2021 Holiday Shopping Guide

Christmas Gifts For Whiskey Lovers

Well, it’s that time of year again, and we wouldn’t be a diligent blog/website without putting together a holiday gift guide. As genuine whiskey lovers and bourbon collectors, we’ve curated a list of things we would genuinely enjoy receiving as gifts ourselves. So, whether you’re shopping for your significant other, secret Santa, or a close friend or family member, we hope you find this list useful (and not just “markety”).

Bourbon Themed Whiskey Gifts

Actual Whiskey

Believe it or not, the best gift you can give a whiskey lover is actual whiskey. Instead of trying to think of cool tchotchkes or buying some gimmick, just go for actual bourbon! If they are a casual drinker, you can ask around and find out what their go-to bottles are. If you think they’d like something new, you might need to find something unique or ask what’s on their wishlist. Of course, affordable staples like Buffalo Trace are always appreciated. If you want something slightly more expensive, but equally reliable, consider an option like Old Forester 1920.

Another option is to take the gift-pack route. This may be a one-time tasting box, a liquor-inclusive cocktail set, or a good whiskey that’s accompanied by nice glassware. Here are a few options that we really like this year:

Limited Edition – The Sassenach Blended Scotch Whisky with Sassenach Whisky Hip Flask
Reserve Bar

Angel’s Envy Bourbon & Noilly Prat Rouge Manhattan Kit
Reserve Bar


Whiskey Lovers Collection
Reserve Bar

Reserve Bar offers dozens of great gift packs like this at every price point, so go see what else they have to offer.

Decanters, Glassware, and Barware

Anyone with a whiskey collection, whether new or old, will appreciate a nice addition to their serving and hosting gear. A nice decanter is great for entertaining or creating an infinity bottle. There are some crazy ones out there in the shape of globes or rifles, but most people will appreciate a classic glass or crystal decanter. Our pick for a really nice decanter this holiday season is this modern style crystal decanter. At 25oz, it should fit most of a 750mL bottle of whiskey.

If you’re shopping for someone who likes a little more bold style, check out the decanters from PrestigeHaus. They have lots of unique decanters for all types of people, including military and religious giftees.

Glassware is also a great gift for any bourbon collector. They may already have Glencairn glasses on their shelf, but you can up that game with a pair of diamond-cut Glencairn whiskey glasses. We’re also big fans of the Kentucky Trail bourbon glasses, which have a similar design but are a bit wider and heavier.

Diamond Cut Glencairns
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Glass
Classic Glencairns

Whiskey Apparel Gifts

We’d be remiss if we didn’t do a little self-promotion here, of course. You can check out our own NC Whiskey Shop for cool hats and whiskey tote bags.

Best Gifts For Bourbon Collectors

What do you think? Anything specific, whiskey or related, on your gift list this year? Let us know in the comments what you want your bourbon Santa to bring you!

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