Growing up, when my dad owned a bowling alley, people would always buy him anything bowling related. After 27 years, I think he tired of getting bowling ball ties and bowling pin ornaments. Because really, how many ties does a bowling center owner really need? Me? I love getting wine items because we do actually use them. Maybe I won't be saying that in 27 years when I have wine stoppers coming out my ears, but right now, I think it's fun! I love to test them out and see what things are really useful, what works best, and what I love so much I want to give as a gift to someone else. Some things are great for day to day, while others I break out for special occassions.
There are plenty of nice wine glasses, decanters, fancy wine stoppers and beautiful wine gift baskets that make great gifts, but thought I would share of a few my favorite wine gadgets that we actually use consistently on a regular basis.
As you are doing your Christmas shopping, maybe you have a wine lover on your Christmas list who would like one of these.
1. Wine glass/bottle holder steady sticks
And they have one for your wine bottle too, so you don't have to worry about that tipping over either.
Amazon carries several varieties of these.
2. Electric Wine Bottle Opener
You can get pretty fancy with these if you want and splurge on a stainless steel one and spend some extra dough. But ours is from Target for $19.99 and still going strong after 18 months of use. Can't beat it.
3. Countertop Wine Opener
Maybe you're not sold on the electric opener and would rather give a little more of a statement piece, or a more authentic wine opener. Then go for the countertop rabbit wine opener. Super easy, no fuss opener at the pull of a lever. No twisting or holding the bottle in awkward positions. A great piece to set on top a bar! We used ours so much we finally had to replace the corkscrew on it.
4. Wine Aerator
Crate and Barrel does much better on their website. Here is what it says, Breathe life into wines instantly, with or without a decanter. The simple act of pouring wine through the aerator increases pressure as you pour, drawing in and mixing just the right amount of air to help wines open up to their full potential. Without a battery, charcoal, or filter, the Vinturi aerator gives you the same enhanced bouquet, fuller flavor and smoother finish you'd get from 1½ hours of decanting. Aerator comes with a convenient stand and velvet storage bag.
5. Wine Pourer and Stopper
I remember my first time going to a wine tasting and thinking the wine pourers were so cool. It just made the wine look prettier and crisper. I thought they were something special just to wineries, until I realized that wasn't the case.
Back in the day, all of 8 months ago when I was still drinking wine, Aaron and I had no trouble polishing off a bottle of wine just the two of us. But for those occassions when you open a bottle and need a wine stopper to preserve the wine, this wine pourer and stopper in ONE is awesome. The lever just opens and closes, so you can pour a glass and then close it up so it doesn't oxidize.
For entertaining, I like to use these clear dripless wine pourers. Maybe pair a couple of these with a pretty wine bottle coaster for a gift!
I could keep going, but this should give you a good start. Happy Christmas shopping!