In another life, I’d be a professional shopper. I love seeking out the perfect gifts for friends and family. If you haven’t finished (or started) your Christmas shopping yet, my Christmas Gift Guide might be what you need! As ever, I’m not paid to promote these, I’ve just picked things I’d love to see in my stocking on Christmas morning!
Something to read
Mr Lyan’s Good Together
If you enjoyed Ryan Chetiyawardana’s first book; Good things to drink, you’ll love this. It’s chock-full of fabulous drinks and food pairings for you and your friend stop enjoy.
RRP: $30.75 Order via Booktopia
Meehan’s The Bartender Manual
Jim Meehan has been at the top of the cocktail game since opening his bar PDT in New York. The PDT cocktail book is one of my favourites, but is about to be replaced by his latest book, Meehan’s Bartender Manual. It crammed full insights into bartending, includes contributions from esteemed colleagues and lots of recipes of you to try. Perfect for the bar geek or enthusiastic amateur.
RRP: $49.95 Order via Booktopia
Rich Woods: The Cocktail Guy
I had the goof fortunate to interview Rich a couple of years ago and try several of his drinks. Incredibly creative and innovative (Nutella negroni anyone?), Rich’s drinks are a little out of the reach of most home-bartenders, but this book is still a fascinating read. Now, to start saving for a Rotovap…
RRP: $30.25 Order via Booktopia
Something to wear
Esa Evan Gin necklace
RRP $35 Order here
Gin Commodity Fragrance
I’ve been wearing this at every opportunity this year! Commodity Gin Eau de Parfum is part of Commodity’s Black Collection, which includes scents that are complex, intense, and moody. This is a fresh and woodsy scent that can be worn by men and women.Key Notes: Juniper Berry, Lime, Ginger Leaf
RRP $29.95 (30ml) Available instore from Sephora
Spoiling our loved ones is part of Christmas, but how about sparing a few dollars for a good cause? Mitch Horrocks, launched 663toZero this year to focus on helping Ugandans have access to clean water. Sales from this T-shirt go directly to support this initiative.
RRP $40 Order here.
Something to use
This fun cushion from Kelly Connor Designs can be personalised. There is also an awesome tote bag available too!
$43.50 + free AU shipping. Order here.
Waterford Crystal Lismore Black Cocktail Pair
My inner-goth swooned when I spotted these beauties. A little Morticia Adams? Maybe, but I would love to sip a martini from these.
RRP: $399 David Jones
Waterford Crystal Elegance Optic Champagne Belle Coupe Pair
Beautiful, contemporary design, perfect for martinis, Bees Knees, French 75s…you get he idea
RRP $99.95 Waterford Crystal
Tiffany Sterling Silver Crazy Straw
Yes, yes, it is a CRAZY amount to spend on a straw. But it *is* from Tiffany, plus you’ll be doing your bit for the environment! WIN WIN!
RRP $415 from Tiffany
Something to drink
TRUE NORTH SPIRIT KITS
Have a spirits geek in the family? Why not gift them a special spirit kit from True North? Beautifully packaged and carefully curated, you can choose from Whisky Voyager or Gin Voyager. Each kit contains 5 x 50ml samples and information on each.If you really want to make an impression you can sign up as a member to receive exclusive monthly spirits kits.
RRP $99.99 from True North
The Antique Collection ~The Everleigh Bottling Company
A truly special gift. The Antique collection showcases classic drinks made with specially sourced antique spirits from 1950 to 1980. Featuring a 1950s martini, a 1960s vesper, a 1970s negroni and a 1980s Robbie Burns. This is a limited edition set so be quick.
RRP $249 from The Everleigh Bottling Co.