Christmas is a time for giving. And imbibing copious quantities of wine.
But if you're buying for someone who prefers sipping over sloshing, look no further – we've got the gifts for you.
Soiree Home Tempour (£30)
This four-in-one gadget combines an aerator and filter, pourer, stopper and stainless steel chiller to make serving win a doddle. It'll cool wine to the optimum temperature for serving, and can aerate and filter it to improve the flavour and catch any sediment as you're pouring. Plus it's modular, so you can discard any parts you don't want to use.
Wine Bottle Cork Robots (£6)
Once you've finished with your wine, the accumulated corks are good for nothing but reminding you of the shameful extent of your boozing. Unless you pick up some of these cute little robot kits – then you can turn them into adorable automatons and display them with pride.
Rabbit wine chilling carafe (£40)
Combining a decanter and a bottle chiller, this handy gadget features a stainless steel ice chamber that you can top up with the cold stuff. Cleverly, it's designed so that you can pour without removing the chiller – so you'll be able to enjoy your tipple at the top temperature.
Vinopolis Quintessential Wine Tasting for Two (£65.00)
Before you can take advantage of all these wine gadgets, you need to learn how to taste it properly. This experience day kicks off with a 15 minute "how to taste wine" session at London's Vinopolis, and kits you out with 16 drinks tokens that you can use to try out wine samples from across the world. Sniff, swirl and slurp away. Not based in London? No worries – there are plenty of other locations covered.
Elertus Wine Protection System (US$290)
If your kids have reached the age when they're looking to experiment with drinks, you don't want them raiding your vintage wine cellar. This brand new security system will keep your wine store as secure as Fort Knox. If the door to your cellar's opened, or if the temperature changes, it'll ping an alert to your smartphone via the associated iOS or Android app. It's only available to buy from America, so if you want it in time for Christmas, best order now.
Conundrum decanter (£23)
Do your wine justice and let it breathe with this specially-designed decanter – those curves aren't just for looks, you know. As wine's poured into the decanter, the curvy sides ensure that it's properly aerated and oxygenated. And when the wine's poured out, it's dispersed across the sides of the decanter, ensuring a two-phase aeration that'll leave it tasting positively scrummy.
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Vino2Go portable wine glass (£15)
Okay, it's not exactly picnicking weather – but for forward-thinking wine fans, this gift will ensure that their summer days are a breeze. Its double wall insulation ensures that your wine is kept at the optimum temperature for guzzling, while the lid will stop spills – and, more importantly, booze-hungry wasps – from ruining your drink.
Le Nez du Vin 24 Aromas Duo Set (£110)
Train your nose with this aroma kit – it comes with 12 white wine aromas and 12 red wine aromas to turn you into a super sniffer. Once you've perused the enclosed booklet and wafted the smelly bottles (which range from toast to truffle and everywhere in between), you'll actually understand what the labels on wine bottles are wittering on about when they say things like "a buttery gooseberry nose."
R2-D2 bottle stopper (£6)
The Mos Eisley Cantina may not have allowed droids through its doors, but R2-D2 is perfectly at home with a bottle, as this novelty stopper proves. A perfect stocking filler for any Star Wars fans who like a tipple.
Mulled Wine Pot and Warmer (£25)
Wine aficionados will probably weep at the inclusion of a mulled wine kit in our gift guide, but we say: sod them; it's Christmas. This festive-looking pot comes complete with a warming plate; pop a tealight under it and it'll maintain an appropriately cozy temperature.
Vinology PreserVin Auto Wine Preserver & Thermometer (£25)
This is no ordinary wine stopper – it's a super stopper. Its built in thermometer and date tracker ensures that you're keeping your wine at the correct temperature – and lets you know how many days it's been since your bottle was sealed. It'll auto detect when the bottle's tilted, and its built-in pump detects the air pressure in the bottle and adjusts it to suit.
Samsung RW33EBSS1 Wine Cooler (£215)
If you want to get serious about your wine, you'll want a wine cooler to house your collection. Prices can reach the thousands, but this effort from Samsung comes in at a reasonable price. It'll store up to 33 bottles, and can maintain different temperature zones ranging from 3C to 18C for red and white wines. A low vibration system stops your bottles from getting all shook up, while the door blocks UV radiation. Now you just need some wine to put in it.