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Best non-alcoholic gifts for the sober-curious

Surprises for the non-drinker in your life – or tools for throwing a legendary sober soirée.

If you’re shopping for a non-drinker, hosting a zero-proof party or just looking to browse the day’s best sober drink options, read on.

Not drinking has never been easier. Non-alcoholic wines, beers and spirits are readily available these days, and research has shown that approximately a third of Canadian adults have purchased them. It’s not just that faux alcohol – artisanal and healthy sodas, as well as mocktail recipes and ingredients, are becoming more varied and creative every day.

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Non-Alcoholic Bitters,
All the Bitter

All the Bitter was founded by a husband-wife duo, both former Napa Valley sommeliers. Their classically-inspired, alcohol-free cocktail bitters come in four flavours: standard Aromatic, Orange, New Orleans and Lavender.

$34

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Non-Alcoholic Apéritif,
Ghia

Ghia’s Mediterranean-inspired non-alcoholic apéritif is both bright and bitter, reminiscent of an Italian amaro. It has notes of yuzu, lemon balm, orange and rosemary extract. Just add some bubbles and enjoy a bold, flavourful 0% spritz.

$50
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Atypique Amaretto Sour,
Atypique

Atypique’s Amaretto Sour non-alcoholic cocktail is the perfect balance of bitter citrus notes mixed with a sweet almond taste. It’s the ultimate aperitif that serves to impress this holiday season.

$2.99

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Special Offer Trio,
Seedlip

This gift set includes all three of Seedlip’s fragrant non-alcoholic spirits: Garden 108, a blend of peas and garden herbs; Spice 94, a mix of allspice and cardamom; and Grove 42, a combo of Mediterranean orange, lemon peel, lemongrass and ginger.

$135

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Cluster,
Proxies x Division Winemaking Company

The sixth collab between Proxies, Acid League’s alcohol-free beverage company, and Oregan-based Division Winemaking, this limited-edition wine alternative is a bright Chardonnay blend with a slightly-spicy taste.

$28
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Nixology: Low-to-No Alcohol Cocktails,
Elouise Anders

Melbourne-based mixologist Elouise Anders’ new illustrated cookbook has 60 low-or-no alcohol cocktail recipes, including classics like Negronis as well as new creations like her Sparkling Melon Sangria.

$27

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iOTA Non-Alcoholic Beer,
iOTA & Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

iOTA is a non-alcoholic craft beer with exceptional flavours and authentic brew-mastery, hailing from West Coast Canada and brewed by the internationally award-winning Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. Crafted for celebrating all the times, iOTA is for everyone who loves flavour and quality.

$34.99/12 pack
$54.99/24 pack

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But First Mocktails Glass,
Boxer Gifts

Transport the mocktail lover in your life to a tropical Tiki bar. This pink “But first, mocktails” glass has a whimsical island-inspired pattern and comes in a decorative gift-able box. Thoughtful, practical and more affordable than a flight.

$36

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Tea Mocktail Kit Single Serves Gift Box,
DavidsTea

This gift set includes four single-serve cocktail-inspired tea sachets (Brown Sugar Bourbon Tea, Coffee Pu’erh Tea, Gin & Tonic Tea and Organic La Vida Coco Tea) along with recipes for incorporating them into invigorating tea mocktails.

$20

A bottle of white wine over a sparkly black circle

Freixenet Alcohol Removed Sparkling White,
Freixenet

Freixenet’s famous sparkling white wine is available in a low-cal 0.4% ABV version. It delivers a full-bodied flavour on par with its alcoholic counterparts, featuring ripe white peaches, pineapple, melon and citrus.

$15.30

Limited Edition Rambler Cocktail Shaker,
Yeti

Any bar, alcoholic or not, needs a good cocktail shaker. This leak-resistant stainless-steel one by Yeti is currently available in four limited-edition shades: Rescue Red, Chartreuse, Cosmic Lilac and Camp Green.

$75

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Champagne Coupe Glass Set,
Indigo x Vincent Moustache

Parisian-based illustrator Vincent Moustache teamed up with Indigo to create these festive coupe glasses. They’re decorated with whimsical holiday pictures in Moustache’s trademark style, and boast elegant golden rims.

$66

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Pink Piquette Zero,
Benjamin Bridge

This zero-proof rosé wine alternative from Nova Scotia’s Benjamin Bridge is lightly flavoured with passionfruit and citrus, with a pinch of Bay of Fundy sea salt. They also make a white edition and a ruby one, available in a trio pack.

$9

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Holiday Six Pack,
Barbet

Barbet’s vibrant sparkling waters come in three flavours: Light Wave (flavoured with cucumber and pineapple), Love Bite (grapefruit, juniper and ginger) and Wild Card (blood orange, calamansi and jalapeno). This holiday six pack contains two cans of each.

$18
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Sparkling Tea,
Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum’s sparkling tea is a combination of eight of the brand’s most popular blends, all coming together to create a light, fizzy drink with flavours of tropical fruit, lemon grass, water mint and Darjeeling, among others.

$50

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Holiday Glitter Bomb Bundle,
Art of Sucre

These “glitter bombs” are made of hand-spun cotton candy puffs and edible glitter. Drop them into a clear, bubbly beverage and watch as they dissolve, leaving it colourful and sparkling. This holiday set comes with three (dark green, light green and red).

$84 U.S.

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Gift Pack,
Gimber

Gimber is a potent concentrate made with organic ginger, lemon, herbs and spices, that mixes with water to create an invigorating (and healthy) drink. This gift set comes with a full-sized bottle, two mini vials, two glasses and two straws.

$98
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