May 25th is National Wine Day, a day wine lovers everywhere pour a glass of their favorite wine to celebrate this historically loved beverage. In honor of this special day, we wanted to show how to fill a gift basket any wine lover will love.
Keep reading for ideas that work in many gift-giving situations.
First, choose your wine. It's the main focus in a wine gift basket, so choose something special. If possible, include a variety of red, white and rose wines. (If you know the wine your recipient prefers, include a favorite wine. Add another bottle of a wine that's new to him or her.)
Choose The Right Basket
You'll need a container to present your gift. The type of basket or container will set the theme. For example, a picnic basket is great for someone who loves the outdoors.
Try to choose a functional container that's an extension of the gift. A metal tub can be filled with ice for parties. A wine box, reusable basket, or a serving platter are good examples of functional containers.
Here are a few of our favorite gift containers for National Wine Day:
After you choose the wine and container add more items to create a thoughtful present.
Consider whether you want to make the gift basket personal or shareable for the occasion. If your basket is for one person in particular, choose wine that caters to their preferences, if it’s for a party host, choose a variety of wine that everyone at the party will enjoy.
Here are a few ideas for wine gift baskets.
- For Someone Special
Fill a basket with a bottle of red, a bottle of white, and a variety of delicious treats. Put chocolate truffles, fresh nuts, cheese, and crackers in the basket. (You can add a couple of wine glasses to the basket too.)
- A Couple
Fill a basket with a bottle of read and a bottle of white. Throw in a few savory treats like olives, cheese, cured meat, and crackers they can use to make a simple charcuterie board with. (This gift is best given in a picnic basket or serving tray style container.)
- Wine Novice
Have someone on your gift list who wants to learn about wine? A wine gift basket is a perfect way to introduce them to the wonderful world of wine.
Start with several bottles of different wine. Include cheese and crackers that pair well with each wine. (It's best to save complex wines like Cabernet Sauvignon for later. Choose a Pinot Noir for beginners.) It’s also great to include a book that covers the basics of wine.
- Gadget Lover
If you have a gadget lover you want to surprise with a gift, you can fill a gift basket with fun and useful wine-related items.
There are plenty of wine tools and accessories to personalize a gift. Wine openers vary from simple corkscrews to legacy wine openers used by collectors. Each one is available at a different price point.
Gadgets can include foil cutters, aerators, and coolers. How about a wine thermometer or combination bottle lock?
We hope these ideas get you excited for National Wine Day!