9 Gift Great Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover on Your List
Beyond bottles, these will be treasured by any wine enthusiast.
By Erin Henderson
As you shop for the wine lover on your list, maybe skip the bottle of bubbly. They probably have enough, anyway. With a little creative thought, ingenuity… and the help of this article, you might be able to find something really great that truly surprises and delights the snobbiest of connoisseurs.
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Champagne Stoppers – a great idea for a stocking stuffer or an office “Secret Santa” where the budget is minimal, these sparkling wine bottle clamps are a base requirement in any wine aficionado’s toolbox
Wine Charms – You can never have enough. We even have gone so far as to have charms for every season: flowers in spring, sun umbrellas in summer…
True story: years ago, one of my students gave me a box of Christmas-themed wine charms. (I think she was trying to schmooze her way into an A, which is fine because I can be bought.) Anyway, these were glass, LED-powered charms that flashed on and off. Utterly hilarious and absolutely perfect in their National-Lapoon-like style.
Wine Glasses – Some of my most cherished wine glasses have arrived as gifts. Yes, that means I have a mismatched set, but that doesn’t bother me. I rather like the whimsy of this-and-that, and the stories that come with them.
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Wine Classes – This is a tad self-serving, but our Wine School tastings make great gifts for the budding oenophile and veteran collector. With weekly tastings that revolve around various themes, these energetic workshops are interactive, fun, and educational.
Wine Magazine Subscription – How nice is it to go to the mailbox and get something other than bills? A beautiful monthly magazine is a lovely gift for the whole year.
Wine Books – Let’s keep books alive! Whether they’re simply statement pieces on a coffee table, or actually used to learn more about wine, a beautiful wine library is an impressive site. Some TWS faves include: What to Drink with What You Eat, The Oxford Companion to Wine, and The Wine Bible.
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Coravin – A big-budget present, Coravin’s are an investment piece to last a lifetime. The instrument’s fine needle pierces through the cork for an imperceptible opening to allow a drizzle of wine to be extracted. This helps a discerning wine lover check the status of a wine without opening the bottle.
Corkscrew – I received a Laguiole wine opener as a graduation gift from my sommelier program. It’s elegant and sleek and I love it.
Wine Fridge – Coming in all shapes, styles, and budgets, efficient, effective wine fridges for as few as 6 bottles are all over the market. If you have a someone very special in your life, a wine fridge filled with some favourite bottles would put you at the top of the nice list.