Every Friday after he got home from work my dad would come in the door, kiss my mom, plop his briefcase down and head over to his home bar to pour himself a couple of fingers of whiskey.
Boom: instant chill.
If you’ve got a whiskey enthusiast like my dad, you know that when a special occasion rolls around, gifts for whiskey lovers are always appreciated.
The team here at L&L has rounded up some gifts you’ll definitely want to give your favorite whiskey lover, and some you may want to keep for yourself, too!
Gifts For Whiskey Lovers
Before we dive into the gift list, we want to clear up a common question:
What’s the Difference Between Whiskey, Scotch, and Bourbon?
Short answer – they’re all whiskey with different names depending on the country in which they’re made.
- Scotch – from Scotland, surprise!
- Bourbon – from the USA. Usually produced in Kentucky or Tennessee, but not exclusively.
- Whiskey – Everywhere else, it’s just the country that the whiskey is produced. For example, Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, or Japanese whiskey.
Oh, and by the way, you may have noticed that sometimes it’s spelled whiskey and sometimes it’s spelled whisky. There’s no difference. Again, it’s all about its place of origin. Scotland, Japan, and Canada usually opt out of the “e” and spell it whisky. The US and Ireland like whiskey with an “e”.
1. Glencairn Crystal Whiskey Glasses
These official whisky glasses straight outta Scotland are a truly special gift for the discerning whisky drinker. Their design is not only elegant but created specifically for proper whisky tasting. Gift them along with a bottle of good scotch and you’ll be golden in your whiskey lover’s books.
2. Forest Landscape Whiskey Glasses
We are in love with how these gorgeous glasses turn into a magical sunset scene in the forest when you add your single malt (or whatever libation you prefer). We’re picturing cozy evenings in front of a roaring fire with a book in one hand and beverage in the other.
3. Personalizable Engraved Flask Set
This gorgeous, personalized flask set comes with a funnel and four shot glasses. Great for camping trips or tailgate parties with friends, you can have the whole set engraved with their initials or a message. Just choose the words and the design and you’ve got a gorgeous whiskey gift.
4. Insulated Nosing Glass
For those whiskey lovers who take the time to savor every note. This double-walled, insulated stainless-steel whiskey glass is designed to aerate and moderate the temperature for an optimal whiskey tasting experience. It’s basically a whiskey decanter you can take camping!
5. Pocket Whisky Water Dropper
Just a drop of water can magically open up the aromas of an amazing bourbon or scotch. If they want to test the range of scents and flavors hiding in their favorite bottle of whiskey, they can add more water one drop at a time. Elegant and handblown with a dapper tweed carrying case, this dropper would make a perfect host/hostess gift!
6. Prehistoric Whiskey Stone Set
Yep, you heard that right! These cubes are made from metamorphic Gneiss rock formed in Canada waaaay back during the creation of the continent. That’s about nine hundred and forty million years ago.
Ideal for the whiskey lover who prefers their imbibement chilled, but not watered down, these whisky stones are reusable and easy to take care of All they have to do is wash and dry them, then pop them in the freezer to pour a perfect whiskey cocktail.
7. Whiskey & Cedarwood Cologne
by Jo Malone
If you’ve ever taken a deep breath over a seasoned whiskey barrel, you know there’s something oh-so-masculine about the aroma.
Why not give your whiskey connoisseur an experience to wear? Balanced layers of cedarwood and pimento work with the elegance of a fine whiskey to create a truly unique cologne.
8. Whiskey Praline Pecans
Gourmet pecans infused with Jack Daniels get sweet and nutty together in this amazing treat! Packaged in a cool vintage tin, is there any better combo? We think not.
9. Whiskey BBQ Sauce
by Magic Pine
Look around, and you’ll see sauces infused with all kinds of booze. We think there’s something just perfect about the pairing of bourbon and grilled meats. BBQ sauce with a hint of smoky whiskey aged in an oak barrel sounds exactly like the kind of gift a whiskey lover could sink his teeth into!
10. Scotch Whiskey Soap
Here’s another product that invokes the luscious scent of a well-seasoned whiskey barrel. This soap combines that peaty-scotch aroma with sandalwood and vetiver to create something ultra-masculine. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the man in your life who loves his scotch and also loves a rugged scent.
11. Santlum Whiskey Glass Candle
This cozy candle is infused with the warm and spicy smells of cedarwood, musk, clove, and sandalwood to name a few, perfectly blended to create a masculine atmosphere.
When the candle is all burned out, they can give it a good wash, drop in a couple of whiskey stones, and enjoy a refreshing Jack and Coke. Or straight-up Jack Daniel’s if they’re not a fan of the whiskey cocktails.
(We’ll take a good old fashioned around here as our favorite drink any day)
12. Bourbon Infused Coffee
Perfect for those who enjoy their coffee, but would love it even more with a tiny splash of bourbon. This eye-opening blend infused with a hint of bourbon is a great option for a leisurely morning cup of coffee.
Because it’s got plenty of caffeine but no alcohol, it’s a great alternative to boozy coffee concoctions for designated drivers and those heading into the office.
Not a huge coffee lover? Uncommon Goods offers a beautiful bourbon-infused tea as well!
13. Bourbon Infused Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
Do you hear pancakes calling your name? This bourbon maple syrup belongs on a huge stack, maybe with a side of bacon if you’re so inclined. This is a whiskey gift that’ll get you invited to the next brunch party, for sure!
14. Whiskey of the Month Subscription
This one is for the adventurous whiskey aficionado! Each month Mash&Grape will send them a curated bottle of custom whiskey chosen specifically to match their taste profile.
The whiskeys are all sourced from small distilleries around the world, so there’s a very good chance they’ll be introduced to a brand new whiskey every month. Your whiskey lover will also receive the story behind the crafted product and tasting notes.
15. Subscription Box for the Whiskey Drinker
Their first gift comes with a set of whiskey stones, coaster set, Glencairn glass, snacks, and four select miniature craft spirits to sample. Each month thereafter, your whiskey-loving friend will receive new whiskey miniatures to explore and share.
16. Mark Twain Whiskey Quote Print
A man who writes great books is bound to come up with amazing quotes, and this is one of our faves. This print of Mark Twain’s famous quote, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”, is the perfect gift for behind the bar in his man cave.
17. Custom Whiskey Oak Barrel Lazy Susan
A kitchen staple for generations, this lazy Susan gets elevated with reclaimed wood from bourbon oak casks. These handmade pieces of art are fully customizable. You can engrave their name, a message, or whatever you wish. This is definitely a gift they’ll love showing off.
18. Whiskey Balancing Bear T-Shirt
They’ll adore this snuggly t-shirt featuring a grizzly standing proudly with a bottle of whiskey balanced on his head! He’s so funny (and fuzzy), this shirt makes us want our own trained whiskey bear-ing bear. The more whiskey you drink the funnier the puns get, right?
In Good Company
We have no doubt that many treaties have been signed and disputes settled over a smooth bourbon or peaty scotch. Whether you live north of Glasgow or south of Tennessee, a good sipping whiskey links together art and science to create an experience that’s special enough to bond over.