As someone with a ton of wine-loving friends, I know how hard it can be to find unique wine gifts.
When you search the internet for gift guides, it tends to be the same stemless wine glasses or engraved cork screws over and over and over again, so I wanted to give world the unique gift guide for wine lovers that it needs!
I’ve compiled ten of my favorite gifts for wine-os who already have everything into a comprehensive list. These are perfect for Christmas, birthdays, or if you just want to show your loved ones you appreciate them as much as they appreciate wine.
1. Boxed Wine Dispensing Sphere
This has to be the number one item on my things-I-can't-justify-buying-for-myself wishlist. As an avid boxed wine drinker, I would LOVE something like this for when I’m feeling extra fancy. Class that cardboard up -- no one needs to know it's Franzia underneath! Bedeck your boxed wine in the little black dress it deserves.
This is a fantastic gift for your thrifty friend who likes hosting parties. Hilariously frivolous and unnecessary to life, but that’s what gifts are for, right?!
2. Boxed Wine Cooler
While we're on the subject of boxed wine, here’s another BRILLIANT gift for the boxed wine drinker in your life. Basically a briefcase for your wine.
This would be amazing at the pool or beach -- no glass, no need to haul a heavy cooler, no clean up. Practicality at it’s finest.
3. Fillable Lamp Base
Perfect for your crafty (or hoarder-y) friends who have a ton of wine corks lying around.
This lamp base is adorable and will match pretty much any house decor. It's also not as played out as every other overly elaborate DIY cork craft that Facebook advertisers flood into my newsfeed daily.
4. Local Wine Club Membership
I am very over online wine subscriptions. They’re overpriced and impersonal. Avoid them at all costs (namely, actual cost).
Instead, give your friends a club membership to a local wine store! Almost every wine store has a club that picks out special bottles for their members each month and offers awesome discounts.
They're usually very reasonably priced as well -- the club I joined is only $25 a month, which includes two amazing bottles of wine a month and great in-store discounts. It's perfect for your friend who already has everything and is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
5. A Wine Experience
I have a whole post on the 5 most amazing wine experience to give the wine lover in your life. You can never go wrong with gifting an experience AND you can be positive the person doesn’t already own it. Wine dinners, classes, tastings, and trips are some of the most fun, thoughtful gifts you can give.
But again, I’ve already written about them. So go read that!
6. Insulated Wine Carrier
I’m sure you’ve seen these before — but hear me out. You don’t want your wine to get warm, or make your purse wet, or for your hands to have to come into contact with the chilly and/or cumbersome exterior of the bottle.
Full disclosure: I received this as a birthday gift and it CHANGED MY LIFE. It's everything in one bag.
This set includes four wine glasses, an opener and stopper, a bamboo cheese board, and a knife, so you don't need to worry about bringing anything additional to your picnic other than the actual wine and a block of cheese.
7. Scratch and Sniff Wine Guide
I usually don’t suggest books as gifts, but this one is pretty special. Almost any wine lover would get a kick out of it and it's educational. Who in their right mind wouldn't want to scratch and sniff wine out of a book?
I think I've found a new hobby. Best coffee table book of all time.
8. Cheese Making Kit
Speaking of hobbies, this + a bottle of wine = the ultimate gift for your friend who picks up a new hobby every week.
I purchased this for a cheese-obsessed friend and they had a blast going through the recipes and making their own homemade cheeses. (And I had a blast eating pounds upon pounds of that delicious coagulated dairy.)
There are a bunch of these kits out there, but if you’re buying for a wine-o, I would opt for a hard cheese kit like this one as opposed to a mozzarella/ricotta kit. The hard cheese kits are more advanced, but they’ll go better with the bottle of Bordeaux Blanc you threw in.*
*That said, every cheese goes with wine. Get the mozzarella kit if you want.
9. Rosé Wine Scented Candle
Whoops -- my millennial is showing! But come on, it’s a rosé candle! Everyone loves candles and everyone (who matters) loves rosé.
It’s a smaller gift, but you really can’t go wrong here. I promise your friend already has a red wine candle.* Do this instead.
*If your friend *is* more of a red wine drinker, I’m a big fan of this cabernet candle infused with “Long-Ass Days” made by Malicious Women Candle Co. A truly badass business with wonderfully hilarious products.
10. Camille Long Stem Wine Glasses
Most people don’t need more wine glasses. However, these are for your fabulous friend who loves to treat themselves daily. When I ask any of my friends what their favorite wine glass brand is, they say Camille. Not because they actually own a set, but because they want to very badly.
And there you have it: the ten most unique wine gifts on the internet or at a Kohl’s near you. I also want to give an honorable mention to this puppy or kitten wine holder that I couldn’t bring myself to actually put in the top ten, but I thought deserved some form of recognition.