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For the friend who loves a cocktail. Or three.

Christmas is a time for joy, merriment and celebration. It’s also a time for being forced to endure your in-laws, fighting your way through epic lines of rage-filled shoppers and blowing your bank balance on gifts for people who aren’t likely to appreciate them.

So if you’re sick of spending up on presents in return for half-hearted thankyous, we’ve got 11 geniusly boozy gifts which will surely impress any host, who’s sure to crack it open on receipt and share it with you, so you’re both too tipsy to care about the fact you’re going to have to fight through gridlock traffic on the way home…

1. DIY Sangria kit

wineBudget: Your bank account will thank you

Effort level: Medium

What you need: A bottle of white wine, a bottle of soda water, an orange, a lemon, a punnet or fresh berries and an optional small bag of sugar.

“If you’re scrambling to think of something original to take to your bestie’s Christmas drinks, why not combine your drink and gift into one DIY sangria with a really delish white wine? My pick is Montara Chardonnay, it’s really light and crisp so works perfectly with the addition of citrus and berries.”

Nadine Dilong, SHESAID Content producer

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2. Hendrick’s Gin Atomizer Gift Pack

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Budget: Save up for it

Effort level: Minimal

What you need: Hendrick’s Gin Atomizer Gift Pack and a pretty bow to finish it off.

“This combo is fantastic for a friend who loves a good old classic G&T or a nice dry martini. The atomizer is a fun addition that’ll take your cocktail to the next level. Use it to spray some vermouth over a Hendrick’s gin martini and enjoy watching your friends ooh and ahh.”

Megan Twine, SHESAID Receptionist

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3. DIY Jamaican Mule cocktail kit

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Budget: Save up for it

Effort level: Medium

What you need: A bottle of Appleton Estate Signature Blend Jamaica Rum, a small bottle of ginger beer, a bottle of Angostura Bitters and two or three fresh limes.

“I love a good mule cocktail, and Appleton Estate’s Signature Blend Jamaica Rum is officially my new fave spirit to mix drinks with, with its fruity, woody taste. Package a bottle of this up with a couple of limes and a bottle of ginger beer and you’ll be everybody’s fave friend.”

Nadia Stennett, SHESAID Editor

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4. Kambrook Shake It Kit

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Budget: Your bank account will thank you

What you need: Kambrook Shake It Kit and a cute bow to top it off.

“I’ve never been one to bother with cocktail equipment, but after using this kit I’m sold! It prepares a chilled, shaken drink in seconds, and as a bonus, it comes with a shake maker. Perfect pressie for your fit friend who loves to create everything from green smoothies to delicious cocktails.”

Daisy Cousens, SHESAID Content producer

Buy it here.

5. DIY Aperol Spritz cocktail kit

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Budget: Mid range

What you need: A bottle of Aperol, a bottle of prosecco, a bottle of soda water and an orange.

“Who doesn’t love a good Aperol Spritz? I decided to package all these ingredients up together into a beautiful picnic basket with fresh oranges for our office Christmas party. Needless to say it went down a treat.”

Nadine Dilong, SHESAID Content producer

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6. The Magnificent Martini Cocktail Kit

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Budget: Save up for it

What you need: The Magnificent Martini Cocktail Kit.

“How cute is this kit?! Whether your friend likes their martini shaken or stirred, a gift like this is sure to make them your biggest ever fan, and because the kit is ready to go itg’s perfect for lazy people like me.”

Isabelle Gillespie, SHESAID Editorial assistant

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7. DIY Campari cocktail kit

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Budget: Your bank account will thank you

What you need: A bottle of Campari, a bottle of fresh OJ and an optional orange, to use for garnishing.

“The SHESAID team have been loving Campari this season. It’s light, refreshing, and always hits the spot. If you and your friend don’t have the cash to splash on your next Christmas do, then bottle up some orange juice and Campari to give your host a present that will kick the night off with a bang!”

Nadine Dilong, SHESAID Content producer

Buy it here.

8. Carry On Cocktail Kit

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Budget: Your bank account will thank you

What you need: Carry On Cocktail Kit.

“This compact kit is pocket-sized and can be whipped out whenever you feel like spicing things up. It’s especially perfect for the friend who loves to travel. They can pop it in their carry-on for their next flight and instantly take a boring complementary drink to the next level.”

Isabelle Gillespie, SHESAID Editorial assistant

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9. DIY tequila shots kit

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Budget: Save up for it

What you need: A bottle of tequila (save cash by going mini-size), two to three lemons and a shaker of salt.

“Whoever said, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,’ clearly had never experienced the sweet taste of Espolòn Tequila. As a self-confessed margarita addict, this is easily the best tequila I’ve ever tried, in both the light and dark varieties. So smooth, it’s perfect for shotting. Package it up with some lemons and salt and you’re guaranteed to make the boring annual family Chrissie lunch one to remember!”

Nadia Stennett, SHESAID Editor

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10. DIY mason jar cocktail kit

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Budget: Your bank account will thank you

What you need: A mini-sized can of soda, a mini-sized spirit, a mason jar glass, some pretty twine and a cute straw.

“These adorable kits make a big impact and are surprisingly easy to put together. Just pop a soft drink inside a jar and attach a straw and mini-sized spirit with string. Personalize each gift by choosing a spirit and mixer you know your friend loves to drink. Try a vodka Red Bull kit, a whiskey lemonade, or a vodka coke – the possibilities are endless.”

Daisy Cousens, SHESAID Content producer

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11. DIY Joe Rickey cocktail kit

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Budget: Save up for it

What you need: A bottle of whiskey, a bottle of soda water and a couple of lemons.

“If you have a friend who’s a fussy drinker, this cocktail kit is sure to please, as the Joe Rickey is classically smooth and simple. Take it up a notch by choosing a top shelf whiskey like Woodford Reserve, which is aged to perfection and tastes as amazing served straight-up on ice as it does in a cocktail. I packed all these ingredients up for a friend of mine who is an old school drinker and they were wrapped with it.”

Nadine Dilong, SHESAID Content producer

Buy it here.