DIY Gin Gift

I don’t want to worry you, but we’re getting pretty close to the wire, shopping-wise. It’s Christmas crunch time. 

If you’ve still got gifts to nail down, fear not pals, here’s an idea that can be tweaked to fit a wide range of recipients (grown up, non teetotal ones) and a wide range of budgets. And can be sourced, at a push, with a single trip to your local supermarket. 

It’s a DIY Gin Bar in a Box! Sure, booze isn’t a highly unique gift idea, but it’s all about the presentation

Step 1: Get a box. 

I got one with a lid and magnetic closure from Homesense, but any box will do. Wrap a cardboard box in gift wrap. Job done.

Step 2: Put bubble wrap at the bottom of your box, then cover it with tissue paper.

Step 3: Procure booze of choice, mixers and garnish.

I bought botanicals from Etsy (here), but these are smashing G&T garnish options you can pick up at the supermarket:

  • Black peppercorns and rosemary 
  • Orange and clove (plus festive)
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Strawberry and mint
  • Or the classic lemon/lime

Just decant the herbs into an empty jam jar or what have you, make it look a bit artisanal

Step 4: Procure barware.

Glasses, a cocktail strainer and spoon, corkscrew, bottle stopper, straws, ice cube tray, bottle opener, stirrers, those little 80s cocktail umbrellas. 

Select according to recipient’s needs/your budget/whether you have time to go to John Lewis. 

Did you know that the bar tool used to pour out single or double measures is called a jigger? Definitely chuck in a jigger. 

I went for this Kilner Jar set and this cocktail kit. 

Step 5: Place all items into the box as artfully as possible. 

Tah-dah! DIY gin gift, done. Merry Christmas, everyone.

Til next time,




  1. February 11, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I love this! What a great idea.

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