These days a lot of us are cost conscious, especially when it comes to gift giving. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice value. With so many options out there, it can be hard to choose great wine-related gifts on a budget. Here are six that caught our eye this past year that we recommend. They’re all reasonably priced and most are available online.
1. Gemstone Wine Stoppers
If you’re looking for a unique wine-related gift on a budget, consider gemstone-topped wine stoppers from Crystal Luxe Décor. These one-of-a-kind home accessories are made from natural crystals and gemstones. The wine stoppers come in tiger’s eye, amethyst, and other stones. The owner, Aldeane Josephs, also creates napkin rings, lamps, nightlights, and other home décor items. I found these at a charitable event, but they’re also available on Etsy. Believe it or not, they’re only $35 each, and come with free shipping.
2. Can Openers That Take the Whole Top Off
If you know people who drink canned wine, beer, or soda, give them a can opener that enables them to lift and completely remove the top of the can so you can drink as if from a glass. For instance, the can opener from Draft Top, as seen on the TV Show Shark Tank, is lightweight, easy to use, and safely takes the top off – no rough edges. The can is then easier to drink from, enables you to smell the contents, and lets you add a garnish. The last time I visited the website one version was for sale for $24.99, with free shipping. The company also sells related accessories, such as can coolers.
3. Single Serve, Portable Coffee
After an evening of drinking wine, many of us like to begin the next day with a cup of coffee. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who likes coffee but is often on the run, consider giving on-the-go coffee. For instance, Steeped Coffee produces single-serve coffee bags filled with 100% artisan roasted specialty coffee that’s pre-portioned, precision ground, and triple-sealed for freshness. It works much like a tea bag, and tastes very good for not being freshly brewed. It’s convenient, sustainable in compostable packaging, and perfect for traveling or camping. The coffee comes in different blends. The last time I checked, a home gift kit was $24.95, and other gift packages were available.
Rather than give a wine drinker yet another bottle of wine, why not mix it up and give a bottle of sherry? Sherry is a fortified wine made in the South of Spain from white grapes and comes in diverse styles. You can drink it straight or use it in cocktails. It also doesn’t have to be expensive, so it’s perfect as a wine-related gift on a budget. For example, Lustau, founded in 1896, produces eight different styles of sherry wine, as well as related items such as sherry vermouth and sherry brandy. While it only ships direct within Spain, its sherry can be found in many retail wine shops; near me some of its bottles are selling for $22.
5. Tea Towels
Looking for something whimsical yet practical? How about a tea towel? For example, Bobby gave me a tea towel from Uncommon Goods for Mother’s Day. London-based artist Stuart Gardiner creates fun infographic cotton towels loaded with information, such as wine pairings, wine production, and trivia, such as how to clink your glass. The towels are both informative and cute. They are also machine washable. One towel is only $14.00; you could also buy towel sets and towels in related topics, such as breads of the world and a whiskey lover's tea towel.
6. Plastic, Non-Tip Wine Glasses
If your wine drinker worries about a wine glass tipping over or breaking, consider giving shatterproof wine glasses. For example, another fun gift I received for Mother’s Day, from Jessie (you can tell there’s a theme here 😊) was a set of plastic stemless BPA-free reusable wine glasses from Govino. These are great for situations where glass is prohibited or you don’t want to use glass, such as outdoors when it’s windy. This has become my go-to glass on the deck after work. The glasses are also dishwasher safe. Some varieties are clear; others are available with designs, such as holiday, pride, and stars and stripes. A two-pack of white wine glasses costs $12.95.
I hope that these great wine-related gifts on a budget make gift giving a little easier – or spurs you to buy yourself a little something. If you have any recommendations about additional wine-related gifts on a budget, please share them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Always feel free to reach out to us with any questions or feedback.
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