If you want to make beautiful wine gift baskets, here are six tips to consider before you rush off to the store. These tips will help you help you make the perfect wine and cheese gift that even the most discerning person on your list will love.
6 Tips for Beautiful Wine Gift Baskets Made Easy
What could be better for a wine lover than a gift basket filled with consumable and reusable gifts? Pre-made wine gift baskets are all the rage. Sometimes paired with cheese, chocolate and more, they make great corporate gifts, hostess gifts, or gifts for any wine-loving family member.
Since I love homemade gifts, I want to create my own beautiful wine gift sets instead of buying something that’s already made. Homemade gifts are so much more meaningful, even if you’re just compiling items in a gift basket. It’s always a lot of fun to consider the recipients and really tailor the gift to their preferences.
My family prefers to give consumable or experience gifts. It gets more difficult every year to find the perfect gift, but giving consumables always works.
Gourmet snacks, a delicious bottle of wine, reusable and environmentally friendly items are gift ideas I go back to each and every year. And since wine baskets make great gifts for lots of different people, I’m putting a few together for the holidays this year.
Let’s Make the Perfect Wine and Cheese Gift Baskets
Here’s how to make perfect wine and cheese gift baskets – a thoughtful, consumable gift that I would also love to receive. Anyone who enjoys gourmet gifts will really appreciate the love and consideration that goes into making this type of present. So let’s get started and make the perfect gift!
1. Find the Right Basket
First, find a great basket that your recipient will love to use over and over again. Wicker, jute, and galvanized baskets are my preference. I have good luck finding baskets at Goodwill (second-hand purchases can save you money and are environmentally friendly choices too!), TJ MAXX, Homegoods, and Amazon.
For this basket, I was thrilled to find a festive basket woven from jute that says CHEERS. How perfect is that?
2. Consider the Recipient
Next, think of the recipients. What type of wine do they prefer – red or white wines? Do they like gourmet food, artisanal cheese, chocolate? Maybe they’re concerned about the environment and prefer gifts that have a positive environmental impact as well? Think about all of these things as you decide what to include in your gift basket.
3. Choose the Right Wine
Wine is an important consideration, of course. Choose red or white based on the recipient’s preference, or perhaps you’d like to include a mixture of both.
Red lovers might like a nice Merlot, Malbec, or Cabernet Sauvignon. White lovers might enjoy Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or a sweeter Pinot Grigio or Riesling. When in doubt, ask a wine clerk for popular recommendations and don’t be afraid to try something new!
A really great add on to a wine basket might be a wine subscription! I’ve been so happy with my Firstleaf Wine Club subscription plan and they have a great offer for you to consider – new subscribers to Firstleaf Wine Club and receive first 6 bottles for only $34.95 shipped!!
4. Add Gourmet Snacks – Cheese & Chocolate
Every wine gift basket needs more than wine, of course. I like to add in a few different types of gourmet cheeses, cheese straws, and also some chocolates. If you have a little extra money to spend, find a new cheese board to include in the gift basket as well.
5. Don’t Forget a Few Fun Trinkets
I love the scene in Mary Poppins when she reaches into her carpet back and pulls out item after item. I like to take a similar approach with my gift baskets when I can and there are a lot of useful items to add to wine gift baskets. Here are a few of my favorite items to include:
- Quality wine bottle opener
- Fun cocktail napkins
- Personalized wine bottle stopper
- A wooden or metal sign with a funny wine saying
- Olive Wood cheese board
Adding a few of these items just makes your gift basket even more fun and personal for the recipient.
6. Add the Perfect Wine Glass
Last but not least, don’t forget wine glasses! After years of breaking glass wine glasses, we have finally switched over to stainless steel, stemless glasses. They are perfect for taking outside or camping. I don’t have to worry about them breaking or getting water spots from washing. Stainless steel, stemless glasses have become my favorite in the last year, and these stainless / stemless Tervis Tumblers are so amazing! Hydroflask has nice stemless wine glasses too!
We learned about Tervis Tumblers years ago while visiting dear friends in Florida. At the time, we had young kids who managed to break almost everything. We were drawn to Tervis’ high quality reusable plastic drinkware with fun, colorful designs. Over the years, we realized that they hold up very well.
We love that Tervis ensures quality and also upcycles returned products into new, usable materials! The company is passionate about our oceans and cares about the creatures who call it home. They are committed to making the world a better place and have been doing so since 1946. They don’t do the right thing because it is trendy or helps sells tumblers, but because it’s the right thing to do.
For this basket I chose two Guy Harvey items to support the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. I like that my purchase also helps support important conservation work. The GHOF conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at creating a naturally balanced ocean environment. The GHOF also funds scholarships and so much more.
Not only does Tervis make these amazing stemless wine glasses, they also offer a lot of other fun products:
- Disney Villains, FROZEN II, DC Comics, Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more!
- Customyzer Drinkware – make your own fun Tervis Tumblers to showcase your kid’s art, your own photography, or turn your kids into their favorite Disney characters!
- Friends – remember the TV Show? How YOU doin?
- Your favorite college sports teams, as well as NFL, NCAA, MLB, NHL, NBA
Which Tervis Tumbler would you like to give or receive this year?
Put it all Together!
Now that you have everything for the perfect wine and cheese gift baskets, put them all together and give with pride!
Do you prefer to make your own gifts or buy items that are pre-made? What do you think is one item that must be in a homemade wine gift basket?