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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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12 Gifts for the 'Star Wars' Fan
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Two years prior to the release of Star Wars in 1977, George Lucas thought it might be interesting if his space opera resulted in a Wookiee coffee mug or an R2-D2 cookie jar. Some 40 years later, merchandise from the film series has become an entire industry unto itself, with an almost unaccountable number of products. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by options, take a look at 12 gifts sure to please the Force fan in your life.

1. LITTLEBITS DROID INVENTOR KIT; $100

A look at the LittleBits Star Wars Droid kit parts
LittleBits

This is the Droid gift you’re looking for. This engineering kit is suitable for ages 8 and up and features a variety of motors, parts, stickers, and other accessories to help users build their own unique robotic companion. Once assembled, the Droid can sense and avoid obstacles, locomote when humans “use the Force” by swiping their hand, or record secret messages to deliver to accomplices.

Find It: LittleBits

2. STAR WARS ELITE SERIES DIE CAST ACTION FIGURES; $20

A Star Wars die cast action figure of Captain Phasma
Amazon

Action figures have always been a hallmark of the Star Wars product universe, and these 6.5-inch to 7.5-inch die cast figures are a worthy addition to the line-up. Instead of being strictly plastic, each has been struck with molded metal parts to make for a durable, hefty figure that’s more statue than plaything. (But don't worry: They're still poseable.)

Find It: Amazon

3. STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE DEATH STAR HOLOGRAM LIMITED EDITION VINYL SET; $135

A Star Wars soundtrack album sleeve
Amazon

Vinyl may not be as popular as it was when the original Star Wars was released, but the analog format still has enough fans to make this a must-have. The eye-popping reissue of the classic John Williams score features a 3-D hologram on one of the records that projects a Death Star image when played. No special equipment other than a turntable and an overhead light source is needed.

Find It: Amazon

4. STAR WARS BB-8 BLANKET SCARF; $40

A model sports a Star Wars BB-8 blanket scarf
ThinkGeek

For chilly winter mornings, nothing’s better than a cozy blanket-scarf hybrid—nothing, that is, unless it’s one emblazoned with the distinctive profile of 2015’s breakout Droid, BB-8. The spherical charmer appears on this acrylic throw that measures 80 inches by 24 inches.

Find It: ThinkGeek

5. STATE BAGS LIMITED EDITION STAR WARS COLLECTION; $80 AND UP

A Star Wars Darth Vader backpack from State Bags
STATE Bags

Love Star Wars? Love trendy backpacks? STATE Bags is prepared to make you an offer you can’t refuse. These unique, understated totes use patterns and color schemes to broadcast your love of Jedi culture without going overboard. Choose between Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, or a Stormtrooper assembly.

Find It: STATE Bags

6. STAR WARS CROSS STITCH; $20

The cover of a Star Wars cross stitch instructional book
ThinkGeek

Rebellious arts and crafts fans will find a lot to love about this book detailing 12 Star Wars cross stitch patterns with varying degrees of difficulty. In addition to logos for the Rebel Alliance, the Empire, and Boba Fett’s helmet, you can also needle BB-8 and the Death Star.

Find It: ThinkGeek

7. MONOPOLY: STAR WARS 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION; $25

A look at the Stars Wars 40th anniversary edition of Monopoly
Amazon

Classic Monopoly game pieces and squares have been swapped out for Star Wars-centric themes in honor of the original film’s 40th anniversary. Move your X-wing flight helmet or Millennium Falcon around the board and draw Force cards that could decide your fate. But be warned: Not even mastery of space wizardry can keep you from going bankrupt.

Find It: Amazon

8. STAR WARS BLACK SERIES POE DAMERON ELECTRONIC X-WING PILOT HELMET; $77

A Star Wars Poe Dameron X-wing helmet replica
Amazon

You don’t need to be hotshot X-wing pilot Poe Dameron to wear his flight gear. This movie-accurate helmet features a retractable visor, sound effects from the films, and some beep-blop Droid chatter from co-pilot BB-8.

Find It: Amazon

9. STAR WARS EPISODE VIII FIGHTER SHIPS 4 PIECE GLASS SET; $15

A set of four Star Wars ship glasses
ThinkGeek

Collectible glasses were all the rage in the ‘80s, and now they’re making a comeback. This set of four 10-ounce drinking glasses features famous ships from the series, including the Millennium Falcon, a TIE Fighter, and an X-wing. Strange blue milk not included.

Find It: Think Geek

10. STAR WARS HAN SOLO AND TAUNTAUN POP! FIGURE SET: A SMUGGLERS BOUNTY EXCLUSIVE; $97

A Funko Han Solo and Tauntaun collectible figure set
Amazon

One of the most disgusting-yet-cool sequences in all of Star Wars is the sequence in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo braves the frigid climate of Hoth in order to rescue his friend Luke Skywalker. Cutting open his Tauntaun allows him to keep Luke warm enough until help arrives. While you won’t be able to disembowel this Funko version, Han still looks as slick as ever in his winter gear while riding his doomed companion.

Find It: Amazon

11. LEGO STAR WARS EPISODE VIII FIRST ORDER HEAVY ASSAULT WALKER BUILDING KIT; $150

A LEGO Star Wars Assault Walker set
Amazon

The Resistance will be having problems with this massive Assault Walker, a 13-inch-tall kit that seems ready to demolish anything in its path. Once completed, the Walker sports a missile-firing head, movable legs, and First Order mini-figures to man the operation.

Find It: Amazon

12. SYMMETRY SERIES STAR WARS IPHONE CASES; $45 AND UP

Hold the phone: Help your favorite fan answer the call of the Force (or the dark side) with these slim and durable iPhone cases from Otterbox. Choose from five different designs, featuring BB-8, a stormtropper, Darth Vader, the Resistance, and Ahch-To.

Find It: Otterbox

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11 Gifts for the Curious Kids in Your Life

No matter their age, you want to find gifts that will keep the kids in your life entertained, stimulated, and give them a sense of accomplishment—even during playtime. Luckily, these 11 gifts will do all of that, and will encourage their curiosity to grow.

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1. RACE ACROSS THE USA; $22

Race Across the USA
Young Explorers

Want to get kids excited about the next big family road trip? Or give them some talking points about their favorite aunt’s home state? This board game helps them understand the geography of the U.S., as well as trivia on each of the 50 states and the major landmarks and capitals.

Find It: Young Explorers

2. ROOT-VUE FARM; $35

Whether they join FFA or not, kids can get a head start on understanding horticulture with this indoor garden system. Plant any root vegetable—carrots, radishes, onions, etc—and watch them obsess over the underground view of their harvest.

Find It: Young Explorers

3. DROID INVENTOR KIT; $100

This is definitely the droid you’re looking for. Recommended for kids in grades 3 to 8, this customizable robot comes with an app that defines more than a dozen missions for kids to send their creations on. And for any Star Wars fans, the Droid makes 20 different sounds, just like from the movies.

Find It: littleBits

4. SPEEDY RACER BILINGUAL LAPTOP; $26

Speedy Racer Bilingual Laptop
Imagine Toys

Kids ages 3 and up can play games, make their own music, and work on language, math, and memory skills with this activity-filled laptop. Plus, the English/Spanish component will help enhance the child’s fluency in both languages.

Find It: Imagine Toys

5. BIKE CHALK TRAIL KIT; $20

Bike Chalk Trail Kit
Uncommon Goods

Think beyond the coloring book. By attaching thick, non-toxic chalk to the back of a bike, kids can work on increased spatial awareness, collaborative drawings with friends, and may perhaps have a greater appreciation for the large-scale, colorful work of a Basquiat or Pollock.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

6. ROCKET SCIENCE DRESS; $30

For little girls who want to shoot for the stars, this Katherine Johnson-inspired dress illustrates her human-calculator abilities as drawn out on a chalkboard. Rocket propulsion simulation, gravity loss equations, etc. You know, the basics.

Find It: Svaha

7. 3DOODLER 3D PRINTING PEN SET; $43

3Doodler 3D Pen Set
Amazon

This wireless pen allows kids to freestyle draw in the air—the eco-plastic filament cools in place quickly, giving kids plenty of practice with spatial reasoning without the costs of a full 3D printer.

Find It: Amazon

8. A COMPREHENSIVE CURTAIN CALL OF BROADWAY COSTUMES; $29

A Comprehensive Curtain Call of Broadway Costumes
Pop Chart Lab

For musical-obsessed kids, this curtain call of famous costumes can serve as a checklist for any Broadway productions they haven't seen (or, more likely, memorized the cast recording and seen the movie version of) yet. Perennial children's favorites like Annie, Grease, and Wicked are included, but you might want to have an answer ready for when your preteen cousin asks to watch Cabaret.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

9. THE PLAY GYM BY LOVEVERY; $140

The Play Mat by Lovevery
Amazon

Specially designed by experts to stimulate infants for their first year, this play mat grows with your favorite baby. It has five developmental zones in addition to 24 different stage-based activities—like teethers, mirrors, and colorful flash cards. And, when baby becomes a toddler, the mat converts into a tent fort for further imaginative play.

Find It: Amazon

10. STOP MOTION ANIMATION KIT; $60

Stop Motion Animation Kit
Uncommon Goods

Budding animators who need to fine-tune their skills (and patience!) will spend hours moving these silly characters around slowly, photographing their adventures, and editing the film into mini-movies.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. PRESCHOOL KIDNOCULARS; $15

Kidnoculars
Young Explorers

Kid-proof and specially designed for tiny hands and faces, these binoculars can help preschoolers get to know the world around them. Play a game like “I Spy” and have them find squirrels in trees, clouds in the sky, or all those Cheerios they spilled behind their bed.

Find It: Amazon

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