From self-care products to gifts that give back, here are 15 fun ideas to surprise the wine lover in your life.
By Allie Albanese
With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, it’s officially crunch time on the shopping front! And now that we’ve got the cocktail lover and the traveler in your life taken care of, we can’t forget about your favorite wino! So if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect gift to give the wine enthusiast in your life, I’ve got you covered. From stocking stuffers to big ticket items, here are 15 ideas to please both the naughty and the nice!
As we all know, wine regions around the world have been devastated by the pandemic. From the loss of tourism dollars and on-premise sales to the increased costs associated with implementing COVID-19 safety measures to an oversupply of product that is driving wine prices down, the wine industry as a whole has been hit hard. Add to this the devastating fires along the west coast and throughout Australia that claimed lives, decimated millions of acres of land, and destroyed or damaged countless homes and businesses, and the extent of the devastation suffered by the wine industry is unlike anything it has experienced before.
So as you think about what to get the wine lovers in your life this holiday, consider one of the following options that’s not only a present for your loved one, but an important, much needed show of support for the wine industry as well:
Make a donation in their honor to a wine industry relief organization
Gift them with a wine club membership to their favorite winery
Sign them up for a virtual tasting (many of which have a food component as well!)
Put together a selection of bottles they’ve never tried from different regions around the world
Book a stay at a local winery inn or bed and breakfast
Legacy Wine and Cheese Picnic Tote ($40): Since local outdoor excursions are currently the safest way to travel, why not pack a picnic in this tote and plan an outdoor adventure for your loved one? Complete with a corkscrew, a mini cutting board, a cheese knife, and plenty of room for snacks and a few bottles of wine, it’s a great way to organize a little getaway in a safe and socially distanced way.
Olive and Poppy Wine Barrel Wood Picture Frame ($48): How lovely are these picture frames?! Made from colorful Lucite inlaid with reclaimed oak wine barrel wood, these 4x6 frames are a perfect way to remember a special moment shared with your favorite wino. Available in six different colors.
Birthstone Wine Stoppers ($24): As you've probably learned by now, I'm a sucker for anything that sparkles! So clearly these handmade birthstone wine stoppers caught my eye. I love the idea of adding a pretty, sparkly, personalized touch while preserving wine in style!
Caroline's Cakes Pink Champagne Cake Bites ($25 for a dozen): Champagne and cake in one?! SIGN. ME. UP. Famous for its caramel cake (which was even named one of Oprah's favorite things), Caroline's Cakes infuses cake bites with Champagne and then dips them in white chocolate to give you a tasty party in every bite.
Swirled Ceramic Wine Glasses ($98 for a set of four): I'm completely intrigued by these ceramic wine tumblers, which are handmade by swirling together three types of clay. The pattern of every glass takes shape while the clay is on the wheel, which means each resulting set is one-of-a-kind. A great way to add some drama to your dining room table!
Moleskin Wine Passion Journal ($32): Keep track of your wine tasting notes, producers, favorite bottles, and more in this hardcover journal by Moleskin. Available in a variety of colors, this makes a great gift for the wine lover who is serious about tasting and learning.
Riedel Amadeo Lyra Wine Decanter ($399): Created to commemorate Riedel's 250th Birthday, this exquisite decanter is a display of skillful mouth-blown art at its finest. Intricate and beautiful, this unique design is an example of why Riedel is a global leader in glassware, and a masterpiece that is sure to be a talking point at any social gathering.
Lavley Bring Me Some Wine Socks ($9.95): You can never go wrong with a silly pair of socks! Soft and comfy with a non-slip message written on the bottom, a pair of these wine-themed socks makes for a super cute stocking stuffer.
The World Atlas of Wine ($46): Now in its 8th edition, this book is an absolute must for every true wine lover. Written by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson, two of the world’s most respected wine writers, The World Atlas of Wine is considered one of the most authoritative books about wine ever written. It tells you everything you need to know about varietals and wine regions around the world, and goes into depth on the changing nature of wine across the globe. Complete with gorgeous photographs and hundreds of detailed maps, this is the ultimate book for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of wine.
SipCaddy Bath and Shower Wine Holder ($14.95): A bubble bath, a book, and a nice glass of wine…enjoy this trifecta without worrying about knocking your wine into your bubbles (which I’ve managed to do on more than one occasion). Great for busy folks in need of a little R&R, just stick this dual suction cup mount to the side of your tub, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Crate & Barrel Wine Cooler ($40): Mango wood meets marble in this stylish wine cooler that will keep white wine and rosé cool for hours. Gorgeous as a decoration all on its own as well, use it as a flower vase when you're not chilling wine!
Wine Wipes ($15): If only these suckers existed back in the day before digital cameras when you'd inevitably get your prints back from Kodak only to discover you had purple teeth in every photo! (Ask my sister about this one.) Wine wipes are a handy tool for removing the wine stains from your mouth without interfering with the taste of wine, and are essential for those long days spent sipping reds in wine country. Comes with a built-in mirror so you never have purple teeth in pictures again!
Caudelie Crushed Cabernet Wine Scrub ($38): Caudelie's signature Vinothérapie Spa scrub, this natural body exfoliator is made with crushed grape-seeds and 6 essential oils. With notes of lemon, lemongrass, rosemary, and juniper berries, this scrub leaves the skin feeling invigorated and nourished. Pair it with the wine glass holder above and give your favorite wine lover a relaxing and memorable wine experience at home!
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin ($45): Gin meets Yarra Valley Shiraz wine grapes in this unique, ruby-colored spirit that turns pink when mixed with soda! Although I haven't tried this myself and can't speak to the flavor, I absolutely loooooove the idea of combining two of my favorite things in one sip. And if it's anywhere close to being as delicious as the wines from the Yarra Valley, then this is guaranteed to be a winner! (Hint Hint to any of my friends Down Under who would like to send a gift to yours truly!)
Allie is the founder of Parched Around the World and the owner of Parched Global, LLC, a communications company based in Atlanta, GA. She's a Certified Sommelier and a foodie at heart, and is forever suffering from a severe case of wanderlust! When life allows, you can find Allie traveling around the world and photographing her adventures both domestically and abroad. Feel free to get in touch with her by email at email@example.com or to connect on Instagram at @aaalbanese and @parchedaroundtheworld.