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Make-A-Gift Day

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Make-a-Gift Day is December 3rd, and I so appreciate the intrinsic value of gift-giving. Particularly gifts which make a “tailored-just-for-you” declaration to the receiver. The whole definition of what a thoughtfully crafted gift embodies: altruistic expressionism, makes me glow from the inside out.

I’m not the kind of gift-giver grabbing randomly for trinkets and baubles and gewgaws, to get as many folks crossed off of my shopping list as possible. My mother always said, “Don’t get them something that’s going to sit on a shelf and collect dust.” Do you want to spend a weekend afternoon dusting off an endless collection of knick-knacks which impart no sentimental attachment whatsoever; and from people, mind you, who meant well, but who obviously gave a millisecond of a thought towards the item?

Let’s avoid the mind-numbing and ungraceful fall down the rabbit hole looking for gifts. And let’s stop morphing into simplicity-mode for the sake of getting it over with, and gifting the always trending gift card: retail’s ultimate default present.

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For the cocktail cultured gurus on your list, holiday “Make-a-Gift” giving is a no-brainer. Like foodies who gravitate towards kitchen gadgets, imbibers of finely crafted spirits are attracted to all things batch distilled, along with cool barware to complement their mixologist skills. Putting together a special cocktail kit is one unique and reusable gift that will have the receiver smiling every time they shake, stir or blend a spirited concoction. There are limitless combinations!

Consider giving a thoughtful, homemade present this year, with Aviation American Gin as the centerpiece. A delicious, painstakingly crafted gin which exposes the palette to the fine traditions of small batch distillation. Here are some great suggestions to get your gears turning:

A bottle of award-winning Aviation American Gin, a Bull in China hand-blown mixing glass, a set of high ball glasses, a stylish ice cube tray, a 4-pack of ginger beer (Fentimans is remarkably delicious), a couple of fresh limes and a pack of Scrappy’s hand-crafted small batch bitters. They’ll be whipping up delicious, crowd-pleasing Mile High Mule cocktails with pride.

Streamline the gift with a pair of vintage stemmed Coupe glasses, a bottle of Aviation American Gin, an Aviation cocktail shaker, and a homemade bottle of clover honey syrup*. Bee Knees anyone?

Tea aficionados on your list? In a round vintage hat box, lined with crinkled tissue paper or shredded raffia, pack a set of Irish coffee mugs, a bottle of Aviation American Gin, a small bottle of Yellow Chartreuse liqueur, a box of loose cut Chamomile tea, a mesh tea ball, a homemade bottle of honey syrup* and a couple of fresh limes and TA-DA, you’ve just gifted a Chamomile Hot Toddy kit.

Please click on the “Cocktails” tab after you read this blog for more exciting Aviation Gin drink recipes. It might just inspire you to “make” even more gifts! Happy Holidays!

*Clover Honey Syrup recipe:

Combine equal parts honey to heated water and stir until honey is dissolved, let cool. Pour into a vintage apothecary bottle and tie with a tag and a gold metallic bow!

-Kelly Gajer, Aviation Team Member

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