Gift giving is a tradition as old as time. We give gifts for everything from holidays, to birthdays, to graduations, to new jobs, to leaving jobs. Aside from those under the drinking age and those that choose not to drink, spirits are a fail-proof choice as a gift idea. Ideal for men and women, who have everything or are simply challenging to purchase gifts for, the gift of drink is always well received.
The trick of giving spirits as a gift can be determining what type of alcohol to purchase someone. It can be challenging to discern what their favorite drink is without spoiling the surprise! When in doubt, go with vodka. Vodka is a safe bet as it mixes with virtually anything and has the most subtle alcohol flavor of most spirits. Now that we’ve settled on which genre to purchase, which vodkas are best to give as gifts?
There are several factors to consider when purchasing a vodka as a gift. Price is an obvious consideration, but many of the best gift vodkas are in the $30 – $50 price point. A major factor in choosing a gift vodka is the presentation. Finding a unique brand, in a stunning bottle can turn a simple gift into a statement. A more creative vessel can also save the heartache of gift wrapping, as a unique bottle is decorative in and of itself. Let’s take a look at a few great options for the lucky recipients.
Crystal Head Vodka
Crystal Head vodka is the perfect gift giving vodka, as it comes in a stunning bottle that is sure to catch everyone’s eye. The clear glass skull holds what Crystal Head creators call a spirit of “super natural purity”. Free of chemical and sugary additives, this Canadian vodka aims to provide a silky-smooth taste that does not require masking. This bottle is perfect as a gift and doesn’t even require any wrapping! Just present it in all its natural glory.
This unique product from Poland combines all the ingredients typically found in Polish vodkas individually – wheat, rye, and potatoes. This unusual combination sets this vodka apart from many others. Ultimat Vodka presents as a great gift, with a beautiful blue bottle that sits atop a striking glass bottom.
Thomas Kuuttanen, creator and master blender of Purity Vodka, has created a process that he believes creates the perfect vodka. Part of this process includes distilling small batches 34 times over, ensuring a “pure” product. This award-winning, Swedish vodka is also organic, perfect for a recipient who prefers a more natural product. True to form, the vodka comes in an appealing bottle, crafted to mimic the many faces of a diamond.
Perfect for the brand loyal recipient, this small batch production is from a very popular vodka maker. Absolut Elyx utilizes the purifying effects of copper throughout the distillation process. First, they add copper packets to remove bad sulfur compounds. In the second distillation, copper stills distill the vodka. Absolut is a genuinely handcrafted product in Absolut Elyx, as the entire distillation process operates manually with the Absolut team. With a stunning, copper inspired bottle, this creation from Absolut is sure to impress.
With Siberian roots and Austrian craft, the creators of Neft use four ancient grains of rye and filtered water from the Rhaetian Alps to distill this vodka. The taste has a nice softness yet is rich and smooth with a touch of natural sweetness from the rye. The barrel is a statement piece in and of itself. It was designed in honor of their Russian wildcatter grandfather.
Picking the right vodka as a gift can seem daunting at first. However, it can really be a simple task. First and foremost, look for a unique, eye-catching bottle. Secondly, find a comfortable price point that is not too cheap but not too pricey. It is as easy as those two steps, and you will surely have a well-received, appreciated gift!