Last Minute Gift Idea: Wine Glasses

Need a last minute gift? I got this idea after hearing Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, the wife-and-husband team who writes the Tastings column in the Wall Street Journal, on the radio. They like to give a set of beautiful yet inexpensive wine glasses to their friends and family. Why is this such a versatile idea?


People are often afraid to use their wine glasses because they are so easy to break. That's why in their NPR interview Dorothy and John love to give wine glasses as presents with a note that says, "Use them. Break them. We'll give you more next year." They recommend all-purpose, everyday glasses. And bigger is better, so you can swirl the wine around a generous, lovely glass.

Here are a few places with reasonably priced sets:

  • Cost Plus World Market: Vintner Pinot Noir Wine Glasses, Set of 4, $39.96
  • Target: Polycarbonate Red Wine Glasses, Set of 6, $17.99
  • IKEA: Optimal Red Wine Glasses, $1.99 each

Also, be sure to check our our guide to buying cheap wine for the holidays.

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