Short on time? Our top picks for the best bourbon gifts are the Bourbon Bucket List Scratch Off Poster & Rebecca-Ruth Bourbon Balls Chocolates.
Read on for a guide to the best gifts for bourbon lovers, full of sweet and spicy ideas.
If you’re reading this article, you probably either love bourbon or are shopping for someone who does.
As I get older, my choice of drink gets more refined, which is probably a good thing compared to what I used to drink in my early 20s.
In particular, I’ve been learning a lot about bourbon recently and everything that makes it great on the taste buds.
Not to mention, our editor Mimi had a lot of insight on bourbon, having done the Bourbon Trail herself and having two family members who lived in Kentucky for years.
After all this and many hours of research, I wanted to put together this gift guide for the true bourbon lover in your life: whether it’s a family member, a friend, or yourself.
This article will help you find anything from bourbon-themed gifts under $10 to larger bourbon gifts for holidays like Christmas, Father’s Day, or a birthday.
With the many options and price points, you’ll be set for any case!
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#1 BourbonTrek Trivia Game
This game gives bourbon experts time to shine. You earn points as you play cards in categories like History and Lore, Science and Craft, Pop Culture, and Neat or Not.
And if you don’t know much about the famous Kentucky Bourbon, it’s a fun way to learn key terms like mash bill (the combination of grains used to create its distinct taste).
Ultimately, it’s among those rare bourbon gifts that bring the family together for something other than sipping… although it’s more fun with a drink in hand.
#2 Bourbon Lover Tasting Guide
If you’re looking for bourbon gifts under $20, your loved one can up their expertise with this tasting guide.
Whether it’s for longtime bourbon fans or someone new to the spirit, this guide offers insight into the history and tasting techniques of bourbon whiskey.
#3 The History of Bourbon Book
One of the best gifts for bourbon lovers who also love to read, this book explains the full history and roots of this famous American whiskey.
The author shares illuminating research accompanied by photos and illustrations– perfect for relaxing with a glass in hand.
#4 Bourbon Bartender Book
If the person you’re shopping for is focused less on the history of bourbon and more interested in the taste of that first sip, opt for this bartending book.
It includes more than 50 cocktail recipes, meaning it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
#5 Bourbon-Themed Gift Basket
You can give the best-ever Christmas gifts for bourbon lovers near and far by gathering everything bourbon-related into one tasty place.
These are perfect for Secret Santa work parties or a Father’s Day present for dads who like grilling as much as they love bourbon.
Start with bourbon-flavored molasses seasoning, sugar, and pepper. Then add the bourbon cherry cocktail garnish. Mamma Mia, I’m drooling.
Looking for more gifts for your dad and mom? Check out our full guide to the best Christmas gifts for parents.
#6 Ice Cube Molds Tray
My mom recently switched to whiskey ice cubes for all of her drinks. Whiskey ice cubes are extra thick to slow the melt in your liquor glass.
This ice mold is extra fun, with space for multiple spheres and cube-shaped ice blocks to add a bit of variety.
#7 Whiskey Stones
And speaking of ice alternatives, these whiskey stones are the best at keeping your beverage cool without diluting it.
Plus, whiskey stones are a home run if you’re on a budget like me but want high-quality bourbon-themed gifts under $10.
#8 Cocktail Smoker Kit with Torch
This smoker set comes with six wood chips to enhance the flavor of bourbon cocktails.
The cool part is that it also enhances the flavors of other liquors and cocktails at a home bar.
Cocktail smokers are some of the best gift ideas if you want a Father’s Day present that will add depth to his favorite drink.
#9 Old Fashioned Whiskey Glasses
I don’t know about you, but I find the glass I drink out of adds to the experience.
These Old Fashioned Whiskey Glasses are designed with the classic crystal glass diamond detailing pattern, which always looks sophisticated.
The best part? They’re made of dishwasher-safe glass.
#10 Rebecca-Ruth Bourbon Balls Chocolates
These bourbon truffles are the most irresistible bourbon gifts for men with a sweet tooth.
After tearing off the gift wrap, you won’t see this chocolate box until it’s empty (If your dad is anything like mine!)
Crowned with a whole pecan and containing 5% alcohol, Rebecca-Ruth chocolates make excellent gourmet gifts for bourbon lovers under $50.
#11 Wooden Bourbon Drinking Glass
On the other hand, it’s always refreshing to have non-traditional options. Feel like drinking out of an alternative to the typical crystal glass?
Consider these Oaksip cups, which evoke the barrel-aged oak flavor of bourbon.
#12 Mixology Kit
If your favorite bourbon lover isn’t a fan of bourbon neat, they’ll love mixing cocktails in style with this bourbon accessories kit.
This mixology kit is the perfect gift for beginner bourbon drinkers, as it supports their passion with elegant practical tools.
#13 Custom Decanter and Two Glasses Set
Your loved one will feel special drinking from this personalized decanter and two-glasses set. The decanter and glasses are dishwasher-friendly and the decanter has a ground glass stopper.
Plus, the fact that you can choose between three classy design options makes this one of the best bourbon gifts. After all, customizable bourbon glasses make a home bar shine, and who doesn’t like personalized gifts?
#14 Bourbon Whiskey-Making Kit
With these at-home distillery sets, your favorite bourbon drinker can learn the ins and outs of creating a small batch of bourbon whiskey.
My friends recently did this with amaro, an Italian liquor. Each friend chose an ingredient, and the result was delicious!
Plus, creating it together makes it another personalized present that’s more meaningful than any generic bottle. And these kits are great gifts for whiskey lovers too.
#15 Leather Flask
If you’re looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift, a handmade leather flask will allow your dad to enjoy drinking bourbon anywhere.
You really can’t go wrong with monogrammed flasks as personalized bourbon gifts and he’ll likely keep this one close. It has soft genuine leather engraved or embossed with his initials.
And the stitching sets this flask apart from others. It gives an elegant look that will make him feel special.
#16 Bourbon Barrel Clock
Any whiskey lover will be head-over-heels for these clocks made from reclaimed bourbon whiskey barrels.
Twelve distillery logos are engraved on the clock face, one for each hour of the day. Plus, you can email the artist for customizations, such as a special bottle logo.
Charred bourbon barrels have a rustic feel, perfect for bourbon lofts.
#17 Barrel Decanter Set (4 Glasses)
This barrel decanter gift pack is an excellent idea for a bourbon fan who enjoys hosting.
Having a decanter with an airtight seal is important for keeping the flavors in so that your loved ones can enjoy their best bottle until the last sip.
Plus, this specific set includes four small glasses that are also shaped like oak barrels!
#18 Bourbon Flight
I love flight nights because it’s a chance to try something new.
Even if your giftee already has a favorite distillery, who isn’t up for tasting something new?
This is a good bourbon sampler gift that has a customizable engravement on the flight holder and comes with traditional Glencairn glasses.
#19 Bourbon Drinker Tasting Notebook
I love collecting things, and I love the feeling of building a collection (or checking accomplishments off a list) — a lot of people do.
That’s why I’m such a fan of this bourbon-tasting notebook.
It allows your giftee to detail their thoughts as they expand their knowledge of the liquor and palate.
#20 Bourbon Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster
If your loved one is less into the details of each glass and more into the overall tally, consider getting them this scratch-off bourbon-tasting log.
It’s a fun and decorative way for someone to show off their passion for the drink.
#21 Kentucky Bourbon Coffee
If you’re looking for bourbon gifts for her, this flavored coffee with a splash of cream will be her new favorite not-so-classic “cocktail.”
As a coffee addict, this is one of my favorite unique bourbon gift ideas. It’s a medium roast soaked in bourbon flavoring for a sweet, delightful flavor.
#22 Nosing Kit
Unlike expensive artificial nosing kits, this is a unique bourbon gift set that uses real ingredients.
It comes with 18 different elements to help your friends hone in on flavor. Is that sweet vanilla and sweet honey? Spicy pepper and spicy cinnamon?
#23 Bourbon Trail in Kentucky
My editor recently toured the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and seriously, she won’t stop talking about it.
Her tour included visiting three distilleries with tastings and commentary. There are tons of options, but I recommend booking with Mint Julep Tours or Copper Top Tours.
This is obviously a bigger gift, probably for a close family member or significant other. But who doesn’t want over-the-top experience gifts?
#24 “If You Can Read This…” Socks
Everyone has that friend who enjoys a lighthearted and funny gift, right?
For the bourbon lover with a great sense of humor in your life (and who enjoys their drink in lounging mode with legs up), these socks will have everyone in the room smiling.
#25 “Bourbon Goes In, Wisdom Comes Out” Graphic T-Shirt
If socks aren’t their thing–but a sense of humor is–go with this t-shirt instead. You can order this design on a variety of different colored shirts.
These shirts are the perfect bourbon gifts for guys who get talkin’ after a drink (we all have those friends!).
#26 Bourbon-Scented Lotion
Anyone who wants to smell like bourbon is a next-level fan. This lotion’s scent is gentle and sweet, so don’t worry about them smelling like a daytime drinker.
This lotion is by Bath and Body Works: a.k.a. the pros at getting lotion sents just right.
#27 Bourbon-Scented Candle
Candles are one of my favorite go-to gifts. It’s also another way to give the scent of bourbon.
This is the perfect gift for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or any friend who loves the smell. It’s handmade and hand-poured with soy wax.
Plus, this candle comes gift-ready, inside a stamped gold foil box.
#28 Bourbon Shelf
If you’re looking for a larger and more practical gift, this shelf gives your favorite bourbon lover the chance to display their best barrel-aged bottles.
My favorite part about this shelf is that the barrels in its design are reclaimed whiskey barrels from local distilleries.
#29 Flaviar Bourbon Gift Membership
Flaviar is my favorite subscription box program due to its vast selection. It’s also a great gift for someone who loves bourbon but is picky or has it all.
Better than a gift card, you’re buying access to full-sized bottles and bourbon sampler gift boxes such as Off the Bourbon Trail, Bourbon Bonanza, and Star Spangled Bourbon.
#30 A Bottle of Bourbon
The best thing you can get for a bourbon lover is simpler than it seems — a bottle of their favorite bourbon.
Though this might seem like a given, this will be a guaranteed success if you know your bourbon lover’s choice brand.
And for bourbon lovers who enjoy expanding their pallet, impress them with a top-tier bottle, such as Woodford Reserve, Elijah Craig, or Four Roses.
#31 Gift Card
If you still haven’t found perfect gifts for bourbon lovers in your life, gift cards to local tasting rooms are another way to fill their glass.
If specialty bars are nowhere to be found, opt for a gift card to their local liquor store instead.
This way, they can pick up a favorite bottle or two and think of you while enjoying it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Monroe Dziersk is a twenty-something American who has lived in the USA, Italy, and Czechia. A self-proclaimed Europhile, she has a passion for international education, traveling, and becoming a global citizen, having visited more than twenty countries. You can often find her accompanied by a good book and her calico cat.
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