Out of all of the gift guides that I’ll be publishing this season, I think this one might be my favorite. If you’re new here, I absolutely adore wine. So much so that I went to “wine school,” AKA have passed my WSET Level 1 exam, and am currently studying for my WSET Level 2 Certification. I’ve had a blast learning about wine over the past few years, and I wouldn’t trade the wine enthusiast life for anything!
For my first gift guide of 2021, I’ll be sharing my top gift picks for the wine lover. Your friend or loved one who’s vino obsessed will absolutely these items!
Wine Gift Ideas: For the DC/VA Locals
When I polled you all on Instagram Stories last week, an overwhelming amount of you said that you wanted to see more local and small business gift ideas. These two businesses featured in today’s article are located in D.C. and Virginia, but if anything catches your eye, you can order online and have these items shipped to you.
Darling Boutique has a special ‘Local Love’ Positivity package, where I received the print, lipgloss, and cork pictured above. With their Local Love package, you can choose between a box curated for a Wine Lover, Beer Lover, UVA Lover, C’Ville Lover, or a Virginia Lover. I love that this package is carefully created just for you, and it features products from local artisans.
Another local favorite of mine is Salt and Sundry. It’s based in D.C. and is one of my favorite places in the District to shop for home goods. Every time I visit their store, I end up with something for my bar cart. I am loving these contemporary wine glasses, and this is also where we got the Spanish wine glasses that are pictured above.
Wine Gift Ideas: Splurge Gift Picks
Listen: it’s been a rough year. If you can splurge on a loved one and still stay within budget, go for it. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it!
One gift that I love as a wine lover is the Coravin. It’s a wine preservation system that uses a small, hollow needle to pierce through the cork. Then, it injects Argon gas into the bottle. Once the bottle is pressurized, it allows you to siphon the wine out of the bottle into your glass (and your stomach!) So long story short, you can enjoy one glass of your favorite wine without even opening the bottle.
If you’re looking for a deal on the Coravin, I would keep checking QVC for sales and promos. In fact, their entire wine gift guide is on point this year! If you’re looking for another high-end wine gift idea, I also love this electric corkscrew.
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Wine Gift Ideas: The Best Glassware & Chillers
Our friend, who’s a winemaker, gave Tom and me a pair of Reidel Glasses when we moved into our first apartment together, and I still think of her every time we use them. It was such a thoughtful gift, and these glasses are of high quality. If you’re going to gift some glassware, definitely look into the Reidel brand!
We also shot some content for Brümate recently, and we were really impressed with their line of insulated cups. In the gift set pictured above, you can actually pour an entire bottle of wine in their winesulator, and it maintains the perfect temperature for 24+ hours. It’s also glass-free and perfect for travel!
I also think that the Corkcicle Air would make for the perfect stocking stuffer. It’s less than $25, and it will instantly chill and aerate your wine!
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Wine Gift Ideas: Stocking Stuffer & Gifts Under $50
Out of all of the wine openers we have at home, the one we use the most is a $10 Pulltaps Waiters Corkscrew. It’s no-frills, super easy to use, and it’s lasted us for years. If we’re going on a road trip, we won’t leave home without it!
One thing that I would personally love to receive as a gift are these wine coasters. We have marble tabletops and have had some unfortunate experiences with wine stains over the year. I love how these coasters are wide enough to catch any possible wine spills!
I also received this wine tote as a gift from Maptote a couple of years ago when I lived in Philly, and I still use it til this day. It’s less than $20, and a great way to bring wine along to a friend’s house!
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Photos by Tom McGovern