Happy Holidays! No matter what you celebrate—Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Mike’s Birthday*—or who you are buying for—a new cider enthusiast, a cider pro, Mike—we have cider-inspired holiday gift ideas for you.
We’re feeling extra festive this year so we’re giving a gift to three lucky cider friends. Read to the end to find out how you can decorate your table with some cider swag this holiday season!
For New Cider Fans: Local Cider
Have friends who are just starting to love cider? Local cider is a great gateway because it connects you to the beverage…you can see where the cider is made and talk to the people who made it. Wrap up a six pack or a couple large format bottles from your local cidery. Or better yet, see if your local cidery offers tours and pick up a pair of tickets for your friend. We are huge fans of giving experiences rather than things. (And if you are lucky, you might get invited along!)
For Heritage Cider Fans: Cider Club or Cider Gift Box
If your cider lover’s tastes lean more sophisticated, heritage cider fits the bill. Search out cidermakers who use heritage and traditional cider apples for a gift that will please the palate of any real cider enthusiast. Package them up in a club or a gift box and you’ll provide many pours and hours of enjoyment for a special friend. Here are three cideries who care deeply about the apples the grow, the methods they use to make cider, and the quality of the fermented juice in your glass.
Finger Lakes Cider House Cider Club is a gift that keeps on giving. Four times a year your cider-loving friend will be cider-loving you for their three-bottle shipment.
We’re treating ourselves to an Eden Specialty Ciders Gift Box this year. Three bottles of ice wine = three delicious winter evenings. Bonus: Free shipping through the end of December!
Last year for Mike’s Birthday*, Beth sent him the Holiday Cider Box from South Hill Cider. It was an amazingly thoughtful gift. Like last year’s box, this year’s includes a still, a sparkling, and an aperitif cider. A perfect way to sample a variety of heritage ciders!
For Cider Geeks: Cider Books
Once somebody catches the cider bug, they’ll stop at nothing to learn everything they can about their favorite beverage. Check their browser history and you’ll find they’ve been studying the United States Association of Cider Makers Cider Style Guide. Scroll their Instagram feed and you’ll see bottle after glass after can of cider. And it’s quite likely they are chatting up other cider fiends on the Hard Cider Appreciation Society’s Facebook page.
Help them take their cider knowledge the next level with one of these fact-filled books about cider:
World's Best Ciders: Taste, Tradition, and Terroir by Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw
For Cider Fans with a Green Thumb: Cider Apple Trees
An old proverb instructs that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the second-best time to plant a tree is today. Any serious cider drinker has, at some point, thought about planting cider apple trees. We know because we’re starting our own little orchard. Now if we could just do something about those pesky deer…
Cummins Nursery grows and sells dozens of varieties of cider-specific apple trees that, in a few years, will produce all the apples needed for delicious, home-pressed cider.
A Gift for You!
When we first started our cider quest about a year ago, we stumbled on a fellow on Instagram who sells those gorgeous cider towels shown at the top of this post. Alas, he only sells them at cider festivals and various cideries around the country. He tells me he'll be at the Cider Summit after CiderCon in February, so look for him there.
He was kind enough to send a few towels to us and we’d love to share with our cider friends. We’re gifting three of these towels as our way of saying thank you for supporting us.
Here’s how you can enter to win:
Comment on this post! Which of these cider gifts would you like to receive?
Like, comment (favorite cider!), and share this Facebook post!
Give us a heart and comment (favorite cidery!) on this Instagram post!
We’ll randomly select three names on the next big holiday: Wednesday, December 12**.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season filled with peace and love. And cider!
* December 13. Celebrate it with a bottle of cider!
** Mike’s birthday celebration lasts three days: December 12 (Pre-Birthday), December 13 (Birthday!), December 14 (Birthday Boxing Day). Beth is a Birthday Scrooge and doesn't acknowledge this extended holiday.