Gift-Giving Ideas for your Loved Ones

Its that time of year again where we struggle in finding the perfect gift for our loved ones. These ideas are not only for the holiday season but all year long for other special occasions or just because you want to say “I Love You.” If you’re like me and struggle to find the perfect gift, then read on; it’s not always about the gift but how you present it. Your loved one is less concerned about the value of the gift, but how you deliver the gift. Your gift shows how much thought and love you put into it. So we will share a few gift-giving ideas that are budget-friendly but will share some ideas on how to make the presentation that your loved one will not forget. 

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Romantic Picnic with your loved one

Get a nice bottle or two of wine, a picnic basket, some grapes, crackers, cheese, and honey, and don’t forget the blanket. Put everything inside the basket and put a bow on it. You now have the perfect gift for your loved one. Once she opens the basket, she will be in awe, and I bet she will won’t be able to wait for the romantic picnic you have planned. Find the perfect place to take her and make it a spot you have a history at, making it that much more special. Now that you have your plan, we need to find the perfect wine that she will be sure to love. I have tested these wines and can guarantee you will both love them. We all have our taste for wine; I enjoy slightly sweeter and fruity wines with a less bold taste when it comes to red wines. If your preferences are similar, then these budget-friendly wines are a perfect choice.   

If your looking for a great red blend, Mezzacorona DiNotte is an excellent choice. This wine comes from the majestic Dolomite mountains’ of Italy and was founded in 1904 as the first organized association to unify and protect grape growers in northern Italy. In 2020, Mezzacorona released its first-ever red blend, DiNotte – a unique step for a winery traditional focused on varietal wines. DiNotte combines local varieties of Teroldego, Marzemino, and Merlot’s touch for a bold, supple, and easy-drinking red wine. I found this wine to be very smooth with a hint of blackberry and blueberry flavors. If you are not fond of some wines’ bold acidic taste, this one will excite your taste buds with its smoothness and great flavor. 

Skyside’s Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon are both excellent choices. Born within Newton Vineyard in 2007 as Red Label and known today as Skyside, these wines expand its horizons beyond Napa and Sonoma, seeking out exceptional vineyards to deliver accessible, high-quality authentic California wines. Compared to $25+ regional brands, Skyside bottles California’s generous, bountiful and intense essence by capturing the nuances of varying climates, soil, and grape varieties, with prices ranging from $20 – $22.  

The Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon has a bolder flavor yet smooth with a plum and cherry aftertaste. Typically I find Cabernet’s to have too bold a flavor for my liking, so when I find one that is smoother, I put it on my list of favorites, and this Skyside fits my pallet perfectly and one you should try.

Skyside’s Red Blend is another great smooth red wine with a hint of blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries with just a hint of tasted oak. This great California wine is a blend of Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 24%, Cabernet Franc 11%, and Petit Verdot 5%.

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Don’t forget to include the cheese, crackers, and honey in your basket or other food items for your picnic. If you go with the honey, here is a great option, Bee K’onscious Artisanal Honey has a great seasonal Christmas offering that is sure to get you in the mood for the holiday season.  Brazilian Christmas Berry honey is hard to find variety and is ensured to provide a rare and exotic treat you will both love. 

 

Plan a Romantic Camping Trip

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I found Heat Holders, which offers different levels of warmth; you can pick the ideal warmth level to keep you at the perfect temperature all day. From head to toe, they have the ideal product for your cold friends and family. They offer a vast range of products for men and women. I had my wife try the loungewear because she is always cold in the house. She loves them. They keep her warm, and they breathe perfectly for you not to get too hot and sweat. If you don’t want to wear your warmth, they even have blankets for the cold nights around the fire pit. These clothes are the perfect gift to include in your gift basket.

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Check back soon as we add more great gift-giving ideas to this post.