted by the esteemed French winemaker Gerard Bertrand. This exquisite rosé boasts a palate that is both full and fresh, striking a delightful balance between luscious fruits and invigorating acidity. Its dry, light-bodied style makes it a perfect accompaniment for your Christmas lunch, adding a touch of elegance to your festive celebrations.

The Macallan Double Cask 18-Year-Old | Image: The Macallan
The Macallan Double Cask 18-Year-Old | Image: The Macallan

4. The Macallan Double Cask 18-Year-Old

Price: from AU$549.99

If you are looking for a top-shelf alcohol gift this Christmas, it doesn’t get more prestigious than The Macallan Double Cask 18-Year-Old. A deliciously festive take on the iconic Scotch, this release is described as a “complex sensorial journey, beautifully balanced by European and American Oak, sherry seasoned in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain”. Better yet, this collectable bottle features the work of acclaimed artist Erik Madigan Heck. Using still-life photography, Heck has brought the flavour notes of the whisky to life, each inspired by classic, Flemish paintings of the 17th century. If you want to spoil the whisky lover in your life, this is the gift to do it.

Soho Home Barwell Cut Crystal Martini Shaker | Image: MR PORTER
Soho Home Barwell Cut Crystal Martini Shaker | Image: MR PORTER

5. Soho Home Barwell Cut Crystal Martini Shaker

Price: from AU$200

James Bond preferred his martinis shaken and it’s a fair bet that he also would have liked them prepared in this cut crystal shaker. The Barwell release from Soho Home is a sparkling ode to the heyday of premium home mixology, complete with a touch of old-world charm. This shaker is made from cut crystal with a 24 per cent lead content because, as the brand says, “the higher the lead content, the greater the brilliance and the more it sparkles in sunlight”. Can’t argue with that.

Rhubarb Gin | Image: Bondi Liquor Co
Rhubarb Gin | Image: Bondi Liquor Co

6. Bondi Liquor Co Rhubarb Gin

Price: from AU$90

Sydney drinks specialists Bondi Liquor Co have been serving up quality gin for a few years now, but the latest addition brings something new to the fold. The Rhubarb Gin features an intense and flavourful liquid that goes well on its own or in a premium cocktail. The blushing pink colour and tartness come from the unique process that sees the gin has been with rhubarb post-distillation.

Norlan Nyht Whisky Decanter | Image: MoM Shop
Norlan Nyht Whisky Decanter | Image: MoM Shop

7. Norlan Nyht Whisky Decanter

Price: from AU$565

Compact and stylish, the Norlan Nyht Whisky Decanter is the perfect gift for the whisky lover in your life. According to whisky expert Norlan, the ergonomically designed utensil was inspired by the ritual of carrying a carafe of water with an inverted glass to the bedside. As a result, the Nyht Whisky Decanter is ideal for enjoying a few sips of whisky while engrossed in a book, album, or film. A must-have for any whisky connoisseur.

LG 8 Bottle Mini Wine Fridge | Image: LG
LG 8 Bottle Mini Wine Fridge | Image: LG

8. LG 8 Bottle Mini Wine Fridge

Price: from AU$499

Perfect for the wine collector who is short on space, the LG 8-Bottle Mini Wine Fridge is a serious piece of kit. The mini wine fridge measures 282mm wide by 497mm high and 534mm deep, which is enough room for eight bottles of wine. The fridge also includes double-glazed glass, adjustable temperature settings, and an LED Electronic Temperature Display Window so you can monitor the temperature without opening the door. 

Australian Whisky Advent Calendar | Image: Liquor Loot
Australian Whisky Advent Calendar | Image: Liquor Loot

9. Liquor Loot Australian Whisky Advent Calendar

Price: from AU$369

It’s not often you get to crack into a collection of 24 exceptional drams all at once, but Liquor Loot has you covered. The Australian Whisky Advent Calendar showcases the unique craftsmanship of the Aussie whisky industry, headlined by some of the biggest names in the domestic game. It features a hand-picked selection of 24 unique Australian whiskies from renowned distilleries across Australia including Archie Rose, Starward, Overeem and more. As far as whisky gifts go, it doesn’t get better than this.

MORRIS Australian Single Malt Whisky Tokay Barrel | Image: MORRIS Whisky
MORRIS Australian Single Malt Whisky Tokay Barrel | Image: MORRIS Whisky

10. MORRIS Australian Single Malt Whisky Tokay Barrel

Price: from AU$145

If you want to surprise someone with an award-winning alcohol gift, the Australian Single Malt Whisky Tokay Barrel from MORRIS might be your best bet. After the first release was named Australian Whisky of the Year by The Whisky Club, MORRIS returned to the warehouse to revisit the collection. The second release builds on the inaugural success, crafted from all Australian local ingredients and aged in predominately French oak ex-red wine casks at MORRIS’ regional distillery in Rutherglen Victoria. Expect to find intense flavours of toffee, mocha, and soft caramel with a generous mid-palate.

Cote D'or Murano Red Wine Glass Set | Image: Fairfax & Roberts
Cote D’or Murano Red Wine Glass Set | Image: Fairfax & Roberts

11. Cote D’or Murano Red Wine Glass Set

Price: from AU$330

The perfect gift for wine lovers, the NasonMoretti Cote d’Or Murano Red Wine Glass takes craftsmanship to new levels. The unique drinking vessel is characterised by a handblown, traditional ribbed glass texture that Fairfax & Roberts says has been “reinterpreted with a new, contemporary silhouette to breathe life into any tablescape”. The delightful pistachio colour comes by way of the meticulous alchemical practices and ancient recipes, which NasonMoretti reveals has been secretly handed down over the centuries.

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The Japanese Art of Cocktail Making | Image: Amazon

12. The Japanese Art of Cocktail Making

Price: from AU$57.99

Want to elevate the Christmas cocktail list? This 2022 James Beard Foundation Beverage with Recipes Award-nominated book explores the fabled flavours of award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Renowned for his work at acclaimed Japanese-American cocktail bar Katana Kitten in New York, Masahiro’s ability to not only capture traditional flavours but reinvent them has become the stuff of legend. In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Masahiro shares his extensive knowledge of Japanese cocktails, while dishing out 80 recipes that best encapsulate Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene.

Wintersmith’s Phantom Mini Clear Ice Maker | Image: Wintersmiths
Wintersmith’s Phantom Mini Clear Ice Maker | Image: Wintersmiths

13. Wintersmith’s Phantom Mini Clear Ice Maker

Price: from US$85

With this alcohol gift idea, running out of ice will never be a problem again! With the Phantom Mini, you are able to create three large and three small crystal-clear ice spheres pr two cubes and two cylindrical whisky discs at a time. Simply using your own home freezer, this unique contraption transforms generic tap water into glacial works of art, courtesy of a durable double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel and premium silicone rubber design.

The Dalmore 18-Year-Old | Image: Dan Murphy's
The Dalmore 18-Year-Old | Image: Dan Murphy’s

14. The Dalmore 18-Year-Old

Price: from AU$475

Is your special someone a fan of the top-shelf? It doesn’t get much more premium than Scotch whisky icon The Dalmore. This 18-year-old release showcases the Highlands label’s house style; a unique single malt with a rich, deep chocolate character. The Dalmore 18-Year-Old is finished in some of the rarest casks in the world matured for 18 years and finished for up to two years in Matusalem Sherry casks, exclusive to the Alness distillery. A special gift for a special person.

Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz 2019 | Image: Penfolds
Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz 2019 | Image: Penfolds

15. Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz 2019

Price: from AU$99.99

Often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, Bin 389 is premium wine without the crazy price tag. This stellar release from Australia’s favourite winemaker is matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange and it has many of the same characteristics. It is a generous combination of grapes that fuses the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz to give way to that delightful mid-palate Penfolds is known for.

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Man of Many x Westward Single Barrel Whiskey | Image: Man of Many

16. Man of Many Exclusive Westward Whiskey American Single Malt Barrel Selection

Price: from AU$175

Call us biased, but we happen to think the Man of Many x Westward American Single Malt Whiskey is pretty darn good. Created in collaboration with the award-winning Portland-based Westward distillery, the whiskey uses an exclusive barrel selected by Man of Many co-founders Scott Purcell and Frank Arthur. It balances notes of malted barley, crème brulée, and rich toffee, with an underlying beer-based character that’s become one of Westward’s calling cards. Sweet malt carries through the stout-like finish, which goes big on chocolate, coffee, and toasted almonds. There’s only a limited amount available to snag, so if you know a whisky lover that is hard to buy for, this one is a sure-fire winner, if we do say so ourselves. 

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Coravin Timeless Six+ bundle | Image: Coravin

17. Coravin Timeless Six+ Bundle

Price: from AU$699.95

Got a wine-lover in the family? Here’s a gift that will help them get the most out of their next bottle of vino. The Coravin Timeless Six+ Bundle takes the already-ingenious wine preservation system and streamlines the whole process. Now, you never have to worry about opening up a good bottle of red and having it go to waste. The new Timeless Six+ Bundle adds a patterned grip, smart clamps and an overall sleeker package highlighted by colourways such as ‘piano black’ and ‘midnight blue’. 

Laguiole Jean Dubost Waiter’s Corkscrew | Image: Williams Sonoma
Laguiole Jean Dubost Waiter’s Corkscrew | Image: Williams Sonoma

18. Laguiole Jean Dubost Waiter’s Corkscrew

Price: from AU$

If the wino in your life wants to do as the professionals do, the Laguiole Jean Dubost Waiter’s Corkscrew is a gift you can’t go past. Crafted using ultra-strong, durable stainless steel and olivewood, this drinking utensil is designed to withdraw corks in a single movement. Best of all, it comes by way of the Dubost family, who have been creating fine flatware for four generations in France’s Laguiole region. Made in France and designed using the most meticulous of techniques, this Waiter’s Corkscrew is a gift that won’t disappoint.

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Starward Solera | Image: Starward Whisky

19. Starward Solera

Price: from AU$119.95

You already know we love Starward’s new Muscat Cask, but Solera is a surefire winner. The Port Melbourne distillery is renowned for excellent whiskies and this absolute banger as among its very best. A unique journey through traditional whisky production, Solera makes use of the classic Spanish method originally used to age Sherry, which typically involves blending a fractional amount of each young cask with a more mature spirit.

For Starward’s Solera whisky, the brand sources entirely local ingredients and components, including Apera casks mostly come from McWilliams Winery and Australian malted barley, which is then fermented with brewers’ yeast for a craft finish. A world-class product from a local icon, Solera delivers bright tropical and orchard fruits, caramel and vanilla notes on the nose, finishing with a juicy lingering dry spice. Just delightful.

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Riedel Tumbler Collection Shadows | Image: Riedel

20. Riedel Tumbler Collection Shadows

Price: from AU$60

Designed by Maximilian J. Riedel, the Shadows Tumbler by Reidel is the pinnacle of classic glassware. A versatile piece of drinking equipment, these tumblers are perfect for complimenting any table setting, from elegant to casual. Designed to mimic a reflective shadow with its linear pattern, this drinking vessel is seriously high-class.

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Kentucky Owl Confiscated | Image: Kentucky Owl

21. Kentucky Owl Confiscated Bourbon Whiskey

Price: from AU$254.99

Kentucky Owl Confiscated goes out to bourbon lovers everywhere with its rich and classic flavour profile, which counterbalances sweet notes of vanilla and brown sugar with a dry backbone of oak spice. It clocks in at 48.2% ABV and tastes as terrific neat as it does on the rocks or in a spirit-forward cocktail. This is American whiskey done right.

Things to Consider for Alcohol Gift Ideas

When it comes to alcohol gift ideas, simply wrapping a bow on a bottle of whisky isn’t quite enough. In fact, if you want to get the special occasion right, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Price: Perhaps the most obvious consideration, the price will inevitably play a factor in your purchasing decision. While you may want to splash out for a significant birthday or gifting event, more often than not, you’ll be aiming around the $50-$100 mark. To get the most out of your alcohol gift idea, don’t be afraid to shop around for the best price.
  • Spirit choice: Is your special someone a wine fan or do they prefer a whisky? Knowing what to get is half the battle when it comes to buying gifts for wine lovers and drinks experts. Start by identifying what kind of drink they regularly go for and then look to elevate their every day by going one step higher than the average.
  • Investment: Over the past few years we’ve seen alcohol become more than just a Saturday afternoon sipper. If you are looking to purchase an alcoholic gift for a friend or loved one, maybe you should consider an investment piece. New or special releases might grow in price or collectibility, so it’s always a good idea to consider investment as a gift idea.

Alternatives to Alcohol Gifts

If you are looking for something other than just a great tipple or some of the hard stuff, we’ve got you covered. Outside of just alcohol gift ideas, we’ve collated our favourite releases across a number of different categories. So, no matter what that special someone in your life is keen on, you’ll find it here.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Alcohol Gift Ideas

With more than 10 years of experience sipping the best drops on earth, Man of Many’s editors are sticklers for research and certainly know a thing or two about drinks. This list of gift ideas was curated through the personal experience of experts, alongside extensive and online research from drinks critics and expert reviewers. Each product on this list was checked by the Man of Many staff prior to publication for the official tick of approval. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

Alcohol Gift Ideas FAQs

What are the best alcohol gift ideas?

If you are stuck for gift ideas, a great bottle of wine, whisky or some new glasses are always great options. For the discerning wine lover in your life, a new set of champagne flutes or drinking glasses will suffice, while whisky lovers will enjoy a subscription service or gift pack.

What food goes well with alcohol gifts?

Sending food alongside an alcoholic gift can be a great way to elevate the experience. We recommend sending biscuits, cheese (provided you have some way to store it) and chocolate always makes a great pairing.

Is gifting alcohol appropriate?

While some people may not be drinkers, alcohol gift ideas are generally great stocking stuffers or easy choices. Most people love to celebrate special occasions and a great bottle of wine, whisky or a new set of tumblers will never disappoint.