Here are some interesting gift ideas that are bound to surprise and please your friend or loved one.
1. Flaviar Membership
Regular Christmas gifts are so 2020 instead give the gift that keeps on giving! Show them you care in the best way possible: with delicious booze!
By giving a Flaviar Membership, the Rum lover will expand their horizons through tasting and discovery of different Rums (and other Spirits) through quarterly deliveries of tasting boxes and full-size bottles, access to members-only tasting events, and unlimited free shipping.
Your loved one will get to enjoy a distillery tour from the comfort of their home and connect with other aficionados.
Your gift also comes with a vibrant community, superb knowledge base, generous referral perks, and personal recommendations. We're not sure how you'll outdo yourself next time though.
2. Never underestimate the power of Art!
When visiting a fellow Rum connoisseur’s home it is always cool to look beyond the bottle collection and see what art they have on their walls and books on their shelves (more about that later). From vintage Rum label art, Caribbean Travel posters, and old Maps there are some cool options for all price ranges.
If they are a collector of a particular brand, finding something that ties into it will make a thoughtful gift they are sure to proudly hang in their home.
3. Larga Vida
Give a Rum-head in your life a vacation for his tastebuds. Back in the day Rum was considered a remedy—a universal life hack making Man’s hardships a bit more bearable.
Larga Vida XO Rum 2019 Edition is a special proper aged Rum blend with stock aged over two decades. Larga Vida y Prosperidad!
In 2019, the Rum really impressed Flaviar members as they voted it into the Top 5 Spirits of the year, winning it one of the 2020 Flaviar Awards.
4. Flaviar Merchandise
Elevate the Spirits game with some trendy Flaviar Merch. If your Rum lover misses warm days and wishes every moment to be soaked in Rum, you can make sure they show that vibe with our Havana-inspired T-Shirt.
For their Rum game to always be on point, present them with a warm winter sweater, face mask, a cool flask, or a full-blown home bar that you can personalize with the recipient's name.
5. Can you ever have enough Bar tools?
This gift suggestion comes from personal experience. Many moons ago when I was beginning my cocktail-making education I was gifted with a good set of tools to help with the exploration. With that in mind, if the person you are plotting a gift for enjoys Rum in cocktails, a new bar tool or set might be a fun and thoughtful gift for them. The kits come in all shapes and sizes, with or without branding, and can be single pieces to full 22 piece bar sets.
6. Hercules Mulligan
Is your Rum enthusiast also a history buff? Introduce him/her to the one-of-a-kind Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye, a simple concoction of Caribbean Rum, American Rye Whiskey and bitters inspired by an 18th century recipe, named after the little-known tailor, spy, and hero of the American Revolution, who changed history and secured freedom for all.
Hercules Mulligan is a Spirit of independence. Utterly complex and delightful, this unique composition tickles the nose and loosens the lips.
Do people like it, you ask? You bet they do! Hercules Mulligan won a Double Gold award at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and thousands of outstanding reviews on Flaviar.
7. Did we mention Books?
When we think about books and Rum they are a few things to ponder. First, there are three basic types, Introductory, Cocktail, and History. Do not be surprised if they might even be a combination of two or even all three depending on the structure.
When someone is looking at purchasing an introductory book on Rum, we refer them to Fred Minnick’s Rum Curious, or Dave Brooms Rum: The Manual. These books do have a combination of subject matter, but does not take as deep a dive as a single book devoted to the subject.
Next up is Cocktail books and the choices quickly become overwhelming in this category. If the gift recipient is into Tiki cocktails, then consider Jeff Berry’s Sippin’ Safari or Potions of the Caribbean. Another fine choice is Martin and Rebecca’s Cate’s Smuggler’s Cove, or for something new that came out in 2019 Tom Morgan and Kelly Reilly’s The Home Bar Guide to Tropical Cocktails.
For someone who is just getting into making classic cocktails at home Dale DeGroff’s The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks is a fantastic place to start as Mr. DeGroff is a true master of the subject and provides excellent guidance in this tome.
If the gift recipient is a fan of the writer Ernest Hemingway, Philip Greene’s book To Have and Have another: a Hemingway Cocktail Companion is a good mix of history and Hemingway’s influence on our modern cocktail experiences. (I am not a big fan of Hemingway and still got a lot out of the book.)
Finally the last category, and they are few golden standards in the History Category, but Wayne Curtis’s And a Bottle of Rum Revised and Updated: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails has been a go to favorite of ours to gift neophytes to the Rum World.
The second book we always recommend is Ian Williams Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776 which is a rock-solid history book about how the beloved and bedeviled spirit influenced the colonization of the New World to the creation of the United States of America.
8. Rum Tasting Boxes
Remember Christmas mornings when each colorful wrap had endless potential of joy? That bliss isn't exclusive to kids when there's a Rum tasting box waiting for you under the tree.
Themed boxes are a perfect fit for both beginners and veterans of taste. Each box comes with a selection of drinks, tasting notes and instructions on how to taste.
Your loved one will also be able to explore the contents of the Tasting Box under the guidance of Spirits professionals - live and on-demand with guided tasting called Unboxing Flavors.
These Rum-themed tasting sets have a mission to help them discover new Rum bottles, entertain their tasting buds, and share the experience with others. You can always buy one for yourself as well and set up a socially distanced drinking party.
We promise they make a great impression under the Christmas tree and are perfect for lovers of the sugar cane Spirit.
9. Well they need something to drink out of… Right?
The shape and design of a good glass can augment the enjoyment of the sipping experience.
A Glencairn Crystal is designed so that the imbiber can enjoy both the aroma and be comfortable to sip. Some glass designs are great for aromas, but are cumbersome to actually drink from. When I am evaluating Rum (or any other spirit) this is my glass of choice.
Moderately priced a set of Glencairn Crystal glasses is an appropriate gift for any occasion. If you want something unique that is functional, the “Neat Glass” is a good option as its special design is great for evaluating the aromas of spirits.
Now for those Rum lovers who enjoy Tiki cocktails, a Tiki mug can be a fun gift. They are several that have been created for Rum brands that vary in rarity and price range. Depending on the aesthetic of the recipient you can find a variety of mugs from classic to modern designs that will make the perfect gift.
10. The beauty and versatility of a bottle…
Never underestimate the value and appreciation of a good decanter. The designs are so interesting it is possible to find something for every kind of Rum connoisseur and enthusiast in the world. From carved crystal and glass sets, to historically accurate decanters that cannot topple with the rocking of the ships they were used on, to more whimsical designs; this is an easy go-to gift when the other ideas fail to work.
11. The F(l)avorite One(s)
We'll give you a head start on growing your Rum lover’s home bar with the perfect selection of Rum bottles. You can never go wrong with the Flaviar community’s all-time favorite Rums:
- Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend
- El Dorado 15 Year Old,
- Plantation Barbados XO 20th Anniversary Rum,
- Dictador 20 Year Old Solera System Rum,
- Zafra 21 Year Old Master Reserve Rum,
- Gold of Mauritius Dark Rum
- and Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum.
They are so popular with our members that they have all received the Flaviar Community Award.
But we also warmly recommend
- Diplomatico Single Vintage 2005,
- Brugal 1888
- Ten to One Dark Rum
- Foursquare 2007 Single Blended Rum which are undoubtedly hot stuff of the 2020 holiday season.
If you are still having a hard time deciding on the bottles above, here’s a list of Rum bottles with the seal of approval by the world’s largest Spirited community which are also good for the wallet.
This gift guide barely scratches the surface of what is out there and I hope that it is helpful while you are busy shopping for the Rum person in your life. I have given and received several of these items over the years and find that they are always appreciated.