Gin has become an increasingly popular tipple in recent years, and with the double Bank Holiday coming up it’s inevitable many of us will toasting Her Majesty with a cocktail or two – you can even buy Buckingham Palace Dry Gin from the Royal Collection Shop. But don’t chuck your empties out in the recycling – our love affair with gin now goes beyond enjoying a refreshing G&T (or two).
Thanks to inspiration from TikTok and Pinterest, more of us are trying our hand at upcycling – the art of turning everyday objects into statement (and sustainable) home décor pieces… And decorative gin bottles are in high demand by the crafting community, who are scouring eBay to find cheap second-hand bottles for their upcycling projects. So much so, searches for “empty gin bottle ideas” are up 433% compared to pre-pandemic.
From candles, lamps and vases to even soap dispensers, bird feeders and plant pots, there are endless ways gin bottles can be given a new lease of life.
But which empty gin bottles in your home bar could make you the most money back on eBay? To find out, the data analysts at Lifestyle Packaging have found the average eBay resale price for 120 popular and craft gin bottles and compared this against their RRP.
Top of the tipples is Mermaid Pink Gin, distilled in the Isle of Wight, with its stunning textured blush bottle. Retailing at a rather pricey £38, the average selling price on eBay for an empty bottle of this strawberry flavoured gin is £11.98, giving you 31% cashback per bottle – or even more.
In second place is the world’s bestselling gin and home bar staple, Gordon’s London Dry Gin. Despite being one of the cheapest gins studied – retailing at £15.50 for 70cl – its price, nor its popularity, are putting people off from buying second-hand bottles. eBay sellers can make on average 30% of the RRP back per bottle (£4.65).
The Eden Mill Golf Gin, with its striking green jacket reminiscent of the Masters Champions, comes in third place. A favourite of golf and gin fans alike, this decorative and unique bottle sells on average for £8.82 on eBay – that’s 29% of the £30 retail price.
Mermaid Blue Gin can also be sold on eBay for 29% of its £38 retail price (£11.15 cashback on average). Like its pink cousin, this bottle is highly decorative with ombre blue glass scales.
In fifth place is Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin (RRP £26) with its eye-catching orange bottle mimicking the Mediterranean sun. On eBay, empty bottles of this refreshing citrus gin sell for on average £7.11 – or 27% cashback.
With more of us trying to find new ways to save money and limit our impact on the environment, it’s clear this craze won’t be over soon.