Top 6 Gifts for Whisky Lovers That Aren't Whisky

Whisky can sometimes feel like an easy gift to get, especially if you know what your friend or loved one likes. Even if you’re buying them a brand they’ve never tried or heard of, it can sometimes feel like an obvious choice.

But with these gifts, you have lots of choice in all the different types available, as well as getting them something that will last a lot longer than a bottle of something.

1. Personalised Whisky Stones
"Chill Rocks is the aficionado's choice for "on the rocks"." - PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ mygiftology Whisky stones are fantastic for the Whisky purists who like their drams cold. It’s also just a nice accessory to have in our drinks cabinet/fridge.

Since there are a number of different brands of Whisky stones out there, we have gone for the personalised kind. This just adds a little something more personal and means every time they enjoy a nice cold dram, they’ll be thinking of you!

2. Ian Buxton's Book: 101 Legendary Whiskies
101 Legendary Whiskies Book - PHOTO: Instagram/drams_to_shareIan Buxton is a legend on the Whisky scene and getting your loved one a book by him will look really good, especially if you’re not into Whisky yourself. His 101 Legendary Whiskies is a great gift as it is interesting and informative and will have your Whisky loving friends drooling.

Although these Whiskies are mostly rare and expensive, and so your friends will probably never try them, the book is packed full of fun facts that any Whisky nerd will truly appreciate.

3. Diamond Whisky Glass
Everyone knows the Glencairn is probably the best and most popular Whisky glass, but this diamond glass is a lot more interesting to look at.

"They're awesome" - PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ gingerpritchThey probably don’t work to funnel the aromas to the top of the glass or allow you to admire the legs on your dram, but when you look like a James Bond villain whilst drinking, that won’t really matter.

This is the perfect gift, especially if your giftee already has a Glencairn or something similar, as it gives them the option to just enjoy their dram out of a really cool looking glass.

4. Scottish Routes Gift Vouchers
This is the gift that your friend or loved one will really thank you for. Rather than just another generic package under the tree of something they will never look at again, a gift voucher for a trip to visit some of the best distilleries in the world will impress much more.

Laphroaig Distillery - PHOTO: FLICKR/ Emma Jane Hogbin Westby

With two options, one to Islay and one to Speyside, your giftee can take a trip that will give them the chance to get up close and personal with not only their favourite distilleries, but also the incredible Scottish scenery that surrounds them.

This trip is much more than just a distillery visit and will definitely ensure you get the biggest slice of turkey on Christmas Day.

5. Royal Doulton Whisky Decanter Set
"Family meal but still manage to get a little time to myself" - PHOTO: Instagram/ food__dMore glassware, but this time a decanter set that will give an edge of sophistication and class every time a dram is poured. With a gorgeous design, this is a set that will look good in any room and impress any guest.

Decanters are a great idea, especially at Christmas time when drinks are flowing. This is a gift that can be used as soon as it’s open and can add a nice feel to winding down on Christmas Day.

6. A subscription to Flaviar
OK, you'll say this is an obvious one. Perhaps, but the guys at Flaviar have really managed to create a "Club for explorers at heart" that allows its Members to enjoy and learn about an ever-changing collection of craft and premium spirits.

"It's here! I'm super excited about my Welcome Box from Flaviar! " - PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ hyghgynxThe concept is simple, join the Club and you will recieve access to a bunch of benefits, such as exclusive selection of bottles, including their private bottlings, themed Tasting Boxes and a database of ratings and over 15,000 complete sets of tasting notes.

The moment you join, Flaviar will also dispatch "Welcome to Flaviar" Tasting Box with three 1.5oz vials of tongue-picked Whiskies.

This is the ideal gift for any drinks enthusiast, regardless of what their favourite spirit may be, and they will definitely be thanking you when they receive their first tasting pack, and still when they receive their fiftieth.

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By Greg


Greg is a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. His mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about Whisky, Whiskey, Gin, Beer and fine dining through his website, GreatDrams.com, writing, brand building and whisky tastings.



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