Wine Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of wine. I share wine recipes, have a Wine 101 section on my blog for wine newbies, review wines and wine related products, and still occasionally post to Have Wine Will Drink’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. So I thought it’d be fun to share some wine gift ideas for the wine lovers in your life!

Wine Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Cork Shadow Box

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Not only do I love the idea of saving corks in a shadow box, but I also love what this one says!

Vinebox Subscription

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Vinebox is a cool subscription service that will send you 3 to 6 “glasses” of wine each month. It’s an expensive and fun way to try out new wines without being disappointed by buying an entire bottle of wine you might not even like. Each flight (the fancy way of saying a selection of wines…usually 3 to 8 glasses) also comes with pairing suggestions and technical information so you can learn more about each wine.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Awesomeness has a subscription service, or you can send a one-time gift.

Electric Wine Bottle Opener

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Under 20 bucks, and a must have! An electric wine bottle opener makes opening a bottle of wine a quick and easy task.

Wine Carafe

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Now you can get some gorgeous wine carafes (sometimes called decanters), but I like this one because it’s a wine carafe that can preserve your wine for up to a week!

A Wine Chiller

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Is there anything worse than drinking wine at the wrong temperature? Nope, there’s not. That’s why I love this Corkcicle Chiller. It has a unique freezing gel that maintains chilled whites and cools down room temp reds. But it does so much more than chill! It has a built-in aerator (you can find out why it’s important to aerate wine here), an easy pour spout, and a flip cap that allows for complete seal. If you don’t have one, get one now!

Wine for Dummies

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Yep, I’ve read Wine for Dummies. And if you’re a wine lover interested in understanding wine and wanting to be able to carry on a conversation about it, you should too.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

And if your wine lover likes to color, don’t miss out on the Wine Lover’s Coloring Book. Might as well color something you love, right?!

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Wine Glasses

Wine glasses galore! If you know a wine lover, they probably also love wine glasses and have lots of them. Here are some favorites…

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Spill resistant wine glasses? Yes please! Between kids running around and me just being plain clumsy, it’s inevitable that a glass would get spilled. These wine glasses are not only virtually impossible to spill, but they look super cool too.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Everybody should own these unbreakable wine glasses! TheseTaZa shatterproof wine glasses can get knocked off the counter and just bounce without shattering. So you may still have a mess, but it’ll be a lot easier to clean up than glass!

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

I would also add these Because Kids wine glasses to my list. Because kids are the reason most moms drink wine in the first place. The only thing that would make me love these glasses more is if they were also un-spillable or non-breakable.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

If your wine lover really loves wine, why not get a wine glass that can hold the entire bottle! It’s a fun gift for anybody that likes wine.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

How about a wine glass that counts calories? I have given this glass to several friends, and it’s always a hit.

Looking for wine gift ideas for a wine lover? You'll find several here; many less than $20! Also includes links to wine related recipes, beginner's info, and more.

Another fun wine glass? How about a white trash wine glass that you can make yourself!

So there you have it! Wine Gift ideas for wine lovers. There are so many more fun wine gifts out there. What are some of your favorites?

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My Life In Pictures: November 16 – 30, 2016

Over the last year or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

I shared what we were up to at the beginning of November, and here’s what we were up to at the end of November.

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The kids were off for Thanksgiving break, and spent lots of time in their PJs. They also all got the stomach flu, which was not fun, though much easier now that they can all make it to the toilet when they get sick! We saw the movie Trolls and loved it.

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I devoured the book Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin. I loved it and wanted more! You can check out my book review or pick up a copy to read here.

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We celebrated my sister-in-laws’s baby shower! She’s having a little girl in April, and that baby will be the 16th grandchild and my 17th niece/nephew! Funny thing is, she already has a nickname…Number 16. Nicknames are huge in our family – between my siblings and all of our kids, we have over 80 of them.

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I started decorating for Christmas! How cute are these wine cork Christmas trees that my SIL makes? They are perfect sitting on our bar.

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Since they were little (no seriously, click that link because the pictures are SO cute!), the girls always sit together or are very close to each other. And like in this picture, I often find them sleeping together and touching. I hope they always stay close.

What were you up to in November?

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Winter Fest 2016: Check Out So Cal’s Ultimate Winter Experience!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post about Winter Fest 2016 on behalf of Gigasavvy. All opinions are my own.

Here in So Cal, we don’t really get a whole lot of winter. It gets cold (those of you reading anywhere east of us are probably laughing about our idea of “cold”) and occasionally we’ll even have to put on boots or tennis shoes instead of just wearing flip flops. So to say my kids haven’t really ever experienced winter is an understatement. That’s why I’m looking forward to taking them to Winter Fest 2016 at the the OC Fair & Event Center!

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My kids have never even been in real snow. A few years back, it did snow here in our town but it barely even covered the ground and was gone by the end of the day.

At Winter Fest 2016, they blow snow in daily and there will be enough of it for the kids to make their first snow angels, build a snowman, and even try snow tubing! Best of all, it’s included in the price of admission so you don’t have to pay extra for it!

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There’s even an ice skating ring so they can try out ice skating for the first time!

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There is a ton of attractions at Winter Fest 2016, and while the kids are excited about snow, I’ve got lots of other things I want to check out!

One thing we love to do as a family is look at Christmas lights. We bundle up in the car and drive around looking at all the decorations and lights. At the Festival of Lights, we’ll can stroll through a 2 million light illuminated pathway to explore 10 holiday themed lands. I think I’m most excited about this!

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And don’t judge me, but my kids have never been to a Tree Lighting Ceremony before (I actually haven’t either), so I’m really looking forward to seeing one. Every night at 5:30, you can watch the 30 foot tall Christmas tree light up!

And so much more to do: from the Candy Cane Carnival (Carnival tickets are $1. A pack of 16 tickets is $14 and a pack of 36 is $28. All carnival tickets sold onsite. An unlimited ride wristband is available online for $20,) to festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, to visits with Santa and so much more. Check out this video showing all the fun!

Additional Winter Fest 2016 Information

Kids 3 and under are free. parking is on site and $8 Season passes are also available. Get all the ticket info, dates of operation and hours here. Psst! Purchase your tickets online and use the promo code HOLIDAY to save $5!

Winter Fest 2016 Dates: December 16th thru January 1st

Winter Fest Located at: 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Follow Winter Fest on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with all of the holiday fun So Cal style!

Sounds like a blast, right? I have a Family 4 pack of tickets for one lucky So Cal reader! Enter below and good luck! 

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My Life In Pictures: November 1 – 15, 2016

Over the past six months or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

Here’s what we’ve been up to this November…

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My little bookworm wanted me to preorder the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down. Of course he finished it really fast, and was so bummed that now he has to wait a year for the next one. I explained to him that’s the problem that people who love to read always face – we can’t wait to finish a book, but after we finish it, we don’t want it to end. Ethan’s very first book review via a vlog coming soon!

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Lila may be a little OCD – she separated all of her candy! I let it sit on the counter for a couple of days…she was not happy to come home from school and find it all back in the candy bowl. Are you ready to get rid of your candy? I shared 10 ways to get rid of Halloween candy.

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I got this amazing Moscow Mule gift set as a gift from thoughtfully.com. I loved their gift sets so much that I became an affiliate! They’ve got gifts for everybody in your life….from coworkers to friends and family. Whether you know somebody well or not, you’ll find a gift for them. Trust me.

And now through January 2017! You can save 20% off your purchase +  get free shipping using the code GIFT20. So get to shopping!

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My Lila wants to be a chef when she grows up, and she’s learning how to use a chef knife! My favorite is Rachael Ray’s Santoku Knife and I actually have the whole set. She hasn’t cut herself yet because I’m watching her like a hawk.

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Jason started playing soccer on a co-ed team. It’s a blast to watch, and the kids are having fun cheering him on.

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I just finished reading Victoria by Daisy Goodwin and I was left craving more! If you’re interested, you can read my review of the bookDaisy Goodwin has several other historical fiction novels, and I can’t wait to dive into The American Heiress next.

What have you been up to this month?

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Family Nicknames: We Have Over 80 Of Them!

I love Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop because I always get great ideas for stories to share or for fiction to write. This week, I read Prompt #6: Write a blog post inspired by the word: rust. As soon as I read it, for some reason I immediately thought of Rusty “Russ” Griswold from one of my all time favorite movies, Vacation.

Russell 'Rusty' Griswold from the movie Vacation, played by Anthony Michael Hall

The reason being is because we call my niece Nikki “Russ;” it’s one of her many nicknames. Long story for why we call her that, but let’s say it has something to do with this scene in the movie…

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Anyways, I’ve talked about nicknames before. In my very large family, we rarely call each other by our God-given names.

If you are ever to come over to one of our family get togethers, when I introduce you to my siblings, I’ll say something along the lines of “These are my sisters Angie and Heather, and these are my brothers David and Scott.” But that’s the last time you’d here me call them by their names. After that, I may refer to them as Fun 1, Hef, Junior, and Scooter or many, many other names. You’ll be totally confused.

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Hef, Fun 1, Pookums, Junior, and Scooter

Between my mom and dad, siblings, and all of our significant others and kids, a family get together is almost 30 people. Trying to remember all of our real names is hard — trying to also remember multiple nicknames is nearly impossible!

Last month, I group texted my family (we have an ongoing group text that we text each other on every day, all day) and asked them to help me come up with all of the nicknames we call each other just so I could show y’all how confusing it can get! We had fun thinking of them all, but then when I saw the writing prompt, I knew I was going to write about all of our nicknames. It’s fun, but it’ll also come in handy if you ever meet my big fat, crazy family.

Family Nicknames

My Dad (David): Pops, D.A., Big Headed Todd

My Mom (Linda): Gramma Gramma, Big Lin

Me (Natalie): Pookie, Pookums, Pook

Husband (Jason): Hoagie, Hoage

Ethan: E, T, Tater, T Nuts, E Money

Lila: YaYa, Ya, YaYa Bean

Mia: Badger, Badgie, Mia Mia Tortilla

Sister (Angie): Fun 1, Ang, Chrissy

BIL (Brian): Uncle B, Lads, Ladnier

Niece (Alexis): Lex, Sparky, Kitten

Niece (Nicolette): Neen, Neener, Russ, Uggers

Niece (Sydney): Bean, Beansie, D Bird

Nephew (Aaron): A-A ron, A Fons

Sister (Heather): Hef, Heifer, Hefernan

Niece (Hailey): Boogerman, Boog, Haney

Nephew (Ryan): Fuzz, Fizzle, Fizzle McPimpin

Nephew (Caleb): K-Luv, Beeper, My Man, Big P

Niece (Davi): Sugar, Bear

Brother (David): Junior, Junior Nuts, Cliffy

SIL (Samantha): Spammerton, Spam, Sam, Sam-u-el, Samuel

Nephew (Kannon): Kan Man, Kalhoun, Sandy

Nephew (Karter): Kartier, Karter Farter, Curlie

Niece (TBD): #16 (Not even here yet and she already has a nickname. She’ll be the 16th grandchild!)

Brother (Scott): Scooter, Scoot, Scooterlicious, Walter, Walt, Schmitty, S C O Double T

SIL (Danielle): Danny-elle, Daniel, Dando

Niece (Presley): P, Baby P, Princess P

Niece (Sawyer): #15

A-aron, Sparky, Beansie, Russ, Badger, Cartier, Tater, Kan Man, K Luv, Haney, Fuzz, Sugar, Baby P and Ya Ya

That’s 82 nicknames that we use for each other interchangeably. We also may shorten the nicknames, which creates new names, which makes it even more difficult to figure out who we’re talking about. We’ve decided that’s why we all hang out together instead of with other people…it’s just too confusing to keep up with us!

But if you are lucky enough (or unfortunate enough) to become a part of this big crazy family, chances are you’ll be given a nickname too! Big shout out to Papa Jeep, Sweet D, Bincey, Too Tall, B-ER-EN-DA!, Shawnie and Con, Mr. Bubbles, Gramma Rufus, Tommy Pants, Rodger Dodger, Big Don, Share-Bear, and many others who have been given nicknames by the Allens. You’re welcome.

Do you use nicknames in your family?

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