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The Whisky Lover’s Guide to Unusual & Unique Whisky Gifts

What do you get the whisky lover who already has a mountain of whisky? Don't want to pick the wrong bottle because you don't really know what they like? Our guide to Unique and Unusual Whisky Gifts is precisely what you need. 

From handmade products expertly crafted to bespoke gifts engraved with a whisky lover's initials or the coordinates of their favourite distillery, the following gift guide will help you find the perfect unusual whiskey gift.

Unusual Handmade Whiskey Gifts

Any whisky fan would surely appreciate the craftsmanship in these handmade items.

From expertly crafted jewellery made from reclaimed whiskey barrels to an assortment of functional steampunk characters, these items certainly fall into the category of unusual whisky gifts:

Three Black Tungsten Wood Rings Lined with Whisky Barrel White Oak

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RingsByPristine (Etsy Star Seller) handmake beautifully finished rings in various styles using materials such as former whisky barrels, antler, ceramic and tungsten. They are made in the USA with worldwide shipping available. Returns & exchanges are accepted, so you can't go wrong on sizes. These stunning rings come housed in a handmade Olivewood keepsake ring box.

hand made metal lamp and whisky or wine dispenser in shape of a human like figure holding a hose (with metal tap) like a firemanan

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RusticDesignTR's handmade metal whisky dispensers are like nothing we've seen before. These steampunk figurines have an outstanding life-like quality and would be a key talking point in any bar. The functionality of the dispensers (for any spirit or wine) and lamps makes them a great utility in the home. Made in Turkey, worldwide shipping is available. Returns & exchanges are accepted.

brown leather wrist band reclaimed whisky barrel watch face on a dark background

Designed and crafted in Scotland, FiODH's watches are made from reclaimed whisky casks (top case), the finest Quartz Swiss movements, and handmade Scottish Muirhead Leather wrist bands hand-stitched in Scotland. You will struggle to find anything more unique and Scottish for Scotch whisky fans than FiODH watches. FiODH has done several collaborations (most recently with Glenfiddich), and customised watches are available. Worldwide shipping and returns & exchanges are accepted.

Unusual / Unique Whisky Drinking Accessories

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Scotch whisky fans will be very familiar with the ubiquitous Glencairn tasting glass - they're the quintessential whisky glass - but very few will have seen, let alone own, the Glencairn Black. Designed for blind tastings, the Glencairn Black takes the visual queues out of whisky tasting. They're an unusual addition to even the most diehard Scotch fan's whisky cabinet. Available individually or in a gift pack set of 4 glasses.

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There are now several knockoffs on the market, but Norlan were the ORIGINAL double-walled whisky glass and is a stark contrast to the more traditional Glencairn. The Norlan Glass is purposefully designed to capture whisky's unique aromatics and flavours, and the double-walled construction enhances the intensity of the colour of your spirit. Whether you're looking to gift a whiskey or whisky drinker, the Norlan is an unusual glass for enjoying a dram however you want to spell it.

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I almost didn't include this item because it is SO unusual. However, it is one of my favourite whisk-related accessories, as it has saved my glassware more than a few times! Boon Grass is meant for drying baby bottles. I initially saw a new parent post their baby bottles drying next to their Glencairn glasses on their Boon Grass, and the Glencairn glasses were drying neatly without risk of falling over. We've had Boon Grass for two years, and it's the best (and probably cheapest!) whisky-related investment we've made. The plastic fingers support the glassware, minimising the risk that we'll accidentally break them, and the drip tray means you can stick it anywhere without puddles of water everywhere. Boon Grass is also fabulous for drying wine glasses, especially awkward (i.e. expensive) fine-stemmed ware that usually doesn't fit in a dishwasher. A very unusual and very useful gift for a whisky or wine lover.

Whisk(e)y Medley - An Assortment of Samples

We're huge fans of sample packs and look forward to the release of whiskey advent calendars each year, as they are an affordable way of trying a lot of different whiskies from around the world. These high-quality samples are beautifully boxed, making for a very presentable gift that will equally delight a whiskey novice or die-hard fan. 

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Master of Malt tends to have the best range of Advent Calendars, including those by Drinks by the Dram, and independent bottler Boutique-y Whisky, another favourite of ours.

black box with white letters Bourbon and American whiskey advent calendar. Holiday decoations in background. Glencairn glass and whiskey minatures in foreground

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The Bourbon and American Whiskey Advent calendar contains 24 x 3cl (30ml) wax-sealed drams including: Balcones Baby Blue Corn, Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Bulleit Bourbon 10, Four Roses Small Batch Select, Maker's Mark 46, Michter's US*1 (Rye and Bourbon), Redwood Empire (x3), Westward Whiskey and Whistle Pig 10yo. Full list available on Master of Malt website.

pale pink blue and orange patterened box of japanese whisky with sample whisky mini bottles in foreground.

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The Japanese Whiskey Advent calendar contains 24 x 3cl (30ml) wax-sealed drams including: Chita Single Grain, Hibiki Japanese Harmony, Miyagikyo Single Malt, Mars Shinshu (x3), Nikka (x3), The Kurayoshi (x2), White Oak (x3), Yamazaki 12 Year Old, Yoichi Single Malt. Full list available on Master of Malt website. Advent box is available in 2 different designs.

festively decorated box full of whisky miniatures from the boutique-y whisky company

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The Boutique-y Whisky Advent calendar contains 24 x 3cl (30ml) wax-sealed drams from around the world, including: a 15yo Irish whiskey, a 24yo Bourbon, 5yo Swiss whiskey, a 3yo English whisky, and a selection from all of the Scotch regions that are old enough to buy their own whisky. Full list available on Master of Malt website.

Personalised Whiskey Gifts

What could be more unique than a customised gift?

Whether it be a whiskey lover's initials, the coordinates of a famous distillery, or their favourite logo/design, the following stores can help you create the perfect bespoke present.

whisky flight board made of dark timber and four glencairn style glasses filled with dark amber liquid

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GrainAndOak's (Etsy) handmade whisky flight boards are made from reclaimed Bourbon whiskey barrel staves. Personalise your gift with engraving (design of your choice) on the board and on the (optional) Glencairn glassware. Made in North Carolina, USA. World wide shipping is available.

personalised engraving on a glass cubeish whisky decanter (centre) and two whisky tumblers

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GrainAndOak (see Engraved Whisky Flight above) also sell personalised whiskey decanters and tumblers. The decanter capacity is 25 oz / 750 mL and the whiskey glasses are 9 oz / 270 mL tumblers. Your choice of design, made in North Carolina, USA. World wide shipping is available.

row of five reclaimed whiskey barrel staves engraved with GPS coordinates

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WoodWorkWarriors (Etsy) specialise in engraving the location coordinates (GPS) of your choice onto reclaimed whiskey barrel staves. Choose a favourite region (Louisville, KY | Islay, Scotland) or something a little more specific, like the exact location and name of a favourite distillery. Made in Kentucky, and shipping is available in the USA and UK only.

Whisky Distillery Maps and Distillery Photographs

And last but not least, what about gifting one of our beautiful distillery maps or photographs? Our Scotland Distillery Map (designed by Roddy) is available as A2-A0 Fine Art Print or as a large format poster in various sizes (including USA poster size 24" x 36").

We've also designed a number of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone cases and pillow covers.

Worldwide shipping is available and we have a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Scotland Distillery Map Framed above fireplace

Wall Art, Phone Covers and Throw Pillows. The perfect addition to a home bar or man cave.

black and gold map of islay distilleries above a king size bed with black sheets and white and gold pillows

Posters and Fine Art Prints of Islay Whisky Maps | Made By Whisky Lovers For Whisky Lovers

About the author

Amanda

Amanda is an Australian-born photographer, digital nomad and whisky lover. Her passion for travel and whisky lead her to Islay, where she fell in love with an Ileach (an Islay native). Amanda and Roddy now share their Spirited Adventures.

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