6 DIY Vodka Gift Basket Ideas for the Holidays

Gift baskets are a staple of holiday giving for a reason. Not only are they a great way to treat someone you care about, they’re also easily customizable and simple to assemble.

So don’t waste any more time trying to think up the perfect gift. Grab a NEFT Vodka bundle and we’ll show you how to build a custom gift basket for just about anyone on your holiday list!

The Classic Martinis Basket

A Classic Martinis gift basket is perfect for the amateur mixologist in your life, or for anyone who prefers a simple, no-frills approach to drinking. They can channel their inner James Bond with various martini styles or just sip vodka neat.

Here’s what you’ll need to build your own Classic Martinis basket:

The essentials:

• NEFT Vodka

• Vermouth

• A jar of cocktail olives

• Cocktail picks

• Coffee beans

Recipes to share:

• Martini cocktail recipe

• Espresso Martini cocktail recipe

• Dirty Double Martini cocktail recipe

• NEFT Martini cocktail recipe cocktail recipe

More add-on ideas:

• Angostura bitters

• Walnut bitters

• Simple syrup

• Cocoa powder

Customize your basket with…

• Martini or rocks glasses

• Essential bar tools, like a jigger, cocktail shaker, or Hawthorne strainer

• Charcuterie board-type snacks, like crackers and quality cheeses

• A book of classic cocktail recipes

The Chocolate Lover’s Basket

We’re willing to bet you’ve got a chocolate lover in your life. This gift basket aims to treat their sweet tooth, while giving them something to really warm them up this winter with ingredients for Spiked Hot Chocolate and Spiked Peppermint Mocha cocktails.

Here’s what you’ll need to build your own Chocolate Lover’s basket:

The essentials:

• NEFT Vodka

• Hot chocolate mix

• Mini marshmallows

• Peppermint schnapps

• Mocha coffee

Customize your basket with…

• A set of decorative mugs

• Tasty garnishes, like mini-marshmallows or chocolate shavings

• Extra chocolate goodies, like truffles or chocolate-covered espresso beans

• Mocha-flavored ground coffee or coffee liqueur (for an Espresso Martini or a Snowy Day)

Cheers to 2024 Basket

Give your friends or family a head start on curating their New Years Eve cocktail menu by gifting them the ingredients for the holidays! These fizzy and delicious cocktails will be sure to add the perfect sparkle while ringing in the new year.

Here’s what you’ll need to build your own Cheers to 2024 basket:

The essentials:
• NEFT Vodka

• Dehydrated citrus slices

• Bitters cubes

• Champagne

Customize your basket with…

• Champagne flutes or martini glasses

• Confetti poppers

• 2024 glasses

• Cocktail charms

The “Girl’s Night In” Basket

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone is a relaxing night at home. Assemble a Girl’s Night In basket for a friend or loved one who deserves to kick back and take it easy this holiday season.

Here’s what you’ll need to build your own Girl’s Night In basket:

The essentials:
• NEFT Vodka

• Cranberry juice

• Lemonade

The Yule Mule Basket

Want your gift to radiate holiday spirit? Try a Yule Mule basket — the apple cider adds festive flair to the classic Moscow Mule.

Here’s what you’ll need to build your own Yule Mule basket:

The essentials:
• NEFT Vodka

• Ginger beer

• Apple cider

• Limes

Apple Cider Mule recipe

Customize your basket with…

• A pair of copper mule mugs

• Seasonal sweet treats, like gingerbread, fruitcake, or sugar cookies

• Fresh herb garnishes, like rosemary and thyme

• Ornaments or other festive knick-knacks

The “Hair of the Dog” Basket

The holidays are a time of indulgence… and sometimes, over-indulgence. A little “Hair of the Dog” basket is perfect for setting up a boozy brunch (or easing back into the morning after an eventful night).

Here’s what you’ll need to build your own Hair of the Dog basket:

The essentials:
• Bloody Mary mix

• A barrel of NEFT Vodka

• Limes

• A mini bottle of Tabasco

Customize your basket with:

• Orange juice and a mini-bottle of champagne (for screwdrivers and mimosas)

• A selection of coffees and teas

• Brunch-themed food items, like pancake mix, savory scones, seasonal jams, or candied bacon bits

Tips for building your basket

• Pick baskets with handles to make transporting your gift easier.

• Broken glass isn’t on anyone’s holiday wish list. Make sure to carefully secure any fragile items in your gift basket. (Not everything is as durable as NEFT!)

• If you’re including glassware or mugs in your basket, try picking them up from a local thrift store. Upcycling is good for the planet, and it makes your gift even more unique!

• When selecting items for your basket, stick to those that are shelf stable. (Just in case your gift sits out on someone’s counter for a while.)

• Don’t forget to include the cocktail recipes!

Go forth and gift!

Hopefully these baskets have given you a few fun ideas for how to round out your holiday gifting this season. You can get started on your DIY gifting now over at shop.neftvodakus.com and show us your gift basket creations by tagging @neftvodkaus! .