Holiday Gift Guide 2020: 23 Top Picks for Wine, Beer and Spirits Lovers

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Whether you’ve got a long list of presents to buy, or are simply looking for something special to brighten your own day, these hand-picked gifts are sure to please. Our 2020 favorites include items for those who are new to wine and beer, longtime collectors, aspiring home bartenders and more.

Here, our top picks for 2020 gifts.

Chocolate / Food to Pair with Wine

One of the best aspects about drinking wine is pairing it with food. So, next time you pour a glass, make sure you have something to enjoy with it in your glass. Petits Noirs offers everything from savory biscuits to chocolate salami, and is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

$10–$14 Petits Noirs

Lindy Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

After you take the time to find or mix an excellent beverage, make sure you have equally decadent glassware to serve it in. Plus, this set from CB2 will look beautiful on your bar cart.

$12 CB2

Coin Purse

We could all use a little help keeping important belongings like credit cards and keys organized, and this nifty little coin person gets the job done beautifully. Crafted in wine country, this cotton bag is available in a host of different designs and fits perfectly inside a pocket or handbag.

$12 Olive and Poppy

Wine-O’s Round

Who hasn’t had the awkward experience of picking up the wrong glass at a party and taking a sip? Fortunately, Wine-O’s Round are here to make sure that never happens again. Naturally stain-resistant and sustainably created, these wool charms slip easily onto either the stem or rim of your wine glass. Plus, they come in many colors, adding a touch of style to your glassware.

$19 Amazon

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries and Bitters

Woodford Reserve has been crafting spirits since the 1800s, so it was only a matter of time before the brand turned its expertise to cocktails. You can add some extra flair to your next Manhattan with Woodford Reserve’s own cherries for a garnish. And if you’re looking to get inventive with your drinks, check out Woodford’s variety pack of bitters, which includes a large array of flavors that are all tested in the distillery’s tasting room.

 

$20–$50 Woodford Reserve

Sangria Spice Blend

To make restaurant-quality Sangria at home, make sure you have these spices on hand. In the jar, you’ll find cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and star anise. All you need to do is add them to your own house recipe (or follow the one included with the mix), and let it chill overnight. The next day, you’ll have three gallons of fresh and flavorful sangria ready to serve.

$20 UncommonGoods

Fig & Musk - Wine Bottle Candle

The eco-conscious wine lover in your life will love these candles made from empty wine bottles from local restaurants. Each bottle contains soy wax, which ensures a long burn. You can also give this gift an extra touch by personalizing the label. And when the candle eventually does burn out, you can repurpose the base.

$20 Amazon

Meehan's Mixology Spoons

For home bartenders with a passion for precision, this sleek mixology set has six spoons ranging from ¼ teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. All attached on a ring, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing them.

$25 Cocktail Kingdom

1pt Liquor Infusion Set

Need a gift for the DIY cocktail enthusiast in your life? Then check out this liquor infusion set. In the kit you’ll find a 375-ml glass bottle, a stainless-steel infusion basket and more. Once you have your flavor picked out, simply add it to the infusion basket, pour in your spirit of choice and, a few short hours later, you’ll be sipping your custom-infused beverage.

$30–$170 Food52

Craft Beer Lover's Candy

Candy and craft beer lovers, rejoice! Hilliards has created the ultimate treat by combing the two. Flavored with beer from local breweries like Shovel Town, these award-winning candies will definitely have you coming back for a second round.

$32 Hilliards Chocolate

Bonded Leather Wine Tasting Journal

Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned collector or someone new to wine, this Italian-leather-bound volume is a beautiful way to celebrate personal connections to bottles. Its 155 creamy pages have spaces to save their most memorable labels, jot down tasting notes and more.

$35 Wine Enthusiast

Hand-Blown Japanese Nested Sake Set

Available in multiple colors, this four-piece handcrafted set contains three glass sizes and a bottle perfect for serving sake. Once you’re done using the set, its two smaller glasses fit into the larger one and the bottle sits perfectly on top, so it won’t take up much space on your shelf.

$35–$165 Food52

Lyre’s Spiced Cane Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Even if you’re not drinking alcohol this holiday season, you should still get to toast with something special in your glass. That’s where Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits come in. This bottle has everything you love about rum minus the alcohol. It’s perfect for mixing into drinks like Espresso Martinis and highball-style drinks.

$36 Lyre's

Greer Decanter

Whether you’re letting wine breathe, storing a liquor, or serving up something delicious, make sure you do so in style with this decanter. To complete the look, consider picking up the set of four matching glasses.

$38 Anthropologie

Fantastic Fox Corkscrew

Not only is this stainless-steel corkscrew adorably designed, but it’s also practical. Along with the integrated bottle opener, this corkscrew has a small knife to remove foil and an easy-to-grip handle.

$48 Macy's

Wine Enthusiast Stag Horn Executive Corkscrew

Form meets function in this elegant kitchen accessory made from naturally shed stag horn. It can also be customized with your or your favorite wine lover’s initials.

$55–$65 Wine Enthusiast

Zalto Denk'Art Champagne Glass

Toasting your loved ones and enjoying lots of bubbly are what the holidays are all about. These Zalto Denk’Art are perfectly crafted to ensure a delightful tasting experience for all sorts of sparklers, from Champagne to Prosecco. Not to mention, their sleek design is the perfect accent to any holiday table.

$59 Wine Enthusiast

ZENOLOGY SOMM Universal Wine Glass (Set of 2)

If you’ve spent time picking out the best bottles for your holiday table, then it’s important to make sure you have the proper glassware for each pour. That’s where ZENOLOGY SOMM glasses come in. Handcrafted by 15 different master glassblowers, this stemware is perfect for both red and white wines. As an added bonus, you can toss these glasses in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

$70 Wine Enthusiast

Electric Blue Omega All-In-One Automatic Wine Opener/Preserver and Dispenser/Aerator 6-Piece Set

An ideal gift for anyone who loves to host, the Electric Blue Pro All-In-One is an entertaining secret weapon. With the touch of a button, the compact, five-in-one system can open and aerate your bottle, and then seal, date and naturally preserve it. Equally magical? The sleek look and glowing, electric blue hue.

$149 Wine Enthusiast

Laguiole Jean Dubost Champagne Saber

If you really want to spice up your holidays this year, try sabering a bottle of Champagne–just be sure you have all the tools to do so safely. The Laguiole Jean Dubost Champagne saber can help. Made with heavy-gauge stainless steel and sustainably-harvested French oak, this saber should last for celebrations to come.

$180 Williams Sonoma

Hammered Copper Cocktail Set - Bartender’s Set 2.0

If you’re looking to up your home mixology game, then check out these handcrafted copper cocktail tools. Each set comes with a double-sided jigger, a two-piece shaker, a stirring spoon and more. Not only does the set provide everything you need to create cocktails like a pro, but the copper acts as a natural anti-microbial agent and keeps drinks cool.

$197 Nicole Rhea

Wine Enthusiast 18-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Compressor Wine Cooler

With state-of-the-art compressor cooling technology and space for 18 bottles, this dual-zone refrigerator is large enough to hold choice wines but compactly fits into slim spaces. It’s an ideal gift for someone starting a collection or complementing an existing cellar.

$349 Wine Enthusiast

Face-to-Face Decanter

Sought after by wine professionals worldwide, Riedel has been crafting glassware since the 1700s. This handcrafted decanter featuring a silhouette of two faces not only looks gorgeous on your shelf, it also provides an elegant place to let your wine breathe to ensure the perfect pour.

$525 Riedel

Published on November 13, 2020
Topics: Handpicked