There are so many different ways to gift wine, but I am going to give you a few of my favorite ideas. I love the idea of getting a wood cutting board (oblong shape) and then tieing the bottle of wine to it with a fresh baguette and some local artisan cheese. It makes for a lovely presentation, and it's something you can all enjoy that night, or the host can enjoy themselves the next day!
Okay, so that might be too much work and especially if you are in a rush and on the go. Don't worry...we've got you covered. Instead of throwing wine in a bag with some crumpled up tissue paper, we like to wrap the wine in a beautiful cloth or fabric. It does require a quick trip to the Fashion District or your local Joanne's, but purchase a couple of yards and store it at your house. That way you'll always be ready to go! Typically, I will tie the neck of the bottle with some ribbon and add a handwritten tag, and if you are feeling extra crafty...add a sprig of fresh greenery for a touch of life.
And if you're on a budget, but you still want to do something sweet here's an idea for you. We probably all have a bottle of wine at our house we can regift. We also probably all have some backyard with fresh flowers or greenery. Even if you live in an apartment (high five to those who do and are celebrating California's astronomically high living expenses), you can still go outside and forge some greenery (I do it ALL the time). Anyway, grab your scissors and cut some greens, grab a bud vase or some jar and make a mini arrangement. Pair the florals with your bottle of wine, write a sweet note and then your set. You didn't spend a dime, and you did it all from the comfort of your own home.
There is also something special about gifting wine in a slide top wooden box. I've tied a ribbon around the box and stuck in a few fresh flowers, I've wrapped the box and tied it with fabric, and I've also laser engraved the box if it is for a special occasion. Laser engraving your gift is always fun because it's personalized, but let's face it, it will be more costly, and you have to plan. I am going to do a whole post on laser engraving and ways to personalize gifts.
Last but not least, I always think it is fun to create an actual gift basket! If I were designing a hostess gift, I would use a linen box and include items like a bottle of wine, chocolate, a nice bar of soap, a candle and some matches. All useful things and if they entertain a lot they will appreciate the bar of soap and the candle. Or you can create something like the image above if they don't drink alcohol. A beautiful candle, cutting board, cheese knives, dish towel, some fresh cheese, and a jar of mixed nuts. Who wouldn't love that? Plus, it is the thought that counts.
For your chocolate lovers, you can gift a box of chocolates, but instead of having one big box try finding little boxes! It is great for stacking, and it makes it look full and bountiful.