It’s the time of year when we’re all racking our brains for ideas for that special Christmas gift. Something that says, “I love you enough to have thought really hard about what to buy you,” as opposed to something picked up in a last minute panic from a High Street chain store.
If the special person in your life enjoys drinking white wine – and I mean really appreciates it rather than swigging a bottle of £3.99 Muscadet from the local off licence on a Saturday night – then how about splashing out on a luxury gift with a white wine theme?
Champagne is always a popular gift to make a romantic gesture but there are many ways you can make the gift more special or personal than simply buying a bottle of Lanson Black Label from the supermarket. There are a host of Champagne gift sets containing not only the bottle of Champagne but also Champagne flutes or chocolates, for example. Many of these sets come gift wrapped or in attractive presentation boxes.
A food hamper including a bottle of Champagne or white wine makes a wonderful romantic Christmas present as it screams out to be shared. You could present your loved one with a Champagne breakfast hamper on Christmas morning containing everything from tea, coffee and croissants to smoked salmon. There are a host of other Champagne or white wine hampers available containing food items such as cheese, crackers, smoked salmon, pasta, chocolates and even Christmas cake and other Christmas goodies.
If your loved one is on a diet or prefers to indulge in pamper products rather than food, there are plenty of Champagne or white wine pamper hampers available. As well as a bottle of Champagne or wine these gift sets contain a variety of scented bath and body products perfect for a Christmas pamper indulgence. Inevitably, the majority of these pamper hampers are aimed at women so if you are looking for a luxury white wine gift for your man you may have to come up with another idea.
If the two of you enjoy al fresco eating and drinking in the summer you could consider a gift which is both practical and luxurious. There are plenty of white wine or Champagne gift sets which are presented in an attractive picnic hamper or a drinks cooler bag, often with two wine glasses or Champagne flutes.
One way of making your gift truly personal is to get a bottle of white with a personalised label. There are a number of gift companies which offer this service enabling you to put your own message on the bottle’s label. Alternatively, you could get a white wine glass or Champagne flute engraved with a personal message for a sentimental gift which should last a life time. If you like the idea of a personalised bottle of white wine for your boyfriend or husband but suspect he may not appreciate a slushy message how about a white wine gift set with bottles labelled with the name of his favourite football club?
You may prefer to give a gift associated with white wine rather than a bottle of wine itself. There are many ideas to choose from ranging from fancy corkscrews to posh wine glasses, all of which are likely to be appreciated by a white wine enthusiast. Another option is a wine encyclopedia or companion. There are a number of big, glossy, coffee table style wine books available which offer a large amount of information and facts about wines and wine producing regions around the world. Amongst the best known are the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson and The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.
If you want to treat your white wine-loving special person to a truly special and luxurious gift you could consider a wine experience. There are many companies specialising in gift experiences and experiences based on white wine or Champagne are extremely popular. There are several packages available offering one or more of wine tasting, a vineyard tour and lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. With many of England and Wales’s excellent wine estates offering such packages it should not be difficult to find something within reasonable travelling distance.
Other gift experience options include a short wine tasting course, a course learning how to match white wine with food, cheese or even chocolate, a lesson on recognising classic wine grapes or a Champagne master class.
If a day out wine tasting doesn’t appeal or is perhaps too expensive, there are some great fun wine tasting kits which can be used at home, either with just you and your loved one or with a selection of friends. Such kits often include ideas for wine tasting themes, accessories such as bottle covers, tips for the wine tasting and quick and easy wine games. A great idea for a Christmas or New Year party!
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