Fantastic gifts I received as a wino

It’s still early in November, but before you know it, Christmas will be just around the corner. Shopping for a wine lover is easy. Get them a bottle of wine you think they have never tried before. Ask the wine shop staff to help you pick one out. Even if they’ve had it, it’s always nice to revisit.

What if you want to be a bit more creative though? What if you have already given that wino in your life countless bottles as gifts? Well, I’m lucky to have such thoughtful people in my life. They have gone beyond the bottle of wine; here are some gifts I thought were thoughtful.

A wine related book

My in-laws gave me and the hubby this book (along with a couple of bottles of wine) for our one year anniversary. They know we love to travel and over the last few years, we have planned a lot of our exploration around wine. Thus, this Lonely Planet book.

wine travel book

Wine experience

One Christmas, the hubby and I received tickets to the Vancouver International Wine Festival from my brother-in-law. (If you haven’t figured it out, my husband loves wine, too.) I was just getting serious about wine at this point, so to receive this to experience was totally awesome.

VIWF 2014

For more ideas on wine related experiences, read this post!

A bottle from your travels

If you’re going to give a bottle of wine, a personal connection to the bottle makes it even better. For example, when you’re travelling and you happen to be in an area where wine is made, bonus points if it’s a wine from a region that’s not easily accessible where the wino is from, then grab a bottle as a gift. I love tasting wines from unfamiliar regions!

A former manager of mine knew that I love wine and I got excited that he was visiting Arizona because, did you know Arizona makes wine?! He brought back a bottle for me and I was absolutely delighted! You don’t see Arizona wine outside the state much as locals consume most of it.

wine from Arizona

Don’t be fooled by the label. This wine was tasty with notes of ripe peach and vanilla aroma. Lots of citrus, especially on the palate. High acidity.

Bottles from all over the world

Two of our friends gave us  12 wines from all over the world for our wedding gift. Not only did we get some bottles we may not have considered buying, but this saved us time in going to the liquor store.

I also love the fact that each bottle was from a different wine region, which speaks to our passion for travel as well.

wine-and-map

Wine Club Membership

Does the wino have a favourite winery? Get them a club membership there. Or maybe you think they’d prefer to be a part of a club where one can try wines from different parts of the world. Hubby and I got the latter as a wedding gift and we love it. Needless to say, we have taken full advantage and placed a few orders.

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A wedding gift we love!

Do you have ideas or received any cool wine related gifts? Please share by commenting below.

Last minute gift ideas for the wine lover in your life

Before I dive into the list, I want to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season! I hope that wherever you are in the world, you are spending time with loved ones. I love the jovial and festive spirit people are in!

Now let’s get down to it. After all, that’s why you’re here! If you’re anything like me, you’re a last minute shopper. This isn’t just a Christmas list, refer to it when a wine lover’s birthday approaches. Any wine lover would love the following five items.

A decanter. There are so many styles to choose from. Even if they already have one, a different style would be lovely.

wine decanter

A standard decanter. Photo from Wikipedia.

Just google wine decanter and you’ll see all the options out there. Walk into any specialty wine store and your options are abundant too. You can also get them at stores like Puddifoot in Vancouver, BC.

Wine pourer and stopper. I absolutely love my wine pourer and stopper and use it all the time. One of my friends asked me what the purpose of the pourer at one of my recent dinner parties. As a wine lover, it seemed pretty obvious to me, but in case you don’t know, it’s to prevent that little bit of wine after the pour from sliding down the outside of your bottle.

You can get the pourer and stopper separately, but why not kill two birds with one stone? You can get them as a unit and it’s awesome. No need to keep that cork around to close the unfinished bottle. You’ve got the stopper. The one I have is very similar to this. It works wonderfully!

A chalkboard. Ok, maybe not every wine lover would want this, but if they’re crafty as well, it’s a pretty cool gift to receive. I seem to always forget to keep an eye out for one when I go shopping. So *hint hint* to those special people in my life who are reading this 🙂 Now you know why I included this in the post! hahahahaa. I want to make something like this:

chalkboard with wine corks

Photo from Pinterest. Source unknown.

A book on wine. A wine lover would completely appreciate this sort of stuff. I’ve been wanting this book for a while: Oz Clarke’s Grapes and Wines: The Definitive Guide to the World’s Great Grapes and the Wines They Make

Grapes andWines

Photo from Amazon.com

Lastly, a bottle of wine is ALWAYS appreciated. Especially so when thought has been put into the purchase of the bottle and the card that complements it. For example, I love to travel and discover places. That’s one of the reasons I love wine; I get a taste of a different part of the world. My friend gave me this for my birthday:

gift idea for wine lover

The wine is from Israel, a place I’ve yet to visit and the card is just so me. The thought that went into this warms my heart.

She creates one of a kind gift baskets and this sort of gift I received from her speaks to her professional abilities, how she puts thought and consideration into her baskets. Please check out her website ItsAWrapBaskets.com.

Do you have any ideas you’d like to add?