So, guys, I’m having the stress. The holiday stress. It’s odd, some years I feel like I handle this time of year like a boss and have time to do everything I want to do, from visiting family to seeing the National Tree and shopping at fun holiday markets to get the perfect gifts.
Other years, I hide my head under the pillow and pretend none of it is happening. This year, unfortunately, is the latter.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve read 1,348 holiday gift guides so far. If you’re also like me, you will continue to read them because your list seems to be getting longer and you’ve yet to figure out what to get everyone on it.
I’m actually not a super big fan of the whole Christmas gift thing. It feels forced and makes a lot people (myself included) more stressed out than jolly. But there is something fun about finding someone you care about a gift that they’ll love, and one of my favorite things to gift is wine and all things wine-related.
I had considered doing several gift guides, but the time for that is quickly passing as every email I open reminds me that TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO FINISH SHOPPING! But if I could only get to one, I knew it had to be this one.
Gifts for Wine Lovers
Practical Wine Gifts
Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller – If you know a wine lover who doesn’t have an electric bottle opener, this is the easiest gift ever. We got one for our wedding and it’s pretty much the best thing ever. Yes, it’s lazy. But chances of breaking the cork are also reduced and you get that sweet, sweet vino into your belly that much quicker. The chiller is nice too, especially if the person you’re buying for is particular to whites.
Vinomaster Red Wine Aerating Pourer Decanter Spout Gift Set and Best Bottle Stopper Bar Accessory – Any red wine lover knows that aeration is your best friend. But some of the aerators out there are more trouble than they’re worth, creating a mess and taking up far too much precious wine drinking time. This Aerating Pourer Decanter spout does it all in seconds, by aerating the wine as it pours into your glass and then allowing the wine to decant more easily as it sits open.
Educational Wine Gifts
The Wine Lover’s Coloring Book – I have to admit that I have yet to partake in the adult coloring trend, though with my current stress levels it would probably be a good idea. This book takes coloring to the next level by introducing you to different wine regions and then testing your knowledge (and coloring skills) later.
The Backyard Vintner: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Wine at Home – If you know anyone who has ever expressed interest in making their own wine, this book is a must. When Tom and I started working at a Virginia winery part-time, this was required reading. Although we’ll probably never become winemakers, I still found it fascinating and learned so much about the wine making process and what goes into a great wine. I highly recommend this!
Silly Wine Gifts
Don’t Even Ask Wine Glass – This wine glass is helpful when determining just how much wine it’s going to take to get over a bad day. Or you could go with this “glass” that holds an entire bottle of wine.
Flexible Unbreakable Wine Bottle – Take a bottle of wine anywhere without worrying about broken glass. This would make a great gift for a wino who also loves to camp.
Personalized Wine Care Packages
I love making little care package wine gifts, with a bottle of the recipient’s favorite type of wine (pay attention to what they order at restaurant if you’re not sure), a simple corkscrew or bottle stopper and Funny Wine Theme Notepads. These make excellent host or coworker gifts. You can buy all of the items in multiples and divide them up among your friends. The wine certainly doesn’t need to be top shelf, but make sure you would drink it yourself.
Do you exchange gifts for the holidays? How is your shopping going?
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