#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

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

Wine Bottle Wrapping

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

Leather Pouch With Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

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

Picnic wine and cheese

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



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

Wine Bottle Wrapping

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

Wine Bottle Wrapping

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

rustic style wine glass holder

Wine Glass Holder

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

and Danmade

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.

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