Rushing to taste this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau is a holiday tradition; start a tradition of your own by drawing your family together to make their lists and check them twice over a bottle of Beaujolais.
2. Find an Impeccable Scotch
A gift for your boss is often the biggest headache of the holidays, so don’t leave it until the last minute. A single malt Scotch is sure to please—or consider a vintage Port.
3. Be a Cordial Secret Santa
Entertaining and affordable are key here, so flavored cordials in their decorative bottles, like Amaretto (almond), Chambord (raspberry) or Frangelico (hazelnut), are an inspired choice.
4. Please the Hard-to-Please
Are there one or two people on your list who are impossible to find gifts for? Give them each a gift card and allow them to pick their own gift at any Fine Wine & Good Spirits store, or enroll them in our new Wine Club: 3-, 6- or 12-month subscriptions are available.
5. Punch Up the Party
Break free of the casserole dish by offering to bring a Champagne punch. It’s made with fruit juice, ginger ale and champagne, sometimes with the addition of fruit or sherbet. You don’t need expensive Champagne—an affordable Prosecco or California sparkling wine will do the trick.
6. Surprise the Person Who Has Everything
We’ll bet he or she doesn’t have a bottle of Calvados, the apple brandy from France, and hasn’t tried Eiswein (Icewine), the German dessert wine made from grapes frozen on the vine.
7. 007 Their Holiday
Two Martini glasses, a cocktail shaker, a bottle of top-shelf gin and a small bottle of Vermouth and they’ll have a Martini kit to last the whole year round.
8. Sake It to ’Em
A bottle of sake with some decorative sake cups makes a surprising gift that might lead to a lifetime appreciation of the Japanese rice wine on the part of the recipient.
9. Stuff Those Stockings
For an inventive stocking stuffer, buy individual packets of hot chocolate mix and pair them with small bottles of peppermint schnapps, or try hot apple cider mix and rum, or flavored coffee and Irish Whiskey.
10. Keep It Toasty
It’s easy to make something special for those cold nights. Hot toddies are made with brandy, tea, honey and lemon, while mulled wine can be made with leftover wine and contents of your holiday spice cabinet: cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and sugar.
11. A Case, Just in Case
The holidays can get busy—having a case of your favorite wine at home means you never have to run out for a hostess gift when you’re on your way to a party.
12. Don’t Forget the Nog
If you’re hosting a party, you’ll want to serve the holiday classic, Egg Nog, featuring bourbon, brandy, eggs and milk. Consult our Quantity Calculator to purchase just the right amount for your party.