A bottle of wine makes a great gift, but for a truly special person, you might want to go further than the generic bottle of cabernet at your local grocery store. If you're looking to go the extra mile in gifting something to a wine lover and putting a smile on their face, a wine-themed gift could be just the thing.
There are lots of different ideas, from wine subscriptions to bottle openers. Here are some thoughtful and creative gift ideas for the wine lovers in your life.
A Wine Subscription
A wine subscription, like one from Winc, for your favorite wine lover is a gift that keeps on giving. Most wine clubs send a bottle or more per month with a subscription. One of the reasons why this is such a great gift is because you'll be giving your recipient the opportunity to try many new varieties, a process they’re sure to love.
A Pairing Cookbook
Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking by Andrea Slonecker and Dana Frank is one of the more popular and well-reviewed wine-pairing cookbooks on the market. However, there are many others available to choose from. Sommeliers and other wine experts have written many of these titles, so you know you'll be able to count on their suggestions.
A Wine Journal
So often, we drink a wine that we absolutely love but end up forgetting what it was. However, those days of wine forgetfulness will be long gone with a wine journal. Sure, a person could record their favorite wines in any old notebook, but those have a tendency to get lost.
A Wine Thermometer
A wine thermometer is a must-have gadget for many wine lovers. Every kind of wine, from chardonnay to rosé to cabernet, has a certain temperature at which it is best enjoyed. All wine connoisseurs know that. Yet it can be hard to tell when the wine inside a bottle is in the perfect temperature range for drinking.
Blue wine, such as Pasion Blue, seems like nothing more than a novelty. Many assume it has been artificially dyed just for fun. However, wine that’s naturally blue in color does exist. Pasion Blue is a chardonnay from Castilla y León, Spain.
An Elegant Wine Chiller
Every wine lover needs a wine chiller in their home. Otherwise, what will they do when they're sipping a bottle of white wine — let it get warm? Another option is to store it in the fridge, but then they'll have to get up for each re-pour, which isn’t ideal.
A Chilling Stick
A wine chiller stick is the same overall concept as a more traditional wine chiller, only it comes in stick form and is used inside the wine rather than outside the bottle. Typically, a stainless steel stick that’s pre-cooled retains its chilly temperature for quite a while, so it’s a rather effective and nifty device.
A Pairing Kit for Wine and Chocolate
If you know anyone who loves both wine and chocolate, gifting them a wine and chocolate pairing kit will probably turn you into their new favorite person. One popular wine and chocolate kit available is from Williams Sonoma. It comes with various chocolates and recommendations for how to pair them with just the right wines.
Electric Wine Openers
Opening a bottle is not usually a wine lover's favorite wine-related task. Using an electric corkscrew wine opener is the easiest way to open a bottle of wine. This is a very thoughtful gift idea for someone who drinks wine often. It’s also ideal for someone who may have dexterity issues and find it difficult to operate a manual corkscrew.
Wine-infused coffee is made by aging coffee beans in oak wine barrels. Uncommon Goods' merlot-infused coffee is a particularly great choice. While sitting in those barrels, the coffee beans absorb the flavors of the wine. If your favorite wine lover is also a coffee lover, a bag of wine-infused beans could be the perfect gift.
A Wine Glass Holder for the Shower
Some wine lovers like to drink in the bath or shower, and there’s actually a device to make this activity a little bit easier. It's a product made of silicone by a company called Sipski. The contraption suctions to the wall to hold the wine glass safely in place.
Wine Condoms — Seriously
Wine condoms are little rubber devices that serve as wine stoppers. After pouring the wine, to protect it from bugs entering or to keep the flavor intact if it isn't finished the same day, roll a wine condom over the bottle's neck. Fortunately, wine condoms are reusable. Simply wash them after every use to keep them from getting sticky.
Spice Things Up With Wine-infused Salts
Wine salts have many purposes, all of which wine connoisseurs will love. They can pair these directly with wine by tasting the salt right after taking a sip. They can also use them while cooking to add an extra dash of flavor to any meal as a finishing touch. They go especially well with fish, marinades and salads.
There’s probably not a wine lover out there who doesn't have use for a decanter. Nowadays, as wine has become more popular for dinner and cocktail parties, decanters come in many decorative shapes and sizes. The especially creative ones tend to make awesome gifts because many people who are into wine already have more traditional decanters at home.
A Unique Tabletop Wine Holder
Many wine lovers enjoy displaying their wine bottles in their homes to impress their dinner guests (or themselves). A unique tabletop wine holder might be the thing your wine-loving recipient’s kitchen is missing. The most unusual wine holders might not be available in the department store, as artists often make them.
To-go Wine Tumblers
Plastic or stainless steel to-go wine tumblers will always get good use in a wine aficionado's world. They like to bring wine on picnics and to the beach, where others might just settle for beer. On those occasions, they'll need something to drink their wine from. That's where to-go wine tumblers come in.
Wine Tote Bags
Wine lovers need to carry around their wine. A wine tote bag can make an ideal gift for someone who’s really into wine. If they’re going to carry it, they might as well carry it in style. Different from a standard tote bag, a wine tote generally has specific pockets in which each bottle nestles comfortably and securely.
Macrame Wine Hangers
Macrame wine hangers are pretty trendy these days, and for good reason. Not only are they useful in providing a place to store wine, but they’re fabulous decor accessories too. Imagine a cluster of them adding unique flair to a kitchen — something different than a clock or a still-life fruit painting.
Personalized Wine Glasses
Inscribing a set of wine glasses in a special way for a loved one can make for a truly wonderful gift. Wine lovers tend to drink wine often, so these are also something that’ll get good use. Plus, your recipient will probably feel good about where those wine glasses came from each time they see their personalized set.
Artsy Wine Stoppers
Wine drinkers know that, after a party, half-empty bottles of wine are the last guests remaining. It's almost inevitable unless the party ran late and all the wine is gone. Instead of letting any leftovers go to waste, your recipient needs wine stoppers. As such, these are, first and foremost, a practical gift.
A Wine Purifier
A person who’s genuinely into wine knows that the beverage is full of sulfites that can alter the flavor. Luckily, technology in the world of wine is advancing in that department thanks to Üllo. Üllo is a company that makes a wine purifier that promises to filter out all the sulfites.
Handmade Wine Soaps
Having a chardonnay soap bar in your bath adds a luxe touch. Surely wine folks would love having a collection of wine soap to use instead of the boring stuff they usually get from any old store. Many soapmakers include wine soaps in their collections these days, but you can always find artisanal wine soap on Etsy too.
A Wine-tasting Course
For the wine lovers out there who are looking to get a bit more educated, a wine-tasting course could be the dream gift they never knew they wanted. It could even be a gift that includes the gift giver, where you both go to the class together — how’s that for a bonding experience?
Red wine drinkers have inevitably experienced stained lips and teeth after drinking a couple of glasses of wine. Luckily, there’s a solution: Wine Wipes. Gone is the embarrassment of going to the bathroom only to realize you've been talking for hours with red film plastered across your teeth and mouth.
A Wine Aroma Mastering Kit
Being a master of wine is a great skill to have, and part of that involves understanding wine's various aromas. One way to reach mastery is to dedicate some time to it, and with the Le Nez du Vin wine mastery kit, it's easier than ever. If you know your wine-loving friend would take pleasure in upping their knowledge, a wine aroma mastering kit could be a pleasant surprise in their life.
The smell of wine, to wine lovers, is divine. For that reason, wine-scented candles such as Aydry + Co.’s lovely Champagne Brunch candle were created. With these, wine lovers can enjoy the scent without having to stick their noses in a glass or a bottle. Wine-scented candles are subtle, so there’s no need to fear an overwhelming wino vibe emanating from the home either.
Wine Glass Charms
When people are gathered together drinking wine, it's easy to lose track of glasses and forget whose is whose. Wine charms make that a non-issue. These are little decorative pieces that attach to the stems of wine glasses, letting each person know which glass is theirs so they don't accidentally mix it up with someone else's.
A favorite novelty wine gift for any occasion is a pair of wine socks. Whether that means a tiny little glass of wine on the ankle of the sock or a funny phrase on the bottom of the socks that others can only read when a person is putting their feet up, wine socks are all the rage.
The World Atlas of Wine
The World Atlas of Wine is a book by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. It is a reference book on wines across the planet. Because wine lovers tend to enjoy wines from all the great regions of the world, most will find this book of interest.
Red Wine Stain Remover
Every wine drinker knows that sipping red wine while wearing a white shirt can be a recipe for disaster. As such, one of the greatest gifts you can give a red wine lover is a little bottle of red wine stain remover, such as the popular Chateau Spill red wine stain remover.