#WineWednesday: Creative Ways to Gift a Bottle of Wine

These ideas don't require a bag or wrapping paper.

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As crowd-pleasing and delicious as wine is, it sometimes feels impersonal as a stand-alone gift. This year, ditch the single-purpose wine bag, and, instead, include a thoughtful item recepients can use with the wine. Or use the wine bottle as a vehicle to give another small, personalized gift.

To get you started, here are nine different ideas for dressing up and gifting a wine bottle.

As Part of a Mulled Wine or Sangria Kit

Homemade Mulled Wine

Homemade Mulled Wine

You can't go wrong with wine. Add a seasonal spin by including a mulled wine kit with your favorite bottle of red. Homemade mulled wine brings the taste of the holidays home.

Photo by: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

If the recipient enjoys mixed drinks and crafting cocktails, put together a kit for mulled wine or sangria. Gifting sparkling wine? Include a variety of fresh fruit for bellinis (if you won't be shipping the kit).

Wrapped in a Towel, Scarf, Belt + More

Furoshiki Wrap

Furoshiki Wrap

A traditional Japanese fabric wrap is an eco friendly alternative to paper or plastic wrapping. Use a tea towel or dishtowel to turn this pretty packaging into a useful and reusable gift.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Think outside the box, literally, when it comes to wrapping wine. Attach a bow tie, belt, neck tie or scarf. For your favorite chef, wrap the bottle with a hand towel or place inside an oven mitt.

With an Upgraded Bottle Opener

Bar Set With Leather Tool Holder

Bar Set With Leather Tool Holder

Attach a bottle opener to the leather tool belt pocket using 1/2-inch screw post to create a unique, wall-mounted bar tool holder.

These are crucial, after all, to enjoying bottled wine. A really nice opener can make all the difference for a habitual drinker.

As Part of a Cheese Board

Wine and Cheese Gift Basket

Wine and Cheese Gift Basket

Create a festive wine-based gift by outfitting a picnic basket with their favorite wine paired with the appropriate cheeses and crackers.

Put together a snack plate with assorted cheese, a fresh baguette, dried fruit and charcuterie to pair with the wine.

In a Self-Care Basket

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Photo by: Melanie Grizzel

Melanie Grizzel

Fill a basket with their favorite bottle of wine, new magazines, scented candles, body scrub, a face or foot mask, nail polish, healthy (or not-so-healthy) treats and soft slippers.

With a Keyring or Luggage Tag

Custom Luggage Tag

Custom Luggage Tag

A tailored luggage tag makes for a great gift for the world travelers on your holiday list.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Frequent travelers, college students and newly-married couples will appreciate a leather luggage tag with an updated address or a stylish new keychain.

Or a Customized Address Stamp

Custom Address Stamp

Custom Address Stamp

A personalized stamp is a great way to dress up wine for a holiday housewarming or a newly married couple spending their first Christmas in a new home.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

If you forgot to give the newlyweds a wedding gift, this is a subtle way to make up for it. This also makes a great gift for new homeowners or friends who recently moved.

etsy.com, ~$25

Include a New Set of Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses

A delicate, pretty set of wine glasses will always be cherished. Or, if the recipient is just starting their wine-glass collection, include a set of glasses to use with the respective wine you give them. Place the wine and glasses in a wine crate filled with tinsel and tissue paper for a pretty presentation.

Provide Supplies for a Wine Bottle Project

Wine Glass Holder

Wine Glass Holder

Make a rustic wine glass holder using an old leather belt and a scrap piece of wood.

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For the crafty individuals on your list, gather all the materials (and instructions) for a unique DIY project they can make over the holidays. Professional-level handymen and women will love making this rustic-style wine glass holder, while beginners can easily handle this elegant wine bottle candleabra project.

And, When in Doubt, Sparkling Wine Wins

Miniature Champagne Bottles

Miniature Champagne Bottles

Photo by: Jeanine Hays

Jeanine Hays

Maybe you're thinking, "All these ideas are great, but I don't even know what kind of wine to give!" No worries! Sparkling wine is always a safe bet. It's festive, effervescent and versatile. And even if the recipient doesn't like sparkling wine, at least they can bring it to a New Year's Eve party.

10 Festive Ways to Dress Up a Basic Wine Bottle

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Festive Socks

Slip your bottle of wine into a holiday-themed sock, then use its matching partner to create a cute bow. This clever gift wrap is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Handmade Leather Tassel

Add some sophistication to your wine bottle with a simple handmade leather tassel. Add a key ring to leather strips to use it for both decorative and practical purposes.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Custom Address Stamp

A personalized stamp is a great way to dress up wine for a holiday housewarming party or a newly-married couple spending their first Christmas in a new home.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Mulled Wine Sachet

An individual mulled wine sachet isn’t just useful, but when dressed up with cinnamon sticks and fresh rosemary, it also makes for a pretty presentation.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Personalized Luggage Tag

A tailored luggage tag makes for a great gift for the world travelers on your holiday list.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Furoshiki Wrap

A traditional Japanese fabric wrap is an eco-friendly alternative to paper or plastic wrapping. Use a tea towel or dishtowel to turn this pretty packaging into a practical gift.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Add a DIY Touch

Get crafty by creating a reusable ornament made out of collected corks. This thematic adornment is the perfect host or hostess gift for wine lovers.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Vintage Scarf

Pick up a one-of-a-kind vintage scarf and wrap your wine bottle up for a flea-market-chic look.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Faux Fur Cuff and Brooch

For the fashionista on your list, scour a vintage store for a faux fur collar and costume jewelry. Then, give your bottle of wine a high-fashion makeover.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Wooden Bottle and Glass Holder

For a serious wine lover, don’t worry about getting that perfect bottle of vino. Instead, gift them something wine themed that they may not already have in their arsenal, like this wine tote for two.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

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