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By Alison Chew | Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
Best Wine (and Spirit) Gifts Under $20, $50 or $100
Birthday? Anniversary? Christmas? House-warming? Gifting, no matter the occasion, is one part art, one part science, and one part love. And for us, one part wine!
We love giving wine (sake and cocktails) as a gift because it’s practical, tastes great, and there are so many different choices. Of course, there is red, white, rosé, and sparkling wine, but there is so much more out there.
From wine advent calendars to individual servings of wine (hello wine in a can!), fancy wine to table wine, wine from California to wine from Spain…oh my! Your options are endless and we are here to help you find the perfect wine gift for everyone on your list.
In this bundle, gift recipients will receive 3 bottles of award-winning red wine. This includes a taste of Italy with the Mannaggia All’Alba Sangiovese, the Bordeaux Rouge from La Belle France with hints of black plum, and the Gold Medal-winning Watchful Maker Cabernet Sauvignon.
This bundle makes it easy to give the gift of wine exploration.
2. Tippsy: Sake Gift Box
This sake gift box features 6 x 10 oz mini bottles of sake from all over Japan along with information cards for each bottle and a Sake Guide for beginners. Each with a unique taste and story due to weather, geography, culture, and traditions.
Top Wine Gifts: Under $20
These wine gifts are perfect to bring to parties as a hostess gift, to share with friends over a casual dinner and would make a great White Elephant/Secret Santa gift. Best of all they are all highly rated and won’t break the bank.
3. Shaker & Spoon: Pommes Bande Cocktail Kit
Shaker & Spoon brings the world of hand-crafted cocktails directly to your door. With recipes created by top bartenders and unique and hard-to-find ingredients, these cocktail kits will sure to be a hit with friends and family.
The Pommes Bande Kit includes pineapple juice, allspice-cider syrup, Angostura bitters, candied ginger, and a recipe card. Just add the spiced rum to recreate the winning cocktail at the 2020 Parched Madness tournament.
4. Wine On Sale: Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé Wine 2019
From France, a creation by Bon Jovi and his son Jesse. This rosé is described as clean and fresh just like a beautiful summer day at the beach.
Enjoy bursts of bright red fruit flavors (cherries, strawberries, and watermelon) with every sip.
5. NapaCabs: 19 Crimes The Banished Dark Red Blend 2020
With this interactive wine bottle from 19 Crimes, gift recipients will come face-to-face with infamous convicts and hear their side of the story through augmented reality experiences.
This Dark Red is full-bodied with a hint of sweetness and subtle flavors of cinnamon and clove.
Top Wine Gifts: Under $50
With wine gifts, we say “the more the merrier”! All of the wine gifts under $50 include multiple bottles of wine so that you can stock up, give a trio to a special friend or family member, keep one for yourself, or spread the wine love.
6. Sip & Savor: Wine Advent Calendar
$49.99 – $79.99
Help adult friends and family countdown to Christmas with a 12- or 24-bottle Wine Advent Calendar filled with red, white, and rosé wine from California. After all, Christmas isn’t just for kids!
7. Usual Wine: 6 Pack of Red, Brut, or Rose
Wine from Usual is anything but your “usual” go-to wine. They produce wines made in small, sustainably farmed batches with no additives – no added sugars, no added sulfites.
Your lucky gift recipient will enjoy 6 perfectly-sized, 6.3 oz by-the-glass bottles with fresh, delicious wine. Choose from red, rosé, or bubbly brut.
8. Wine Awesomeness: Italy La Dolce Vita 3-Pack
Give the gift of Italy through this pack of 3 Italian wines from Wine Awesomeness. The La Dolce Vita collection features a 2018 Calatroni Mon Carul “Fioravanti” Pinot Nero, a 2018 Poggio Anima “Asmodeus” Nero d’Avola, and a 2019 Franco Serra Piemonte Bianco. Salut!
9. Wine Insiders: World of Rose Trio
“Rosé all day” is my motto! Rosé is not just for enjoying by the pool in summer, but all year long. With this special collection, you can give the gift of three excellent rosé wines from around the world.
The journey begins with the Path Rosé, a well-rounded rose from the San Joaquin Valley in California. Next, go to France with the Les Glaneuses and experience notes of strawberries, and raspberries with a hint of vanilla. End your rose tour in Italy with a bottle of the Brotello Vino Rosato and flavors of tangerine and watermelon.
10. Wine Insiders: Flybird Mixed Margarita Trio
This trio of ready-to-drink Agave cocktails from Mexico will surprise and delight! Flybird cocktails are crafted in Mexico with 100% Mexican Agave wine and all-natural ingredients.
This trio includes Flybird Lime Margarita, Strawberry Margarita, and Grapefruit Paloma. Just gift, sip, and enjoy!
11. Just Enough.: Just Enough Pack
With this mixed pack of premium, great-tasting wines, you’ll get 2 cans of chardonnay, 2 cans of rosé, and 2 cans of pinot noir. It’s everything you want from great wine in a convenient can.
Top Wine Gifts: Under $100
The wine gifts featured in the $100 and under category include 2-4 bottles of wine or aperitifs, and there is a cocktail box for those who like to live on the wild side. All are unique and gifts you won’t find anywhere else.
12. Wonderful Wine: Clean Wine Starter Pack
Wonderful Wine brings clean, low-carb, low-sugar wine free of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides directly to your door.
Watch as your friends and family open up this beautiful Clean Wine Starter Pack featuring 1 of each Red, White, and Rosé wine that is not only better for them, but better for the environment. (Read our Wonderful Wine reviews for details)
13. Winc: 1 Month Subscription
Take one six-question quiz and receive four bottles of wine they will love.
A membership with this California winery gives gift recipients access to exclusive vintages created and curated by Winc, all with sustainability in mind.
14. SaloonBox: Old Fashioned Gift Box
While this is not technically a wine gift, it will surely bring a smile to the Old Fashioned-lover in your life!
This Old Fashioned Gift Box includes everything you need to make two delicious versions of an Old Fashioned – a classic Old Fashioned recipe and a Vanilla Rooibos Old Fashioned and serves 12.
15. Haus: The Aperitif Sampler Kit
This Apéritif Sampler Kit will bring a smile to even the hardest-to-shop-for person on your list.
With this unique gift, you get to select four apéritifs in flavors like Grapefruit Jalapeno, Citrus Flower, Giner Yuzu, Spiced Cherry, and more to build the Sampler. Each 200ml contains 2-3 drinks and is perfect for sharing with friends.
16. Firstleaf: $80 Wine Gift Card
With this Firstleaf gift card, $80 covers one 6-bottle order of award-winning wine personalized to their tastes. Give them the gift of amazing wine this year that they will be sure to love.
Top Wine Gifts: Extra Special
Looking for a showstopper? Look no further than the wine gifts below. Most rated 96 points or more these exquisite bottles will not only be savored for the evening but remembered for years to come.
17. Wine.com: 92 Point Pinot Noir and Wine Décor Gift Set by ReadyFestive
Wine.com has teamed up with ReadyFestive to create the perfect box for a “Wine Night IN” this season. Cozy up in this trendy chevron blanket, light your “Warm & Cozy” soy candle, add your festive “Tonight’s Forecast: 99% Chance of Wine!” sign, get your new pair of shatterproof glasses, and enjoy a glass (or two) of Jules Taylor Wines’ Pinot Noir!
The Sterling Vineyards 2016 Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 96 points, is “the finest and most intense expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon…and the pinnacle of winemaking perfection”. Gift this celebration-worthy wine on any occasion as it is sure to please.
The 2017 Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of the most expressive barrels from select vineyards on the Stags Lead century-old estate. Each bottle exemplifies both the richness and elegance of the land. This 96 point wine will not disappoint.
20. Beaulieu Vineyard (BV): 2018 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon
The BV Vineyard 2018 Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 98 points, has been widely recognized as the benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon since its very first vintage in 1936.
This full-bodied wine would make the perfect birthday or anniversary gift for that special someone.
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.
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