Updated: Aug 30
We know how hard it is to find a gift idea for someone who has everything. Whether it’s for a graduation, a farewell party, a birthday, or Christmas, it seems like there is a never ending stream of people you need to buy gifts for. So many of us have spent hours scouring the Internet for the perfect gift. Yet, we don't want to see the gift we choose get stuffed in a cupboard for eternity.
So what to do when it comes to finding the perfect gift idea? Well, everyone loves pubs. From indulging in a mouth watering Sunday roast, to watching the hours lazily drift by while sitting in a beer garden with a Guinness in hand, pubs are a quintessential part of life for many people. Why not offer a unique gift for pub lovers? What if you could give a gift that also supports small hospitality businesses? We have listed five unique gift ideas for pub lovers, have a look!
Show your love for your local
We all have our favourite local just around the corner that we pop off to at the end of the day. For many of us, our local pub is our happy place, where many joyous hours are spent. What if you could wear a jumper, a hat or anything else that would remind you of your favourite place? Many pubs offer personalised gifts with their own unique designs. These items also are a great way to spark a conversation about the pubs we love so much.
For example, Skehans sell tote bags, bucket hats, shirts, and hoodies! The Kenton also has a fun line of personalised items, including mugs, puzzles, shirts, and other apparel. While not all pubs have merchandise, it’s always worth taking a look, or asking the bar staff! Ranging between £7 and £30, there is something for everyone, so don't forget to ask!
Gift £100 to spend at pubs with a £20 stack of beer mats
If you want to gift an experience, check out CityStack, the perfect gift for pub lovers! This £20 stack of beer mats offers £100 worth of food and drinks at ten independent pubs across London! This pack includes 10 money-saving beer mats. Each beer mat gives you £10 off a £20 spend at one of ten amazing independent pubs across London. All you have to do is present your beer mat when you go to pay your bill, and you’ll get your discount.
CityStack has been launched as an initiative to support independent pubs through this challenging economic situation (energy crisis, staff shortage, inflation…) and help pub lovers socialise within their budget. Great independent pubs are willing to offer exclusive discounts with CityStack because it drives people to visit and discover them. You save money and the pubs gain new customers, it’s a win-win!
For anyone who enjoys discovering new London pubs, CityStack is the perfect gift.
Your favourite pub on your walls
Want to commemorate the location of a first date? Or do you know someone whose happy place is their local pub? Lydia Wood’s beautiful handmade pub art is perfect for anyone who wants to celebrate their local. This freelance artist creates beautiful handmade drawings of different pubs across London, and her goal is to draw every pub in London, that’s over 3,500! Choose from any of her beautifully drawn pubs with prices between £12 and £45, or even get a calendar if you can’t choose just one.
Immerse yourself into the world of pubs
If you fancy giving gifts of the literary variety, Hoxton Mini Press has a delightful number of little books for around £20, with varying pub themes. For the pub connoisseur in your life, try An Opinionated Guide to London Pubs. “Whether you’re after craft brews, fine dining, cosy corners or sun-drenched beer gardens, you’ll find the very best of them in this pithy, pint-sized guide.” Written by the award winning writer Matthew Curtis, this mini guide is perfect for those who don’t have the time for mediocre.
For the old soul, or the grandad who always goes on about the “good old days” over Christmas dinner, transport them back in time with The London Pub (Book 12). “This collection of glorious vintage photographs is a celebration of London's best boozers and the people who brought them to life”. Book 12 in the Vintage Britain series, it will enchant anyone who is an old soul, or appreciates an old fashioned view of the world (literally).
Take a walk through history
For the history lover who also enjoys a pint, London Pub Explorer offers a variety of group and individual pub tours starting from £20. Gift your loved one one of these walking tours for an immersive experience, learning about the history of the pubs and the surrounding areas. Hear stories of different publicans and how they got into the business. It’s also a great way to meet a whole community of pub lovers. Give the gift of an eye opening tour, perfect for stag do’s, work socials, or birthdays.
CityStack is a project that was launched to support independent pubs hit hard by the current economic crisis (staff shortages, energy costs crisis etc.) and help pub lovers to socialise within their budget.