80 Cool, Unique and Useful Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers
I’m not one of those people who think holidays and celebrations are all about presents, glitter and spending money. Yet, surrounded as I am by wine lovers and wine enthusiasts (which is no coincidence, I’m sure), I often find myself looking for wine-related gifts for a birthday, a dinner, a party or a business event.
As a result I started bookmarking, making lists of cool, useful, funny, creative and/or stylish wine gift ideas, suitable for a range of occasions and in different price categories. And I figured I’d share them here.
So here it comes, just in time for the New Year: my ultimate list of gifts for wine lovers, goodies for wine enthusiasts and wine-related gift ideas for your business contacts.
For ease of use, I have sorted the items per price category:
(If you want to buy any of these as a gift, or add them to your own wishlist, just click any image – or the country flags underneath. This will take you to the corresponding Amazon site.)
I hope you’ll find this list useful, and if you think of any great wine presents I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments!
1. Ring for Wine Service Desk Bell
A fun gift to cheer up a bedridden (or lazy) friend or relative.
2. Wine Signs Wall Calendar
A paper wall calendar with a monthly wine sign/quote, including the infamous ‘Save Water, Drink Wine’ and ‘Life is What Happens Between Coffee and Wine’.
3. Wine Time Colouring Book for Adults
A stress-relieving adult colouring book in every meaning of the word. Grab a glass of wine and your pencils, and get to ‘work’!
4. Digital Wine Thermometer (°C)
A digital thermometer which reads the temperature of your wine bottle. In ° Celsius.
5. Mustache Wine Glass Markers
6 assorted mustaches to stick onto your wine glass for easy identification – and lots of goofing around.
6. Wine Quote Mug
The perfect coffee, tea (or wine) mug for the wine lovers in your home – or at work!
7. ‘All you Need is Love, Wine, Chocolate and a Nap’ Apron
A black (or white) apron with stylised words of wisdom: ‘All you need is love / and wine / maybe some chocolate / and a nap / but mostly the love.’
8. The Wine Quiz Book
A book containing 500 questions and answers to test (and improve) your wine knowledge.
9. Two-Prong Cork Puller
A great tool for getting out older and brittle corks without breaking or damaging them. It takes a short while to get used to, but once you do it’s an invaluable tool.
10. Refrigerator Wine Bottle Rack
This wine bottle rack holds 3 bottles and slides onto most refrigerator (or cupboard) shelves to optimise wine storage space.
11. Wooden Wine Quote Coasters
A set of 4 wooden coasters, each containing a different wine quote.
12. Vino Marker Wine Glass Pens
Metallic pens to personalise and identify your wine glass – or to get creative with on the glasses of fellow guests or family members.
13. The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert
A fun introduction to wine essentials, in the form of a scratch and sniff book. By Richard Betts, one of only a few hundred Master Sommeliers in the world. Great illustrations too!
14. Rechargeable cork-shaped bottle lights
Cork-shaped bottle stoppers with a LED light, which turn your favourite (empty) wine bottles into unique lamps / decoration pieces. A set of 3, rechargeable over USB.
15. The Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass
A glass that’s just the right size for thirsty friends or relatives.
16. Reisenthel Wine Bottle Carry or Shopping Bag
This 9-bottle design is much better balanced than the more common 6-bottle carry bags. It comes in many different designs and it’s made of good, sturdy material. Perfect for wine shopping trips or for taking wine to parties or tastings.
17. Moleskine Wine Journal
I love Moleskines, and this wine journal version is a great gift for budding wine reviewers. It makes it easier to write structured notes, and includes a series of stickers to make your scribbles look even more attractive.
18. Individual Wine Spittoon
A small (0.5l) spittoon for wine tastings.
19. Wine Bottle Travel Bags
A set of 8 sealable bubble wrap wine bottle protection bags, to keep wine bottles (and your luggage) safe during travel or mail transport.
20. Portable Wine and Snack Table
An outdoor table with cut-outs for 6 wine glasses. Ideal for an outdoors aperitif, camping trips, picnics or garden parties.
21. Wine Cork Candles
Candles shaped like wine corks, with a tapered end that fits into a wine bottle. This is a set of 4, named Chardonnay, Pinot, Merlot and Cabernet.
22. Professional 2-step Waiter’s Corkscrew
We can’t possibly have enough of them: wine keys, sommeliers or waiter’s corkscrews. Whatever you want to call them, a good-quality one is an invaluable tool.
23. Unique Hand-Painted Wine Glass
I love these – they’re works of art as well as wine glasses. For special wines/occasions!
24. Wine Pyjamas ‘Not All Girls are Made of Sugar, Spice, …’
One of my favourite (and probably most fitting) wine quotes out there: ‘Not all girls are made of sugar, spice and everything nice. I’m made of sarcasm, wine and everything fine.’ Hear, hear!
25. I Make Wine Disappear T-shirt
A classic, and it comes in all shapes, colours and sizes, for men as well as women.
26. Magazine Subscription – Food & Wine
A 12-month subscription (12 issues) to Food & Wine, featuring recipes, food and wine pairing advice, travel and restaurant tips, and much more.
27. Bottle and Wine Glass Caddy
An easy way to transport a wine bottle and 4 glasses. Great for entertaining, picnics or as a creative gift packaging for a wine bottle and/or glass set.
28. Coutale Prestige Waiter’s Corkscrew
A good-quality and easy-to-use waiter’s corkscrew, with a classy wooden handle. Another classic for wine enthusiasts as well as wine professionals.
29. Don’t Break the Bottle – Wine Carrier Puzzle Gift
A fun way to gift someone a bottle of wine, and a great ice breaker at parties: a wine bottle carrier that requires the recipient to solve the puzzle first, before he or she can get to the wine. Wine not included – you can insert your own bottle.
30. Bathtub Caddy with Wine Glass Holder
The perfect bathtub caddy for lovers of wine ànd words, with a book prop as well as a wine glass holder.
31. Galvanised Beverage Tub / Wine Bucket
A great and useful tool for wine lovers who like to entertain, to be used indoors as well as outdoors, filled with ice and their favourite sparkling, white or rosé wines. Spice up the gift by turning it into a gift basket, complete with wine and whatever goodies the lucky receiver will enjoy.
32-38. Wine Board Games
There are plenty of board games around on the topic of wine, from a wino-version of Monopoly and straightforward trivia games, to party games that include blind tasting (wines not included). Here are a few suggestions:
32. Wine Wars: a Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes
34. Corked – the Party Game for the Entertaining Connoisseur
35. Red Wine Smarts Game
36. Read Between the Wines! The Party Game of Wine, Wit and Wordplay
37. Zinzig Wine Tasting and Trivia Board Game
38. Foodie Craze – the Food & Wine Trivia Game to Play Anywhere Anytime
39. Chef & Sommelier Open Up Wine Glasses
These are some of my favourite tasting glasses, and they look great on any table.
40. Wine Wand – wine cooler / chiller / aerator / stopper
An easy-to-use wine chilling wand, with pourer, aerator and stopper.
41. Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
Green-and-copper bird feeders, handmade from wine bottles.
42. Wine Cork Shadow Box
A handmade wooden shadow box to collect and display wine corks.
43. Stainless Steel Chilling Cubes for Wine or Whiskey
Cool wine (or keep it cool on a hot day), without diluting it. Reusable cubes, to be chilled in the freezer for about an hour.
44. Wine Cotton Kitchen Towels
A set of 4 cotton kitchen towels / tea towels, with a trendy wine-themed design.
45. DIY Cork Service Tray Kit
This do-it-yourself kit is a great way to display those special wine corks and relive the memories. Corks not included.
46. Magazine Subscription – Wine Enthusiast
A one-year subscription of Wine Enthusiast comprises 13 issues, with good content and a wide scope of wine-related topics. Definitely one of the better wine magazines out there.
47. Stainless Steel Wine Stakes
A great way to secure your wine glasses and bottle during a picnic, on a camping trip or a ‘Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ party.
48. Wine Travel Bag and Picnic Set
A 9-piece insulated wine carrying bag including 2 (acrylic) wine glasses (which you can replace by proper ones ;-)), 2 wine glass stakes, 2 cloth picnic napkins, a corkscrew and a bottle stopper.
49. It’s Wine o’Clock Wall Clock
A large wall clock to show us the time, and – more importantly – to remind us that it’s wine o’clock somewhere!
50. Marble Wine or Champagne Cooler
A heavy but stylish wine or champagne cooler, made of marble. Chill in the fridge or freezer.
51. Wine Bucket Stand
A 2-piece set, consisting of a champagne or wine bucket and a table-high stand.
52. Single Bottle Wine Purse
How have we survived for so long without them? Stylish wine purses, perfect for BYOB occasions, or as a gift to wine-loving fashionistas. Bottle not included, which means you can add one of your favourites as part of the gift.
53. Book: The Oxford Companion to Wine
The legendary and award-winning book by Masters of Wine Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding. Well written, well researched and recently updated in this 4th edition.
54. Bicycle Wine Carrier
This must be one of the coolest-looking wine gadgets, regardless of whether or not it’s very practical (or good for your bottle of wine).
55. Oversized Wine Glass Cork Holder
Wine-loving households inevitably end up with a pile of wine corks, and I find they’re often hard to throw away, as every bottle is connected to a memory, a story or an event. With this giant wine glass, the corks can become part of the decor, and a great conversation piece for visiting wine aficionados.
56. Black Wine Tasting Glasses
Few things are more challenging and confrontational for wine tasters than double-blind tasting from black glasses. It’s surprising how hard it can be to tell a white from a rosé or a red.
57. Champagne Sabre
Sabering champagne is not as hard as it looks (The Internet can help you there). It can be done with the spine of a regular chef’s knife, but it looks so much more spectacular with an actual champagne sabre. Always a bit of a waste of good champagne, but any show requires sacrifices, doesn’t it.
58. Magazine Subscription – Wine Spectator
One of the best-known wine magazines out there. An annual subscription comprises 15 issues, with a focus on wine and wine reviews, but also on food and ‘the lifestyle’. More US-focused, which is interesting for wine enthusiasts from other continents as well, as it offers a window on that very interesting part of the wine world.
59. Zalto Champagne Glasses
A set of 2 Zalto champagne glasses in gift packaging. These glasses are light, delicate and the summum of luxurious enjoyment for lovers of good sparkling wines.
60. Personalised Beverage Tub
The perfect container to fill with ice and showcase the wine (or beer) options at a party. It also makes a great gift for weddings, anniversaries or any wine enthusiast who loves to entertain.
61. Aerating Wine Glass – Set of 2
These dishwater-safe glasses aerate your wine as you pour it in. Definitely a showstopper.
62. Wine and Cheese Picnic Basket
63. Padded 12-Bottle Wine Trolley
This is a great gift for wine club members, wine educators or other wine professionals, who regularly haul around boxes and bags of wine bottles: a padded wine trolley with 12 sections. Fits bottles of various sizes.
64. Two-Tier Beverage Tub with Stand
To fill with ice and keep your wines cool at a party. With the 2 tiers, it’s easy to separate sparkling from still wines, white from rosé, or wine from beer.
65. Wine Check-in Luggage for 12 Bottles
This cube-shaped check-in luggage item holds 12 bottles in styrofoam inserts, to keep them safe and minimise vibration and temperature changes during air travel.
66. Wedding Wine Box
A great way to gift wine at a wedding, adding a bottle that can be drunk young, one that is expected to improve in the next 5 years, and one that is expected to be at its peak in 10 years’ time.
67. Antoni Barcelona ‘Boreal’ Wine Decanter
A hand-made wine decanter with a stunning design.
68. Modern Design Champagne Sabre
This is a sleek and elegant stainless steel champagne sabre, designed by the Danish lifestyle brand Georg Jensen.
68. Book: Wine Grapes
This book by Masters of Wine Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding, together with botanist Jose Vouillamoz, is another classic in the wine literature: a compendium of 1,368 vine varieties, their origins, flavours and much more.
69. Grand Hotel Champagne Bucket with Stand
An elegant old-world design wine or champagne bucket with a tall stand. A nice (and useful) decor feature for the dining room.
70. Small Wine Fridge
Wine lovers are often short on storage (and cooling) space for wine, so small wine fridges can come in handy to chill those extra bottles for dinners, tastings or a party.
72. Wine Cork Collection Table
73. Zalto Burgundy Wine Glasses – Set of 6
These mouth-blown, dishwasher-safe and lead-free wine glasses are pricey, but they’re fantastic glasses to drink from, for special occasions (and wines) as well as day-to-day use. Light and elegant, they seem delicate, but they’re surprisingly strong.
74. Wine Spittoon Ma Cave à Vin 2l
A necessary item during tastings, and a good-looking accessory in wine cellars, tasting rooms, etc. I like this model of spittoons – minimising the risk of spillage or spraying.
75. Champagne Cork Stool/Table
This is a fantastic decoration piece for a wine-lover’s home or any wine business: a large champagne-cork-shaped side table that can also be used as a stool.
76. Riedel Amedeo Decanter
A decanter we saw used at a restaurant in La Morra, Piemonte, and we absolutely loved it! A great showpiece for any table, and for great wines. Tip: add one of your favourite bottles of wine!
77. VinGarde Valise Wine Travel Case
Transport the wine you’ve bought on your travels safely and in style, with this 12-bottle wine suitcase. There are smaller, 8-bottle versions and wine-glass inserts available.
78. Sleeping Bacchus Statue
A hand-made brass, bronze and copper statue of a sleeping Bacchus, the god of wine, vine and religious ecstasy.
79. Solid Cork Wine Glass Side Table
A side table in the shape of an elegant, stemmed wine glass, made from solid cork. This is a great eyecatcher and conversation piece.
80. Wine Cork Patio Set
A weather-resistant patio table and 2 stools, featuring 4,700 recycled wine corks.