If you have a true oenophile among your family members or friends then chances are you have been searching for a Christmas gift that is not only unique but is likely to be something they don’t already own. Wine lovers tend to know a lot about wine and have their favorite vintners, therefore buying them bottles of wine is probably something you should steer clear of unless you too are a connoisseur and are familiar with the type of wines they like. That doesn’t mean you can’t find wine lovers gifts that your friends or family members will truly appreciate. The following are some ideas to help you find the Xmas perfect gift:
The purpose of a wine aerator is to enhance the flavor of the wine by mixing just the right amount of air into it as it is being poured. An aerator is great for those times when you don’t want to wait for the newly opened bottle of wine to ‘breathe’. When you compare wine poured through an aerator to that poured directly from the bottle there is a distinct difference that wine lovers definitely will appreciate. Aerators are available in a variety of prices so you can choose one that is easily within your budget.
The Wine Bible
This is the must-have book for any wine lover or someone who wants to know more about wine. It is written by Karen MacNeil, a multi-award winning wine expert with over 30 years experience. The book is jam-packed with a ton of information regarding wines and the wine industry, all written in a witty and fun style that is sure to be both entertaining and informative. Though your friend or family member is likely very knowledgeable about wines chances are this book will reveal some interesting facts that they were unaware of.
While wine is an extremely enjoyable liquid to drink sometimes it needs something equally tasty in the way of foods to accompany it. A wine chest is packed full of cheeses, crackers, snacks and of course it wouldn’t be a wine chest without a couple of bottles of wine. This is all beautifully organized in an actual chest that can be re-used for just about anything once all the ‘goodies’ have been consumed. Your friend or family member can share the wine chest with someone special and have a fun evening full of wine tasting and sampling of all the gourmet items.
Zinzig Wine Game
Here is one of the essential ingredients to an interesting evening with friends who are all wine lovers and believe they know something about wine. This game will test their knowledge and perhaps teach them a few things they didn’t already know. A glass of fine wine, some crackers and cheese, this game and good company is the recipe for a fun night that will be remembered. This could become a monthly tradition, with each of the wine lovers taking turns to be host. An alternative to this game is Wineopoly, based upon the traditional Monopoly board game but with wine-themed figures, actions and properties.
Personalized Wine Glasses
Nothing is a more unique Xmas gift for a wine lover than wine glasses that are personalized just for your wine gift recipient. A set of top quality wine glasses with something etched on the outside surface will clearly make them specialized. A large letter for his or her first name initial is a good choice. It can be etched in a fancy, scrolled font so that it looks really classy, much like monogrammed kerchiefs and blazer pockets. An alternative idea is to think of something (or research) that is specifically to do with wine and have a saying or quote etched onto the glasses. Depending on upon budget you can choose to purchase a set of 6 or just get two. Find a local shop that will do the etching for you at a reasonable cost. What gets etched on the glasses is only limited by your imagination and the artist’s skill level.
These are little charms on rings that are placed around the stem of a wine glass so that when drinking with a few friends each person can quickly and easily recognize which glass is theirs by the charm that is on it. Wine charms come in a huge variety of styles, but are also something you can easily make yourself if you are even the slightest bit craft-minded, and can be a fun thing to do. If you want totally unique then making them yourself is the way to go. There are plenty of online video tutorials that will advise you of the materials you will need, and then go through step-by-step instructions to show you how to make them. You can choose to do something to similar to what is being shown on the video or you can make them completely different. Either way they will be totally unique because they were made by you, just for your wine-loving friend or family member.