‘Tis the season for gifts that fall short of the mark. Sure, any gift from the heart is appreciated but you know you want to knock people’s socks off with the perfectly selected gift. I’m here to help you. If you’ve got a mead lover on your Festivus, Hannukah or Christmas list—or a birthday coming up or maybe you bring gifts to Thanksgiving—just sign into your Etsy account and continue. Full disclosure: the links to products and individual Etsy stores are affiliate links. What’s that mean? It means that you pay the same price, using Etsy’s secure platform like you would for any Etsy purchase. In return for using my link, Etsy cuts me a small commission.
Shopping For People Who Love Mead
Those of us who love mead are misunderstood by our friends and family who just don’t get what mead is or why we love it. They much prefer hopping for beer and wine lovers. It’s easy to find that stuff mass-produced and wrapped in plastic. Mead, however, is too far outside of the mainstream for that. And that means you get to explore the wonderful world of handcrafted gifts.
Beer from a growler into custom pints. Wine from a decanter into those new Riedel glasses. But what about people who enjoy mead? Etsy has a huge selection of gorgeous, handcrafted, decorative glassware and more.
Drinking Horn & Stand
Some who make mead take it very seriously. For that reason, this drinking horn and stand only makes sense for the holiday gift season.
Bee Wine Glass
What’s the first thing people want to do when they meet someone who brews? Try the product, of course. So, let your favorite mead maker show off their delicious mead in a set of these gorgeous glasses from Bread & Badger.
The shop also carries a similarly etched bee pint glass for those who prefer a less fragile bit of glassware when making merry.
While too small for brewing, this gorgeous 72-ounce bee-adorned apothecary jug is perfect for keeping water on the table while tasting mead. As a result, people will stay hydrated and hangover free! GlassGoat has other glassware with their signature bee design.
Bee Wine Glass
The craftsmanship of Glassgoat is obvious due to their popularity and stellar reviews. The artwork is hand-matted onto glasses which are then kiln-fired therefor guaranteeing longevity. I love these bee wine glasses. But be sure to check out all of their bee glassware to find the perfect gift for the mead head in your life.
Leather Mead Flask
These beautiful, handcrafted leather mead flasks come in a selection of colors and are made in Scotland using leather and beeswax.
With so many skilled makers on Etsy you’d better believe there are pieces just perfect for fans of fermented honey and water.
Tiny Mead Bottle Necklace
This gorgeous necklace includes a bottle of mead and beautiful Celtic-style charm.
Queen Bee Ring
Without bees there’d be no mead. This sterling silver ring with a citrine accent is a great way to wear one’s love of mead every day.
Drops of Honey Earrings
The amber hanging from these earrings look like drops of honey from busy bees. They are perfect for a mead-making woman.
Pearls of Mead Earrings
Amber and bees are a popular choice for earrings, like this pair!
Drinking Horn Earrings
Don’t let the name fool you. These earrings let you bring your drinking horn of mead with you to places where you really shouldn’t bring your drinking horn of mead. Symbolically, though.
If you don’t, I’m sorry! Zines were a staple of angsty 90’s teens and while mostly a memory, Honey Drunk is an adorable mead-themed zine that includes how to make mead. With a clever style and adorable cover, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer or first night of Hanukkah surprise.
Handmade Leather Mead Brewing Journal
This mead-specific brewing journal has room for 90 mead recipes and a beautiful, rustic look. It’s the perfect place to brainstorm, tweak and track recipes from start to end. Another item from this shop that will make the day of any mead maker? A mead tasting journal. While drinking others’ mead they can jot down ideas and inspiration. In addition to books, the Knight Miner also sells other handcrafted goods including dog collars.
Give your mead-lovin’ friend a beautiful object for a shelf, table or windowsill. Collectors on Etsy have lots of great pieces you won’t find elsewhere.
This gorgeous sign (at a crazy good price!) is just what your mead making friend wants hanging in his brew room, kitchen, man cave or home bar.
Cornish Mead Co. Jug
This decorative jug has plenty of charm and makes a great, rustic vase. Fill it with some stones or sand and seal with epoxy for use as a bookend or doorstop. My Objects of Intrigue has all sorts of interesting vintage finds on a rotating basis. Many are limited number and one, or few, of a kind.
Monk Mead Jug
What does every mead lover need? A 1980’s mead jug in the shape of a monk. This Lindisfarne mead bottle is made of glazed pottery and the perfect bit of kitsch. The head is attached to a cork, making this another option for weighting and sealing for use around the house. Or fill him with dish soap and let everyone enjoy this delightful bottle.
Vintage Polish Mead Bottles
Polish mead bottles from the 1950’s? Yeah, you’ll be your mead-makin’ friend’s favorite person after they unwrap one of these beauties. These are available from multiple sellers and a gorgeous addition to any mead maker’s collection. Check out the vintage Polish mead bottles from MandBVintage and Motor City Reliquary.
Vintage Glass Bottle
This bottle from Cool Vintage is another great gift. While I think filling and sealing these to add heft is a great idea, this bottle has a label with printing on the back that won’t be visible so leave it empty for the greatest effect!
Perfect For Home Mead Makers
Got a friend who doesn’t just love mead but also makes it at home? Help them personalize their craft with these gifts.
Custom Bottle Labels
Everyone who makes mead secretly dreams about opening their own meadery. Feed the fantasy with these custom labels. This gorgeous design leaves room for the name of your friend’s meadery, the dryness level and whether its sparkling or carbonated. Check out the rest of the designs by Gallery in the Garden—who knows what you’ll be inspired to customize.
Personalized, Etched Bottles, Growlers & Carriers
Want to really make an impression? Work with Spotted Dog Company to pick the perfect personlized, etched bottles for home brewed mead. Perfect for those who like to carbonate their brews.
Or check out Glass Blasted Homebrew. They etch a variety of items including 1 gallon carboys—perfect for a one-gallon mead brewing operation!
Wood Chip Designs personalized six-bottle wood carriers with openers perfect for when your pal’s mead is making an appearance at an event.
Honey scented soap is something we’ve all tried. But what about soap made from mead? It’s a thing! And considering how sticky we get during the process this is simply the most perfect, and meta, way to clean up after brewing.
Explore More Mead Gifts
The sky’s the limit when you shop on Etsy. If you can dream it, it’s there. That’s the amazing thing about the online marketplace: there are creators in every niche!