Once again, its that time of year when we all try to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. Whether youre buying for a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker, the following gifts will delight anyone. These gifts can be found at almost any retail store.
Wine glassesEveryone should have a set of wine glasses, regardless of whether he or she is a wine lover. They can always be used when entertaining guests. Basically, youll want a set with long, slender stems, and youll want the glass to be tulip-shaped. If the person youre buying for favors red wine, youll want the glass to be a little bit bigger than the tulip-shaped ones. You may also want to consider a set of champagne glasses.
CorkscrewThere are many different types of corkscrews; however, my favorites are the screwpull and the waiters friend. Both are small in size, which makes them easy to store. Also, sometimes you can find a corkscrew that comes with a foil cutter. These are nice when cutting the foil from the opening of the wine bottle. Again, everyone should have a corkscrew, regardless of whether he or she is a wine lover.
WineSaverThe WineSaver is a great way to preserve an unfinished bottle of wine. It works by removing the oxygen from the bottle. It often comes in a kit with several bottle stops.
Wine Chiller/CellarWith a wine chiller or private cellar, as they are sometimes called, you can chill and serve wines at their proper temperature. Many are preprogrammed with the appropriate temperature for a variety of wines, and are able to hold numerous bottles. There are countertop models or some as large as refrigerators. If these are a bit out of your price range, you can always go with a wine rack instead. These also come in various shapes and sizes, including some that hang on the wall.
A book about wineMany books about wine, which target everyone from the novice to the expert, are available. In addition to books like Wine for Dummies and The Idiots Guide To Wine, you can find almost anything youre looking for, including cookbooks full of recipes that use wine.
A bottle of wineA bottle of wine is the perfect gift for people who have everything. Of course, it helps if you know whether the person youre buying for likes red or white wine. If youre unsure, just stick with a basic wine, such as chardonnay or cabernet. Also, since its close to New Years, a bottle of champagne might also make a great gift. If you know the persons favorite wine producer, you can go to their Web site, where the producer often has pre-made gift baskets that include bottles of wine and other items. These can be shipped directly to you.
MiscellaneousIf youre looking for a small host or hostess gift, some good items to buy are wine charms, coasters and bottle stoppers. These make inexpensive, yet tasteful, gifts.
Nicole Lindsay is an administrative assistant at Rockford College and a resident of Loves Park.
From the Dec. 13-19, 2006, issue