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Gift-wrapping wine gifts

Fat Guy

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While basic gift-wrap or a wine bag makes for a nice enough presentation, I can't help but think there are more interesting ways to present wine gifts.

Steven A. Shaw aka "Fat Guy"
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I found a store with little wine bottle kimonos that slip over the bottle and make it look "dressed up".

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I love see through packing for the wines.

I had been using a lot of it in my wine shop and it really looks good with the propper tie.

Today producers are coming up with beautiful bottles and labels...why hide them.

As far as the wooden boxes are concerned; there is really not much use for them unless you would like to keep the wine in the original gift box for whatever reason.

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The tubes seem to be taking over in these parts. While not highly imaginative, they are fairly practical (reusable, offering some margin of protection, most have a cord 'handle' for easy toting). I suppose, if it were a special bottle or recipient, they could be personalized with photos, recipes, reviews, graphics from the winery's website incorporating the label (since, as someone upthread said, labels are often art now). Essentially making the wrapping a greeting/gift card.

Not that you seem like the artsy-craftsy type but one never knows. :wink:

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How about a

shrunken sweater?

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If you want to be really cruel, you can present the wine in this contraption.

My sister gave one to us for Christmas the year before last. Luckily, there's a relatively inexpensive bottle of wine trapped inside (and not a favorite of ours), because it's still stuck in there. She did give us the solution, but we haven't been desparate enough yet to peek.

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I suppose my problem is that I'm opposed to kitsch unless it is fully self-conscious of its kitschiness and serves as a specific point of humor or is used to make a post-modern statement.

My ideal way of giving or receiving the gift of a bottle of wine is to place it in the one-bottle bags supplied by most wine stores (many stores will hand you a dozen or so simply on request if you're a regular customer), to drop a small card inside and to present it just that way.

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