Ultimate Food, Wine and Cocktail Lover’s Gift Guide!

The holidays are here and it’s time to start thinking about gifts you want to give to the ones you love! Whether they are total foodies, home chefs, wine lovers, food and wine connoisseurs, or spirits lovers, there is a great gift on this list for every single one of them.

For the Wine Lover

Riedel Fatto a Mano Wine Glass: This collection from Riedel is the ideal gift for that wine lover on your list who appreciates a fine glass of wine as much as statement-making art. Customizable hand-pulled stems in six different colors (green, yellow, blue, white, black, and red) and six bowl shapes (Champagne Wine Glass, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz, and Pinot Noir), gifters can mix and match a collection or send an entire set in their recipient’s favorite color and varietal-specific shape. $100/glass, set of 6 for $540

Riedel M Series Decanter: These beautiful decanters are built for gentle decanting. More like best suited to aged red wines and young fresh whites. These unique shapes (inspired by antique Cognac bottles, and named for French wine regions) are a necessity for every bar cart or dinner party table and, at under $200 each, are an accessibly-priced Riedel decanter handmade of Riedel’s signature ultrathin, yet durable crystal. $190 each

Coravin Model Two Wine System: For the wine lovers who also enjoy technology, this Coravin Model Two System is the perfect gift. Coravin is great because you can drink the wines you love without ever having to open the bottle. Coravin features the perfect balance between elegant design and durable craftsmanship. Textured rubber grips and ergonomic lines, ensure a flawless experience with every pour. Includes 2 Coravin Capsules to pour up to 30 glasses of wine. $299.95/ system

Coravin Aerator: The Aerator by Coravin is a cool accessory to give to those who already have a Coravin system or to compliment the Coravin as a multi-part gift. The Coravin Aerator, designed exclusively to be used with your Coravin Wine Preservation Opener, is the perfect accessory to enhance the taste of your wine in seconds by mixing the right amount of air with the wine as you pour. Its unique design uses the system’s pressure to force wine through 24 carefully placed and sized holes. $69.95

Coravin Screw Cap: For the screw cap wines we don’t want to go bad in the fridge, Coravin has a solution for you! This makes a great gift in conjunction with the Coravin and will keep your wines protected and closed for up to three months. Imagine the possibilities when you have parties, friends, and family over. No longer will you have to consume all your screw cap wine within the week (unless you want too). $29.95 

Electric Sky Wine: Perfect for the wine lover who enjoys glasses on the go (not while driving) or outside. Take these perfectly portioned wine glasses with you anywhere! Sourced from a vineyard located in the Languedoc Roussillon region in the south of France, next to Provence, these wines make for fun gifts this holiday season! $12.99/set of 4

The Book Lover’s Guide To Wine: Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine is based on his very successful wine class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world’s great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, the differences between Old World and New World wines, and much more. $19.95


For the DIY Cocktail Creator

Rokz Infusions: For the everyday cocktail creator, at home mixologist, or entertaining specialist, these Rokz Infusions are the perfect gift for $10.99. You simply add your favorite spirit to the infusion bottle, wait 2-4 days (stirring daily), and viola… a cocktail waiting for you with minimal effort! Flavors for the cocktail infusions include:

Bloody Mary Vodka Infusion – a blend of chili peppers, sun-dried tomato, garlic, horseradish, peppercorns and spices to fire up your Mary

Margarita Tequila Infusion – the must-have cocktail no matter the season, this ginger, vanilla and citrus blend will take your margarita to a whole new level

Mojito Rum Infusion – cranberries, hop petals, and citrus make for a bright and cheery version of this crowd-pleasing cocktail 

Gin and Tonic Infusion – rose petals, fennel and black peppercorns create a delicious botanical spin on the ever classy G & T

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice:  This cherry juice is not only good for you, it tastes great in cocktails too! I really enjoy Cheribundi for its health benefits as well as taste. It mixes well with bourbon (tart cherry old fashioned), Vodka (tart cherry cosmo), and Tequila (tart cranberry margaritas!!). Grab your friends and loved ones the entire line of Cheribundi cherry juices, which include: Original, Light, Relax (for sleep), Protein, and Black Cherry Juice. $2.00 +

Thoughtfully Moscow Mule Party To Go: Who doesn’t love a Moscow Mule? This great set comes with two Moscow Mule mugs, Moscow Mule Mix, as well as ginger and lime candies. All you need to do is simply add vodka for easy holiday party prep and a delicious drink every time. $34.99

Thoughtfully Whiskey Mixing Set: For the whiskey lover in your life, Thoughtfully allows you to mix the perfect cocktail with their whiskey mixing sets! The set includes a mixing glass and strainer. All you need to do is then add either the Whiskey Sour mixer (for a classic cocktail) or Smokey Honey mixer (for something more elevated). $29.99

Whiskey Neat Vintage Oversized Tee: This fashion-forward statement apparel is perfect to pair with any one of the spirited gifts mentioned above! Get a tee for your favorite whiskey lover, and watch their eyes light up with excitement over this great vintage tee. It’s comfy, stylish, and perfect for tailgating, snow days, and simply lounging around with a glass of whiskey neat… of course! $42.99

Tapt Maple Water: What’s a good way to take a trendy beverage (maple water) and make it even more popular? By adding antioxidants, electrolytes, and B-Vitamins. The Maple Guild has made their Tapt water the perfect pre- or post-workout drink and an excellent holiday hangover cure. Plus it also mixes well into a variety of cocktails too… grab your favorite mixologist and try some for yourself because this delicious and hydrating water comes in six flavors including Grapefruit, Raspberry, Strawberry, Citrus, Blueberry, Cranberry Pomegranate$3.39/bottle 



For the Chocoholic

Chuao Chocolatier: One of my new favorite chocolate brands! These insanely delicious chocolate bars are a must-have for stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts, and everything in between. From S’Mores to Gingerbread, as well as Fire Cracker, Maple Bacon, and Honeycomb flavors, the delectable options with this chocolate brand seem almost endless. Each bar is perfect for sharing with 32 squares/bar. I am honestly so impressed with the flavors and quality of the chocolates, and if you agree you can share the love with their BOGO 50% off special for the holiday season! $6.00/Bar 

Sparkling Wine & Chuao Chocolate Set: This sparkling wine and chocolate Bonbon pairing gift set are perfect for anyone who loves to sip bubbly! You can’t beat giving a set of “bubbly and bonbons” to your friends or family members, especially when paired with a bottle of Valdo Spumante Rosé Brut. This is a perfect gift for anyone 21+ who enjoys wine and chocolate. $69.95.

Chuao Beer’s Best Friend Bundle: Have to get a gift for a beer and chocolate lover? Don’t know which one to choose? Combine them both with this perfectly paired beer and chocolate set! With flavors like Baconlicious, Potato Chip, Caramel, and more… this is one great gift for the beer lover in your life. Priced at just $25.95 

Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread: If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, then you will love this delicious spread! It’s creamy, delicious, and perfect on top of french toast. I also enjoy pairing this with a bag of pretzels for the perfect sweet and salty snack! $10.39




GetHappy 2017 Gourmet Holiday Boxes: The GH Holiday Gift Boxes offer handcrafted artisan chocolates, gourmet caramels, and candies. There is so much to offer and a great gift for everyone on your list! The most sought-after collection is the Gourmet Box. Arranged in a beautifully crafted wooden slate box, the Gourmet Box delivers style and one-of-a-kind gourmet goodies. GetHappy ships anywhere in the continental US.  $20

For the Home Chef & Foodie

Victoria Amory & Co: This line of gourmet ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, and pepper sauces are perfect for anyone looking to entertain multiple ways. These artisanal cooking sauces and condiments sell in sets of four as well as in gift sets. I say, choose a gift set and pair it with Victoria Amory serving pieces! $30.00 and up

Pod & Bean: This line of gourmet products by The Cocoa Exchange use layers of cocoa and chocolate in their sauces, salsas, vinaigrettes, and mustards. This is to explore classic comfort and flavor fusion. So far my favorites have been the Blackberry Chipotle Sauce and the White Chocolate Raspberry Honey Mustard, but then again I am nowhere near done exploring the collection!  $9.00 and up

Skinny Salamis: This may seem silly to give salami as a gift, but hey… if someone stuffed my stocking with these delicious, low calorie, lots of flavor salami sticks I would be more than happy! You can take these on the go, to work, or with you when you travel. They are full of flavor, the animals used are raised without antibiotics, and are also gluten and nut free. My favorites have been the Black Angus Beef, Pork Mini Salamis with Truffles, and Spicy Pork Chorizo. $23.00/three packs

Maple Vinegar: This award-winning product takes the maple sap and naturally ferments it in Napa Valley wine barrels. Perfect for salad dressings, finishing a pan sauce, in cocktails, or BBQ sauces. $11.99

Maple Cream: Ever wish you could spread maple all over your pastries? Now you can, with The Maple Guild’s spreadable Maple Cream – similar to a buttery consistency. Perfect for those who bake and love maple. $12.99

ShowOff Your Life: The magnetic mount fits most smartphones and cases creating a Personal Photographer, Body Cam, Dash Cam, & more in seconds. A sleek and thin design, and advanced magnetic technology enabling you to mount your phone to just about any surface, in any situation. This is perfect for food video creators, and any tasty or delicious vlog, content creator, and smartphone user. From the gym to your kitchen, you can show all your fans all that you do! The new anti-slip and anti-scuff pads are explicitly designed to keep your phone secure – while capturing unforgettable moments! The pocket-sized Bluetooth remote enables you to take hands-free pictures and videos. PLUS easy, safe, and residue-free removal. $39.99


Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

2 Responses to "Ultimate Food, Wine and Cocktail Lover’s Gift Guide!"

  1. Stephanie D   December 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    This is such a great list! As always you know I am buying 1/2 or more of what you recommend! You always have such great suggestions and I love how approachable you make everything.

    • Sara Lehman
      Sara Lehman   December 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie! That means a lot and I am happy you like the gift guide! Please send pictures or post on social media anything you love from the list and don’t forget to tag me so I can see!


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