The Handbook
By Charlotte Hance | 12th November 2019

Whether they’re a gin lover or vodka connoisseur, know their whisky from their whiskEy or just like a good old fashion cup of char, we’ve rounded up the best alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to shop this Christmas. Bottoms up.

31 Dover 

Crystal Head Vodka

Vodka-lovers will be thrilled with this gift of Crystal Head Vodka to sit pretty on their mantlepiece. Almost too good to drink…almost.

Price: £39.45 Website:
Beer 52 

Beer 52 Gift Box

Beer 52 are offering a subscription box of goodies worth over £20, including everything from craft beers to rich stouts, for the price of just the postage! That’s £4.95. The subscription comes with an award-winning magazine and a delicious snack and can be cancelled when you want – we’re guessing you won’t.

Price: From £4.95 Website:


Mount Gay Pot Still Rum

Don’t let the winter blues get the better of your loved ones this Christmas. Gift them some Barbados sunshine in a bottle with Mount Gay Rum.

Price: £115 Website:

Harvey Nichols 

James Bond Bollinger

‘Shaken not stirred’ is not great advice when it comes to this special edition James Bond Bolly for Bond 25: No Time To Die.

Price: £165.00 Website:

Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin

Know someone who loves wine and gin, but can’t decide which one to get them? Ta-da! Chapel Down’s hybrid gin-wine is here to save the day.

Price: £46.99 Website:

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Special Edition White

For a perfect caffeine hit every time, this is a gift that will keep on giving (and keep you going).

Price: £89.99 Website:
Harvey Nichols 

AIX Rosé

Made in the Provence region of France, one sip of AIX Rosé will transport your mind, body and soul to the summer sunshine. And if it doesn’t, it is just a great bottle of wine.

Price: £18.00 Website:
Cellar By Waitrose 

Baileys Almande

The vegan almond baileys is the perfect gift for everyone, so no one has to miss out on the joy of a milky (or non-milky) sweet apéritif.

Price: £16.00 Website:
Harvey Nichols 

Dark Woods Coffee Panama Single Estate

Everyone knows a coffee snob, and this Christmas make their dreams come true with the Dark Woods Panama single estate ground coffee. The perfect brew awaits the coffee connoisseurs.

Price: £12.95 Website:


Silent Pool Gin

Probably the coolest gin bottle you’ve seen in a while, this is the ultimate wow-factor gift for any gin-lovers you know.

Price: £31.50



Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirit Trio Set

Who says non-alcoholic drinks have to be boring? Seedlip’s distilled non-alcoholic ‘spirits’ are the perfect replica of your favourite booze, so no alcohol November can roll smoothly over into December.

Price: £29.83 Website:

Mac & Wild 

Mac & Wild Foraged Old Fashioned

A contemporary Scottish twist on the classic cocktail, this Mac & Wild Foraged Old Fashioned is best served chilled as a post-meal treat.

Price: £32.00



Mr Black Coffee Liqueur

A great gift for anyone impartial to an espresso martini, Mr Black’s coffee liqueur will easily go down a treat. Make the classic cocktail in minutes and become the party host of the century.

Price: £28.99 Website:


With hints of sweet sugar cane, you can fool any rum-lover with the STRYYK not rum. Same scrumptious taste minus the awful hangovers!

Price: £16.12 Website:

Gosling Rum Family Reserve

Bermuda, the home of pirates, sailing, interesting tax affairs and, most importantly, Gosling’s Rum. The Family Reserve is a rich, molasses treat.

Price: £54.95 Website:

Franklin & Sons

Flavour Collection Tonic Waters

Up your after dinner G&T game with this selection of Rosemary Tonic Water with Black Olive, Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water with Bergamot, Rhubarb Tonic Water with Hibiscus and Elderflower Tonic Water with Cucumber. The unique flavours can be enjoyed with a range of spirits such as gin, vodka or even tequila. Delicious.

The eye-catching basket pack is available in Co-op stores with an RRP of £3.49 for 4 x 200ml bottles.



Spirit Cartel – Four Roses Bourbon

Bourbon-lovers rejoice! The United States’ favourite tipple has hit our guide and it’s a guaranteed great gift for any whiskey fiends.

Price: £22.40 Website:

Martin Miller’s Gin Northern Lights Gift Box

This magical Northern Lights-inspired gin will be a welcomed addition to their at-home bar. Serve on the rocks (naturally) with a splash of tonic.

Price: £27.00 Website:

J&B Whisky

The ultimate London Gentleman’s drink, J&B Rare whisky is bound to be a hit this Christmas with your lavish loved ones.

Price: £18.50 Website:
Eminent Life 

Champagne Charles Orban Cuvée Roger Daltrey

We’re not trying to cause a big sensation but if there’s a The Who fan in the family they are going to love this. Frontman of the iconic British band Roger Daltrey has joined forces with Eminent Life to launch a limited-edition Champagne.

Price: £95 Website:
Mac & Wild 

Mac & Wild x Drinks Boxx Co Portable Mini Bar

Upgrade your picnics, festivals and races days with this handy portable mini bar. There is even room for your spirits and mixers, as well as glasses and a chopping board so you can make the perfect drink wherever you go.

Price: £205.00 Website:
Harvey Nichols 

Harvey Nichols Negroni Hamper

Making a Negroni has never been so easy (and fun) with this Harvey Nichols Hamper. Paired with some olives and nuts to nibble on this is the perfect indulgent hamper for all apéritif lovers.

Price: £125 Website:
Mac & Wild 

Mac & Wild x Danish Fuel Bar Cabinet

Need to refuel on your adventures? Well now you can with this nifty Mac & Wild x Danish Fuel bar cabinet in the iconic Jerry Can design. Chic and practical, check.

Price: £450.00 Website:
Mac & Wild 

Infinity Bottle Kit

Not got enough whisky left in your bottle to get a full drink out of it? With this custom Infinity Bottle kit you don’t have to waste the dregs, you can turn them into your very own bespoke whisky.

Price: £19.00 Website:

Whisky Me Whisky Club

Whisky Me Monthly Subscription

Raise a wee dram each month with Whisky Me’s subscription service. Taking the stuffiness out of the traditional liquor, the brand has devised a cool and modern way to drink the golden goodness AND deliver it straight to your door. Each month subscribers will receive a pouch of carefully selected single malt whisky from celebrated distilleries such as Macallan, Royal Lochnagar and Aberfeldy. The gift that keep on giving all year

Price: £7.95 per month


Mac & Wild 

Mac & Wild Salmon Gin

This really is Christmas in a gin. Yep, you can skip out your smoked salmon breakfast and go straight to the drinks with this Mac & Wild smoked salmon infused gin.

Price: £32.00 Website:

Laurent-Perrier Limited Edition Cuvée Rosé

Up your champagne game with Laurent-Perrier’s limited edition Cuvée Rosé robe. So pretty you won’t want to open it… almost.

Price: £79.99 Website:
Charles Merser & Co 

Merser & Co Double Barrel Rum

London’s first rum blending house, Charles Merser & Co was founded in 2019 and their Double Barrel is their first, hopefully of many

Price: £38.00 Website:

Mr Fogg’s & Bombay Sapphire

Mr Fogg’s Sublime Gin Bauble Set

Gin lovers will go wild for these baubles filled with some of Bombay Sapphire’s world-famous gins including Bombay Sapphire, Star of Bombay, and Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition English Estate. Part of a collaboration with London cocktail masters, Mr Fogg’s, they’ll add some whimsicality to Christmas Day. Tie them on the tree, gift them as a whole set or use them as unique place settings for your guests. 

Price: £35