When I first went looking for great gifts for wine lovers, I thought it would be easy. There are plenty of wine accessories, wine clubs, and books that make great gifts. However, when you being your search for wine gifts, you'll find the buying decisions aren't so easy! There are many categories of wine gifts to consider. There are also hundreds of versions and models in each category that you will need to sift through before finding the perfect present. That's why we want to make choosing your gift for a wine lover a little simpler.
The first step when buying gifts for wine lovers is knowing the people you are purchasing the gift for. We divided our list into five parts to help you; gifts for wine lovers who are new to wine, gifts for the moderate wine drinker, gift ideas for the wine connoisseur, gifts for the wine lover who has it all, and unique wine gifts.
Your shopping becomes even easier if you have some idea which wine accessories the wine lover you are buying for already has. Even the biggest wine fan doesn't need a drawer full of waiter's corkscrews! Short of knowing this, you can stick to the general categories. A wine novice may still need a corkscrew or at least be ready for an upgrade. Need a gift for a wine connoisseur? Focus on newly released wine accessories that enhance the wine tasting experience.
When you are really unsure, you can always fall back on buying a bottle of wine or champagne. We think gifting a bottle of Dom Perignon fits almost every occasion.
We don't cover books in the post, but books can make great gifts for wine lovers. Check out our wine book post for that.
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Wine Accessory Gifts For Newbies
From the first cheap corkscrew, you picked up at Total Wine to the “must have” wine accessories you spotted while passing through Williams Sonoma, many of us have slowly built a small armory of wine gadgets that are supposed to improve our wine drinking experience at home. For some, love of wine is a new thing. These are often the easiest people to shop for.
A wine novice is someone who just discovered the joys of the fermented juice. They probably pick up affordable wine at the local market. They haven't yet entered the world of varietals, scores, and terroir. These virgin wine lovers still need the basics. Wine accessories make great gifts for this category of wine lover.
1. Waiter Corkscrew ($5 up to $25+) | CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICES
The classic, simple and almost universal waiter’s corkscrew. This has been and continues to be the standby cork remover for wine lovers and servers alike. These openers are a must-have for anyone. They work with virtually any style of bottleneck and can open any type of cork.
Pretty sure you’re not using it right? Check out YouTube for videos of how to master this corkscrew and impress your friends at your next get together. Do you want more options? Here is a list of our favorite wine openers. Any of these openers will make a great gift for wine lovers.
2. Wine Pearls ($12 up to $20+) | CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICES
Think whiskey stones for wine. You can assume a wine novice doesn't have a wine cellar or even a wine cooler. That means they don't have perfectly chilled wine on hand.
We’ve all had those moments where we neglect to offer a friend passing through a glass of wine because it’s not at the right temperature to serve. Temps are no longer a problem with a set of wine pearls in the freezer.
Made primarily from stainless steel, these rounded “pearls” can be dropped into a glass of wine too quickly bring it to the right temperature without diluting your drink. These make fun gifts for wine lovers. Reminder: DO NOT USE ICE CUBES!
3. Wine-Saver Pump ($7 up to $20+) | CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICES
Even the wine newbie should have a wine pump. This is a great gift for wine lovers who are just starting out. There is a good chance they are just sticking the cork back in the wine bottle at this point, so this is a nice upgrade.
There are a few different companies that offer these types of pumps. They range from plastic to stainless steel but generally, the starter set comes with the manual pump and two reusable vacuum stoppers. The stopper is placed just like any other bottle stopper and then you pump until you hear the “click” which signals an airtight seal. By sealing off the bottle this way, you slow down the oxidation process and protect it from bacteria. That means your wine lasts longer. Who wants to throw out half-filled bottles of wine?
There are a million wine tee shirts available online. We were looking for something original. What we found are Batik tee shirts. There are handmade and high-quality shirts that start out white. Then a design is created in wax and the shirts are dyed fun colors. These shirts are wearable art and not just screen printed shirts that are mass produced.
We found a few shirt designs we really like. You can see one of our favorites batik shirts here.
Gifts For Wine Lovers | Level 2
So maybe the wine lover you need a gift for is a bit more advanced. They read some wine blogs and visit wine country. This wine lover might skip the supermarket aisle and head to the local wine specialty store. They probably already have their wine opener and their pump. So which wine lover gifts make sense for our level 2 wine enthusiast? You need to up your game here. Think in terms of helping this wine lover improve their knowledge and enjoyment of wine. A wine club gift makes sense here. Wine accessories gifts should focus on enhancing aroma and flavor and not be strictly functional.
The beauty of wine club gift cards is the recipient gets to choose what they want. But you aren't completely off the hook as the gift giver. You need to find a wine club gift that offers great wine and a wide selection. Winc wine club has a huge selection of wines and they are very accessible (easy to drink!).
Winc is a unique wine club. They search the world for great winemakers and then partner with them to create special vintages. This is a perfect gift for someone who wants to explore new wines, but also have a range of options for more popular wines like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winc is a great gift for the wine lover who is looking to move beyond the basics and expand their palate. Click here | Get $20 Off Your First Order.
Want more wine club ideas? Check out our list of the of the best wine clubs online.
2. Wine Aerator/Pouring ($7 up to $40+) | CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICES
Although wine can aerate itself by sitting out in a decanter for a few hours, you don’t always have the time. Or you may only want one glass. There are quite a few aerators out on the market today that can make a quick job of this for you.
You will find two main types, those that are handheld and those that are a pouring spout that attaches to the bottle. Both do the job very well, so it really is a personal preference which style you choose. There are thousands of reviews on Amazon for both. We prefer the Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer, not only is it small enough to fit in a drawer, but it offers a “drip free” experience. This is a perfect wine accessory gift for a wine lover who is starting to appreciate the subtleties of great wine. For more wine aerator ideas, check out our list of the best wine aerators.
3. Champagne Re-corker/Sparkling Wine Stopper ($6 up to $15) | CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICES
These devices are much less common in wine lover's gadget drawers. For sparkling wine fans, these are a must. If you can’t finish that bottle of champagne, there is no longer a need to pour it down the drain. Gone are the days of “wine hacks” that never really work. While we probably need a separate category that just covers gifts for champagne lovers, this is a good place to start.
Grab one of these champagne re-corkers, at only about $10, grab two! These stoppers are spring loaded to ensure a tight seal to keep all that bubbly…bubbly and good for at least another day.
4. Lever Corkscrew ($7 up to $100) | CLICK TO CHECK CURRENT PRICES
The lever corkscrew was everywhere for a while. It seems like the popularity has died down, but there is a place for these on your list of the best gifts for wine lovers. Maybe they still haven’t mastered the waiter’s corkscrew. Or, are they the king (queen) of broken corks? A lever corkscrew could be just the gadget they need to become an expert at opening that bottle. These are also great gifts for wine lovers who entertain a lot. This can make opening a lot of wine bottles less of a hassle.
The lever corkscrews are much easier to operate, with a smooth push-pull lever action. Most of these also feature a foil cutter and come with an extra screw pull. These are also the perfect wine gift for anyone with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. You can find basic ones online for around $20 and they go up from there. For more options check out our list of the best wine openers.
5. Beautiful Coffee Table Book (Wide Range of Prices) | Click To Check Current Prices
There are many wonderful books about wine that will make a perfect gift for a serious wine lover. We prefer books that balance wine education with beautiful photography and practical advise.
The Champagne Essential Box Set is a great example of a functional and beautiful wine book that will live on a wine lovers coffee table for years to come.
Click here for a list of our favorite wine books.
Gifts For Wine Lovers | Level 3
The serious wine lover in your life will certainly appreciate a wine gift. However, these are the people that are the most difficult to buy a gift for. They already have the basic wine openers and wine aerators. Basic wine accessories gifts just won't do. So, which wine gift can you pick for them that will be meaningful? Here are a few ideas.
1. Carafe/Decanter ($15 to $100+) | CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT PRICES
We have already talked a little bit about wine aeration but a decanter can do this for you on a large scale as opposed to glass by glass. Not only do decanters aerate the wine but they also allow wine to separate from any sediment in the bottle.
There are a plethora of decanters that vary widely from a basic carafe style to hand-blown glass or crystal pieces of art and prices vary along with that. To impress a high-end wine lover, you need to do some hunting. Look for quality in the materials and a stylish design. A nice decanter is like a work of functional art. This can end up as one of the most cherished gifts for a wine lover. You can see a full list of top wine decanter options here.
2. Wine Chiller ($10 to $500+) | CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT PRICES
Storing and serving wine at optimum temperatures is an obsession for true wine fanatics. The best expression of a complex wine depends on the temperature you drink it at. There is a broad range of devices that help wine lovers keep wine at the perfect serving temperature. Some vino lovers will invest in expensive wine refrigerators or build out wine cellars. This can cost thousands of dollars. For wine gift giving, you probably want to focus on a wine gadget that is a little less expensive.
While there are many types of wine chillers out there, from buckets to double walled acrylic vases to frozen ice rods that can be inserted into the bottle itself, we like the simple, classy look of a marble crock or polished chrome wine bucket. Not only do they insulate very well, but they are also very aesthetically pleasing.
This is a great wine gift for someone who enjoys hosting wine dinners. You can keep the bottles close at hand and at the right temperature.
3. Wine Carrier ($7 up to $350+) | CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT PRICES
What good would a wine accessory gift list be without a good wine carrier? These are perfect for toting some vino over to the friend’s house or for carrying wine back on a plane after a trip to wine country.
We are fans of Built NY’s wine totes. They come in a one, two and six bottle option and anyone is sure to find a color or print that suits their taste. The neoprene folds down very flat, making storage a non-issue. It also protects from all the bumps and drops you may encounter as well as insulating the wine. The best thing? They are machine washable. Starting at around $15, they are long-lasting and affordable wine gift.
Want a gift for someone you ships a lot of wine around. Check out this option.
Wine Connoisseur Gifts
You may need to splurge a little when it comes to a wine connoisseur gift? There are a few wine gadgets that will really take their wine experience to the next level.
The first wine gadget is the Aervana wine aerator. This is like having a tap for your wine bottle. The wine is pumped out of the bottle into the little tap that sits on top. You just press a button and the properly aerated wine pours into your glass. This is a unique gift that wine connoisseurs will love.
Is the Aervana a little outside of your wine gift budget? You can consider the Nutri Chef aerator. This model isn't quite as slick as the Aervana, but it does a nice job aerating wine and gets solid reviews.
2. Coravin Wine System -
The next wine gadget perfect for a connoisseur gift is the Coravin wine pouring system. This wine gadget is one without much competition. It is labeled as a wine preservation opener. This tool allows you to pour a glass of wine without pulling the cork. Yes, you heard that right. Coravin has developed an opening system that employs a needle to extract wine from the bottle without damaging the cork. The device also releases gas into the bottle that protects the wine from oxygen. This allows you to pour a glass and then seal the bottle back up in one swift movement.
This is a perfect wine gadget if you like to drink many different types of wine. You can pour a glass of red tonight, a glass of white tomorrow and then move on to a new red the next night. The wine you don't drink remains protected in the bottle.
This is a luxury wine club gift from one of the best in the business. The California Wine Club offers a number of excellent wine club options for a range of budgets. But this club is the perfect wine connoisseur gift.
Are you looking for a gift to impress a wine aficionado who can smell, taste and enjoy the difference between a $20 bottle of Cab and a $150 bottle? This is the wine gift for you.
Members receive two premium bottles of aged Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the best producers in the Valley.
Unique And Humorous Gifts For Wine Lovers
Beer belly full? Why not fill up your rack?
You can get 25 oz. of wine in this unique wine gift. That's five glasses if you are using the standard 5 oz. pour. I have a feeling anyone wearing this isn't using the standard pour.
The bra sizes run from 34A through 34D. The bra is machine washable and the bladder inside needs to be hand washed.
When would you use this? We could see you wearing this to a concert, sporting event, the opera, or ballet. This is a way to get some lower cost wine into venues that charge way too much for their booze. According to the manufacturer, it also makes a fun gift!
I'm trying to picture the meeting where someone pitched this idea to the manufacturer. What real-life experiences were they calling on when this design came to mind? How thought these would be popular gifts for wine lovers?
This line of wine accessories started out with the simple stopper and has grown into a little family of curious characters.
These are best left in the cabinet when grandma comes over for a glass of wine. Or when you invite your new friends from the PTA over for a few glasses.
The manufacturer describes these unique wine accessories as being made of rock-hard plastic and perfect for as a novelty gift. With this set, you get a bottle opener, corkscrew, stopper and bottle topper. This is one of our favorite "white elephant" gifts for wine lovers.
Some people need to justify solo drinking and want to be reminded of it on their glass. Others have a pathological love of felines. we don't fall into either camp, so this glass just seems weird.
We are usually too busy drinking our wine to read any clever content printed on them, but if you want to let your freak flag fly, here you go. Grab one of these babies. Don't like this version, there are plenty of wine glasses with stuff about cats on them. We don't know why.
This glass holds 15 oz of wine and dishwasher safe. It makes a great gift for lonely people that drink with cats. Please do not let your cat drink wine out of it. Please!
Someday we will publish our complete list of the best cat gifts for wine lovers. We promise to let you know when we do.
Who is ordering these? Seriously. X-Files fans maybe? Do X-Files fans still exist?
This creepy little wine bottle holder is supposed to be an alien chugging a bottle of Merlot or whatever you choose to put in its strange little hands. The fact that this looks more like a human baby or embryo ups the ick factor considerably.
This incredibly strange bottle holder is made of polyresin and it weighs 3lbs without the wine bottle added. The makers of this wine accessory feel ownership is a great way to show off your love of wine.
Where exactly they think this should be placed in your house isn't clear. Maybe in the nursery? This is definitely one of the oddest gifts for wine lovers out there.
There is nothing worse than realizing you just drank out of someone else's wine glass. Who knows where their mouth has been. Or even worse, you may actually know where it's been. That's why we like to thank the lord for Drinking Buddies. You will know which version of JC blessed your glass.
There are four markers in the pack. They are described as Christ T., JC, J-Dawg and Kanye. Not really clear on the Kanye references, but it must make sense to someone.
You can hang the little Jesus on the side of your glass and the manufacturers promise you will avoid the embarrassing glass mix-ups that happen when the wine is flowing. This is no guarantee that you can fill the glass with water and it will be turned into wine. But it's worth a try.
This is one set of buddies in the long line of drinking buddy options. Not a fan of the lord? You can get cowboys in chaps instead! Truly one of the great novelty gifts for wine lovers.
6. Wine Condoms
If these practical wine stoppers were called wine balloons, no one would look twice. The concept is solid. The condom creates an airtight lid on the bottle. This is essential if you want to keep your wine from going bad. We know, many of you have never actually but a half-empty bottle back. But for those of us who have, this is a nice option. The wine condom doesn't protrude out of the bottle, so you can fit it into your dorm fridge more easily. These condoms are designed to be re-used, so keep that in mind.
Even with the practicality of them, these are still a novelty wine accessory. They make a great gag gift for wine lovers. According to the manufacturer, there are tons of celebrities who absolutely love these things. So if you often consult celebrities for your wine storage options, you should feel good making this purchase.
The manufacturer also suggests carrying the wine condoms in a purse or wallet. That seems like terrible advice.
The reviews on Amazon are solid and we have noticed they are often sold out, so whip out your wallet and order some.
So this seems like a very practical gift for your friends that don't know cars were invented. I guess it would also extend to people who drink wine while playing Polo (we do not endorse drinking and playing Polo).
This combines all the functionality of a high-quality horse hoof pick with the ease of a waiters' corkscrew. We could see needing this...well...never. But there are tons of people who do need it, so add it to your wine accessories for the holidays' list.
This could also be a practical tool for cleaning your teeth before and after drinking. That seems to have a wider market application.
9. Wine Flask Bracelet
There is little detail on what the bracelet flask is made of. The website selling them only offers. "For those who never want to be caught without a backup libation, secretly sip in style with this innovative bracelet flask"
We are thinking you may want to seek help if you need to fill your bracelet with booze just to make it through the day. But who the hell are we to judge?
We first discovered this bizarre wine accessory gift at one of the big wine warehouses. At first, we thought someone had lost a shoe and a nice person in the store put it up on the shelf. Then we saw more of these and thought, that's a lot of people to lose high heels in a wine warehouse at noon on a Tuesday.
To our utter disbelief, we were told they were actually meant to be purchased. These are for holding up wine bottles? When does this need arise?
Can someone who has purchased one of these unique wine gifts please write in and tell us when they use this? Is it something you leave on the counter all the time? Do you pull out "the shoe" for special dates? I need answers and no one seems to have them.
The Two Most Expensive Gifts For Wine Lovers
If you are considering this as a gift for a wine lover, please add us to your list!. We have a full list of the best wine refrigerators here, but you may as well start at the top.
This is a top of the line wine storage unit. With the EuroCave you can hold off on building out a full wine cellar. The cooler will handle 178 standard size wine bottles. The unit will keep these at perfect cellar temperatures until you get around to drinking them.
There are some truly great features here.
The unit is energy efficient. It uses 55% less electricity than previous models.
You can control the temperature and humidity levels from the touchscreen.
There is an alarm to warn you if the temperature is out of the range you set.
A number wooden box containing a rare 2000 vintage of Bollinger champagne. This is a once in a lifetime gift for a wine lover. There were only 400 bottles made of this outstanding vintage. The ultimate champagne lovers gift, the 3-liter bottle will cost you 1,399, but we are told it is worth every penny.
Conclusion | The Best Gifts for Wine Lovers
We hope you can find a few items on our list that suit your needs. Shopping for wine lovers should be fun. Wine is meant to be enjoyed and there are many wine accessories gifts that enhance the wine experience. Start your search by discovering what type of wine lover you are shopping for. Then you can narrow down the list of wine gadgets that make sense as a gift. Don't overspend on a beginner wine drinker's gift and don't give a plastic stopper as a wine connoisseur's gift. Know your gift recipient and then find the best value wine gift for that person.