Mark Twain once wrote, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” This Valentine’s Day, surprise the whiskey aficionado in your life with just the right amount of the distilled alcoholic beverage—and accompanying goodies, of course.
To the whiskey superfan, it’s not just a drink, but a whole world to explore filled with rich history, a wide variety of styles and expressions, and a seemingly endless array of gadgets and tchotchkes to elevate each sip. It’s a phenomenon that’s international, transporting your palate to Scotland, Ireland, Kentucky, Japan, and beyond.
Much like any great hobby, whiskey appreciation is much more about the journey than the destination and the proper accoutrement helps you get there. The spirit’s revered status amongst both amateur and experienced imbibers means whiskey—and its accompanying glassware, books, decor, and even board games—often makes for a memorable gift.
Also, let us not discount the fact that sometimes you just want to get an awesome whiskey-centric gift for yourself.
That said, all this whiskey gift stuff can be overwhelming, so if this Valentine’s Day you’re looking for something special for the whiskey lover in your life (even if that person is you), it’s can be easy to panic and pick out a lame flask or a mediocre scotch.
Don’t fret—We’ve sifted through the many, many options to bring you this definitive guide of the best whiskey gifts you can give your friends, family, or even yourself. Whether you’re looking for unusual whiskey gifts, versatile whiskey gift sets, or quality single malts, bourbons, and other great bottles, you’ve come to the right place.
Sláinte! Let’s get gifting—without one lame flask to be seen.
(Also, just as a sub-note, this list is definitely better perused with a tumbler of something brown in hand.)
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Flaviar Club Membership
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Whiskey subscriptions are the gifts that keep on giving. Flaviar members get a quarterly tasting box and quarterly full bottle of hand-picked whiskey, with an emphasis on discovery and spirits appreciation.
Williams-Sonoma Whiskey Lovers Set
Properly chilling whiskey without diluting its flavor or character is an art form. This attractive, sleek whiskey gift set is great for any whiskey drinker looking to level up their rocks game.
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Decanter Set With Whiskey Stones Gift Set
Decanter sets can get a little intense in both the price and size departments, so I’m drawn to this affordable, unpretentious whiskey stone gift set that gives you all the basics for starting a home whiskey bar.
Rabbit Freezable Whiskey Glasses
You don’t necessarily need ice cubes to make a cool, crisp whiskey cocktail. Toss these glasses in the freezer for a few hours, take them out, and pour in your dram of choice for icy refreshment sans ice.
Ancient Rocks Prehistoric Whiskey Stones
The best bourbons and scotches are monuments to patience, aged for years and sometimes decades until they’re ready to be consumed. So it only figures that you should use whiskey stones that are 940 million years old. Yup, these nonporous, metamorphic rocks were formed during the genesis of the American continent, and now they serve a specific, noble purpose: chilling your whiskey drink.
NOS’R Insulated Nosing Glass
You have no shortage of options when it comes to insulated glasses for outdoor, portable drinking. But this model from BruMate is engineered specifically with scotch, bourbon, or whiskey in mind, giving it the edge over other more generalized (and—let’s be honest—expensive) on-the-go drinkware.
Whiskey Appreciation Crate Gift Set
It’s easy to fall into overthinking when you’re trying to track down the perfect gift. Nip that in bud by picking up a Man Crate, which offers a veritable smorgasbord of fun, personalizable things for the whiskey lover, conveniently packed together in a box.
Personalized Oak Whiskey Barrel
While you can certainly pick up a bottle in the whiskey section of your local liquor store and crack it open that night, whiskey fans have a lot of experience with delayed gratification. If you’re looking to properly age your booze, an authentic oak barrel is ideal—and this one in particular gets rave reviews online. Also, you can personalize it with your drinking buddy’s name, which adds an extra special touch to an already super-cool gift.
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UNCORKED! Games Whiskey Business!
There are drinking games and then there are UNCORKED! Games drinking games. In this strategic dice game, you compete against other distillers to produce the most Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, and Rye before Last Call. And while you’re not required to drink whiskey while you play, imbibing is more than encouraged.
Claire Marin York Honey & Whiskey Truffles
People can’t get enough of Claire Marin’s boozy bonbons. You’ll salivate over her handcrafted bittersweet truffles, half of which are infused with raw dark honey and the other half are infused with honey whiskey, gathered from bees a three-hour drive north of New York City.
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
Death & Co. opened in 2006 in Manhattan’s East Village and quickly placed its stamp on the craft cocktail scene, spawning countless imitators and pushing the envelope with innovative creations. For the aspiring mixologist, this book offers over 500 recipes to challenge and inspire. For the novice, it’s a beautiful coffee table book that’s sure to spawn conversation (and maybe push you to step things up a bit from “bourbon and ginger ale” the next time you’re having a home happy hour).
Writers’ Tears Copper Pot
Ireland is known for many contributions to society, but the first two that come to mind for me are literature and delicious whiskey. This bottle marks the intersection of those two innovations, seeking to recreate the fabled “Champagne of Irish Whiskey” marrying single malt and single pot still styles, which happened to be the spirit of choice for Ireland’s 19th literary giants.
Cirrus Ice Ball Press Kit
Fancy, huh? Spherical ice cubes melt slowly and evenly, which is one of the reasons they’ve increasingly become the ice cubes of choice for many top bartenders. This kit makes for a great gift for the whiskey love in your life as a high-end addition to any home bar.
Hot Toddy Kit
Ah, the simple comfort of the Hot Toddy. All you need is cinnamon, honey, piping hot water, and a shot of your best whiskey on hand and you’re sipping one of the most beloved warm cocktails on the planet. This kit contains two quality blends, cinnamon sticks, and reusable muslin jute tea bags to make it as easy as possible to enjoy the cherished cold-weather concoction.
Starward Nova Australian Single Malt Whisky
You’ll be surprised and delighted by this single malt from Down Under. It’s made with red wine barrels, which gives the Nova a distinctly Australian red flavor profile that’s distinctive from many other single malts on the market, but not too funky to be a gimmick.
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Stone Drink Dispenser
You’ll find no shortage of drink dispensers online, but few are as funky and fun as this geologic-style cobbled sculptural granite model from Jeff Henderson. Plus, what better way to pour drinks on the rocks than with drinks from a rock.
Whiskey Barrel Wall Clock
I love decor with a story behind it and this rustic wooden wall clock seems like a prime conversation-starter. It’s made with genuine aged bourbon barrels and can be customized to include the name of your favorite distiller, or be left blank for a more minimalist look.
Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set
You either love scotch or don’t really get it. As someone in the former camp, I’m intrigued by the novelty of these whisky picks, which promise a subtle hint of barrel-aged, Islay single malt flavor without needing to fill up a rocks glass.
Slane Irish Whiskey
Slane Castle has been home to some of the most legendary live concerts in Irish history, hosting everyone from U2 to Bruce Springsteen to David Bowie. A few years ago, the Conyngham family, stewards of the castle, opened a distillery on the castle grounds and began to produce Irish whiskey in collaboration with Brown-Forman. This triple-casked blended whiskey is one of the most drinkable, smoothest bottles you can buy, especially given its affordable price point.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
This dark, intense stout packs a punch with a nose bearing charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. Bourbon barrel-aged beers have become more popular in the craft beer world, and this pint from Chicago brewers Goose Island is one of the best for whiskey lovers to pour into a snifter or chalice and enjoy.
Tennessee Whiskey Barrel S’more Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Just in time for summer nights around the campfire, these marshmallow roasters—which are made from an authentic Tennessee whiskey barrel stave—are perfect for any outdoor occasion with friends and family. Keep them on hand any time you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or take them on your next camping trip.
Coalition Straight Rye Whiskey Pauillac Barriques
I can’t get enough of this Kentucky Rye whiskey, which boasts a rare 100-percent Rye mash bill. It’s aged for five years and then rests in wine barrels for another nine months, resulting in a finished product that’s peppery, complex, and incredibly memorable. It’s a smart pick for the whiskey lover who seemingly has tried everything—but probably hasn’t tried this underrated Rye yet.
Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink!: 65 Cocktails to Protest America’s Most Outlandish Alcohol Laws
America has a sordid past of some seriously backwards laws when it comes to alcohol. C. Jarrett Dieterle’s clever and creative book is part-history textbook, part-cocktail recipe collection. You’ll truly appreciate a glass of whiskey only when you know how many legal obstacles have been put up to prevent you from doing precisely that!
The Sazerac is a classic whiskey cocktail from New Orleans, and you can’t make a Sazerac without Peychaud’s. A survivor from the pre-Prohibition era, these bitters are now used in a wide variety of boozy cocktails and are a mainstay of any home bar cart.
Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye
The alcohol industry is stepping up its pre-batched cocktail game. This readymade Old Fashioned has roots in the 19th century, specifically a practice where barkeeps would pour a shot of Hochstadter’s rye whiskey and then allow patrons to add in rock candy. That rock and rye recipe actually gained popularity at pharmacies, where it was used to “snuff coughs‚ colds‚ sore throats‚ bronchitis‚ asthma‚ pneumonia‚ consumption‚ sniffles‚ grippes and chills‚ diseases of the throat‚ chest and lungs” (can’t do that at your local CVS!). It’s seriously delicious and ready to be enjoyed over ice.
High West Old Fashioned Whiskey Barrel Finished Cocktail
I have seen the future and it’s delicious pre-batched cocktails. I’ve recently become an outspoken fan of this ready-to-drink bottle from High West, which uses both bourbon and rye whiskeys, with a kiss of orange extract and raw sugar. It couldn’t be easier: Just pour over ice and enjoy. (Bonus: High West also makes a delectable pre-batched Manhattan, if that’s more your vibe.)
Barrell Craft Spirits (BCS Line) Bourbon 15 Year
Fruity on the nose, with strawberry and rose jam on the palate, and a guava finish, this bourbon is simply exquisite. Aged for 15 years, this is a complex spirit that’s worth savoring. If you give this to someone, you’re saying: I respect you, you’re important, and I want you to be happy—so here’s some really, really nice bourbon.
BUY Dice and drinking go hand in hand, and we love this fun way to mix things up and expand your horizons when it comes to spirits. There are over 1.5 million combos, so you’ll never run out of inspiration behind the bar. If you’re bored with making the same drink every weekend, this dice set pushes you out of your comfort zone in the best way.
Anyone can become a master mixologist thanks to this clever mashup of quality hardware and technology. Not only do you get 14 premium bar tools in a portable kit, but you gain access to a robust library of cocktail recipes and step-by-step tutorials. If you’re a visual learner (like me), this Q Kit is a budding bartender’s best friend.
Custom Bourbon Barrel Double Liquor Dispenser
Handcrafted from a reclaimed bourbon-barrel head, this mountable liquor dispenser delivers a 1.5-ounce pour of your favorite hooch. You can customize it to say anything you want, which is a lot of power for one person. Use that power responsibly (and then enjoy a potent whiskey drink to celebrate your responsible use of power).
ICE 101 Starter Set
This set of ice makers caters to any whiskey aficionado who prefers their drink on the rocks. The sphere mold is the gorgeous crown jewel, but don’t discount the large or small cubes either. The flexible silicone trays make popping out the ice easy.
Meehan’s Bartender Manual
It’s more than a collection of iconic recipes. There are interviews with legendary distillers and bartenders. There are explorations of regions crucial to the distillation of spirits. There are jaw-dropping, lip-opening photos. And, okay, yes, there are some amazing recipes inside too.
Riedel Spey Highball Glasses
Some whiskey lovers may cringe at the idea of pouring anything into the spirit, but you can’t argue with the Highball cocktail. It’s just ice, whisky, and club soda. Oh, and the right glass. This glass.
Flaviar Bar Stand
Because you’re going to need a place to put all this stuff, right? This sturdy, copper-finished stand is the way to go.
Stillhouse Original Whiskey
Distilled in a traditional copper pot and then charcoal filtered, Stillhouse Whiskey is focused on tradition and quality. Its unique and innovative metal packacing means it also chills faster, so you can enjoy with friends sooner rather than later.
Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky
An ode to the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and people, this whiskey is great to enjoy neat, on the rocks, blended with water or mixed as a cocktail. Expect a smooth finish and complex flavor profile—as its aged in five different types of casks.
Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker by Fred Minnick
This accessible, authoritative guide from one of bourbon’s foremost prognosticators is a must-read for both novice sippers and experienced connoisseurs.
Duke Cannon Supply Co Solid Cologne – Bourbon
This little travel-ready tin slips easily into carry-on bags, briefcases, dopp kits, gym bags, or desk drawers. Plus, it’s got a hint of Buffalo Trace, carrying a scent than any seasoned whiskey drinker will recognize. If you’re looking for an easy whiskey gift on Amazon, this is one of our favorites.
Maker’s Mark Whisky Bourbon Red Wax Glass
Many great whiskies have a visual signature, but there are few bottles as the red wax-laden Maker’s Mark. This whiskey glasses set is a great alternative to typical barware that show you understand the significance of good bourbon.
Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking Oak Wood Chips
The distinctive flavor of whiskey makes other things taste better, especially when it comes to BBQ. These smoking oak wood chips are made with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Brand whiskey barrels and are a tantalizingly simple way to elevate a rack of ribs, wings, brisket, or other grilling favorites.
Original Grain Whiskey Espresso Barrel 42mm Watch
Some of the best whiskey gifts are the most understated. At first, this just looks like a nice watch. But whiskey lovers—true appreciators of craftsmanship—will dig this wearable art that’s made from retired whiskey barrels.
Premium Cocktail Cherries for Cocktails and Desserts – 2 Pack
Traverse City, Michigan is known as the Cherry Capital of the World, and it has a pretty great whiskey distillery, too. Put those two things together and you get delectable Balaton cherries slow cooked in copper pots that make for an excellent addition to an Old Fashioned or Manhattan, as well as non-alcoholic treats like ice cream sundaes or cheesecakes. It’s a fun whiskey gift for drinkers and teetotalers alike.
BACtrack C8 Breathalyzer
Want to sip responsibly? This pocket breathalyzer will help prevent you making any dumb decisions the next time you have a whiskey tasting with your buddies. When in doubt, call a cab.
Four Roses Small Batch
We all know that while a bouquet of flowers is a thoughtful and beautiful gesture, they only last so long. So instead, how about trying something with a bit more shelf life – Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. The brand’s namesake is inspired by a love story, making this the perfect gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
Hibiscus Flower Powder
Hibiscus is having a bit of a moment in the world of cocktails with its tropical, floral flavor profile elevating classic drinks like the whiskey sour. Plus, it’s versatile beyond just being a cocktail component, as you can use this powder for baking, preserves, homemade syrups, and more.
Stillhouse Black Bourbon
This dark and mysterious bourbon is mellowed in roasted small batch coffee beans, resulting in soft aromatic notes of caramel and coffee. It definitely pairs well with an after dinner desert.
Berry Sage Cocktail Syrup
Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham grew up in western Washington and launched their farm-fresh, garden-to-glass business in 2018. Their small batch syrups will elevate your cocktail game, and add a little pizzazz to your seltzer when you’re laying off the sauce.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Every whiskey drinker needs a bottle of Woodford Reserve on their bar. Their Bourbon is built around flavor and contains over 200 detectable notes, so it definitely has something for everyone.
Cremo Fine Bourbon and White Oak Body Wash
Keep the whiskey lover in your life smelling fresh and clean with this 2-pack from Cremo. Its rich bourbon and oak scent will make them reminiscent of their favorite brands.
Barrel and Oak Bourbon Cedar Deodorant
Fight underarm odors with a classic bourbon cedar scent from Olivina. It has a gentle formula that is easy on sensitive skin and doesn’t stain clothes. The whiskey lover in your life will be thrilled—trust us.
Akashi White Oak Japanese Blended Whisky
This Japanese Blended Whisky a has a malty, citrusy aroma with scents of black cherry, toffee and oak. Its the perfect addition to any bar.
Venero Crystal Whiskey Glasses
These crystal whiskey glasses are a perfect gift for the connoisseur in your life. Its thick sides and base will keep their beverages colder for longer. The glasses are also backed by a lifetime manufacturers warranty, so if you ever have a problem they’ll send you a free replacement.
Whiskey Morning Coffee
Aged in bourbon barrels, this coffee is a whiskey lovers dream. While its finished product doesn’t contain any actual alcohol, it’s a great way to start any day.
Hakushu 12 Year
This 12-year aged whisky from Japan is the perfect treat for the aficionado in your life this Valentine’s Day. You can expect a complex flavor profile that’s grassy, herby and smoky.
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