Do you want to give your close friend or significant other a special gift they’ll be sure to love? Well, there’s no greater gift than the gift of wine!
Surprising someone with a wine gift basket is a classy way of showing gratitude or celebrating a special moment. Wine gift baskets make a great addition to parties, birthdays, and even anniversaries.
Want to know what you need to create perfect wine gift baskets? Read on to learn how to make the perfect wine gift basket for any wine lover.
Step 1: Choose the Perfect Container
First things first, you need to pick the right container for your wine gift basket. The best way to go about this is to think about where and when you’re going to present.
A wicker basket or picnic basket is the perfect choice for an outdoor setting, while a large colander is a clever way to package wine gift baskets.
If you’re looking to save some money, it may be best to choose functional packaging that can be reused. Pick a silicone tub that your gift recipient can fill with ice at parties, or package it in a reusable insulated grocery tote.
Step 2: Choose the Perfect Wines
Start off by figuring out what wines your gift recipient generally likes. Make sure to include one bottle of their favorite wine and a second bottle that may be new to him or her.
Here’s a list of the most popular types of wines you can use if you’re unsure what your recipient likes:
Pinot Grigio is a great white wine for people who are new to wine or prefer a milder flavor. They’re light bodied and crisp, both in the finish and in flavor.
Riesling wine ranges from dry to very sweet, but it’s popular with most people because of its crisp citrus flavor, light body, and vibrant acidity.
Sauvignon is a refreshing white wine option. It’s crisp, light bodied, and has simple flavors like kiwi and citrus. It’s also a great summer wine.
Pinot Noir is a popular red wine because it is medium bodied and very food-friendly. It’s also one of the safest red wines to serve to a large group of people.
Syrah is a red wine with flavors of dark fruit, like plums and blueberries. It’s a great option for people looking for a velvety, smooth wine.
Zinfandel is a red wine with a strong fruit flavor, one resembling jam. That’s because the fruit is often very ripe when it’s picked. It’s also important to note that it has a higher alcohol content than others, which gives it a bolder flavor and impact.
If your recipient doesn’t have a clear favorite, give them a wine that is perfect for the current season.
Step 3: Choose the Perfect Snacks
Wine gift baskets are nothing without an assortment of delicious and exciting goodies. Cheeses, meats, fruits, and chocolates are great go-to snack options for wine gift baskets.
Not sure how to pick snacks that will match your wines? Here are some tips!
If you picked white wine:
- Go for a drier, white cheese for drier white wine options
- Spring for a seafood platter with things like shrimp
- Include dried fruits or fresh fruits like mangoes, pineapple, or assorted berries
If you picked red wine:
- Go with darker cheeses like blue and gorgonzola
- Spring for olives, specifically Kalamata olives
- Indulge in dark chocolates, or include a variety of nuts like almonds, brazil nuts, and cashews
- Include freshly baked bread
Step 4: Pick the Perfect Tools
Wine tools and accessories are needed to complete wine gift baskets. There are plenty of accessories that will complement your wine gift basket.
Here are a few you can include:
- A corkscrew or wine key
- A few bar or tea towels
- A foil cutter
- An insulated wine bag
- A cutting board
- A cheese plate
- Wine glasses (you could even get them engraved!)
- Wine glass charms
- A slubbed or baked wine bottle cutting board/cheese plate
- Decorative bottle stopper or cork
Candles are also a great gift to include in your basket!
Finally, add some wine tools and accessories to personalize and complete your gift basket. There are plenty of accessories that will make a great addition to your gift basket.
Wine stoppers, charms, aerators, glasses specific to wine type or even a wine journal are perfect items for wine newbies or new homeowners. A blanket and citronella candles naturally accompany a picnic-themed basket
Step 5: Personalize Your Basket
What makes a good wine basket great is a personal touch that speaks to the gift recipient. Whether your recipient is a couple in love or a tech lover, it’s easy to make a wine gift basket that’s uniquely them.
Here are some special gifts to include if your recipient is a techie:
- A gift card to an app store
- A digital cool wine thermometer
- A wireless electric wine bottle opener
Here are some special gifts to include if your recipients are newlyweds:
- Monogrammed glasses with their engagement or wedding date
- A personalized wine box with their married name
- Custom-made wine charms with pictures of the newlyweds at their wedding
Here are some special gifts to include if your recipient is a music lover:
- Wine glasses with music symbols engraved or their favorite lyrics
- Music-themed wine charms
- A playlist of their favorite songs
Here are some special gifts to include if your recipient is environmentally conscious:
- Wine glasses made from recycled glass
- Environmentally-friendly packaging like cork
Here are some special gifts to include if your recipient is a coffee lover:
- A gift card to their favorite coffee shop
- A monogrammed mug
- homemade cookies
When in doubt, pick gifts from the heart. Photos, gift cards, concert tickets, or a thoughtful card are great additions to all wine gift baskets.
Here are some special gifts to include for the special man in your life:
- Scotch glasses
- Cheese and meat samples from your local butcher
Step 6: Choose the Perfect Basket Filler
If your basket has a theme, pick a filter that matches it. Matching napkins or bar towels make great fillers, but standard fillers like tissue paper or straw packing work well too!
Step 7: Arrange the Basket Perfectly
The organization is essential when it comes to wine gift baskets. When it comes to assembling your basket, here’s how you should organize it.
1. Start with the basket filler
2. Add the wine bottles
3. Add accessories and food items (arrange these in order by size, from largest to smallest)
- Choose a type of basket filler that also embellishes the theme. For example, matching napkins or bar towels make great fillers or you can opt for traditional basket fillers like tissue paper or colored straw packing.
- When it comes to assembling the basket, start with the basket filler, followed by the wine bottles. Accessories and food items should be placed in last, arranged in order by size, from largest to smallest.
Step 8: Add the Perfect Finishing Touches
Presentation is everything when it comes to wine gift baskets.
Wrap your basket with clear cellophane wrapping so your recipient can clearly see what’s inside it. You can also tie some twine around the neck of a wine bottle or hang an embroidered dish towel over the side of the basket to add an effortless personal touch.
Useful Tips for Creating Perfect Wine Gift Baskets
Make Sure There’s a Combination of Large, Medium & Small Items
If you pick too many big, bulky items the basket will be heavy and dense. If you get too many small things, you risk things getting lost or crushed.
Vary Item Textures
By adding items with varying textures, you can make your wine gift basket visually stunning. Include some soft things and some hard things. Great textures to include are metal, glass, fabric, and food.
Add Something Homemade
Including something homemade shows your recipient how much you’re thinking of them. If you’re a crafty person, include a monogrammed napkin or personalize a bottle.
If you’re a foodie, bake fresh cookies. If you’re neither, enlist the help of a friend who can help you create something personal.
Make It a Double Gift
Give a great gift to more than just your friend by turning your wine gift basket into a double gift. How do you do that? Make the gift basket an actual donation for their favorite charity!
Why Give Wine Gift Baskets?
Wine gift baskets are thoughtful gifts chock-full of items the recipient loves. They’re personalized, which shows the recipient you know them well and care about what they like. They’re also full of two things most people love: wine and food!
Wine gift baskets not only make great individual gifts, but they make great corporate ones. If you’re buying for work, you can add unique accessories like wine chillers or a unique cocktail set that comes with the tools and ingredients to make specialty drinks.
If you don’t have the time or energy to assemble a wine gift basket, don’t worry! There are some great pre-assembled options ready for purchase.
Have you ever purchased or made a wine gift basket? What did you include in yours? Let us know in the comments!