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Gifting a bottle of wine is a classic standby when it comes to last-minute presents for your holiday hosts or for those people on your list who are virtually impossible to buy for. However, this trick is no secret, and chances are your recipient has been there before too. This season, we’ve gathered an assortment of anything-but-basic accessories to go with many bottles of wine that will surely already be circulating.
There’s no right or wrong way to shop for wine accessories. It all comes down to knowing the wine connoisseur you’re shopping for. (And if that person is yourself, even easier!) Our selections range from humorous novelty gifts that are perfect for close friends and eccentrics, to tasteful, informative books that you could feel comfortable giving to that one friend who always makes better drinks than you – or give to your in-laws.
The best part? You don’t have to worry about selecting a bottle that matches an individual’s particular taste. This comes as a great relief, especially if you’re the type of shopper who can’t really tell the difference between a $15 or $50 dollar bottle.
1. WineOvation Electric Gun Wine Opener
Put the top of your wine bottle inside the barrel of the gun, pull the trigger, and boom – it’s open. Though shaped like it’s made for the wild west, this electric wine bottle opener will be the perfect — if not most unique — addition to someone’s home bar.
Using the power from a single charge, this device can open up to thirty bottles. People will appreciate that this opener is cordless, too, since it won’t clutter up their homes. Simply put it back in its holster, and in 12 hours it will be ready for the wine to flow again.
2. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition
Wine racks and bookshelves go hand in hand, and before you pour your next glass, you’ll want to read up on its vintage and production process with this “Master Guide.” This tasteful, hardcover book is the perfect gift for friends, family, and even co-workers. In its pages is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a few things you wouldn’t have thought to wonder about on your own. From beautifully illustrated maps and infographics to an extended food pairing section, this is the kind of coffee table book that people will actually want to refer back to time and time again.
3. YouYah Wine Decanter Set
Invited to a dinner party? You’re likely not the only person who thought to bring some wine. Instead, opt for something that helps your host display (and enjoy) the wine. This set contains a decanter that will help the wine breathe, along with easy-to-use cleaning beads, and an aerator lid. The decanter itself is made from crystal glass, which makes it a beautiful (and useful) centerpiece for the table.
4. Ivation Wine Gift Set
This is the perfect gift for tech-obsessed, gadget-loving wine drinkers (which is a whole lot of us). The sleek, stainless steel set has a modern look that your recipient will want to display proudly, and makes a great conversation starter too.
The electric wine bottle opener can open 30 bottles with one charge. The set also includes an electric wine-preserving vacuum that removes air from the bottle and keeps wine fresh for a longer period of time. Plus, the two dated cork stoppers are a helpful added bonus.
5. Ullo Wine Purifier
This is the gadget that every wine lover needs – but just doesn’t know it yet. All wines contain sulfates, which are added to the beverage as a preservative. Once the bottle is opened, the sulfates are no longer needed, but you’re stuck with them. The Ullo Wine Purifier filters out the sulfates – and their bitter taste. Simply place the Ullo Purifier over your glass of wine and pour the wine straight into the purifier. Within seconds, the wine can be restored to its natural state. This gives new life to reds and keeps whites balanced. You may not be able to gift someone an entire wine collection, but this purifier will make someone’s collection feel brand new.