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The Best Holiday Cocktail Sets for Last-Minute Shoppers

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Another Christmas is nearly upon us, and if you’re still scrambling to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, you’re not alone: According to the National Retail Federation, more than a whopping 56 percent of Americans leave their holiday shopping to the last minute, snapping up their gifts in the week before Christmas. The only problem? Shipping delays aren’t exactly procrastination-friendly. Luckily, we’ve got a present-ready solution that doesn’t involve a generic gift card. A holiday cocktail set will not only leave everyone feeling in good spirits, many can also be purchased online for in-store pickup at retailers such as Target or Walmart, eliminating the need for any would-be prolonged wait times. 

And that’s not all! Not only are these fast finds chock-full of cheer that will warm bellies (and hearts!), they often include accessories or limited-edition bottles that will spruce up your giftee’s bar cart or countertop. Piper Heidsieck’s cuvee brut gift set ($79.99, Wine.com), for instance, featured below, comes equipped with a travel case and two champagne glasses to help you ring in the new year with a special someone. 

Other gift sets come in variety packs that will allow drinkers to experience their favorite liquor to the fullest, be it vodka, tequila, scotch, or, as we mentioned above, a bit of bubbly. 

Whether your gift recipient swears by a trusted high-end spirit, such as Ketel One, or is open to savoring a new twist on an old favorite (fans of Jack Daniels will delight to discover the subtle differences of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey or Tennessee Fire), we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best holiday cocktail sets of 2019! 

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Champagne Set

Wine.com

Best Champagne Gift Set 

Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Brut Gift Set 

Where to buy: $79.99, Wine.com

Toast to the season no matter where you are with this party-ready find straight from France. Not only will you get a bottle of non-vintage Piper-Heidsieck cuvee brut — one of Wine Spectator’s top 100 picks of 2019 — it comes complete with a traveling case and two champagne glasses to lift your glass to the holidays. Flavor notes include “almond and fresh hazelnut,” according to one reviewer, with another picking up “ripe black cherry and “grated ginger.” 

Glenmorangie

Target

Best Scotch Gift Set 

Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Taster

Where to buy: $27.99, Target

You’ll get plenty of bang for your buck with this four-pack of award-winning Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky. Lauded as Scotland’s favorite single malt, each of the brand’s included 100 milliliter picks — Glenmorangie Original, The Lasanta, The Quinta Ruban, and the Nectar d’Or — have been aged between 10 to 12 years to sheer drinking perfection (Scotch whisky must be aged for a minimum of three years). The Lasanta boasts a sherry cask finish; the Quinta, a port cask; and the Nectar d’Or, a Sauternes one. 

Casamigos

Jewel-Osco

Best Tequila Gift Set

Casamigos 4-Pack 

Where to buy: $78.99 (Originally $79.99), Jewel-Osco 

Tequila lovers will rejoice in this four-pack of full-size tequila bottles from Casamigos, a brand co-founded by none other than George Clooney. This classic selection includes four of the five main types of tequila — blanco (unaged, silver tequila), joven (young and gold), resposado (“rested” or aged), and añejo (“old,” or aged between one to three years in oak barrels). Hey, if it’s good enough for Clooney, it’s good enough for us! 

Jack Daniels Gift Set

Target

Best Whiskey Gift Set

Jack Daniels Whiskey Gift Pack

Where to buy: $14.99, Target 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great variety set! This Jack Daniels sampler comes with five miniature, or nip-sized bottles (50 milliliters), of the beloved whiskey. Included are: Jack Daniel’s, Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select, which pairs a distinct barrel flavor with caramel, spice, and bright fruit notes, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, which blends the brand’s classic whiskey taste with warm cinnamon, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey (smooth, with hints of honey), Gentleman Jack (distilled with a second charcoal mellowing). 

Ketel One

Cocktail Courier

Best Vodka Gift Set 

Ketel One Warm & Cozy Cocktail Kit

Where to buy: From $36.99, Cocktail Courier  

With Ketel One’s Warm & Cozy cocktail kit, not only will you get enough booze to make between two to 16 cocktails for your guests, you’ll get all the fixings for an original cocktail crafted by Diageo US World Class award-winning mixologist Katie Renshaw, including spiced honey, pecans, milk oolong tea, lemon, and chocolate bitters. Better yet, you’ll get Renshaw’s step-by-step instructions for crafting the perfect holiday beverage. Drinkware is sold separately.

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