Christmas Gift Guide

Our exclusive festive guide to Scottish Gin gifts this Christmas.

Published: 8th November 2019

It’s only a matter of time before we start to see flicking festive lights pop up in homes across the UK. All the signs are here that Christmas is just around the corner. In fact, it snowed in Scotland today, so it’s seems more acceptable to talk about Christmas now.

It can be hard at the best of times picking a gin for the gin drinker in your life (of course, our recommendation would always be Scottish Gin) and with a growing selection of Scottish Gins and Scottish Gin based gifts, we’ve done all the legwork so you don’t have to.

We’ve covered festive, seasonal and limited edition Scottish Gins, Scottish Gin gift packs and more – all to help you stay in the good books this Christmas. We really are spoilt for choice with some fantastic products. So if you’re like us and love gin, chances are you’ll be picking up a few things for yourself too! If you want even more choice, then check out the 350 gins in our Scottish Gin directory here.

The Borders Distillery Gift Pack (contains 70cl 43% ABV)

Distilled at the award winning Borders Distillery, as you might have guessed located in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick, William Kerr’s Borders Gin is one of select few gins that uses a grain to glass distillation. The same base spirit that is used to create their whisky is also used in their gin. The result is a creamy, malty gin loaded with citrus botanicals.

Its namesake was taken from William Kerr, a talented yet humble botanist who lived in Hawick, home of The Borders Distillery. William left his home to explore The Orient and the Indian Sub-Continent, seeking new species of plant to send back to Europe. 

The gift pack features a 70cl bottle of William Kerr’s Borders Gin and two attractive branded glasses, all housed a beautiful wicker hamper-style box with leather straps and finished with a black and gold ribbon. We love that hamper can be repurposed.

Buy The Borders Distillery Christmas Hamper here. 

Learn more about The Borders Distillery here.

Hrafn Gin Winter Edition from Raven Spirits (70cl 43% ABV)

Back for Winter 2019, Hrafn Gin Winter Edition features the same delicate London Dry base as award-winning Hrafn Gin Thought & Memory, which includes mandarin as a signature botanical. The gin is then infused with Royal Green Horanji Frankincense and Premium Omani Myrrh, sourced directly from premium growers in the Middle East, to give a deep well-balanced mystical fragrance and etherial taste. A perfect partner to your glass of prosecco or champagne this Christmas.

Buy Hrafn Gin Winter Edition here.

Learn more about Raven Spirits here.

Rock Rose Festive Gifts (various available, all 41.5% ABV)

If you missed out on any of the limited edition Creative Collection gins from Rock Rose in recent months, why not get your hands on their Creative Collection miniature gift pack, which contains four 5cl bottles of Clootie Dumpling Gin, Apple & Lavender Gin, Coastal Edition Gin and Jam Doughnut Gin. Sure to be a hit in any household.

With Christmas crackers getting a hard time for containing too much unnecessary plastic packaging and contents, these festive themed crackers are completely recyclable with paper packaging and glass contents. Rather than end up with unwanted junk from your Christmas crackers, why not open and enjoy a miniature 5cl Original Edition Rock Rose Gin on Christmas Day and you can feel good about the zero waste! If you missed out on the 

Buy Rock Rose Creative Collection Miniature Gift Pack and Christmas Crackers here.

Learn more about Dunnet Bay Distillers here.

Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin from Isle of Skye Distillers (70cl 41.5% ABV)

Hailing from the award-winning Isle of Skye Distillers, Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin is a seasonal gin that combines a number of traditional festive flavours more commonly associated with mulled wine. The botanicals are soaked in a rich Italian Amarone red wine prior to distillation, creating a mulled wine flavour profile with a traditional hit of juniper. Serve with tonic, a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick for the ultimate festive tipple.

Buy Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin here (affiliate link).

Learn more about Isle of Skye Distillers here.

Pickering’s Gin Baubles (6 x 5cl 42% ABV)

Back once again for Christmas 2019, but this time with a twist. A green twist to be precise. Originally released in 2014 at the Summerhall Christmas Fair in Edinburgh, the Pickering’s Gin filled baubles proved a huge success, shifting a few hundred in the first few hours.

Available in packs of six, 2019’s baubles now feature special edition festive inspired gins including Plum & Ginger, Spiced Pear & Cinnamon, Christmas Clementine, Figgy Pudding, Festive Cranberry and Brussel Sprout Gin. The Brussel Sprout Gin in particular caught the attention of the media and the gin community.

Buy Pickering’s Gin Baubles here (affiliate link).

Learn more about Pickering’s Gin here.

Christmas GoodWill Gin from GlenWyvis (50cl 46% ABV)

Distilled in the shadow of Ben Wyvis in the Scottish Highlands, Christmas GoodWill Gin from GlenWyvis is an oak cask finished spiced gin. Thanks to its seasonal flavours of cinnamon and rich dried fruits, this helps create a welcome winter warmth with every sip. Using a total of nine botanicals, this limited edition Scottish Gin was made for sharing at Christmas.

Buy Christmas GoodWill Gin here.

Learn more about GlenWyvis here.

Pentland Hills Gin’s Panza’s Winter Warmer Xmas Kit (contains 5cl 40% ABV)

The perfect hassle free Christmas present – a combination of the Pentland Hills Gin thermo mug, 5cl miniature, artisanal vegan chocolate with Marshmallows or Orange and topped with supergarden freeze dried Raspberries. The gift comes with a recipe card to create the perfect Panza Winter Warmer and it is all wrapped in Pentland Hills Gin tissue paper and recyclable cellophane, a nod to their distillery’s sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

Buy Panza’s Winter Warmer Xmas Kit here.

Learn more about Pentland Hills Gin here.

Scottish Gin Posters and Scottish Gin Maps

Why not discover exactly what Scottish Gin has to offer by downloading one of four free posters from our website. We have a Scottish Gin Poster with 350 Scottish Gin Expressions, a Scottish Gin Timeline Poster so you can see how far Scottish Gin has come in the last 20 years plus two Scottish Gin Maps, one which identifies all the Scottish Gin business locations and one which identifies all the Scottish Gin Distilleries. The perfect way to plan for 2020 Scottish Gin experiences and road trips!

Download the Scottish Gin Poster here.

Download the Scottish Gin Timeline here.

Download the Scottish Gin Map here.

Download the Scottish Gin Map Distillery here.

Fjórir Christmas Gift Set (contains 4 x 5cl various ABV)

Fjórir is the old Norse word for four, which is the number of Orkney Distilling gins you’ll find contained within this special gift box… the ideal Christmas gift for that gin loving friend.

It’s a quartet of premium spirits representing the journey taken by signature Kirkjuvagr Gin and the evolution of Orkney Distilling. The signature Kirkjuvagr is here, along with its storm-strength version Arkh-Angell, the summery Harpa and the spicy Aurora. Each is distinctive in character, yet unmistakably Orcadian in origin. A voyage through Orkney’s seasons and moods, Fjórir offers something for everyone. Pack contains 5cl miniatures of the Kirkjuvagr, Aurora, Harpa and Arkh-Angell.

Buy the Fjórir Christmas Gift Set here.

Learn more about Kirkjuvagr Orkney Distilling here.

Christmas Gin from The Old Curiosity Distillery (50cl 46% ABV)

Created at The Old Curiosity Distillery, which sits in the secret herb garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh, their Christmas Gin features crushed juniper and coriander along with Winter Savory and Angelica leaf, which are macerated before distillation. Other botanicals used include Cinnamon, Ginger and Cardamom delivering a punchy festive flavour profile. The colour then comes from freshly-harvested Poppy and Mallow petals, giving this gin a lovely red Christmas glow. This year’s Christmas Gin comes with a bespoke Gin Spiced Shortbread recipe developed by Bake Off winner Ruby Bhogal.

Buy The Old Curiosity Distillery’s Christmas Gin here (affiliate link).

Learn more about The Old Curiosity Distillery here.

Glaswegin Christmas Crackers (contains 5cl 41.1% ABV)

The perfect stocking filler, table touch or festive gift, the Glaswegin Christmas Cracker offers a premium touch, with a hidden 5cl of Glaswegin for your perfect Christmas compliment. 

Glaswegin was born out of the city that invented the world, but yet yearned for a truly Glaswegian gin. The gin to take ownership of the back bar of Glasgow, providing the essence of the city in a bottle, Glaswegin is crafted with 8 carefully selected botanicals.

Buy Glaswegin Christmas Crackers here.

Learn more about Glaswegin here.

Gin Bothy Mulled Gin (5cl and 70cl 37.5% ABV)

The perfect winter warmer, this Mulled Gin is infused with cinnamon, cloves and mixed spices, which can be enjoyed neat over ice or with ginger ale. Or why not try it warm with a splash of apple juice for those cosy winter evenings by the fire!

Buy Gin Bothy Mulled Gin here.

Learn more about Gin Bothy here.

The Botanist Gin & Herb Planter Gift Pack (contains 70cl 46% ABV)

The perfect gift for gin lovers, the new ‘grow your own garnish’ gift pack contains an easy to use herb planter crafted from the iconic The Botanist bottle. The self-watering herb planter can be used to grow garnishes from seed or to house pre-potted plants for a plentiful supply of local, seasonal garnishes for your Botanist & Tonic. Giftpack includes 70cl The Botanist Gin, herb planter and a foraged cocktail booklet.

Buy The Botanist Gin & Herb Planter Gift Pack here (affiliate link).

Learn more about The Botanist here.

Isle of Harris Gin Glassware Sets

Understandably the team at Isle of Harris Gin have expanded their glassware range to now include Martini Glass Twin Set, Highball Glass Twin Set as well as the original Tumbler Glass Twin Set. So which ever way you prefer to drink your Harris Gin: short, tall or in a cocktail, there’s a glass for you. Why not push the boat out and treat yourself to the full Gift Set, which includes a bottle of Harris Gin too. Made in collaboration with Wrześniak Glassworks, each of these sophisticated glassware pieces is unique, having been handblown, shaped and polished in traditional fashion.

Buy the Isle of Harris Gin Glassware here.

Learn more about Isle of Harris Distillers here.

Esker Ice Cube Christmas Gift Pack (contains 4 x 5cl various ABV) 

This aptly named Ice Cube gift pack is a perfect square of Esker gin goodies. The Esker decorated gift pack has icicle cut outs of along every aside, providing a sneak peak of the brightly coloured bottles inside. Each cube contains 4 miniatures, including Esker Original, Esker Gold (also know as Honey Spiced) and their latest expressions, Silverglas Valencian Orange and Silverglas Scottish Raspberry.

Pre-order the Esker Ice Cube Christmas Gift Pack here.

Learn more about Esker Spirits here.

Red Door Gin Winter Botanicals (70cl 45% ABV)

A limited edition seasonal gin, Red Door Highland Gin with Winter Botanicals, is the first seasonal edition gin from Benromach Distillery. The gin has been created to capture the winter season and is distilled using allspice, sultanas, hop blossom, blood orange and sea buckthorn. The botanicals blend to create a warming, fruit and spice flavour profile that delivers a gin described as being the perfect winter warmer on a cold, dark winters night.

Buy Red Door Gin Winter Botanicals here.

Learn more about Red Door Gin here.

Makar Gin Stars (4 x 5cl 43% ABV)

The festive Makar Gin Stars are back for a second year and the pack contains four glass star decorations. Makar Original Dry Gin can be found in the two blue stars and Makar Old Tom Gin inside the two red stars, all finished with ribbon so you can hang these anywhere you like, before or after drinking the contents! Both gins are distilled in the heart of Glasgow and have picked up a wide variety of awards.

Buy Makar Gin Stars here.

Learn more about Makar Gin here.

Orkney Gin Company’s Camp 34 Lemon Gin & Perfect Pairing Tonic Gift Box (contains 20cl 43% ABV)

Orkney Gin Company have created a new special limited edition Lemon Gin, dedicated to a Prisoner of War Camp that housed Italian prisoners, which was based in Burray, where the Orkney Gin Company gins are produced. This is a fresh gin, with predominant lemon zing, followed by juniper warmth and sweetness. The gift box also contains the perfect tonic pairing of Franklin & Sons Rosemary Tonic with Black Olive, which should be served over ice with a sprig of rosemary or an olive. 

Buy Orkney Gin Company’s Camp 34 Lemon & Gin Perfect Pairing Tonic Gift Box here.

Learn more about Orkney Gin Company here.

Scottish Gin Dogs 2020 Calendar

The Scottish Gin Dogs Calendar for 2020 was created out of love for the many distillery dogs up and down the country. It not only shines a light on some of these adorable pooches, but each month represents a Scottish Gin brand or Scottish Gin related business, a cocktail and a charity of their choice.

Some of the businesses and their chosen charities include The Gin School Scotland whose chosen charity is SAMH, Gin 71 whose chosen charity is Funding Neuro, Tarbraxus Distillers whose chosen charity is Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Kintyre Gin whose charity is Campbeltown Picture House.

All 12 charities benefit from some of the proceeds from sales of the calendar, which is available from the respective gin makers and businesses involved along with a variety of retail outlets. The calendar is printed by Made by Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. a business that employs and supports veterans from the Army, RAF and Navy.

Visit the respective Scottish Gin makers’ website to purchase or email info@ginschoolscotland.co.uk.

Ellis Gin Festive Gift Packs (Various sizes and options available, all 40% ABV)

Ellis Gin have created a variety of gift packs and festive favourites including miniatures, crackers and gin baubles. Covering the three Ellis Scottish Gins – Butterfly Pea Gin, Scottish Bramble Gin and Scottish Pink Shimmer Gin, there’s something for everyone.

To create your personalised Christmas Gift contact info@ellisgin.com for availability and pricing.

Learn more about Ellis Gin here.

McLean’s Spiced Gin (70cl 37.5% ABV)

McLean’s Spiced Gin is now a seasonal release, available as a festive winter warmer between November to January so perfect for those cold winter nights. Classic gin botanicals including angelica, orange peel and cinnamon are paired with allspice, ginger, pine and clove to create a deliciously spiced gin.

Buy McLean’s Spiced Gin here (affiliate link).

Learn more about McLean’s Gin here.

Christmas Gin from Edinburgh Gin (70cl 43% ABV)

Combining aromatic notes of frankincense and myrrh along with classic juniper creates a warming gin suitable for sipping neat over ice or mixed with tonic. Rich aromatics include zesty sweet orange and a nutmeg finish, helping create a cuddle of yuletide warmth. Can be enjoyed with a slice of orange or works well in a Negroni with the sweet myrrh providing balance to Campari’s bitter finish.

Buy Christmas Gin from Edinburgh Gin here.

Learn more about Edinburgh Gin here.

El:gin Gin-gle Gin (50cl 40% ABV)

Based on the award-winning El:gin Scottish Gin, this festive seasonal edition is infused with seasonal fruits and spices to create a festive flavour profile. The origins of this festive inspired gin come from a traditional family Christmas cake recipe dating back more than five generations. The original recipe is one that came from an aunt who was a traditional Scottish Baker who lived and worked in the City of Aberdeen. Using cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, glacé cherries, sultanas and more… Christmas in a glass!

El:gin Gin-gle Gin will be available to purchase at select retailers. For further information contact info@elgin-gin.co.uk.

Learn more about El:gin here.

Teasmith Gin Festive Gift Packs (various available, 43% ABV)

Teasmithers will be able to pick up a variety of Winter gift packs, specially boxed and festively gift wrapped for all your Christmas needs! Gifts include The Teasmith Trio of 5cl miniatures, The Teasmith Gin & perfect pairing Walter Gregor gift pack and The Teasmith Gin & Candle gift pack.

Gift sets will be available to purchase at select retailers and Christmas markets. For further information contact info@teasmithspirits.com.

Learn more about The Teasmith here.

Biggar Gin Christmas Cracker (contains 5cl 43% ABV)

The team at Biggar Gin have been busy beavering away preparing for the Christmas rush and have a variety of festive offerings, with some special editions yet to be confirmed. For now, you can pick up a Biggar Gin Christmas Cracker, which contains a 5cl miniature Biggar Gin, perfect for the grown-ups on Christmas Day. Keep your eyes peeled for more Christmas treats coming soon from team Biggar.

Buy the Biggar Gin Christmas Cracker here.

Learn more about Biggar Gin here.

Walter Gregor’s Tonic Mixed Gift Pack

Walter Gregor’s is Scotland’s first Scottish Tonic, made by the wonderful team behind Summerhouse Drinks at Rosehearty in Aberdeenshire. All these tonics are made without artificial preservatives, colours or flavours and they’re made with lots of love and care to ensure a quality product. This mixed tonic gift pack make the ideal present or first footing gift and they mix well with lots of spirits, not just gin… plus they taste good on their own. The five tonics consist of Original, Scottish Raspberry, Cucumber & Mint, Apple & Cinnamon and Spiced.

Buy the Walter Gregor’s Tonic Mixed Gift Pack here.

Learn more about Walter Gregor’s here.

McQueen Clementine & Cinnamon Gin (70cl 37.5cl% ABV)

Available exclusively at Scottish Sainsbury’s stores, the latest gin expression from McQueen Gin is full of festive Christmas flavour, packed with clementines and cinnamon. Delicately crafted with those crisp winter evenings in mind, it’s recommended you enjoy this gin with a premium tonic and finish with an orange peel swirl and a shard of cinnamon.

Buy McQueen Clementine & Cinnamon Gin in Scottish Sainsbury’s stores exclusively.

Learn more about McQueen Gin here.

Deerness Distillery Christmas Hampers (various available)

The team at Deerness Distillery have been busy creating a variety of festive hampers. With their Orkney based shop always well stocked with goodies, they’ve pulled together some of the best pairings and gifts to create these bespoke Scottish Spirits hampers. You’ll find Scuttled Gin paired with Frankin & Sons tonics and branded glassware. Or if you prefer their signature Sea Glass Gin, it’s available too, in a variety of sizes with a mix of tonics.

Buy Deerness Distillery Christmas Hampers here.

Learn more about Deerness Distillery here.

If you want to experience Scottish Gin first hand, learn more about some of your favourite brands, or simply enjoy a Scottish Gin tasting, why not plan a Christmas party around a Scottish Gin experience. Our Scottish Gin Map marks which distilleries offer Scottish Gin experiences but here’s some inspiration to get you started…

Visit the respective Scottish Gin makers’ websites for detailed information about their experiences, but here’s a list of distilleries that offer a variety of Scottish Gin experiences, including gin schools, tours and tastings:

Aberdeenshire

Lost Loch Spirits Distillery, Aboyne – spirits school, tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Angus

The Bothy Experience (makers of Gin Bothy), Kirriemuir – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Argyll & Bute

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers (makers of Kintyre Gin), Kintyre – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Bruichladdich Distillery (makers of The Botanist), Isle of Islay – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Dumfries & Galloway

Crafty Distillery (makers of Hills & Harbour Gin), Newton Stewart – tours and tastings, cafe, bar. Learn more here.

City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Gin Heads & Tales, Edinburgh City – tours and tastings, bar. Learn more here.

Holyrood Distillery, Edinburgh City – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Summerhall Distillery (makers of Pickering’s Gins), Edinburgh City – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Port of Leith Distillery (makers of Lind & Lime Gin), Leith – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

The Old Curiosity Distillery, Midlothian – tours and tastings, cafe. Learn more here.

Fife

Darnley’s Gin Cottage, Kingsbarns – gin school, tours and tastings, cafe. Learn more here.

Glasgow City 

The Glasgow Distillery Company (makers of Makar Gins), Renfrewshire – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Highlands 

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney – gin school, tours and tastings, cafe, bar. Learn more here.

Isle of Skye Distillers, Portree, Isle of Skye – gin school. Learn more here.

Dunnet Bay Distillery (makers of Rock Rose Gin), Dunnet Bay – tours and tastings. Learn more here. 

Raasay Distillery, Isle of Raasay – tours and tastings, cafe, bar. Learn more here.

Isle of Harris Distillery, Tarbert, Isle of Harris – tours and tastings, cafe. Learn more here.

Badachro Distillery, Badachro – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Deerness Distillery (makers or Sea Glass and Scuttled Gins), Deerness, Orkney. Learn more here.

Moray 

Benromach Distillery (makers of Red Door Gin), Forres – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Glenrinnes Distillery (makers of Eight Lands), Glenrinnes – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Scottish Borders 

Kelso Gin Distillery, Kelso – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

The Borders Distillery (makers of William Kerr’s Borders Gin), Hawick – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

1881 Distillery, Peebles Hydro, Peebles – gin schools, tours and tastings. Learn more here.

South Lanarkshire

Wee Farm Distillery, Climpy – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

Stirling

Stirling Gin Distillery, Stirling City – gin school, tours and tastings. Learn more here.

McQueen Distillery, Callander – tours and tastings. Learn more here.

News & Features Scottish Gins Cocktails