Christmas is just a couple weeks away, which means it’s time to get a move on your holiday shopping! We all know that wine is one of those signature (and easy) gifts to give during the holiday season.
Now, I will say that it’s okay to bring a bottle of wine over someone’s house as a token of appreciation for inviting you over for dinner (or some type of holiday party), but let’s face it….as a stand alone gift, a bottle of wine is becoming almost equivalent to a gift card, which can insinuate that not much thought was put into it. I know that may not be the truth, but as a wine lover myself, I can’t tell you how many bottles of wines I’ve received as gifts over the years. Now, I’m not one to ever (eva, eva) turn away wine, but come on now, there are plenty of other alternatives.
That’s why I’m here to help you think outside of the
box bottle and consider some more…shall we say creative gift ideas. Check out the official YGOM Holiday Wine Gift Guide that will help you get some cool points with the wine lovers in your life!
Educational Wine Books
Knowledge is power! Books are a great idea for the wine geeks in your network who really enjoy learning about a wine and want to take their wine knowledge to the next level. Hillary Zio’s The Unfiltered Guide to Working in Wine is definitely on my personal list. You should also check out The Wine Bible and Wine Folly: The Essential Wine Guide for gift options as well.
Wine Scented Candles
Candles are the best accents for any home decor. For me, candles just create this atmosphere of peace in my apartment. I love a good scented candle! Forget the winter candy apple or pumpkin pie scents this holiday season. Did you know that there are actually wine scented candles out there? The ones below are from Rewined and come in a variety of scents, such as Syrah, Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling! Your wine friends will go crazy over these!
Every true wine enthusiast likes to keep track of their favorite wines. Well, why not get them a wine journal? One of my good friends got me one for my birthday a couple years ago. It was the best gift ever! I didn’t even know these existed. With the wine journal featured below, you can take jot down the tasting notes of your favorite, track wine events, and it comes with fun little stickers.
XL Wine Glass
Every wino needs an extra large wine glass! It’s a must-have to get through the good and bad times of life. Again, I received one of these for my birthday and it’s a staple piece in the wine area in my apartment. Despite popular belief, I have not drank out of it, but hey 2016 isn’t over yet ;)
Wine Glass Set
You can’t go wrong with a fancy set of wine glasses for the wine lover in your life. Crate and Barrel has the most elegant glasses for any occasion. You can get individuals glasses or really impress your significant other with a set that includes glasses for each type of wine. The Tour Wine Glasses below feature a flute for sparkling wines, a glass with a larger rim for reds, a glass with a smaller rim for whites, and a stemless glass.
Cheesy, yet so cute! These socks are the perfect stalking stuffer or white elephant gift. You can look for them anywhere online.
Wine Tasting Party Kit
This is a really cute gift idea for the wine lover who enjoys hosting parties. Wine tasting parties are on the verge, so a wine tasting kit is perfect to liven things up. The wine tasting kit comes with three bags, wine glass identifiers, 12 pencils, 12 invitations, and a quick fact sheet and rating pad. Your loved one will have lots of fun with this gift!
Wine thermals are a great gender neutral gift. These wine thermals are an upgrade from the typical ice bucket. Unlike ice buckets that can water down a tablecloth or ruin a wine label, the wine thermal will keep your white or red at perfect temperature for hours…no ice or water needed! Now, that’s a gift that keep on giving!
Now, do you see what I’m talking about?! Instead of gifting a bottle of wine, why don’t you try one of these fun alternatives instead. Your loved ones will thank you (and me) tremendously! Happy shopping!!