Jordan wines wall display with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Olive Oil

The Essential 2017 Wine Lover’s Gift Guide: Cool Gift Ideas Besides Wine

Think outside the wine aisle this holiday season

Why not make 2017 the year you buy your favorite wine lover something other than a bottle of wine as a gift? After all, cool gift ideas surprise and delight their recipients by showing you put a little more thought into them. Here are some unique wine gifts that will make your gift shopping simpler, whether during the holidays or at any other time of the year.

wine corks in vase
Photo courtesy of Stylist Spoon.

Cork Collecting Vases ($24.99-$34.99)

Cork collecting is an easy way to preserve memories of great times and great wines. A recycled clear Barcelona vase from Spain adds texture and a unique shape, so you can be confident your gift will stand out and perfectly showcase your recipient’s prized cork collection.

The Durand, wine corkscrew for old wines
The Durand has quickly become the go-to wine opener for old wines. Photo courtesy of The Durand.

The Durand ($125)

With items like The Durand, nobody has to ask what it refers to, because this instrument is renowned for taking out old or fragile corks without damaging them. There’s more than likely a wine aficionado in your life who has been wanting one of these and putting it off, so now is your perfect opportunity.

Star Wars wine decanter with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
The Star Wars Stormtrooper wine decanter holds one bottle of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, a fan favorite.

Stormtrooper Decanter ($31)

The Star Wars fan in your life may have several pieces of movie-related merchandise, but they probably don’t have this. A Stormtrooper glass decanter holds a standard 750mL bottle of your favorite wine to marry practicality with a fun pop culture statement. This cool wine gift pairs well with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and the winery’s “Cab Wars” parody video.

Wolfum serving tray, modern beverage try
The right serving tray elevates any home entertaining occasion.  Photo courtesy of Wolfum.

Wolfum Serving Tray for Dinner Parties ($68)

The right serving tray can make you feel like the world’s most accomplished host or hostess. The Dorothy Serving Tray by Wolfum is made of Baltic birch and is hand painted in a range of rich, true colors like bold red, mustard, and charcoal, for a sophisticated look and feel. I’ve owned the above pictured serving tray for three years, and it’s both beautiful and durable.

Ralph Lauren Home Cocktail Shaker ($95)

Every wine lover needs a great cocktail now and then. It’s hard to go wrong with any item from the Ralph Lauren Home collection. The Wyatt Cocktail Shaker is no exception, with its fine stainless steel craftsmanship and trim in rich, brown, equestrian-inspired leather.

Wine Bottle Christmas Tree ($329.99)

No tree has more Christmas spirit than a tree designed to display 60 wine bottles. An outstanding idea for a group gift, the Wine Bottle Christmas Tree stands 53 inches tall and assembles in seconds.

Zalto Stemware ($354 for 6)

Face it: good wine is simply more enjoyable when it is presented in a gorgeous piece of stemware. The beautiful Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass is mouth-blown, lead-free, and dishwasher safe, believe it or not.

Smith Hanks built-in wine cooler in kitchen island
A Smith Hanks built-in wine cooler. Photo courtesy of Smith Hanks.

Smith & Hanks Wine Fridge ($599 up)

The ultimate wine themed gift for the special person on your Christmas list is a cooler designed to hold their favorite beverage in perfect conditions. Available in a range of sizes, Smith & Hanks wine fridges work as a free-standing cabinet or as a built-in, plus the hinges are reversible, so it can open in the direction the user prefers.

Don’t be intimidated about finding the right gift for the wine lover in your life. Maybe you worry you don’t know enough about wine to choose well, but you can count on one of these gifts to be a big hit, and to make a lasting impression on the person receiving it.

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Born and raised in rural Kansas, Lisa Mattson fell in love with wine during college in South Florida and worked for a wine magazine before moving to Northern California. Her days are spent being a writer, photographer and videographer for Jordan Winery and nights cooking Thai food or microgreen salads. When she’s not eating and sipping her way through Sonoma County, she travels the world with her husband in search of the best restaurants, snorkeling spots and tiki bars.

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