Ho ho ho and a bottle of beer (or two). ‘Tis the season to be giving, and you can’t go wrong giving the gift of craft beer. There’s no denying, beers make the perfect stocking fillers – after all, they’re just the right shape to slip into any size stocking. Ideal, really. No doubt all of you with craft beer-loving friends and relatives have plenty of practice wrapping their favourite 1000 Hills Brewing Company flavour in a pretty ribbon. But this year, we’re going to help you take your festive gifting to the next level. Stick with us and our ideas for DIY Christmas gifts. It’s a sure way to win gift-giver of the year. At least, the craft beer enthusiasts will think so, anyway.
When it comes to DIY Christmas gifts, it’s all in the presentation. Sure, you could grab a few bottles of The Dean and put them in festive gift bag topped with tissue paper. But where’s the creativity in that? We have a far better idea – reinbeer! No, that wasn’t a typo. With a few inexpensive craft supplies, you can turn your bottles into a herd of cute beer reindeers, reinbeers (see what we did there?). All you need is a selection of our beers, pipe cleaners, mini red pom-poms, googly eyes and craft glue.
Voila! Your reinbeer herd are ready to settle under the tree.
If you love a good pun as much as we do, you’ll love this imaginative take on a beer garden. As DIY Christmas gifts go, this one ticks all the boxes – especially if your craft beer lover is also an avid gardener and cooking enthusiast. Not to mention, this gift is incredibly simple to put together. All you need is a selection of our beers (you can pick them up at a local stockist) and an assortment of potted herbs. Arrange the beers amongst the herbs, either in a box or on a tray, add a cute “beer garden” sign and attach a ribbon. Easy-peasy. And once the herbs are in your garden, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Who doesn’t love beer and bread? Edible gifts are always a hit, and if the recipient of your gift can make it themselves, even better. Any opportunity to cook with beer is time well spent in the kitchen, and you can’t go wrong with gifting a beer bread mix. Once you’ve put this gift together, it’s practically a bread in a box mix, but with a personal homemade touch – and beer. All you need is a bottle of The Cheerleader (or try The Fes if you’re looking for a sweeter note), a jar for your dry ingredients, the dry ingredients (measured out correctly) and a label with the cooking instructions and any additional ingredients. We’ve included a simple beer bread recipe below.
*For your beer bread mix gift, layer the above dry ingredients in a glass jar.
*Gift this with your jar of dry ingredients.
*This one’s for the recipient of your gift to organise when they get around to making their bread. Don’t forget to include it on your label or in the recipe.
Last, but not least, you can always fall back on a tried and tested favourite – a homemade hamper. Our brew crew and a selection of your loved one’s preferred nibbles – what’s not to love? A craft beer hamper ticks all the right boxes, and it’s one of the easiest DIY Christmas gifts to put together. Place everything in a pretty box, basket or bag, tie with a ribbon and Bob’s your uncle. Just don’t place this one under the tree if you have pets, they might not be able to resist the temptation of the edible treats inside.
Right, are you feeling inspired to tackle some beery DIY Christmas gifts this year? Find our beers at a local stockist and get crafting. Your friends and family will love the extra effort. If you’re not sure which of our beers to buy, read up on the different flavours beforehand. Merry Christmas everyone!