For many of us, a bottle of something fancy is a go-to gift.
In fact, according to a recent report, the UK drinks gifting market is big business. Approximately 6 out of 10 of us give alcoholic drinks as presents.
When you think about it, it’s because alcohol is actually a pretty fool-proof gift. A luxurious drink in fancy packaging, wrapped in a bottle gift bag is a thoughtful, classy and easy-to-put-together present. It ticks all the boxes.
But, this means that there’s absolutely no excuse to settle for a 70cl bottle of supermarket own brand.
A browse online will show you just how exciting the UK drinks scene is – there’s so much for you to choose from!
Whether you’re after exotic flavours, unusual brewing methods, home-grown produce or intriguing flavour pairings, you can bet that there’s an independent business out there that will have tried their hand at creating it.
Another exciting realm of the alcoholic gifts market is the door-to-door gift experience. It’s a brilliant gift option that’s quickly branching out into new and creative potential. This concept has skyrocketed in popularity over recent months, especially given the events of the last year.
With these gifts, you can give a far more multi-dimensional pressie, as it’s an activity or experience that’s designed to be savoured.
The great thing about buying fancier bottles of alcohol and complete drinks experiences is that they effectively extend the celebrations. These treats can be relished in, and so, they’re made to reignite that celebratory spirit whenever the drinker fancies it.
So many of us are foodies at heart. We delight in being able to try new things and explore the culinary world. And the best bit? With online shopping, this brief tour through the UK’s food and drink scene is easier than ever to navigate.
We’ll cheers to that.
Below, we’ll be showcasing some of the marvellous UK-based independents that are listed on our platform. This blog post is all about connecting you to decadent drinks and extra-special gifts.
Did you know?
As children – when all we ever wanted for our birthday was the latest toy – it was always so puzzling for us to see adults give and receive alcohol as presents.
It never made sense why grown-ups would be so happy about getting a drink as a gift. Chocolate, yes maybe we could understand that. But alcohol? It was a bit of a mystery.
A decade or so later, and we get it.
All over the world, alcoholic cocktails, spirits, brews and mixers are highly revered. So much so that beer is the world’s third most popular drink (after water and tea) (Source).
At the more luxurious end of the spectrum, fine spirits are something that people will pay a pretty penny for. One of the most expensive alcoholic drinks in the world is Billionaire Vodka. A diamond-encrusted bottle of micro-batch made vodka which sells for a whopping $3.7 million (Source).
The spirits and alcohol market is filled with fascinating inventions, but this concept has to be one of our favourites, simply because it is absolutely bonkers. Did you know that the hottest vodka in the world is 250,000 scovilles? It is absolutely loaded with naga chillies. What’s more, because it is so unbelievably spicy, the makers have used a lead seal to keep the bottle secure, which needs to be cut off using a wire cutter. (Source).
Assisting your search for something special
The above facts, as well as being a bit of fun, should hopefully give you an insight into just how much creativity exists in the world of specialist artisan drinks.
To help you on your search for a more imaginative and extra-special gift option, we’ve curated a list of some of our favourite indie drinks makers that are currently available on our website.
These UK businesses create bold and innovative drinks, which are sure to stand out on the birthday table. Read below to find your next gift inspiration.
If you’re loved one has a taste for the fancier things in life, House of Malt is a fantastic place to start your gift shop.
This decadent, family-owned indie boasts an extensive collection of some of the finest spirits around, including an array of rare and lesser-known whiskey producers. If you’re looking to try something new, this is the place to search for it.
A box of bubbles
With East Gifting Outfit, you can take your gift-giving to a whole new level. These cool home delivery drinks boxes champion the fantastic work of London’s artisans and brewers, in a range of beers, spirits and tonics. All you need to do is make a few clicks, and it’s sorted.
These innovative brewers make intriguing brews which feature an unusual base ingredient. Crumbs Brewing uses bread as the core ingredient of each beer. In fact, the Crumbs team select loaves which are leftover (and would otherwise be chucked) from their local bakery.
These drinks feature a range of artisan breads, which each contribute their own flavour profile to this eco-conscious range of beers.
A modern take on the classic
Gin is a British staple, and these guys are here to prove that, when it comes to traditions, there’s always room to do something different. Brilliant Gin is a premium producer of gin. They produce a range of exquisite gins, which are best served neat and on ice.
Staying in is the new going out
With Your Drink Box, you can give your loved one the gift of the perfect chill night in. Each package includes everything from at-home cocktail making experiences, to trendy snacks and even little keepsakes, all in one handy parcel.
The great thing about giving alcohol is a gift is that it’s a real luxury. These fancy drinks are the kinds of things that we almost never buy for ourselves, but we always delight in getting the chance to try them.
That’s where the indies come in. The UK’s brilliant range of independent businesses are all about keeping things creative, and this includes a wonderful range of innovative alcohols.
So, if you’re keen to delve a little deeper into the indie drinks and spirits world, visit the Roe River website, where you can peruse our full collection of talented producers.