Updated: Oct 11, 2018
It doesn't matter if you're dating, married, single or divorced...Valentine's Day is approaching whether we like it or not. The stress starts building and you know you need to buy a gift, or maybe the stress is approaching because you have no one to buy a gift for. That's where I come in and save the day! You're welcome.
For Your Best Girlfriend:
Single? No problem. If you haven't heard of Galentine's Day it's a holiday that fictional character, Leslie, from "Parks and Recreation" created back in 2010. On the Eve of Valentine's, you get together with your best girlfriends and celebrate your platonic love. 2018 is bringing more women empowering other women, and I'm totally digging it. What would be the perfect activity to celebrate such an occasion you ask? How about making your own wine! Craft a Brew is a company that sells Make Your Own Wine Kits which you can do from the comfort of your own home.
The kit includes everything you see here including juice from some of the country's mort respected vineyards. Pro tip: make sure you also are drinking wine while making the wine;) The set comes with easy step-by-step instructions to make for the most perfect evening with your best friends. The best part is you get to rendezvous with your besties two weeks later (after fermentation) to do part 2 which consists of clarifying & bottling.
For Your Sedimental Partner:
Everyone out there has a different kind of relationship. Some partners are more sedimental than others and appreciate a gift with thought and meaning behind it. If your partner is a wine snob (in the best way possible) and holds all things meaningful close and dear, this next suggestion is for you.
Silver Oak is a monster in the wine industry. It can be considered the most quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet on the market, and that's backed up by the number of times it can be found on the menus of 5-star restaurants across the country. What would you say if I told you that you could personalize one of these special bottles with etching and artwork? Because you can.
This is my now husband holding the bottle I made him for our wedding. Trust me...it was a huge hit! Simply call their Customer Care Team (number on website), and discuss your plans for the bottle. It's as easy as sending your hi-res image over via email. Leave the rest to them!
For Your Fun & Flirty Partner:
Maybe you've just entered into a new relationship, or your relationship hasn't quite taken that serious turn just yet. In these situations Valentine's Day can be a struggle because you want to show your appreciation, but at the same time you don't want to get too "mushy" on anyone. My suggestion is to go for the gift basket. Hear me out- I don't mean one of those Edible Arrangements that you send your coworker over the Holidays, I'm talking sensual date night.
GiftTree.com is selling gift baskets with everyone's favorite things to make for the perfect fun & flirty night in. The "Champagne Wishes" basket, which depending on your budget, can include Fils Gallant California Sparkling wine or Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne. Along with your sparkler you receive SO MUCH CHOCOLATE. You can find anything from cherry sours to Ghiradelli hazelnut dark chocolate. Throw in some Godiva milk chocolate cashews and Lindt caramel truffles, and you have yourself a romantic night on the couch.
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Prefer a red instead? Take a trip with the "Around the World Wine Chest"
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Besides sipping a Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Gamay, you'll be munching away on Rutherford Camembert cheese, Spanish Olives and a Mt. Vikos Red Pepper & Feta Spread. Use this opportunity to cozy up and talk about your travel goals. Who knows, maybe a trip will come out of it!
No matter what your personal situation we must remember what Valentine's Day is all about LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES. Above all, we must be honest with ourselves in that there's no better way to celebrate love than with wine!