Everybody is looking for economical gift choices this Christmas. The folks I know have pared down their gift lists to include only close friends and family. Good to know that, generally speaking ,wine accessories are a good bargain.
In my circle of friends, I am known as the gadget queen. If I am enthusiatic about an interest or hobby, I collect the gadgets, gee gaws, and kitchy items related to it.
Because of my interest in wine, I now have a new collection of gadgets that are perfect for people who already like wine, or for people who are just beginning to enjoy wine. All of them are useful, and economical, perfect for stocking stuffers or gift baskets, or stand alone gifts.
Callie"s List of Wine Gadgets and Tools:
Wine tags are great for the person with a wine rack or a wine cellar. Identifying the bottle by the tag allows you to see what you've got without pulling it out of the rack. I like to add info about where I first tasted it, or who gave it to me. And tags like these are reusable.
A wine lover can never have enough glasses. You want to have everyday glasses for the times you don't want to drink out of your special glasses. I've been browsing the specialty shops, and the discount retail stores and I've spotted wine glasses at every price point. I would suggest a large wine glass which you can use for red or white wine, something with a large bowl. A large bowl makes is easier to swirl the wine, and to put your nose down into the glass to smell the bouquet, something so vital to the wine experience. I know that the stemless tumbler glasses are all the rage these days, but I don't like them. For one thing chilled white wine is easily warmed by holding the glass in your hands, something that is less likely to happen when you are holding the stem.
Wine coasters are like the perennial Father's Day gift tie ---not very original but useful. These days, wine coasters are unique and colorful, so it's worth including them on a gift list possiblities. Besides, I don't think most people buy them for themselves.
Wine bottle openers are a great gift. Yes, I know we all have the wing tipped opener which can be fond in any wine store or food market. I confess that I've been shaped by years of using the wing opener. I still struggle with the waiter's opener (the only real wine opener as far as many are concerned) which somehow always seems to confound me. Folks like me were relieved when the rabbit opener came onto the market. The funny looking contraption cuts the foil, and gets the cork out in one piece. I know it looks wierd and complicated, but it is really easy to use.
Not interested in any of the above? You can't lose with wine bottle stoppers, wine themed napkins, and wine gift bags. You'll pay no more than a few dollars for each --unless you go high end,--and all are pratical.
Of course, there is the always appreciated wine gift--a bottle of wine. There are tasty wines available everywhere and for very good prices. (For specific suggestions review my Recession Six Pack blog post).