AS the hunting season is in full swing and the tally-ho rings out across the land, what do you or the huntsperson in your life really need? A hip flask! Keeper of warmth and Dutch courage, the hip flask has been a traditional friend of the hunter for centuries.

A curved flask slips in and out of the pocket easily and a captive top is helpful so it’s not lost in a leap of the hedge! Most hip flasks are 4-6oz just enough to keep one seated! A long-lasting flask is often made of stainless steel and covered in leather which stops your fingers freezing in the winter air.

We have taken the hard work out of shopping for hip flasks and have picked out some of the best.

Harris Tweed offer a wonderful range of cloth covered hip flasks covering every hue from the traditional green and brown tweeds to heather pinks and bright yellows. At only around €25-€30 this is a perfect pressie to pop in a stocking or from the kids to Mum or Dad.

If you want to splash the cash for the most dedicated of hunters, or just someone who loves to be outdoors on long walks in the winter, you can find antique or vintage hip flasks in antique shops or on Ebay. Horse Sense spotted this stunning pink leather, glass and silver plate flask at €680. You’d have to fill it with something very nice indeed!

The David-Louis Design personalised hand-stitched leather hip flasks can have subtle personalisation on the lid. Supplied in a lovely fitted black presentation box with a lift off lid, this is an ideal gift for your outdoorsy one this Christmas. Available widely online and costs around €68.