I love gin. I never used to. It’s been a recent
addiction obsession. Since moving to Girona, we’ve also been starting our own collection of gin glasses, gin accessories, and other gin-related items. We are totally stocked up. But, not every gin lover is. Plus there are all sorts of new ways of looking at gin and making gin at home, meaning this is the perfect time to look for gifts for gin lovers.
In this gin lovers gifts guide, we offer a review of the best gin set for gin lovers. And, because a gin gift set isn’t the only kind of gin gift, we also offer recommendations for other gifts for gin lovers too.
Why Buy a Gin Gift Set?
Gin gifts are great gifts and this is why. Whether it’s a gin botanicals set or gin and tonic gifts, it’s often an unexpected gift. It’s one thing to buy a bottle of gin, wrap a bow around it, and call it a gin gift. It’s another to look for something a little more unique, something different, and we’ve come up with a great list of gin gift ideas for you!
Just thinking about the top gin gifts reminds me of one of the best gin quotes:
The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire. – Sir Winston Churchill
I am certain that Churchill was referring to saving Englishmen in India from malaria. There is so much interesting gin history out there. But, I like to think that our gin and tonic drinking in Girona is keeping us sane. When it comes to gin presents for gin lovers, you to can make someone happy by giving a little bit of gin love. I know I would be happy to receive any gin related gifts (*hint hint*).
Many of the gin drinkers gifts that are recommended here can be purchased on Amazon. I love the ease of purchasing on Amazon because you get really fast delivery (if you are a Prime member) and free returns. We even use Prime in Spain! This makes it super easy to shop for gin drinkers gifts for your friends or family, or to splurge on a little something for yourself.
Buying Guide – The Best Gin Gifts
In this gin gift set buying guide, we offer up loads of great recommendations for gin and tonic gifts for gin lovers. Each of the gifts we recommend is reviewed in more detail below. But, if you want to cut right to the chase, or are stuck for a last minute gin gift idea, we offer this buying guide chart with some of our top ideas for presents for gin lovers.
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The Top Gin Gift Set Ideas
There are all sorts of gin gifts that can be characterized as gin gift sets or a gin and tonic gift set. These include gifts that help aid in gin tastings, as well as gin glasses, gin infusion sets, and more. There are some restrictions on shipping alcohol in the US (which are described below), so most gin gift ideas actually don’t end up including the actual gin bottles in the gift. But, that just means there is an opportunity to get more creative and to give more personalized gin gifts.
For people who are shopping for a gin lover gift who might be unfamiliar with gin, let’s start there. Whereas vodka is not known for its flavor or aroma, gin is the complete opposite. Gin is made by distilling alcohol with different botanicals and herbs to make the liquor smell and taste different than the alcohol originally was. That is why so many of our recommendations relate to different types of gin infusion gift sets or gin botanicals gift set. These are gifts that can be used to improve the flavor of a gin, or to make your own gin at home.
Gin Tasting Set
This gin botanicals set is one of my favorites. I just imagine that anyone opening this gin gift box ends up with a huge smile on their face. This is more than just a gin garnish set too. This Gin and Tonic Premium Gift Box contains all sorts of botanicals and garnishes to make the perfect gin and tonic. And, it includes a twister, or braided spoon, to help make every gin and tonic taste amazing!
I reviewed the garnishes included in this gin cocktail making kit and it’s a lot of the same ones we have at home. We had to buy them each separately, sometimes from different shops. This is a great starter gin kit.
More Details on the Gin and Tonic Gift Sets:
- Includes various gin botanicals to flavor a gin tonic made at home.
- Botanicals include vanilla pods, pink peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, juniper berries, ginger, and star anise.
- This premium gin gift set includes instructions on how to make a proper gin and tonic and the flavor profiles of each botanical
- Jamonprive claims this is the perfect gin tasting gift – we agree!
Molecular Gastronomy Luxury Gin Gift Sets
Or, how about a molecular gastronomy influenced gin and tonic making it. This takes cocktail making to the next level, inspired by the cuisine of Ferran Adria and Joan Roca. It includes everything needed to make all sorts of cool chemistry-style experiments, like spherification and fruit based “caviar.” This is next-gen stuff! This is the perfect gin cocktail making kit for gin lovers and food lovers, particularly those inspired by molecular gastronomy.
More Details on These Artisan Gin Gifts:
- One of the best gin making kits for lovers of high-gastronomy and Michelin Star restaurants.
- Turn a classic gin and tonic into an avant-garde cocktail with foams, pearls, and bubbles.
- Learn how to make tonic syrup rather than buying tonic water from the store.
- Great for gin lovers new to having a make your own gin set and for people who already have knowledge of molecular mixology.
See how these molecular gastronomy cocktail kits work!
Gin Infusions Gift Sets
Gin infusions are super popular right now. Because one of the best things about gin is the fact that the flavor varies so much from gin to gin, and what you add to a gin can make it taste so much more interesting. Te Tonic offers a Gin Tonic Gift 24 Infusion Kit. Essentially, the gin infusions are stored in individual gin tea bags. The kit comes with instructions for a no-fuss, fun way to drink gin and tonics.
Te Tonic also makes a mega gin infusion gift set that comes with additional botanicals, and can be used for hosting gin tasting parties. This gin infusion set comes in a fancy gin gift box too.
Not to be too girly, but if looking for “gin gifts for her” there are also gin infusion sets that let gin lovers end up with the super-trend pink gin. In this case, the gin is infused with raspberry to make it pink. Check out this Gin Tonic Raspberry Infusions gift set, which even comes in a cute little box, all to make the perfect pink gin.
Just a note: gin infusion sets are different than gin botanicals. Botanicals are sort of like a garnish for a gin cocktail. Infusions are meant to do just that, infuse the gin. They take longer to work, and often will change the color of the gin. We saw this first hand at the Ritz Bar in Lisbon, with their saffron infused gin and tonic.
Gin Making Set
What if infusing gin isn’t enough for the gin lover on your list? Or you have a gin lover who has dabbled with home brewing, or making their own wine, then maybe they want to test out making gin at home. An at-home gin kit is one of the most unique gin gifts. This Gin Making Gift Set has to be one of my favorite gin gifts on this list. This DIY gin making kit has everything needed to make traditional gin and tonics at home, with uniquely flavored gins, based on the maker’s tastes and preferences. The gin box also comes with an illustrated guide on how to make personalized gin at home.
This is another W&P Homemade Gin Kitthat is more simple. This is a little more simple than the gin making kit above, but it definitely gets points for classic design!
Miniature Gin Gift Set
If looking for a mini gin set, like for a Secret Santa, a Stocking Stuffer, or Hostess gift, one option is a carry-on miniature gin gift set. It’s simply adorable. This W&P Carry on Cocktail Kit allows travelers, in air, or on the ground, to make their own craft gin and tonic. The miniature gin set includes everything but the glass and the gin. It’s all packaged in a retro metal tin.
Other Unusual Gin Gifts
While researching this gin gift guide I came across some novelty gin gifts that I just had to share. Some of them, I want to order for myself. This includes the always funny “If you can read this, bring me a gin and tonic” socks. It’s funny because as I write this, my feet are up on the coffee table, and Eric just brought me a gin and tonic, garnished with fresh cucumber and grapefruit peel.
Other cool gin gifts include a little play on the gin obsession with a water bottle that reads “This is probably gin“! Or a bottle for the gym that includes a little play on words confusing “gym” with “gin.”
Another unique gin selection is this SEEDLIP Non-Alcoholic Gin. I was skeptical the first time I heard of non-alcoholic gin, but I found this to be amazing. It smells just like “real” gin and has the best botanicals even without the alcohol. And, I will admit there are nights where I’ve finished off two gin and tonics at home and would love a third. A SEEDLIP gin would be the perfect option to let me enjoy the flavor of a gin, without the hangover. It’s also great because you can buy Seedlip gin on Amazon because it’s non-alcoholic. There are no shipment issues.
If worried about purchasing and shipping alcohol in the US, tonic sets make lovely gin and tonic gifts. This Jack Rudy Cocktail Co Tonic Trio would jazz up any homemade gin and tonic.
What about a unique gin tour in London? Learn more about the Gin Journey in London, one of the top travel destinations for gin lovers.
Gifts for Cocktail Drinkers – The Best Gin Glasses & Decanters
One thing I’ve learned from living in Spain is what goes into making a proper gin and tonic. One of the key pieces to the gin making puzzle is to have a proper glass. In Spain, we drink gin and tonics in a long-stemmed balloon gin glass for two reasons. One, so you hold the stem instead of the glass. This makes sure the ice doesn’t melt too quickly, which waters down the gin. The other is because one of the best parts of drinking gin is enjoying the smell of the gin and the garnish used. We now own 3 different types of gin glasses, I know a little crazy. Here are some recommendations for gin glass gift sets, which make great premium gin gifts.
Gin Gift Sets – Glasses
LSA International Gin Balloon Glass Set of 2 is a great option for a contemporary look. This set of two gin glasses has an elegantly designed base and a nicely shaped balloon top making it easy to smell the gin while drinking it. Or, the Anton Studios Set of 2 Bowl Shaped Gin Glasses is a great alternative with a thicker stem. I like a thicker stem to my gin glasses because it makes the drink feel a lot sturdier. With the ice, the glass just seems heavier than when filled with wine, so the thicker stem makes it feel better in the hand.
If looking for a larger glass gin set, the Mikasa Cheers Balloon Gin Glass Set includes a set of 8 balloon glasses. Each of the gin glasses has a unique design as well.
Gin Lover Gifts – Decanters & Infusers
Here are a few more alternatives to some of the best gin gift sets. This Artland Mixology Gin Decanter in a Wood Crate Gift Box comes complete with a cork stopper. It can make any gin lover feel a little like a mad scientist, making it a great novelty gin gift.
Or, as much as the gin infusion kit options offered what is need to make infusions at home this Clear Infusing Bottle makes gin infusing more artistic. This is also a great way to infuse gin for a dinner party, or would make a great hostess gift for a gin lover.
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FAQs – How to Chose a Gift for a Gin Lover
- Can I ship gin as a gift in the US? There are more restrictions on shipping alcohol in the US than there are in Europe. To start with, when alcohol or wine is shipped most shippers and most states require someone over 21 to sign for the package. Also, some states restrict all shipments of wine or alcohol into the state. This is why sometimes it is difficult to buy actual bottles of gin as presents for gin lovers. This is one of the main reasons why buying gin gift sets makes a nice alternative to a bottle of gin.
- How to Pick a Gin and Tonic Gift Set? If you are looking to buy a gin and tonic gift set, that includes a bottle of gin, think back to what type of gin you’ve seen your gin lover drinking in the past. There are so many different types of gin, some of the which are heavy on botanticals, some of more citrus forward or fruity. This is another reason why some of the best gifts for gin drinkers might leave out the actual bottle of gin. It’s really a personal preference. That’s why we thought it important to come up with a list of some of the best gin gifts that don’t involve gin.
- What is the best gin to give as a gift? For true gin lovers, the best gin lovers gift is one that is more artisan in nature. Ask at your local liquor store if they have a gin distilled locally, or something imported that is a little unique. Try to stay away from the typical gin brands, like Hendrick’s or Citadelle, which most gin lovers will already have at home. When buying a bottle of gin as an artisan gin gift, plan on spending between $30-50 a bottle.
Where to Purchase Gin Gifts Online in the US
If you are looking to purchase a gin gift online, take a look at Saucey, which has a great selection of premium gin gifts. Some of the best gin to buy as a gift, which is available on Saucey includes a Scottish gin called Carorunn, which we love! They also carry Barr Hill Tom Cat, which is an old-school gin style that the most discerning gin lover would appreciate. They also carry Sipsmith, which is good as well. Just enter the zip code of the person you want to send the gin gift and they will tell you if shipping to that state is allowed. In some areas, they can deliver in two days or even 30 minutes!
Check out Saucey’s selection of well-known and small batch gins, all a perfect gift for a gin lover.
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Amber Hoffman, food and travel writer behind With Husband In Tow, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for finding new food and drink destinations. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Together over the last 20 years, they have traveled to over 70 countries. Amber is the author of the Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna.