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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast in Your Life

Wine enthusiasts can be passionate and hard to please when it comes to their ever-so-sophisticated imbibing. But that doesn't mean it's impossible to match their tastes. Here are a few gifts sure to impress even the most critical connoisseurs.


1. BICYCLE WINE RACK; $34

This leather bike bottle holder will come in handy for the wine lover who’s often cruising around from one dinner party to the next or on their way to a picnic in the park. Handmade in Montreal with antique brass fasteners and olive oil-treated vegetable-tanned leather, the adjustable accessory hangs from the bike frame with ease. Your always-on-the-go wine lover will wonder why they didn’t own one already.

Find it: Etsy


2. THE ESSENTIAL SCRATCH AND SNIFF GUIDE TO BECOMING A WINE EXPERT: TAKE A WHIFF OF THAT; $13

The true wine buff knows more than just what variety they prefer, they know how to verbalize it. This illustrated scratch and sniff guide breaks down the components of a wine and in doing so, helps your aspiring sommelier better differentiate between scents and their favorite blends.

Find it: Amazon


3. VINAERA ELECTRONIC WINE & SPIRIT AERATOR/DISPENSER; $110

Red wines in particular are best when they get a chance to breathe, and this aerator is sure to delight the wine fan who just can't wait to enjoy their drink. The electronic device sits atop the bottle and pumps the wine through a long straw, aerating it as you pour. It’s also faster and more effective than other aerators, and has a look that any tastemaker will appreciate.

Find it: Amazon


4. VINO MARKER METALLIC WINE GLASS PENS; $16 FOR 4

Your giftee is probably known to host a vino party from time to time. But when the bottles start popping and people start socializing, it can be hard to keep track of a glass. With these markers, guests can sign or doodle on the glassware and in three to five minutes, the ink is set for the rest of the night. The non-toxic, food grade markers wash off easily with soap and warm water and can also be used on glazed ceramic surfaces.

Find it: Amazon


5. YES WAY ROSE TOTE; $22

For the friend who can never have enough rosé, there’s this to-the-point bag that’s roomy enough to be totally practical, and also lets the world in on your wine allegiance. The canvas tote is soft, but durable enough to carry a few bottles of the pink stuff (or anything else your friend or loved one might say “yes way” to). It’s cute, fun, and practical, which is just the kind of item a rosé fan can appreciate.

Find it: Yes Way Rosé


6. YOU HAD ME AT MERLOT SHIRT; $25

Because honestly, you need a good pun for every variety of wine. This handmade, off the shoulder slouchy sweatshirt comes in three colors (grey, pink, and white) and is made to order. It's made from soft and lightweight French terry and is just the kind of comfy-cute top that one might wear while binge watching and sipping a good bottle of vino.

Find it: Etsy


7. WINE AROMA TASTING SET, $40

Help your beloved wino develop their distinguished sense of smell. This kit contains the six most common aromas in both red and white wines—grapefruit, pear, raspberry, blackcurrant, violet, and toast—along with a booklet explaining each of them. Great as a gift or an activity to share with your wine-loving friend. Once you become better acquainted with each aroma, pour a glass of your preferred wine, and try to identify them.

Find it: Uncommon Goods


8. CHATEAU SPILL PROFESSIONAL GRADE RED WINE STAIN REMOVER; $9

Accidents happen, and they happen even more often than usual when alcohol is involved. This stain remover is the perfect thoughtful gift for the red wine lover who might also be a little accident prone. The formula starts breaking down pigment at a cellular level and works on a variety of tough stains—from Bordeaux to berries. Whether it’s for the carpet or their favorite scarf, this no peroxide, no chlorine, no phosphate, and 100 percent biodegradable product will safely clean surfaces and ensure no one ever regrets a glass of red.  

Find it: Chateau Spill


9. SUNSET WINE TOTE; $40

A tumbler of good wine can be enjoyed just about anywhere, but this gift will encourage the wine fan in your life to enjoy little nature with their next Cabernet. The compact tote is easy to carry, insulated, and comes with everything you need to enjoy a good bottle—two glasses, checkered napkins, and a corkscrew. It’s also easy to wipe clean if any spills occur, and makes for a pretty classy-looking companion for a romantic wine and cheese picnic.

Find it: Uncommon Goods


10. KOLDFRONT 18 BOTTLE FREE-STANDING DUAL ZONE WINE COOLER - BLACK AND STAINLESS STEEL; $200


For a gift that will impress a wine lover, there’s this thermoelectric cooler with two zones for keeping bottles at just the right temperature. An LCD display system makes it easy to see and regulate the climate (from 44 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit), and the free-standing unit means it can fit just about anywhere. The glass door allows for easy viewing (plus it lets your recipient show off their stash) and comes with a lock for safekeeping.

Find it: Amazon


11. WINE CHILLER: BLIZETEC 3-IN-1 STAINLESS STEEL WINE BOTTLE COOLER STICK WITH AERATOR AND POURER; $19

You might not be able to splurge on a large cooler for your wine fan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help them maintain their chill. After spending some time in the freezer (at least two hours), this slender gadget can be dunked in a bottle to keep it cool, aerate, and pour. It also features a drip fee stopper to prevent leaks. It’s FDA-approved and BPA-free, has a sleek stainless steel design to fit in any bottle, is portable, easy to use, and easy to clean. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which means your gift will last your wine lover for as long as he or she is sipping.

Find it: Amazon

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15 Smart Gifts for Administrative Professionals’ Day
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Without the tireless work of administrative professionals, offices would surely fall apart. This holiday, formerly known as Secretaries Day, is all about showing thanks for their great contributions. It falls on Wednesday, April 26 this year, so there's still time to pick out a thoughtful gift for the people in your office who make life easier for everyone.

1. NESSIE TEA INFUSER; $13

Steeping loose tea is a lot more fun when you can create a cryptid sighting right in your mug. This dishwasher-safe, silicone tea infuser looks just like a baby Loch Ness monster that stores tea leaves in its belly.

Find it: Amazon

2. KNIGHT PEN HOLDER; $30

With this regal display, a good pen will always be close at hand. The resin knight statuette comes with its own refillable black ink pen and works as a nice reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. MIRA WATER BOTTLE; $19

Give the gift of hydration: These 17-ounce bottles are perfect for carrying water, coffee, or tea. The insulation will keep drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and its leak-proof top makes it a mess-free travel companion.

Find it: Amazon

4. CAFFEINE SOAP; $7

Morning showers can be a lot more energized with bars of soap charged with caffeine. The peppermint-scented soap is infused with caffeine, which can be absorbed through the skin (at roughly 200 milligrams per washing) to give a little pre-latte jolt before work. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. HANDICORN; $8

Downtime at the office can now mean a visit from a friendly unicorn. The five piece set comes with four hoofed feet and a unicorn head that fit neatly over most fingers.

Find it: Amazon

6. SOLITAIRE CARDS; $18

It's just like the computer game, but in real life! This deck of cards from Areaware uses the original artwork of Susan Kare from the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Kare even designed joker cards just for the physical set of cards.

Find it: Amazon

7. RETRO PENS; $7

Note taking is about to go old school with these cute, retro-styled pens. The set of five click-top pens come in satisfying muted colors that would dazzle any '60s corporate employee.

Find it: Amazon

8. PICTURE HANGERS; $11

These paper clips are topped with the recognizable Facebook icon, letting owners give a thumbs up or thumbs down to pictures in real life. Each pack comes with seven clips and a string for hanging up all the best pictures, and perhaps the worst reminders on deadlines.

Find it: Amazon

9. SHEEP PUSH PIN HOLDER; $14

At first glance, this is just a sheep with a lovely wool coat. In reality, this sheep is covered in white push pins that can be easily removed and replaced. The clever pin holder is great for any animal lover with a constant need for thumbtacks.

Find it: Amazon

10. CAT POST-IT HOLDER; $6

Here's another helpful animal office product: A cat that dispenses sticky notes. The whiskered feline comes with one pack of Post-Its and can be refilled with any 3-by-3-inch notepads.

Find it: Amazon

11. 30 DAY CHALLENGE; $12

This charming little note dispenser spits out encouraging words and advice. Geared toward self-care, each note suggests one thing the reader can do to slow down and enjoy each day.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

12. SPACE NOTEBOOK; $4

Jot down notes that are out of this world! This astrological notebook has a nice matte cover and an elastic band to keep it shut. The notebook comes with 256 lined pages for plenty of thoughts on the cosmos, extraterrestrials, or conference call numbers.

Find it: ModCloth

13. CACTUS CANDLES; $12

For the coworker who just can't seem to keep a desktop plant alive, these cactus-shaped candles are almost too cute to light. Each box comes with six candles in three different styles.

Find it: Amazon

14. HEAT SENSITIVE PAC-MAN MUG; $11

Pouring hot liquid into this mug is a lot like turning on an arcade game. As the mug heats up, a Pac-Man game emerges—cherries, ghost, and all.

Find it: Amazon

15. SCRATCH OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

This helpful chart recommends 100 different classic books, dating back to 1605. Each book is illustrated and coated with a gold foil design, which proud readers can scratch off to keep track of—or show off—how many tomes they've tackled.

Find it: ThinkGeek

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Hostess
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Sure, you could just buy another bottle of vino. But if you really want to impress that friend known for their Pinterest-worthy fetes, scan this list for a unique gift they’ll want to put on display.

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1. NEIGHBORWOODS MAP COASTER; $36

Help your pal raise a glass to their beloved hometown or adopted ‘hood! Representing 14 major cities across the U.S. (plus a few in Europe), each cedar coaster in the set of four is etched with a different section of town and serves as a great conversation starter.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

2. BARREL AGED VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP; $20

Consider it a head start on the morning after breakfast. The organic syrup is aged in barrels normally used for rum or bourbon. And while it likely won’t work in a hair-of-the-dog situation, it does make for a delicious pancake topper.

Find It: Uncommon Goods 

3. SUGARFINA 3-PIECE BENTO BOX; $25

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Fill the three slots of this decorative box with a mix of your BFF’s preferred candies—anything from champagne-infused gummy bears to chocolate bacon toffee.

Find It: Sugarfina

4. POETRY MATCH STRIKER; $25

 

They’ll need a way to fire up all the gingerbread- and Christmas tree-scented candles they’re sure to receive. Help them find the light with this glass, apothecary-style jar filled with 120 four-inch matches (there’s a piece of flint on the side for striking) and printed with an inspiring phrase.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

5. ALTER ECO SEA SALT TRUFFLES; $7

Give ‘em a treat they won’t feel compelled to share with their guests. Made with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, these truffles are the perfect salty-sweet combo.

Find It: Thrive Market

6. JANE BAKES COOKIE JARS; $10

Slaving over homemade Christmas cookies not your thing? Save yourself some time and snag a mason jar of these whole grain, high fiber confections. (Read: They’re slightly healthier.) Choose from flavors such as vanilla bean or coconut and caramel.

Find It: Jane Bakes

7. EVERY PERSON IN NEW YORK; $16

Your bestie will make room for this one on the coffee table. The 408-page tome is packed with thousands of artworks Jason Polan sketched during his mission to draw every person in New York. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig provides the foreword.

Find It: Amazon

8. HOMESICK CANDLES; $30

Provide a scent-sational reminder of their hometown. These soy wax candles (burn time: 60-80 hours) are packed with fragrances reminiscent of each state. New York’s candle has hints of the Adirondack forest, apple orchards, and pumpkin, while Michigan’s has notes of cherries and chocolate.

Find It: Homesick Candles

9. VEGA COFFEE HOLIDAY GIFT BOX; $30

A great buzz: This java is roasted, packaged and shipped from Nicaragua, where climate conditions are ideal for coffee growing. The direct-from-the-farm-to-your-cup setup keeps costs down and helps farmers earn more.

Find It: Vega Coffee

10. STATE SLATE CHEESE BOARDS; $20

Let them serve up that triple crème brie with a side of state pride. You can buy these slate boards—naturally cool to keep the fromage fresh—in the shape of any state or Washington D.C. Or take a stab at unity and buy one shaped like the whole U.S.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. VINTAGE BOOKSHELF SCRABBLE; $35

Perfect for your book club host—or just your most verbose pal—this vintage Scrabble game board folds to be stored inside a linen-wrapped book.

Find It: Amazon

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