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How to Put Together the Perfect Wine Gift Basket

“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.” Aquinas, St. Thomas… Now, is that a quote for moms, or what? How many days of chaos could be drained away by draining a lovely glass of wine during a bubble bath, and getting a full nights sleep? {Ah…. it sounds nice just typing it….} So, what better gift for the women in your life this holiday season than a gorgeous wine gift basket, right? Or, why not get one for yourself – either to enjoy during holiday entertaining, or to relax after crazy days of shopping, baking, and wrapping? Keep reading to get some tips to putting together the perfect pick for anyone on your list this year…

Make the perfect wine gift basket

HOw to Put Together a Perfect Wine Gift Basket

Whether you’re creating your own handmade gift, or purchasing a ready-made basket, there are a few things to consider as you get ready to shop. A little thought before-hand will ensure that you pick products that rock, sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who receives them {even if that “someone” is you… What? I’m not the only one who buys themselves Christmas gifts and says they’re from Santa, am I?}

Step One: Who is the gift for?

That’s easy, right? Well, I’m not just asking you to write a list of names you’re shopping for here. No – think a little deeper… Is this someone who will be sneaking a glass of wine in that bubble bath we talked about? If so, pick a basket filled with goodies like a great book, some spa products, maybe even a luxurious new bathrobe. Is the basket for your Just-Like-Martha friend who loves to entertain? Then you’ll want one filled with tons of awesome gourmet foodie products. Is it for your sister who is as green as they come? Then choose something like an Organic Fresh Fruit & Wine package, sure to be a hit.

Affordable wine gift baskets

Step Two: Determine Your Budget

You have two options when it comes to gift baskets – create one yourself, or buy a pretty pre-packaged gift set. Either way, you’ll want to take a minute to think about your budget, and determine how much you have to spend on each gift. Many times you can create a beautiful basket on your own at a budget price – but remember that you’ll also have to purchase a basket or container, filler to hold items in place, wire or skewers to help place small items, ribbon and decor, plus cellophane or tulle to wrap around the package. Those costs can add up, if you’re not a crafty type who already has supples on hand.

Step Three: DIY or Just Buy?

Since a bigger business can buy supplies in bulk, sometimes you’ll find that it’s a much better deal – and less time-consuming – to purchase a pre-made basket at a site like You want to make sure you’re using a trusted & reputable site like this one: Look for things like fast shipping, hassle-free returns, and money-back guarantees. They’re baskets are made right here in the USA, and they strive to have the lowest prices anywhere on the web. Awesome.

pick a theme for a wine gift basket

Step Four: Pick a Theme

If you’re still having trouble putting together a great wine gift basket, pick another theme to go along with it. Something out of the box, like a color, a flavor, a scent, a city, etc. Pick a bunch of totally unrelated products and put them together in a basket – tied together by a similar color, like the gourmet snacks in this Simply Elegant Gift Basket. Or, create a basket based on a favorite vacation spot {seashells, local wines, salt water taffy}, or favorite flower {rose wine, rose scented candles and body lotions}. No matter who you’re shopping for – even if it’s a mother in law you don’t know well, a boss, or a hostess gift for your husband’s bosses wife – if you know just one tidbit of trivia about them, you can choose the perfect personalized wine basket.

Step Five: Pick the Perfect Wine

This is one of the most important pieces of the whole project, isn’t it? If you have trouble choosing new wines, use an online wine education tool like – it lets you discover new wines like you find favorite songs on Pandora. Seriously cool – it’ll help you find the perfect new wines you want to try – then search for a great gift basket on including one of them. It’ll be a hit as a gift for them, or a goodie to keep. Bonus – Save 15% off of the price of ANY gift basket you choose – wine, beer, festive gourmet foods, kids toys and games, anything! – with coupon code 15OFF, until December 31st, 2012!!

Let’s Chat: What’s your favorite wine? Are you a fan of gift baskets for holiday gifts – and do you ever purchase them to help simplify your own holiday entertaining? Would you love to get one of these baskets for the holidays? Share your thoughts in the comments – I love hearing from you ladies!


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