Grabbing a bottle of wine and throwing it into a skinny, store-bought gift bag or just sticking a bow on top is pretty much my standard way to gift a bottle wine to any party hosts, close friends, or special teachers this time of year. But now I’m rethinking my ho-hum gift wrap techniques after seeing so many creative, easy, and festive ways to wrap a bottle of wine for the holidays.
Best of all, I’m sharing ideas that use wrapping supplies you probably already have around the house, or can easily grab at many stores.
I mean, the whole point of gifting wine is that it’s easy! (Well, and delicious.) The last thing most of us want to do is embark on a wild goose chase for specific wine-wrapping supplies.
Keep in mind that these ideas will work on other bottled gifts besides wine: Prosecco and sparkling wines, Champagne, a bomber of beer, flavored liquors, a non-alcohol cocktail like Curious Elixir, even olive oil.
Basically anything in a wine bottle shape that you want to gift, I’ve got you covered!
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1. Wrap a wine bottle in kraft paper with a flourish
Utilitarian kraft paper gets all dressed up for the holidays when it wraps a bottle of wine, as our friend Christine at Boston Mamas reminds us. I love this idea from online retailer Terrain that I saw on her site. The added pop of color around the bottle neck can come from a tiny garland or wreath as shown above, or just get fancy with some ribbons. If you have nicer handwriting than mine, you can even write a personal message on the paper, chalkboard style if you’re using black kraft paper.
I have loads of kraft paper I save from all the Amazon boxes I’ve received this holiday, but also check out Terrain’s online store for fancier kraft paper options as well.
2. Wrap a wine bottle in a new tea towel
I absolutely love this idea on The Everygirl that turns a festive tea towel into furoshiki, or a Japanese fabric wrapping. That makes the towel an additional gift that your recipient can hang in their kitchen long after that bottle of wine is drained. The site even lays out step-by-step instructions for two different methods for wrapping your bottle, something this challenged gift-wrapper appreciates a great deal.
3. Wrap a wine bottle in tissue paper
In under two minutes, Martha Stewart will show you how to turn two pieces of use tissue paper to wrap wine beautifully for the holidays. I love her easy tips for getting it to look so neat; I mean, I’ve tried to wrap my bottles before but the end result looks like I did it with one hand. In the dark. This is the opposite of that.
4. Wrap a wine bottle in fringe
If you like to keep your hands busy while watching your favorite holiday movies with the kids, here’s a great idea: make your own fringe-covered wine bottle bags I adore this idea from Proper, which recommends using something called fringe scissors that you crafty types may have lying around. Fortunately, regular scissors will get the job done too. You may just need an extra movie.
5. Wrap a wine bottle in up cycled sweater sleeves
Before you toss that old Christmas sweater, or the ones your kids have outgrown, take a look at this clever idea for repurposing sweater sleeves into a DIY wine sleeve. Whoa! To help insure there is no dreaded broken wine, Oh My! Creative has instructions for how to sew the bottom of the sleeve up — don’t worry, it looks easy. Plus, your old sweater sleeve can be reused to gift bottles of wine again and again, which makes it a very eco-friendly option.
6. Wrap a wine bottle with printable gift tags and labels
Fire up the printer and create your own free printable gift tags to hang over the top of your bottle of gift wine. I love Party Delight’s pack of 8 witty, holiday-themed tags, as well as the clear instructions she offers for how to get them to look so neat over the top of a bottle. In fact, you need nothing more than a pair of scissors. Whoo!
If you’ll be celebrating Hanukkah with friends and family, it only costs a few bucks to download these 3 printable custom Hanukkah gift tags that you can edit yourself to personalize with your name. Created by Perfectly Printed Parties, it’s such a nice way to elevate a simple bottle of wine to a thoughtful gift.
7. Change up your wine bottle’s label with a custom version.
It’s so easy to swap out the existing wine label for one of these elegant printable wine labels from Berry Berry Sweet, which are now 50% off on Etsy. They’re, editable so you can include your family’s name and special greeting — get as naughty or nice as you want.
I like that you can also indicate the varietal on the top of the label, like Chardonnay, Merlot, or Two-Buck Chuck.
For Hanukkah, Liz found these funny Hanukkah wine labels recently from The Ritzy Rose. Perfect for Manischewitz and grape juice alike.
Another option for the eight nights of Hanukkah? These fun free printable Hanukkah wine labels available at Better Homes & Gardens. Just gut them out, and paste over your label.
8. Wrap wine as part of a DIY Wine-of-the-Month gift basket
Want to really blow away your giftee? Check out this DIY Wine of the Month Gift Basket from The Creative Bite which goes way way beyond a single bottle for a hostess gift.
She made the tags shown here with a special crafting machine, but I think you can check her site for inspiration, and create your own version on your computer or even with handwritten tags.
If your recipient follows your directions to open only a single bottle a month, they’ll drink a toast to you every month of 2020 for being such a thoughtful and generous gift giver. Cheers!