Any time is a good time for a gift. Whether you are looking for a gift for a “Grape Nut” you know…or this gift is for you…enjoy perusing my top ten – pretty much unexpected — gift selections.
An asterick means that item was provided to me at no cost to review.
Keep coming back…I change my top ten quite often.
Sometimes I do full reviews on an item. Those gift suggestions will have an imbedded link. Sometimes I provide the vendor’s Web site so you can do your own research.
1. *Boxxle $99: Boxxle is a patent pending sleek looking countertop dispenser (think a Keurig coffee maker look) for 3-Liter boxed wine. With Boxxle, you simply purchase your favorite 3 liter Bag-in-Box wine, bring the wine home and place the interior bladder into Boxxle. Pretty darn simple. Once you put boxed wine into this glossy dispenser … voilà, you look trendy and hip.
2. Limited edition leather wine tote $1,200: In partnership with legendary Italian leather goods maker Moreschi, Vinous introduces its limited edition leather wine tote. Each piece comfortably holds two bottles in its suede interior. It is handmade in Italy from high quality calfskin.
3. * Collector of Affections: Tales from a Woman’s Heart by Judith Glynn, About $9 or on Kindle for a very cool $2.99: Wine people love to travel. This travel story is an arm chair adventure. It’s going to grab you by the throat, make you laugh, cry, mumble out loud with frustration, and finally give a fist pump or two for an inspirational ending. It’s a book that speaks to a woman’s soul – especially the maturing woman who might want a bit more sass and edge in her life. 3
4. Baby Voga Sparkling from the Trentino region of Italy, this sparkling wine showcases a smooth and balanced taste with a bright citrus finish. This 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Grigio blend is crafted via the Charmat method. 155 calories!
5. *Savino. About $45: Unlike other wine preservation solutions on the market, Savino does not try to control the environment of an opened bottle of wine. Instead, it creates a new, beautiful environment designed to preserve and serve wine. started with a simple premise – great products begin with a great experience. Savino centers its experience on a product that is effective, elegant and easy-to-use. http://www.savinowine.com
6. Dorland Mountain Arts Colony: Creative starts here. If your wine lover is a musician, writer or artist, buy him or her a weekend or weeklong retreat in Temecula, CA. VERY Affordable.
7. *The Perfect Breakfast at Zov’s Bistro & Cafe, About $20/per person: If you know someone in the SoCal area who loves breakfast, this would be the place to purchase a gift certificate for them from…or take them there yourself.
8. *Bioterraherbs Z_Z_Z Sleep, $9.99 ($12.49 / oz.): Great little gift for your friends having some trouble sleeping. The herby pills help some z’s in your life and put your mind on snooze. This product is natural, healthy, and eco-friendly.
9. * HandCraft Cabernet, $13: Big bold aromas of cherry, blackberry, pepper and tobacco are showcased in layers of flavor on your tongue showcasing black cherry, currants and dark chocolate. Rich and robust with “good “ tannins that lead to a generous finish. Memorable. For this price you can afford to look like you know what you’re doing. HandCraft donates thousands and thousands of dollars in the fight against breast cancer. These are the good guys.
10. * Best of Bridge Holiday Classics Cookbook, $29.95: NOT just a holiday book. Eight woman from Canada came together weekly to produce a variety of recipes spiked with some humorous quotes. Three million copies of their 12 cookbooks later…I’d say they have a sustainable winning combination worth your look. http://www.examiner.com/article/best-of-bridge-holiday-classics-cookbook-with-two-recipes
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