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Christmas Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

Dec 5, 2020 | Wine

Often a fallback present idea for those friends and relatives who are hard to buy for because they already seem to have everything, the right wine gift will always be welcome.

The trick is to know your recipient – don’t get them something they already have, and to avoid gimmicks that might be fun once or twice but will then get relegated to the back of a kitchen cabinet.

This carefully curated selection of Christmas gifts for wine lovers offers something thoughtful and unique at every price point. I’ve shared some of my favourite ideas but encourage you to do your research and get something that really reflects the personality and style of your recipient.

Waiter’s Friend Bottle Opener

Every wine buff needs a classic ‘waiter’s friend’ style bottle opener. I have this one from Le Creuset – it’s weighty, stylish, well-made and will last forever.
At £32 this is one of the more affordable Le Creuset items and makes a great gift for anyone serious about their wine.

Le Creuset 3-In-One Waiters Corkscrew, Bottle Opener and Foil Cutter, For Wine or Beer, Stainless SteeLitre, Woodgrain, Wooden Handle, Model WT-110, 59814017808074
  • Le Creuset 3-in-one corkscrew, bottle opener and foil cutter, For wine or beer, Ideal for waiters or wine connoisseurs, Perfect for picnics and BBQs
  • Suitable for all cork types, Durable stainless steel with wooden handle, 10-year guarantee, Sleek presentation box packaging
  • Serrated flip blade foil cutter, Effortless cork removal, Grooved corkscrew slides easily into all corks, natural or synthetic, 2-step lever, Curved bottle top opener
  • Easy to Use and Clean: Lightweight, Pocket-sized, Multi-use tool, Ergonomic handle, Simple 2-step design, Easy to clean, Handwash only
  • Contents: 1x 3-In-One Waiters Corkscrew, Bottle Opener and Foil Cutter, For Wine or Beer, Stainless Steel, Wooden Handle, Model WT- 110W, 15.8 x 7.4 x 3.4 cm, 340 g, Woodgrain Colour, Art. 59814017808074

Wine Chill Stick

So, this looks like a bit of a gimmick, but I actually used mine a lot after receiving it as a gift a few years ago. The idea is that you freeze it in advance and then stick into your open bottle of wine. It keeps your bottle of wine chilled, so you don’t need to keep going back and forth to the fridge. It is really handy for those evenings when you’ve opened a bottle of white or rose and want to stay put on the sofa or in the garden but enjoy your wine over a few hours.

Our ‘Corkcicle AIR’ lasted a couple of years before slightly falling apart so it’s not the most durable item, but it’s a fun gift, especially for someone who likes their rose on a Summer evening!

Corkcicle Air - Wine Aerator and Chiller with Pour-Through Lid - Keeps White Wine Chilled & Brings Red Wine to Cellar Temperatures - Decanter Alternative - Great Gifting Piece
  • ROUNDED TASTE EVERY TIME - Bring out your inner connoisseur and draw out all the bold and subtle flavours wine has to offer with the Corkcicle Air, a wine chiller and aerator that will help ensure you get the perfect glass of wine every time
  • LET IT FREEZE - Corkcicle is here to help get your wine to the ideal temperature. Store the Air in your freezer for 90 minutes and pop it in a bottle of room-temperature red or chilled white and let the cooler bring your wine to cellar temperatures
  • AERATE EFFORTLESSLY - Go from bottles to glasses with the pour-through function that aerates your wine as it flows, adding the right amount of oxygen to truly enhance the flavours, best part is you don't have to use a decanter or carafe
  • ELEGANTLY CONVENIENT - The pour-through feature offers more than aeration, it lets your elegantly serve wine at the table with ease and is significantly faster than traditional decanting methods, letting you enjoy your wine at your leisure
  • THE GIFTING GO TO - The Corkcicle Air is the go-to when choosing a gift for wine lovers and barware enthusiasts. This pourer is the king of gadgets and accessories when it comes to enhancing the at-home drinking experience. Packaged in a gift box

I haven’t tried this one myself, but as it’s made of stainless steel rather than plastic it might be a bit more long-lasting – and it’s available at a similar price to the Corkcicle.

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Wine Vacuum Pump

These are a relatively new innovation – a cheap but effective solution to the challenge of opening a bottle of wine, especially bubbles, but only wanting a glass or two. Ideal for solo drinkers or if you want to limit your consumption without waste!

The pump creates a vacuum in your wine bottle which preserves it and keeps it fresh for longer.

Vacu Vin Wine Saver - Black | 1 x Vacuum Pump + 1 x Vacuum Wine Stopper Black Pump & Stopper
  • Creates vacuum to preserve wine for days
  • Keep non-sparkling wine longer lasting
  • ‘Click’ vacuum indicator when optimum vacuum is reached
  • Highly durable product for prolonged usage
  • Award-winning product used worldwide

World Atlas of Wine

A proper coffee-table book is always appreciated by food and drink aficionados, and the World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson is the classic of the genre. Now on it’s 8th edition, it’s the winner of multiple awards and recognised as the authority on wine from around the world.

The current edition includes a huge number of maps and beautiful photography and will keep any wine lover entertained and informed.

World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition
  • Winner of the André Simon Drinks Book of the Year 2019
  • Shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Wine Book of the Year 2020
  • "One book deserves a place on every wine drinker's shelf, and that is The World Atlas of Wine" - Victoria Moore in the Telegraph
  • "magisterial" - Fiona Beckett, Guardian
  • "a key reference material for any sommelier, wine professional or any amateur serious about their passion" - Imbibe

Wine Decanter Gift Ideas

Wine Decanter Gifts

Every wine lover needs a beautiful glass decanter to serve their special bottle of red at dinner parties. I received mine as a wedding present a few years ago. It was from John Lewis and doesn’t seem to be available any longer, but this is a fairly close match (although I don’t think ours was anywhere near as expensive!) We went for one with a very wide base to maximise the surface area.

John Lewis has a huge selection of decanters including different shapes, styles and accessories. I remember a very special meal at a Michelin starred restaurant in Budapest where our wine was served from the most beautiful decanter – it took about a minute for the wine to travel through the snake-like contraption but was definitely a talking point. If I was going to invest again, I’d love this simple but statement decanter.

Wine Glasses

Wine Glass Gift Ideas

A controversial gift choice, as most wine lovers will already have their own preferred glasses and want to choose their own styles. However, if you have a younger friend or relative who is into their wine but maybe has just bought their own home or hasn’t had the cash to splash on nice glassware, this is a great gift.

I received a full set from a very generous relative as a wedding present, and sensibly went for a glass that works equally well for white or red wine – if you can be bothered to wash up multiple sets of glasses in your own home, you are more dedicated than me! My glasses don’t seem to be available anymore, but once again, John Lewis comes up trumps with a huge selection at good prices.

The trend these days is for wine tumblers rather than traditional glasses with stems, and these are a funky option and especially good for your more clumsy / riotous wine-loving friends. There are different shapes for different wines but these from LSA International are some of the most elegant I’ve seen.

My in-laws have a full set of these acrylic wine glasses and we use them all Summer. They are great for going from indoors to outdoors and give the feeling of a special occasion without the risk of smashing.

Wine Rack

This is a great housewarming present if you want to go beyond the traditional houseplant and bottle of fizz.

There are so many options that you’ll want to do your research to ensure your choice works with the interiors style of your recipient.

I love this classic wooden 28 bottle rack from

Wine Rack Gift

Oliver Bonas does a good line in affordable, gold metal wine racks. Their capacity isn’t huge, but they are super stylish and would be a great gift for someone with gold hardware in their kitchen.

Hexagon Wine Rack

For a real statement for special bottles only, this freestanding 8 bottle rack from Funky Chunky Furniture is a great option.

Freestanding WIne Rack

Finally, I love these beautiful wooden racks that would be equally at home in a modern or traditional home.

Wooden Wine Rack

Christmas Cheese Selection

Cheese Gift Idea

A little left-field, but for a proper treat especially around Christmas, a cheese hamper will be enjoyed by all wine-lovers (other than the lactose intolerant…)

CheeseWorks have put together this ‘sparkle and shine’ cheese box for Christmas 2020, and it includes 6 different cheeses to make the perfect Christmas cheeseboard to enjoy with wine.

Large Truffled Brie Cheese

Fortnum & Mason are rightly the main name in the world of luxury food and wine – just seeing the logo is special. If I opened a gift containing this 4kg wheel of truffled brie I think I’d be pretty speechless. Probably best to buy for when you know a group gathering is approaching…4kg is a lot for any household.

Cheese and Wine Gift Set

If you want to give both wine and cheese in one delicious package, this offering from BoroughBox combines a bottle of Pinot Noir with a selection of cheese, biscuits and chutney.

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Katie Greywood

Katie Greywood


Katie is a contributing editor on Bacchanalian. An excellent home cook with an intuition about balancing texture, flavour and seasoning to create recipes which don't break the budget.
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