How do you pick the wine baskets you feature?
We are an independent third-party website who partners with different stores who sell wine gift baskets online. We get paid a commission to promote the wine baskets these stores carry. Our goal is to know what all of the available wine basket gifts are, and to handpick the ones we would want to receive ourselves and those that we think make great gifts for wine lovers.
We pick gifts with good or fairly-priced wine, gifts with attractive packaging that doesn't feel outdated (when we can), and gift baskets that we think will make an overall great impression for your gift recipients. We also include affordable wine gift baskets (under $50) that are always a nice sentiment, even if the goods therein are less expensive.
Why doesn’t every gift site offer wine baskets?
There are many gift sites offering gift towers, gift baskets, gift crates, etc. Most of these sites do not have a liquor license and are unable to sell gift baskets with wine and beer. In order for an online store to sell wine basket gifts, they must get a liquor license AND permits to ship to different states across the country.
How do I select a wine basket for a gift?
When deciding on a wine basket, the first thing to consider is what kind of wine drinker you are buying for. Wine baskets are often conceived of as generic gifts that anyone with a passing interest in wine could enjoy. The snacks and sweets are a great way to improve the gift experience even when the wine is mediocre. For this reason, if you are buying for someone you know is a connoissuer, we recommend choosing a gift basket with their favorite winery, wine region, or grape featured.
If you are buying for people who like wine but typically buy it at the grocery store, any basket we have selected will be suitable, at which point you should consider their other interests and preferences, as well as your gift budget and the state your recipient lives in when choosing a wine gift basket.
Does my recipient need to be home to receive a wine basket gift?
Yes and no. All alcohol deliveries require an adult signature (21 years of age) and this is strictly enforced by delivery companies like FedEx, UPS, and local firms used by wine clubs. If this is an issue for your gift recipient, we recommend this workaround:
Have the gift basket sent to their workplace. This isn’t an option for everyone, but if they can receive packages at work, this is ideal. There is always an adult around to sign for a package and the wine will be kept in a temperature-controlled environment until they can bring it home.
Can I send a wine basket anywhere?
Simply put, no. US-based gift stores can only send wine baskets to certain states. We make it easy to shop wine gift baskets by the recipient's state. It is illegal for anyone without a liquor license to send wine in the mail or via UPS, so you cannot buy one (or make one) and put it in the mail. If you need to send a wine basket to someone living outside the US (but not on an Armed Forces Base), we recommend this company.