We are often stuck for ideas on what to gift loved ones for Christmas, and forget what could be achieved with a bit of festive DIY. Whether it be craft gin, hot chocolate bombs, homemade bottles of mulled wine or long-life syrups, we've got you covered. Pair these drinks with edible treats, too; you can find gingerbread biscuits, caramels, truffles and other tasty gifts in our Christmas gift recipes collection. For speedy bakes and crafts, check out our quick Christmas gift recipes, which includes festive rocky roads, cookie kits, frosted nuts and chocolate barks.


Find more festive tipple inspiration in our collection of Christmas cocktails and mocktails.

Christmas gin

christmas gin pictured with christmas vodka

Making your own gin has never been easier. Our two-step festive pink gin combines winter berry and spice flavours, and would make a great Christmas gift for a gin-lover. It will store well for a few months, so it can be made in batches, too. Our sloe gin matures and produces a strong fruity flavour. If you're after a more spice-forward warming drink, try our hot gin toddy made with citrus fruits, festive spices and juniper berries, or infuse gin with the flavours of Christmas with our gingerbread gin. Fancy something more adventurous? Our Christmas pudding gin combines all the flavours of season, including citrus, cloves, cinnamon, amaretto, vanilla, dark brown sugar and dried dates and figs.

Flavoured vodka

A jar full of Christmas pudding vodka on a Christmas backdrop

Flavoured vodka is also a very popular and versatile Christmas drink. Our chilli vodka takes 5 minutes to prepare and only requires two ingredients. Christmas pudding vodka is a big toast to the season's flavours, with a hint of brandy and amaretto, while our cranberry vodka is another seasonal sensation. Combine candy canes and vodka to make our easy candy cane vodka – serve chilled or use in a cocktail, such as our candy cane cocktail. All of these vodkas are easy to make and store, perfect for Christmas gifts. Alternatively, treat the cocktail lover in your life to a pre-mixed martini: our gingerbread martini offers heady sweet and spiced flavours, while our salted caramel martini combines vodka with Irish cream liqueur and salted caramel sauce to create a sweet-tasting tipple. You can find more in our flavoured vodka recipes collection.

Christmas punch

Christmas punch in a serving bowl

Christmas punch is an impressive centrepiece for a party. Flavours include apple, sloe gin, herbal liqueur, rosemary and ginger, and they can be made in advance to get ahead. If you're gifting, make sure to present the prosecco separately, as it could go flat. Decant into bottles and it's ready to be enjoyed. More inspiration comes from our mulled pear & cranberry punch made with cider, vanilla, fruity sloe gin and cinnamon sticks. Try our non-alcoholic Christmas punch for those who don't drink, which is made with white grape juice, ginger ale and sparkling water for fizz. Keeping with the botanical theme, our pomegranate & rosemary non-alcoholic punch uses alcohol-free gin, soda water, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, zesty orange and festive spices.

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Mulled wine

classic mulled wine

Mulled wine is an essential Christmas drink, and can be decanted into bottles for a lovely gift. Our classic mulled wine should be made with a red wine that's light and fruity to allow the spices and lemon peel room to shine. Sweeten it with some sugar and add a splash of sloe gin for extra booziness, if you like. Another option is our easy mulled wine recipe, which includes dried figs, clementine, spices and brandy. Or, why not get crafting and create a mulled wine kit for the wine lovers in your life? It contains all the necessary ingredients for a wintry afternoon activity. Check out our collection of mulled wine recipes for more inspiration.

For a fresher alternative to mulled wine, try making a Christmas sangria kit, which boasts a delicious mixture of red wine, Spanish brandy and festive spices. Or, treat your loved ones to this cranberry sangria, which combines cranberry juice and spices for a Christmassy feel.

Hot chocolates

snow globe hot chocolate

Transform leftover jam jars with a snow globe hot chocolate kit. It's great fun to make with the kids, and doesn't require too much effort. A hot chocolate set would also definitely impress. Treat family to a festive mug and hot chocolate stirrer to be enjoyed on a cosy winter evening. Hot chocolate cones are an easy, adorable gift for friends and family, and the kids can help create them, too.

Christmas syrups

spiced apple syrup with clementine and cloves

Christmas syrups are a tasty way to add extra-festive flavour to alcoholic drinks, hot chocolates and desserts. They would make a nice gift for a cocktail lover and those who enjoy rich, sweet flavours. Spiced apple syrup with clementine & cloves has a fiery note thanks to the spices, and can be mixed into wine and warmed apple juice. For a classic flavour combination, try our gingerbread syrup made from water, cinnamon and ginger – perfect for those who like to add yuletide cheer to their drinks or coffees.

Christmas mocktails

A glass of non-alcoholic Irish cream liqueur against a Christmas backdrop

Celebrating the festive season doesn't have to involve copious amounts of alcohol. Instead, mark any occasion by mixing up a special Christmas mocktail for loved ones. Treat designated drivers to this shrub-inspired mocktail, offering refreshing flavours such as lemonade, cucumber, mint, ginger and apple, or turn your hand to this fizzy and fruity alcohol-free passion fruit martini, for all of the fun of a classic martini with none of the alcohol. Combining the classic mojito with Christmassy peppermint, this crowd-pleasing peppermint mojito is great for experimenting with different flavours. There's even the option for a comforting Irish cream liqueur minus the booze – it has all the same creaminess of the classic, plus espresso and spices. Also, try our coconut & vanilla milk bottle cocktail.


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