With Christmas just around the corner, we take a look at the best gin gifts to treat friends and family to this December.

From creating a bespoke gin to sampling a new blend, there’s something for all tastes and budgets.

The Gin Spa

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Relax and enjoy a gin or two at Glasgow’ gin spa. With a range of treatments available, the Botanical Bliss experience it the ultimate in gin-soaked relaxation.

Priced at £90, this package includes an arrival tea, personal consultation with one of the spa’s lovely therapists, and a 60 minute treatment.

Choose from full body massage, head massage or signature facial. An afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco as well as a G&T from the Fever Tree trolley is also included.

The ultimate gin experience

What to buy the gin lover in your life who has everything?

Well, the Oro Gin Distillery has the solution to gift giving woes: a bespoke, made-to-order gin designed by the customer, exactly to their tastes and specifications.

This bespoke gin can be completely customised to suit personal tastes – all the way from the botanicals used to the style of the bottle.

Oro Gin’s bespoke service is priced at £150 for a consultation session and five samples, with prices for the gin production starting from £50. The whole process takes approximately one month from start to finish.

Gin71 gift vouchers

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Give the gift of a gin tasting this Christmas, with Gin71’s voucher.

Priced at £25 per person, the voucher entitles the recipient to select from a range of different tasting events. And, with no expiry date, there is no rush to book them.

Gin71 has a constantly updated calendar of events to choose from so there is sure to be something to suit all tastes.

Included in the tasting is: an introductory talk on the origins of gin, an in depth discussions with the team on each of six selected gins, the chance to taste each of the six gins with their ideal mixer and garnish, tasting notes and cards for each gin and a 10% discount on tables booked in either Cup or Gin71 on the day of your tasting.

The best Scottish gin book

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The Scotsman’s own food and drink web editor, Sean Murphy, tells the tale of Scottish gin in his newly released book, Gin Galore.

Glass in hand, Gin Galore will lead you on a journey to the source of Scotland’s gin in all its botanical, flavourful glory.

With a stellar cast of fifty unique gins, here are the boutique tipples reinvigorating the landscapes of Scottish gin. This utterly refreshing compendium is a treat for fans of all things Scottish and all things gin.

A Christmas gin

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A special release for Christmas, Eden Mill have gone all out with their YuleTide offering, the Candy Cane Christmas Gin.

The gin, priced at £32.50, comes in a striking bottle reminiscent of the famous sugar stick, is described as being “sweet on the palate”, with a subtle “juniper resin leading to a warmer, rich minty character with hints of light, berry fruits”.

Using peppermint for flavour, and bilberry and hibiscus for colour, this gin is sure to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas.

Tickets to the Gin Lounge festival

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The team behind The Whisky Lounge is bringing its latest concept to Scotland for the first time – The Gin Lounge.

Following six successful whisky festivals in Edinburgh, they plan to host their first gin festival north of the border in Edinburgh on Saturday 1 December.

Taking place at the Assembly Rooms on George Street, the festival will bring together over 60 different gins including Islay Gin, Edinburgh Gin, No. 3, Cotswold Gin, Lakes Gin, Bathtub, Arbikie, Kokoro, IWSC and Boutiquey Gin to name but a few.

Attendees will also be able to taste Islay’s only gin, Nerabus Islay Gin, for the first time since the product was launched by husband and wife team, John and Audrey Gow, in May this year.

Tickets for The Edinburgh Gin Lounge Festival are on sale now and cost just £45, including all gin and tonics samples and a commemorative glass.

Gin gift set

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Daffy’s 20cl gift set is an ideal stocking filler or secret Santa gift.

Presented in a funky botanical print box is the 20cl bottle of Daffy’s gin and a Spanish crystal goblet, all for £18.95.

READ MORE: The best Scottish Christmas gins to check out this festive season

Try a new gin

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Named after the tiny but beautiful island of Fidra, just off the coast of North Berwick, Fidra is the latest gin from East Lothian to hit the shelves.

Inspired by the stunning landscape that surrounds them, and with a mutual love for gin, East
Lothian friends Emma Bouglet and Jo Brydie set about creating a delicious, premium, locally foraged craft gin.

Fidra’s first batch sold out in record time, but batch two is ready for Christmas and available to buy from Archerfield Walled Garden in Dirleton and The Bothy in East Saltoun or online, priced at £39 per bottle plus £4.50 p&p for online orders.

A gin advent calendar 

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Craft56°, an online retailer specialising in Scottish craft drinks and gifts, has collaborated with Sugarsnap Chocolate & Confectionery to launch this exciting calendar which combines gin and chocolate.

The innovative festive product pairs white, milk and dark chocolate with Scottish gin (as well as other Scottish craft spirits) to produce a range of “tasty handmade bonbons with alcohol-infused ganache fillings”.

Gin baubles

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Picture: Pickerings gin baubles, Facebook

Originally launched in 2014, Pickering’s gin baubles went viral after we broke the story about them, leading to coverage on news websites around the world, including one created by TV legend Martha Stewart.

The decorations proved so popular that they crashed the website on their release and led to the distillery at Summerhall increasing their production just to meet demand.

Now the hugely popular baubles are back on sale and make the perfect addition to any gin fan’s tree.

An award-winning gin

Now in a striking new bottle, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin has been carefully distilled and refined, making it an award-winning spirit. 

 The meticulous master distiller first triple distills the base spirit using a small copper still before using the bouquet garni technique, taking the four main ingredients – kaffir lime leaves, lavender, sage and basil – and delicately hand-wrapping them in a muslin cloth, before steeping the clothed parcel in the base spirit for 48 hours to infuse and impart the herbal flavours and essential oils.

The blend of triple distillation and the distinctive infusion process results in a wonderfully delicate and smooth taste that can be enjoyed even sipped neat.

 Named after one of London’s most affluent areas in Mayfair   the bottle is shaped like a decanter with a silver engraved stopper and a lion head knocker – a nod to the front doors surrounding Berkeley Square.

Berkeley Square gin is available at Master of malt for £76.95.

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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