11 Brilliant Gifts for the Wine Enthusiast in Your Life

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Drink in these options, from classy to quirky, for the wine enthusiast in your life.

1. DECANTER; $30 - $50

The topsy turvy twists in this glass wine decanter aren't just for decoration. The design creates a double aerating effect—once when you pour the wine into the decanter, and once when you pour from the decanter into your glass. The twists and turns allow for extra aeration, so it makes for a great bar accessory as well as a simple, useful centerpiece.

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2. WINE TASTING FLIGHT; $59

For the aspiring sommelier on your list, this stylish wine flight is ideal for hosting a DIY wine-tasting. The flight comes equipped with four miniature carafes that can hold 4 ounces of wine displayed on an elegant wooden platform made from a repurposed French oak wine barrel stave. It's a gift that’s both elegant and eco-friendly.

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3. BUT FIRST, CHAMPAGNE: A MODERN GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S FAVORITE WINE; $18

Packed with facts about champagne’s history and present-day production trends, But First, Champagne will give the wine-lover in your life a new appreciation for the drink usually—and unfairly—relegated to celebratory sips. Food and Wine called it “a comprehensive, smartly-written guide” and your grateful friends will likely call it “an excuse to drink champagne after New Year’s Eve."

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4. MAJOR SCALE MUSICAL WINE GLASSES; $65 FOR 2

Upgrade their dinner parties with these wine glasses that double as a musical instrument. To create music, fill each glass to the desired note (marked on each glass to make a full A scale), before slightly wetting your finger and running it along the glass’s rim.

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5. CORAVIN MODEL TWO PLUS PACK; $350

Ideal for those who enjoy sampling and collecting different wines, this top-of-the-line wine “system” is a must-have for the serious wine enthusiasts on your list. With its specially engineered argon gas capsules and airtight trigger system, the Coravin system allows you to enjoy a glass of wine without committing to finishing the whole bottle before it goes bad.

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6. GOVERRE PORTABLE WINE GLASS; $24

The Goverre, available in a variety of colors, features a stemless design, non-stick silicone sleeve and spill-proof lid that can hold up to 17 ounces, allowing your giftee's wine to go wherever they go.

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7. THE WINE DECK; $16

For those wishing to study up on their wine knowledge, look no further than the Wine Deck. These grown-up flashcards can be used to test knowledge of wine variations, regions, pairings, and more.

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8. WINE PRESERVER BOTTLE; $50

If you know someone who likes to savor their wine, get them the gift of quality time—that is, quality time with their favorite bottle. This BPA-free glass vessel provides a spill-proof, airtight environment that extends the life of a bottle up to a week after uncorking.

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9. BEANIE WINE STOPPER; $17

These quirky, cute wine stoppers come in a pack of two contrasting colors to provide a wintry accessory for your loved one's favorite bottle, while the stopper's airtight silicone design keeps the wine fresh after opening.

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10. QUOTABLE WINE TOWELS; $45

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin once said, “There can not be good living where there is not good drinking”? Give your friends the gift of good living and drinking with this set of four cotton wine towels, emblazoned with witty quotes about wine from some of history’s greatest minds, including Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Winston Churchill.

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11. WINC MEMBERSHIP; $50 PER MONTH

Whether that tricky person on your list is obsessed with wine or a novice looking to discover more about it, they’ll be pleased with a Membership from Winc. Subscribers share their unique flavor preferences by answering questions like, “How do you take your coffee?” or “Do you like salt?”, then Winc takes it from there, shipping the personalized recommendations in each box.

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11 Gifts for the Curious Kids in Your Life

The Play Gym by Lovevery
The Play Gym by Lovevery

No matter their age, you want to find gifts that will keep the kids in your life entertained, stimulated, and give them a sense of accomplishment—even during playtime. Luckily, these 11 gifts will do all of that, and will encourage their curiosity to grow.

1. The Play Gym by Lovevery; $140

Baby playset
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Specially designed by experts to stimulate infants for their first year, this play mat grows with your favorite baby. It has five developmental zones and multiple activities—like teethers, mirrors, and colorful flash cards. And, when baby becomes a toddler, the mat converts into a tent fort for further imaginative play.

Find It: Amazon

2. Real Insect Superpowers Comic Book; $18

Follow the adventures of the Supersonic Assassin, the Malevolent Mimic, and other insect superheroes as they smash, zap, hypnotize, and sting in this 88-page book that's part comic, part nature encyclopedia.

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3. Droid Inventor Kit; $100

This is definitely the droid you’re looking for. Recommended for kids in grades eight years and up, this customizable robot comes with an app that defines more than 22 missions as well as easy block-based coding activities. And for any Star Wars fans, the Droid makes 20 different sounds, just like from the movies

Find It: Amazon

4. Solar System Chalk; $40

Solar system chalk
Uncommon Goods

This nine-piece chalk set features all the planets in the solar system, along with Pluto. Each piece has multiple colors, which represent the planets' cores, layers, and crusts. And for each set sold, $2 will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support autism research.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. Jr. NASA Rocket Scientist Lab Coat; $20

Jr. NASA coat
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Get kids excited about science early with this lab coat, which comes in sizes for boys and girls. Alongside three pockets, the jacket also has the NASA logo and the words “Rocket Scientist.” When your astronaut-in-training is done playing, the coat can be tossed in the washing machine.

Find It: Amazon

6. 3Doodler 3D Pen Set; $50

This wireless pen allows kids to freestyle draw in the air—the eco-plastic filament cools in place quickly, giving kids plenty of practice with spatial reasoning without the costs of a full 3D printer.

Find It: Amazon

7. Giant Coloring Poster; $19

Giant coloring poster
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If your kid is going to color on the wall, you may as well give them a designated place to do so. Children can use pencils, markers, and paints on this 33''x 45'' poster that depicts all types of animals in a zoo. This gift will not only encourage creative expression, but it can also help kids work on their motor skills.

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8. Root-Vue Farm; $39

A little girl poses behind the Root Vue farm
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Whether they join FFA or not, kids can get a head start on understanding horticulture with this indoor garden system. Plant the included seeds—for carrots, radishes, and onions—and watch them obsess over the underground view of their harvest.

Find It: Amazon

9. Geosafari Jr. Kidnoculars; $9

Kid-proof and specially designed for tiny hands and faces, these binoculars can help preschoolers get to know the world around them. Play a game like “I Spy” and have them find squirrels in trees, clouds in the sky, or all those Cheerios they spilled behind their bed.

Find It: Amazon

10. Dimpl Baby and Toddler Learning Toy; $13

This brightly colored sensory toy holds a young one's attention with 100% food-grade silicone bubbles they can press and poke—perfect for keeping kids occupied in a stroller or car.

Find It: Target

11. Otamatone; $30

The face on this highly kawaii ribbon synthesizer is made of rubber, and by manipulating it with one hand you can make cool sounds (the other hand controls the pitch along the ribbon controller). With a bit of practice, you can even play real music—check out this entertaining cover of "Take On Me."

Find It: Amazon

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The New York Times's Latest Book on Travel Will Help You Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway

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Getting a full sense of a new city while traveling can be tough—especially if you only have a weekend to explore it. But since 2002, The New York Times’s "36 Hours" column has been breaking down destinations all over the world into bite-size pieces, allowing travelers to see the big attractions while still experiencing the city like a local. Now, you can get the best of the column's North American destinations with the fully updated and revised edition of 36 Hours: USA & Canada for $40 at TASCHEN or on Amazon.

Even if you have the original, it’s worth purchasing this updated copy, as this version features 33 new itineraries from Anchorage, Alaska; the Berkshires in Massachusetts; Boulder, Colorado; Miami; Oakland, California; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and many more.

36 Hours: USA & Canda from the New York Times
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The 752-page book also offers more than 5400 hours of travel itineraries, 600 restaurants to dine at, and 450 hotel options. Each city featured includes a brief history, a list of popular destinations, and tips on how to experience it all like a local. For example, the New Orleans guide encourages travelers to start at the French 75 Bar for happy hour and order a Sazerac, a cocktail close to an Old-Fashioned that's a local favorite. Whereas the Miami guide takes you to the Buena Vista Deli, a bistro known for its take on classic French dishes. The travel book also features detailed city maps that pinpoint all the stops, and it's accompanied by nearly 1000 photographs.

Once you've picked your destination, check out some tips on how to craft the perfect itinerary.

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