Grabbing a bottle of wine and tossing it into a skinny, store-bought gift bag or just popping 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 may 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 thoughtful. And delicious.) We’re including lots of ideas for fun trims and wrapping paper as well.
Keep in mind that these ideas will work on other bottled gifts besides wine: Prosecco and sparkling wines (psst..we love this brand that gives back to great causes!), classic Champagne (buy a case or half-case so it’s more affordable to hand out for gifts), a 22 oz. bomber of beer, homemade flavored liqueurs (these recipes rock!), non-alcohol cocktail like Curious Elixir— even a much-coveted bottle of Brightland Olive Oil or a premium aged balsamic vinegar.
Get the gist? Basically anything in a wine bottle shape that you want to gift, I’ve got you covered with these gift wrap ideas.
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Updated for 2023
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. If you have nicer handwriting than mine, you can even write a personal message on the paper in chalkboard marker if you’re using black kraft paper. I have loads of kraft paper I save from all the Amazon boxes I receive over the holiday, but rolls of Kraft paper are quite affordable if you need more.
The added pop of holiday color around the bottle neck can come from tiny cut pieces from a green Christmas garland, a red berry garland, or a mini wreath ornament around the neck. A festive wooden napkin ring over the bottleneck can work too. (Great trick!) Or, use real greens if you have them, or just get fancy with some festive holiday ribbons like these tiny ones in red velvet.
2. Wrap a wine bottle in a new tea towel
I absolutely love this idea on The Everygirl that turns a piece of fabric or a festive tea towel into furoshiki, or a Japanese fabric wrapping. That makes the fabric (love this assortment of reclaimed vintage holiday fabrics on Etsy) reusable; or find a tea towel that turns into an additional gift that your recipient can hang in their kitchen long after that bottle of wine is drained. Everygirl’s post no longer seems to have the step-by-step instructions for wrapping your bottles (sniff), but I found a furoshiki bottle wrapping tutorial on YouTube courtesy of The Green Wrapper–something this challenged gift-wrapper appreciates a great deal.
Pro tip: Find a towel with a repeating design motif so you don’t have to worry about where the design falls on the bottle. We like this reindeer tea towel, a classic red holiday tartan tea towel, or even a modern black and white tea towel that can be made more Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or New Years with the addition of ribbons. (And how great is that mini disco ball ornament!)
3. Wrap a wine bottle in tissue paper
In under two minutes on YouTube, 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. Sprigs & Green on Etsy has a lovely selection of holiday themed tissue papers, or pop by Paper Source online for a great selection–or in person next time you’re at the mall.
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 already 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 upcycled sweater sleeves
Before you toss that old Christmas sweater, or 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 provides instructions for sewing the bottom of the sleeve up and it actually looks pretty 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 these holiday designs from Alice & Lois. Just print on card stock and cut out! (Photo: Sara Albers for Alice & Lois)
For more ideas: See our roundup of free printable holiday gift tags and gift wrap from amazing creators around the web.
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 holiday wine labels from Berry Berry Sweet, which are so affordable 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. And they have Thanksgiving themed printable wine labels too.
If you want something a little more modern and humorous, love these funny wine labels that will be shipped to you by Label Me Fun, perfect for a hostess gift when you’re not the one cooking. Check out their entire holiday collection, from sassy to sweet.
For Hanukkah, Liz found this set of 8 funny Hanukkah wine labels from The Ritzy Rose. Perfect for Manischewitz, a good Pinot, and grape juice alike. (We like the one that says “it would be a miracle if this lasts all 8 nights.” IYKYK.)
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 read her site for inspiration, then create your own version by typing out each month on your computer or even using handwritten tags.
If your recipient manages to follow your instructions to open only a single bottle each month, they’ll drink a toast to you every month of next year for being such a thoughtful and generous gift giver. Cheers!