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Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

Updated on March 7, 2015

Shopping for Gifts for Wine Lovers

If you are looking for gift ideas for your favorite "over 21" friend, colleague or relative, there are many options for wine lovers. A bottle of fine wine is a special gift, but not everyone has the skill (or bank account) to purchase a bottle of impressive wine. Or maybe you are looking for unique wine-related gifts. Fortunately, there are many gift ideas for wine lovers from which you can choose.

Wine-related gifts include stemware, serving pieces, complementary foods or recipes, wine keys and memberships to wine clubs, not to mention gift certificates for wine tastings, recipe demonstrations and more.

If you have a bit more money to spend, investing in a wine cellar, wine rack, or case (or bottle) of vintage wine, will be appreciated by wine lovers, provided you know where to shop and what to look for. Or, consider a wine tour or trip to the wine region as a gift for making memories. Combine a love for wine with travel!

Read on if you are going to be shopping for gifts for wine lovers this season.

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Gifts for Wine Lovers

Wine Accessories for Gifts

Let's face it. If you have a wine loving friend, you might not be able to afford an impressive bottle of vino as a gift. But, a great gift idea for wine lovers is any type of accessory for drinking wine.

Wine keys, also known as wine openers, are always appreciated. If your gift recipient travels, camps, or is otherwise away from home, a quality corkscrew, butterfly opener or the like is very helpful. After a bottle is uncorked, air will change the taste, and eventually the quality of the wine over time. Preserve remaining wine in the bottle with a vacuum seal. During cocktail parties or other gatherings, a decorative wine stopper is a fun way to re-close a bottle between pours. Just remember that it will not keep air out over a longer period of time.

Stemware, otherwise known as wine glasses, can be a perfect gift for wine lovers. You might already know that there is a difference between red wine glasses, white wine glasses and glasses for champagne. But even within these general classifications, there is a difference between stemware for wines that need to "breathe" more - those that are wide and shallow - and glasses that allow bubbles to rise in a tall, deep glass. A wine aerator may also help accelerate the "breathing" process when a bottle is uncorked.

For the person who entertains frequently, wine charms may be appreciated. Usually wire-based, they come in a variety of colors or shapes and attach to the stems of wine glasses and help people keep track of their drink over the course of the evening.

Beyond wine keys and stemware, the next best thing for an oenophile (wine lover), other than a bottle of wine itself, is probably a book on wine varieties and/or vineyards. There are some beautiful picture books that will practically have you packing your bags for the countryside! If you are considering a book gift, include a wine journal or notebook for keeping track of wines tasted, vintages, dates purchased and more. Serious wine collectors keep track of bottles as they age, with plans not to uncork until they mature.

Other wine accessories include wine coasters on which to place a bottle of wine at the dinner table or wine racks to display bottles. Temperature-controlled wine storage units require a bit more investment, but smaller versions (holding 20 bottles or less) need not be professionally installed and may fit in a pantry, closet or garage.

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More Wine Gifts for Wine Lovers

Maybe you want to give the wine lover in your life a gift of wine itself. If you are not confident in your ability to choose a premium bottle of wine, consult a wine steward or other professional. You may find that a single bottle or case of wine can be easily selected, matching quality with affordability.

A gift certificate for wine tasting is always appreciated. Many cities and towns have wineries that offer free tastings during certain hours or on certain days. If you time your visit during the hours a professional vitener is present, you can learn a lot!

One of my favorite wine gift ideas matches wine with cooking. Sign up for a culinary experience in which your recipient can learn about recipes coupled with wine. Alternatively, you may wish to give the gift of a wine-making class. Along with home-based beer brewing, people are increasingly experimenting with making their own wines. My aunt and uncle purchase grapes from a vineyard and then crush them at home before transferring the juice to stainless steel barrels, following a directed process to create their own wine.

Wine Tours in Washington State

Wine Travel as a Gift Idea for a Wine Lover

If you are a close friend or lover of the gift recipient, why not plan a weekend away in the wine country? Guided vineyard tours usually include tastings, instructional talks about the wine-making process, the region, and grape varietals.

Today's wine travel can be as low-key or extravagant as you wish. Pick up a guide book and locate wineries in the area. Wine regions are found on just about every continent around the world, except for Antarctica! Whether you drive, ride a bicycle or even go via horseback, a trip to the wine country may be just an hour or two away from where you live.

Wine travel packages may include spas, luxurious hotels, yoga retreats and more. As a marathon runner, I'm intrigued by several of the wine country marathons and half marathons in Oregon and California. Participants often receive wine glasses and tasting opportunities in addition to a finisher's medal.

Even if you do not drink wine, a trip through the wine country can be a visual treat. Why not give a gift to the wine lover in your life, as well as to yourself!

Are You a Wine Lover? What Gift Would You Most Love?

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      My gift recipients should count themselves lucky if I get them a T-Shirt that says: Better Drunk Than Wasted!

      But for classier folks, one of your gifts would be more suitable.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Princess,

      Oh, I hope that this hub contains plenty of "hints" so that your friends know what to get for you this season. As a wine lover myself, it wasn't too hard to put this one together. Best, Steph

    • princesswithapen profile image

      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      Hi stephhicks68

      I am going to forward this to all my friends so that they know what to gift to me in future! Haha

      Your hub covers almost all 'must-haves' a wine lover craves! Loved it and sharing it.

      Princesswithapen

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Brian,

      Sonoma is beautiful wine country! Hope you get to go back soon. I'd also love receiving... I mean ... giving these wine gifts. :) Best, Steph

    • brianlokker profile image

      Brian Lokker 

      6 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      These are some excellent ideas, and I'd enjoy receiving -- oops, I mean giving -- any of them. My wife and I visited numerous Sonoma wineries on a trip to California before our kids were born, and we're looking forward to repeating that once they're older.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Cloverleaf - I hope you do get some great wine gifts this holiday season. I'm with you on the gift certificate. :) Best, Steph

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      Cloverleaf 

      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Steph, as a wine lover myself I would certainly enjoy a wine tasting certificate and many more of the other suggestions you have here. Great hub!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi GmaGoldie,

      Wine country is so beautiful - in some ways, those who do not imbibe may appreciate it even more. Glad the guide to gifts for wine lovers was helpful. Cheers to you, as always,

      Steph

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      One of my closest friends who is a wine connoisseur celebrated his 50th last year and I was lost for a gift.

      You are right appreciating wine country doesn't take a wine drinker. I am consider a grapevine arbor - on my someday to do list.

      Great subject, fantastic Hub.

      Another great job - thank you!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi anginwu,

      Great thought to consider other gift ideas instead of, or in addition to, a nice bottle of wine. I enjoy decorative wine bags to use when gifting a bottle, too. They can be beautiful, practical or fun! Best, Steph

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      anglnwu 

      6 years ago

      I'm not a wine lover but I learned lots from reading this hub. I do, however, use wine as gifts. Now, I can also include accessories as you've suggested. In Asia, they sell these darling wine gift bags, from hello kitty to cheongsams.Thanks for sharing and rating it up.

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      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Stephchick, this is a fun hub! I don't know of many that wouldn't enjoy giving or receiving many of the things you mentioned here. Its so nice to give to family or a host or hostess that is being generous. A great thank you, you name it you can't go wrong. Its that time of year here, that I want to go visit some wineries around that I have yet to see. Great hub.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks donate - I actually went to an amazing new wine shop in town and got to taste some fabulous reds today. I can hardly think of a better way to spend the afternoon. Best to you, Steph

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks incomeguru,

      Nonalcoholic wine is a nice gift, and can be complimented with many of the other accessories here. Best, Steph

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      Oyewole Folarin 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      This is an interesting hub for wine lovers. I love taking non alcoholic wine. Of course this hub has everything a wine lover should have.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Prasetio, I am so happy to read your comment. I know several friends that do not drink, or who are coupled with recovering alcoholics, etc. A trip to the wine country is a wonderful experience, even if you don't drink wine. Thanks again, Steph

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Dexter,

      Wine and wine gifts are relatively easy to give, and many people appreciate them. Thanks for the comment, Steph

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love your words about "Even if you do not drink wine, a trip through the wine country can be a visual treat". I have never drink wine before, but I really enjoy reading this hub and give me new information about "Wine travel packages". Wonderful hub as always and I give my vote special for you. Have a good day.

      Prasetio

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Steph! I am a lover of good wine! And it makes a great gift! Thanks for sharing!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi MM, I am with you on dropping hints for the wine tour! ;-) The holiday season is right around the corner. No gift wrapping necessary for a fun get-away. Take care, Steph

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I voted the wine region tour and I see that has 50% of the votes, it would be a great gift (I hope someone in my family is reading this!)

      And for something less expensive I think the decorative wine key or opener is a lovely present.

      Thank you for sharing and voting up, best wishes MM

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi listlady,

      Yeah, I can imagine some much better wine openers - of the human variety! I'm with you on the decorative stoppers = so much fun and lots of different varieties. Happy wine drinking, Steph

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      TheListLady 

      7 years ago from New York City

      You know...I purchased a decorative wine stopper and I just love that thing. Who knew? So this is high on my list of giving a nice gift, even to myself - the crazier or more personalized the better.

      As a gift, I would love a wine-opener that could get out of the chair, walk across the room and open a bottle...with just a nod from me. Sometimes openers can be a nuisance so a magical one - or one very easy to use - (yet attractive) would be appreciated by many I'm sure.

      Thanks for the tips - yay! Rated up!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Pinkchic, wine gifts make a perfect housewarming present, as you know! Nothing like sipping a nice wine while unpacking and organizing. Best to you, Steph

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub! My friends gave me wine-themed housewarming gifts when we moved into our home. It included wine, wine charms, coasters, and even a automatic wine opener (way cool!) We still use it all today and we love it!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Susan,

      A nice bottle of wine is usually a great host or hostess gift, especially during the holidays. Best to you, Steph

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      susan54 

      7 years ago

      I give out wine for the holidays and I love to drink it. very nice.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks ktrapp and SanneL - I absolutely love the idea of a horseback wine tour. Washington State is just a few hours away from my home so.... thanks for the comments! Cheers, Steph

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      SanneL 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Oh. . .I would love to get any of those gifts! However going horseback riding through the wine regions would be one of the best gifts I could ever get.

      Sannel

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      This is a great hub, with everything a wine-lover needs or wants. I think you covered everything. I like the idea of matching the culinary/wine tour. That sounds like it would be a lot of fun. I'm voting this up and useful.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Lillee,

      What a cool hobby! My aunt and uncle are looking to expand their home wine-making, too. I love the idea of personalized labels. Thanks for the comment - Best, Steph

    • Lillee McLoflin profile image

      Lillee McLoflin 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I have a friend who makes her own wine and gives it as gifts. I always love how she creates custom labels for the event or person. I always appreciate a good bottle of wine as a gift.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Stephanie - I vote for the wine tour, too! I love the wine charms (I even have special ones for the holidays - candy canes and snowflakes). The vacuum seal is great too, assuming there is any left... right! I like to use the seals after a party because there will often be a number of bottles open. And, if you can't drink the remaining red wine and don't have a good stopper, use it in a recipe like stew! Cheers, Steph

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      I voted for a wine region tour in this poll, but I love getting a bottle of wine any time! Lots of good suggestions in this hub for anyone who enjoys wine. Though I'm not a wine connoisseur, we love having a glass of wine after dinner, around the campfire or with friends anytime. Your hub has lots of really good gift suggestions for gifts for wine drinkers/lovers! I really like wine charms for a party and the vacuum seal gizmo for preserving opened bottles of wine - that's assuming there's any left...

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Ardie, wine gifts just seem so festive this time of year. (I am a sucker for the be-jeweled wine bags). That's very funny about your friend and her husband.... and now you have some ideas for gifts other than a bottle of wine. Best, Steph

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      Sondra 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      This is fantastic! I am not a drinker because it hurts my head too bad. But my best friend and her husband have at least a glass of wine a night. My husband and I always joke and call them fancy drunks :) But they aren't really! Anyway, now I have some ideas for our holiday gift exchange this year :)

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