By Peyton Whittington Published November 2022
Sure, it’s always the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giving...but sometimes, you just really want to give them something that’ll knock their socks off. Whether it’s a significant other, boss, in-law or future in-law, nothing compares to the satisfaction of seeing their face light up as they peel away the paper and feast their eyes on pure magnificence.
Ready to go down in your office or family’s history as a true gift-giving legend? Read on for our picks for the best luxury gifts to impress this holiday season.
One of the most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskies, Laphroaig 10 Year is a Single Malt Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. It’s full-bodied, peaty and smoky with a luxuriously long finish. This one is an acquired taste, but an unbeatable choice if the recipient is partial to smoky, flavorful whisky. This set comes with two limited edition branded glasses so you both can cheers to the holiday season.
Smoking cocktails is the hottest mixology trend right now, and this 7-piece smoked cocktail kit is something even the hardcore spirits enthusiast on your list probably doesn’t have. The kit comes with three jars of different flavored wood chips (each of which can infuse over 100+ cocktails with a smoky flavor and smooth finish), a white oak smoking board, mason jar, refillable premium torch and portable carrying case. A gift no one will see coming, but every cocktail craftsman will adore.
This Champagne could make the list for its exquisite bottle design alone, but the juice inside is also unparalleled. This expressive style of Champagne offers opulent notes of ripe peach, currant fruit, toasted brioche and lemon curd and received a 92-point rating from Wine Spectator. For someone who loves entertaining or celebrates any occasion by popping a bottle of bubbles, this is the gold standard (pun intended).
The sheer height of this coveted bottle might give away the gift before the recipient even unwraps it, but that’s ok; the real surprise will be whether or not they let you share in their spoils. Don Julio 1942 has a 98-point rating from Wine Enthusiast and is one of the most sought-after tequilas by those in the know. Full-flavored, silky smooth and always flying off shelves, any tequila drinker would be overjoyed to see this under their tree.
For the avid cognac drinker, gift this absolute treat of a fine Champagne cognac with a cocktail shaker to boot. Remy Martin 1738 has a gorgeous shimmering copper color with a dry-yet-fruity medium body of dried orchard fruits and peppery spice flavors. Consider wrapping a few cigars along with it to complement the cognac’s hint of tobacco on the finish to create an unforgettable gift.
With a 97-point rating from Whisky Advocate, this dry, smoky and sweet Scotch is highly recognizable and synonymous with high-end gifting. Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a beautiful display of blending technique and craftsmanship that will make a top-shelf gift for any Scotch enthusiast. If your goal is to impress a boss, in-law or significant other, look no further. Make it a Blue Christmas in the best possible way!
The Trione family has been farming for over 50 years, and the quality of their wines reflects this. This 92-point rated wine is full-bodied, velvety and smoothly tannic. One of the finest cabernets at its price point, this is the ideal gift for someone who prefers a red over a white Christmas.
Riedel wine glasses are varietal specific, sleek and brilliantly engineered to enhance and nurture the nuances of unique grape varietals. The best gift for seasoned wine drinkers and budding connoisseurs alike who want to sip like a sommelier (and the most satisfying clink you’ll ever hear).
X marks the spot on this handsome, matte black bottle of premium dark rum with rocks glasses. Aromas of toffee, toasted oak and vanilla give way to orange zest, pepper spice and hints of coffee on the palate. Whatever rum they already drink, they’ll be switching once they take a sip of this.
There’s a reason this wine has 5-star reviews across the board on our website. This Napa Valley chardonnay has notes of oak and vanilla on a rich palate of lemon meringue, peaches and pie crust. Simply the best pick for the chard die-hard you know.
A one-of-a-kind tequila deserves an equally extraordinary receptacle, and that’s exactly what Clase Azul Reposado Tequila provides. This ultra-premium tequila is masterfully aged in whiskey casks for a unique hazelnut and vanilla taste and silky-smooth finish. Each ceramic bottle is hand-painted by Mexican artisans as well, meaning you’re not just gifting them a great bottle of tequila – you're giving them a work of art.
Tequila has had a major glow-up in the last few years with connoisseurs collecting, tasting and even decanting tequila in a way that rivals the way wine snobs treat their prized bottles. If one of these agave aficionados is on your list, then this stunning, handblown glass decanter with an ornamental glass agave plant on the inside is sure to please. This piece looks great on a display shelf or put to work pouring their favorite tequilas.
This one is for the person whose favorite pastime is brunching and always has a Bloody Mary in-hand. This gift set includes a bottle of Ketel One Vodka and the cutest limited edition Bloody Mary glass you’ve ever seen. Say it three times and wrap it up for your favorite vodka drinker!
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