Free Gin! Yes, really.

They say the best things in life are free. Not altogether true (wine! luxury skincare!) but you get the gist. Anyway, last week I posted a picture on Instagram of these brightly coloured gin-filled baubles. Designed to hang on your Christmas tree and filled with Pickering’s Gin, they are, quite simply, gin-ius. Sadly, they’re not free (a box of six costs £30 from Laithwaites) but I’m giving mine away because, to be honest, it’s unlikely they’ll last until December if I keep them. To enter, just leave a comment below this post on the blog. See below for T&Cs and in the meantime, more (free) wine recommendations. Chin chin!

T&Cs: The prize draw is open any UK resident over the age of 18. Closing date is 31st October 2017 at 11.59pm. A winner will be picked at random and notified by 3rd November 2017.

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Current white in the fridge: Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc

Price: £6.99 - Buy From Aldi

Ridiculously good value Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape, this has got all the bouncy citrus fruit you want (expect) from  the super-fresh Sauvignon Blanc grape. But there’s another layer of flavour too, a kind of peachy hit. Some of the wine was aged in French oak barrels, giving it a bit more welly. Lovely, lovely stuff. And the leaf plucker in question? Sheep, apparently. They nibble the vines and the grapes get more sun. Win, win(e).

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Current red in the rack: Taste the Difference Padthaway Merlot

Price: £7.00 - Buy From Sainsbury's

Love this rich, raisiny red from South Australia’s Padthaway region. It’s big (and at 14%, it needs food – or at least, a sofa) but not too burly. Rather, it’s got gorgeous chocolate-y flavours and soft, juicy tannins (the teeth-coating stuff that you get in red wine). Merlot sometimes gets a bit overlooked, especially as other red grapes tend to shout louder in the glass (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, I’m looking at you) but if you’re in the mood for a non-shouty, great value warming red, this is made for you. Me too.

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  • Kim Soan
    1 year ago

    I’d love this set of gin baubles, and would share them with my social work colleagues who are totally amazing. 💫

  • Emma Hill
    1 year ago

    Gin-gle all the way 😆

  • Caroline
    1 year ago

    😍😍 Would LOVE these gorgeous baubles & can’t wait for Christmas to beGIN! 🎄🍸

  • Patricia Sey
    1 year ago

    Love ❤️ laughter 🤣 friendships 🤗… some of the best things in life are free!

  • Jean
    1 year ago

    Thank you for putting these baubles up for one of us to win. If I’m the lucky recipient, then they would go to my dad to enjoy as he is caring for my mum who has dementia. Dad could do with the occasional light libation to enjoy in rare quiet moments.

  • Liz
    1 year ago

    😍😍what’s not to love, soo pretty and full of gin!!

  • Chiara Wilson
    1 year ago

    Love love love gin…. 2nd favourite tipple after wine!!!!

  • Ruth
    1 year ago

    Gin baubles 😍😍 I’d even get a bigger Christmas tree for them!!

  • Janet
    1 year ago

    What a fab idea – love to be entered in the draw please. Love your blog – often serve your recommendations at my monthly MLC (Monday Lunch Club).

  • Emma
    1 year ago

    What’s not to love ! Who needs candy canes when you’ve got gin on the tree.

  • Jan
    1 year ago

    How beautiful! Just the perfect Christmas thank you for my fab team of hard working Invigilators! 🎅

  • Sarah Toogood
    1 year ago

    And on the fifth day (every day!) of Christmas my true love gave to me…5 cold gins!!! 🎄🍸

  • Fiona
    1 year ago

    These are lovely – so pretty, and gin!!!

  • Charlotte Russell
    1 year ago

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • Lesley
    1 year ago

    Love your blog! As a busy wine& gin loving mum of 7, it saves me lots of wasted time& money experimenting with wine otherwise & I sound very knowledgeable quoting your tasting notes 😂😂

  • 1 year ago

    Free gin baubles would be a fantastic way to start Christmas!

  • Mike
    1 year ago

    Ace product idea. Count me in for the draw! Mx

  • Margaret Harrison
    1 year ago

    GINgle balls, GINgle balls, GINgle all the way. How fantastic would it be to drink these every day!

  • Alexy
    1 year ago

    Wow- that is the best bauble idea ever! 😍

    1 year ago

    I would LOVE some boozy baubles. Can I have some some cheesy tinsel to snack on too?

  • Lyndsay P
    1 year ago

    Is it too early to think about Xmas? – no way!
    Gin Baubles to help get me in the Xmas mood tra la la la la!

  • Jane
    1 year ago

    Best idea for a tree decoration ever! I think they’ll really suit my tree 😉 Nice one Helen!

  • Harriette
    1 year ago

    After housing a small person last Christmas… I think this will be the perfect way to get festive this year now I can have a merry merry Christmas!! Thanks for the recommendation and fingers crossed!

  • Linda Lucas
    1 year ago

    Great to share with friends from my house to theirs xx

  • 1 year ago

    Happy International Gin and Tonic Day – the perfect excuse for a gin bauble or two

  • Alison Gillingham
    1 year ago

    What fab gin idea, would be great at our Christmas house warming 🍸

  • Lucy Marshall Coggin
    1 year ago

    Yes please Helen, I can’t guarantee mine would last until Christmas either!

  • Lisa
    1 year ago

    Helen McGinn giving away Gin! Yes please, pick me, pick me!!!!

  • Claudine Parkinson
    1 year ago

    I’d love these! Tied to buy some last year but they were out of stock everywhere!

  • kirsty
    1 year ago

    Count me G-in ! hmmmm

  • Simon Heape
    1 year ago

    I’d love to win these although the tree might look a little bare come Christmas Day!

  • Nick
    1 year ago

    Gin gin!

  • 1 year ago

    I LIVE by your recommendations Helen. Perhaps a little too much, but I don’t buy wine – or gin baubles – without your say so.

    1 year ago

    ooooh wouldn’t say no to a gin,lush 😉

  • 1 year ago

    I just love this idea! And I know a lot of friends that I can share them with!!

  • Jackie Barnett
    1 year ago

    Should I be the lucky one I’d love to hang them in a custom-made (by me) Christmas tree for all the lovely folk who work at my son’s local Day Centre whose commitment is to continue raising miles of smiles with disabled young adults with profound multiple learning difficulties. I am a huge gin fan but an even bigger fan of the folk who have a special talent of caring and giving our youngsters plenty of joy and that’s priceless to us mums!

  • Sharon van Geuns
    1 year ago

    Please let me delight my friends with a gin bauble each from the Christmas fairy so we can get the Christmas spirit going early!

  • 1 year ago

    Ooh yes please, have just the person to share them with!

  • Tracey Savory
    1 year ago

    I wish me a merry gin-mas. I wish me a merry gin-mas. I wish me a merry gin-mas, and a tipsy new year!

    Gin-ness gracious me,
    I’d love these to grace my tree,
    There’d be much less stress this Christmas,
    They’d make it happy as can be!

  • Joyce
    1 year ago

    Nearly fainted at the mere mention of Christmas. Then saw the possibility of gin on the horizon and all was well. Quite a tonic, in fact.

    • Helen McGinn
      1 year ago

      Joyce! You’ve won! Email me (knackeredmother @ gmail dot com) and I’ll get them in the post to you. Well done! X

  • Claire menlove
    1 year ago

    Would love to win the gin bauble it would make my Christmas!!

  • Paula
    1 year ago

    Let the festivities beGIN!
    Never too early for gin!
    Count me in for the baubles!

  • Debi
    1 year ago

    Let the festive season beGIN

  • Sarah Dowley
    1 year ago

    Oh they are beautiful! What a Christmas treat.

  • Deborah Ray
    1 year ago

    Would love some Gin baubles to adorn my 🎄 this year – cheers gin, gin.

  • 1 year ago

    Would love to win this, looks amazing! Gin is the only way to stay sane in December chaos 🙈

  • Penny
    1 year ago

    Excellent give away. In the interest of child safety I would obviously have to drink the gin and replace with water pre Christmas. #health&safetyfirst #takingoneforthekids

  • Lucy Schoonhoven
    1 year ago

    I’ll say “gin gin” ( chin chin! ) as bound to be rather slurry after drinking them all…..

  • Rachael
    1 year ago

    I didn’t think I liked gin very much but have been practising very hard over the summer months with the Cpopperhouse you recommended and I am happy to say I am now a convert! Would love to try these baubles!

  • Suzie McMorrow
    1 year ago

    Fabulous! Not sure they would last til Xmas in my house either!

  • Bill
    1 year ago

    A bottle of premium Pink Gin went to the winner of ‘Gin Alley’ Coin-toss, for the Wear-it-Pink campaign at work yesterday. There were a lot of disappointed colleagues around!
    The baubles would bring a smile to the runner-up.
    [It wasn’t me – Not winning didn’t stop me or lovely wife having a drink!]

  • Kirsty
    1 year ago

    Gin? Christmas tree baubles? Seriously, could there BE a better combination?!

  • 1 year ago

    What a great idea! Though I think that they would also not last until the end of year at my place. Love your recommendations!

  • LaLa
    1 year ago


  • annabelle
    1 year ago

    Excellent idea and so so beautiful!

  • Jacs
    1 year ago

    Gin Christmas! What a fab idea.

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