What are the best wine gifts for wine lovers in 2020?

For those wine lovers and hard-to-shop-for relatives! Here is my list of top wine gifts that isn’t a lonely, browned-bag bottle of wine. The perfect gift for a wine lover during the holidays or as a host/hostess gift, birthday gift, or newlywed gift under $50! Drumroll, please!

You can easily mix and match these wine gifts for the greatest wine gift box set that they’ll ever receive!

Best Wine Aerator

Wine Aerator

Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer

Life is too short to wait around! Speed up the decanting process by using a on-the-bottle wine aerator. Perfect for parties, the Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer will maximize your wine’s potential by injecting the perfect amount of oxygen. Easy to clean and comes with a lifetime guarantee. It’s also under $20 and ships lightning fast with Amazon Prime, so probably the easiest host/hostess gift ever.

Buy the best-selling Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer on Amazon.com ($14.99) or directly from Vintorio ($19.95 + 15% off with Vintorio VIP Membership.)


Why aerate wine?

You best believe aerating wine makes a difference. Most younger wines benefit greatly from decanting or aerating. Exposing wine to oxygen helps dissipate unwanted compounds in wine like harsh tannins, the sharp taste of alcohol, or the rotten-egg scent of sulfur. However, older bottles of red wine will do better in a decanter, separating any sediment that may make the wine taste more astringent.

Why use a wine aerator?

A wine aerator speeds up the aeration process, so you don’t have to wait ages for wine to decant! Generally gives me instant gratification when I don’t want to go through all the trouble of using a large glass wine decanter. Though I wouldn’t personally use it for very delicate, older wines.

Using a wine aerator is also a lot easier than the trendy, hyperdecanting method for quick wine aeration. I mean … Think about how gross it is to decant your favorite wine in a blender when you last used said blender to make hummus?

Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer Review

Why choose the Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer?

After using a few different wine aerators on the market like the handheld Vinturi Wine Aerator and traditional wine decanters, the Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer always wins me over.

I can easily pop it on the bottle without holding an extra gadget. It really takes the effort out of going through the motions with a traditional wine decanter and makes dinner parties way less fussy.

There are absolutely no refills or cartridges that you need to keep repurchasing like Üllo Wine Purifier or Aervana Essential Electric Wine Aerator. I’m a sucker for new gadgets, but those were way too gimmicky. Sulfites are also naturally occurring in raisins, FYI.

Clean up is easy – just rinse with warm water in the sink and let air dry. No awkward parts to disassemble. It even comes with a sleek carrying case for wine-scapades.

Vintorio Customer service is also exceptional, and I know that it carries a lifetime guarantee that will replace my wine aerator should anything happen.

In fact, something did happen. I had a few Vintorio Wine Aerators that were given as gifts, but one of them ended up leaking just a bit. We contacted Vintorio customer service, and they sent us a brand new wine aerator that worked perfectly. They really made things right.

The Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer and Decanter is an easy wine gift under $20!
Look at that wine aerator pourer go! | source: vintorio.com

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Best Wine Decanters

Wine Decanter

Vintorio Citadel Crystal Wine Decanter

Bust this sturdy bad boy out at your next dinner party and you’ll look like you finally have your sh*t together. #adulting, am I right? Made from real crystal glass (ding!), the Vintorio Wine Decanter smashes the competition out of the ballpark, and quite literally if you’ve seen their video. As much as I want an elaborate crystal decanter shaped like a swan, the idea of cleaning or maintaining that delicate glass swan gives me the chills.

Buy the Vintorio Citadel Wine Decanter on Amazon.com ($45.99) or directly from Vintorio ($51.50 + 15% off with Vintorio VIP Membership.)


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Best Wine Opener

Wine Opener

Pulltex Pulltap’s Wine Corkscrew

An industry standard! This inexpensive and classic corkscrew comes in a wide variety of colors and designs. The Teflon-coated worm inserts easily into a wine cork, and the two-step lever system prevents bending or breakage. The steel micro-serrated blade is curved (important!) for effortless cutting. And with a built-in bottle opener, the Pulltap’s Corkscrew is a one-stop shop, ready to open any bottle thrown at you.

Buy the best-selling Pulltap’s Wine Corkscrew on Pulltaps.com.


Pulltap’s Wine Corkscrew, hands down. Every wine lover needs the perfect tools in their arsenal, beginning with a wine opener. After spending many years waiting tables, I’ve bought dozens of wine corkscrews that disappointed me very publicly while wine-hungry eyes stared back at me as I fumbled with broken corks. From spirals snapping or squeaking in front of guests to awkward hinges, my worst nightmare was a public cork mishap while handling their very expensive wine bottle.

The double lever grips comfortably over any bottle, making it much easier to pull the wine cork out without using brute force. It’s also incredibly durable, and I’ve managed to hold onto mine for years with the only fear that someone will “accidentally” pocket it. All wine tools are not created equal, and Pulltap’s reminded me of that.

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Honorable Mention: Laguiole Jean Dubost Waiters Corkscrew and Laguiole en Aubrac Waiter’s Corkscrew

For the ultra-fancy and those with money burning a hole in their pockets, these Laguiole corkscrews, Laguiole Jean Dubost Waiters Corkscrew ($130) and Laguiole en Aubrac Waiters Corkscrew ($250), are worth lusting after! Made in Laguiole, France — a village famed for its knife craftsmanship (and cheese!) — these high-end corkscrews make me feel as if I drink Châteauneuf-du-Pape every day as my table wine.

Best Novelty Wine Gifts

Novelty Wine Gift

If You Can Read This, Bring Me Some Wine Novelty Socks

Totally Instagrammable, this unisex pair of socks reminds the people in your life to bring you wine pronto.

Buy the Wine Socks ($9.95) on Amazon.com.


Probably not the best quality socks in the world, but great for announcing to the world that it’s #winetime. And who knows? Maybe someone will heed its suggestion and bring you a bottle or two.

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Novelty Wine Gift

NPW Drinking Buddies Cocktail/Wine Glass Markers

You won’t mix up your wine glasses with Brad, Chad, Josh, Ryan, Cody, or Mitch hanging on them! Also comes in a variety of styles, including Jesus, so you can turn water into wine. Maybe.

Buy the Wine Markers ($10.55) on Amazon.com.


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Novelty Wine Gift

Wine Condoms

A cheeky set of wine stoppers that is “99.9% effective preventing unplanned spills screw the cork”. No glove, no love? Just don’t use with champagne.

Buy the Wine Condoms ($13.97) on Amazon.com.


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Best Wine Books

“The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That” Book

A fun and approachable book for those just dipping their feet into the world of wine.

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“The Wine Bible” Book

A comprehensive beginner’s guide to wine.

[…] Karen MacNeil’s information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed—and, because of the author’s unique voice, always entertained: “In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Or, describing a Riesling: “A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.”

– Wine Bible, Amazon.com

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“Wine Folly: Magnum Edition” Book

Perfect for the burgeoning oenophile! Written by Madeline Puckette — author, sommelier, and one of the founders of winefolly.com — this guidebook introduces the vast world of wine in an easy-to-digest manner, full of infographics. The book also recently won a James Beard Award!

I really, really love what Wine Folly is doing with wine culture. They’re making it so approachable!

You may also find the book in its English and Korean edition at Kyobo Bookstore in Seoul.

Wine Folly Magnum Edition Preview

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Best Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses

Iittala Ultima Thule Red Wine Glasses

An expressive design that’s over 50 years old, these iconic glasses were designed by the legendary Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) and inspired by an ice-covered Finnish Lapland. The rounded base supported by three “ice peaks” make for a surprisingly sturdy and balanced wine glass, not easily tipped over. Wirkkala and Iittala spent hundreds of hours perfecting the glass-blowing technique to create these functional works of art. Oh, and did I mention that they are dishwasher-safe?

Buy the Iittala Wine Glasses (Set of 2, $35.85) on FinnishDesignShop.com.


Read more about the story of Ultima Thule glasses on Iittala.com. I also highly recommend following Iittala on Instagram for some Scandinavian design inspiration, and I hope you fall in love with Iittala just as I have!

Why choose the Iittala Ultima Thule glasses?

I think most people have pretty basic, everyday wine glasses at home … But it’s not every day that you come across a truly unique set of wine glasses that make your eyes widen and sparkle!

When I say they’re gorgeous, they are absolutely gorgeous. Dainty, but not fragile. The entire Iittala glassware set is worth coveting, too.

I ended up buying my Iittala Ultima Thule glasses at Lotte Department Store in Seoul, but you can also purchase below directly from their website and have them shipped in Korea.

Iitala Ultima Thule Glasses

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Wine Glasses

Zalto Denk’Art Universal Wine Glass

Handblown in Austria by Zalto Glasmanufaktur, these highly-coveted glasses are exceptionally light, with great clarity. While machine-made glasses have a rounded lip, Zalto’s glasses are polished down to be flat, making them look whisper-thin without the fragililty. A sommelier favorite, some even argue that wine tastes better in this glass. The Zalto Denk’Art Universal Wine Glass design was also inspired by the earth in accordance to the tilt angles – 24 degrees, 48 degrees, and 72 degrees. Made with lead-free crystal and dishwasher-safe.

Buy the Zalto Denk’Art Universal Wine Glass ($62 per glass) at Barneys.com.


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Wine Glasses

Bormioli Rocco Mini Tumblers

The Bormioli Rocco Mini Tumblers are versatile enough for any drink you throw at it! Use for wine, little snacks, desserts, or as a tea light candle holder. The wide shape and sleek, minimalist design makes pouring wine into this vessel feel like you’ve entered into a Spanish tapas bar. And most importantly, they’re affordable. Dishwasher-safe and made from tempered glass in Spain.

Buy the Bormioli Rocco Mini Tumblers (Set of 12, $19.99) at Target.com.


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Best Wine Beauty Products

Wine Beauty

Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Face Mask

This red wine face mask is formulated with real red wine extract and rosemary (and no parabens!) which tightens, refines, and purifies skin for the perfect pick-me-up after a long flight, dry winter, or bad skin day.

Buy the Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Face Mask ($3) on Amazon.com.


How long did you think I’d go without throwing in a Korean staple? A face mask sheet makes your skin glow AND makes you look like a burn victim to give you that ultimate don’t-mess-with-me-while-I’m-drinking-wine vibe. Please wear this while sipping a smooth glass of Pinot Noir for double trouble. Also safe for those too young, budding winos or wine-reminiscing teetotalers.

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Wine Beauty

NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine Pads

Another cult K-Beauty favorite, this exfoliator gently removes dead skin cells and impurities with the help of lactic acid and reservatrol. Reservatrol, a red wine derivative, has naturally-occuring AHAs and antioxidants to prevent wrinkle formation.

Buy the NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Pads ($27) on SokoGlam.com.


The Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Pads have been a bit of a Korean cult beauty classic for a while. Though you can purchase these wine cleansing pads in the United States, if you happen to be in South Korea, head to Olive Young, the Korean beauty megastore, as they’re frequently on sale.

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