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If everyone is sipping similar cocktails at a party, it's likely a drink or two will get mixed up as the night rolls on. That’s where wine charms come in: Instead of having guests take a gamble with what drink is theirs, place a wine charm on the stem or rim of their glass to easily identify each drink.
From simple glass identifiers to more conversation-starting drink markers, there are options for every type of party. Best of all, many of these options fit on wine glasses as well as cocktail glasses, water glasses, and mugs. Whatever you pick, never worry about sipping someone else’s vino again.
Here are the best wine charms.
Best Overall: Swarovski Crystal Magnetic Wine Glass Charms
Magnets are very powerful
An excellent option for girls’ nights, bachelorettes, or larger gatherings, this set of 12 Swarovski crystal glass charms are an elegant way to identify your glasses. Although they look like stickers, these charms are actually magnetized and easily snap onto glasses without leaving a gooey residue. The magnet works on glasses or ceramic up to 5 millimeters thick. To clean, wipe the magnets with a damp cloth and place them back in the gift box for storage.
Twelve different colors of crystal mean you can match them to your birthstone, outfit, or favorite color. You don't even have to use these charms exclusively for alcoholic beverages; they also work as everyday markers to prevent people in your household from going through several different glasses a day. They make a great gift for your favorite wine-loving hostess, too.
What’s Included: 12 charms with back magnets, gift box
Best for Cocktails: NPW 6-Pack Drinking Buddies Drink Markers
Fun for pool parties
Not for every occasion
Can be awkward to drink from
These cheeky little cabana boy drink markers are perfect for sparking conversation. The set includes six petite hunks who are all wearing different swimsuits with names painted on each of them (Brad, Chad, Josh, Ryan, Cody, and Mitch). Try placing them on your favorite poolside drink, like a mojito or a punch. However, partygoers should probably remove these wine charms before taking sips since they only measure a few inches high and may fall off after excessive movement. They're made of painted PVC and are hand wash only. Pick up these wine charms for a laugh-inducing hostess gift or a bachelorette party.
What’s Included: Six speedo-clad charms
Best Stemless: Charles Viancin Floral Drink Markers
Not as strong as magnets
If you only have stemless wine glasses in your bar cart use these floral drink markers from Charles Viancin to distinguish everyone's drink at your next event. Featuring six cute pastel flowers, this set uses suction cups to attach to the side of stemless wine glasses. They're made from eco-friendly materials and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Reviewers love that these charms have a strong grip and note that they are easy to remove once the party is over.
What’s Included: Six flowery silicone suction markers
Best for Cans: True Fabrication Citrus Charm Set
Simple and fun
Hold well on the glass
Don't fit on all glasses
Colors are quite similar
It's a good idea to stock up on drink markers that can also work on cans since canned wine and cocktails are becoming more mainstream. Luckily, these brightly colored fruit wine charms fit onto cans and standard-sized cocktail glasses. Designed to mimic real fruit, they perch at an angle on your can and can be used as a practical garnish for sangria, wheat beer, or your favorite citrus-forward cocktail. The set includes eight citrus wedges in a variety of different fruity colors including pale green, ruby red, and pale yellow.
Once the festivities wrap up, all the slices pop together for easy storage. They're made of silicone and can go in the dishwasher for no-hassle cleaning.
What’s Included: Eight lemon-shaped charms
Best Stemware: Graf Lantz Wine-Os (Set of 24)
Fits on a wide range of stems
Some colors are close to each other
Looking for an option specific to wine glasses and other stemware? These subtle foam options wrap around the stem of your favorite martini glass, Champagne flute, or wine glass and sit at the base of the glass. Pick your favorite colorway of durable, water-resistant Merino wool felt, from the more muted autumn tones to punchier rainbow hues to a variety pack of every color made by the brand. Each set comes with 12 little drink markers, all handmade with sustainable materials in Los Angeles, California.
What’s Included: 12 Merino wool felt charms
Best Themed: Simply Charmed Beach Wine Charms
Includes a gift box
Fits a wide range of glasses, mugs
Can attach to thick plastic
Choking hazard for kids
Stick one of these whimsical sea charms on the side of the glass and you’ll instantly imagine yourself on a beach. These beach-themed wine charms use a magnetic construction and come shaped like a sea star, lobster, conch, seashell, crab, and pelican. The magnets snap onto glasses up to 5-millimeters thick, so they'll work with all standard wine glasses and some coffee mugs. Pick these up for beachside sipping, days at the lake, or your vacation home.
Each of these wine charms is handmade by local artisans in Libertyville, Illinois, and is packaged in an elegant gift box that doubles as a storage case. Simply Charmed also offers Thanksgiving- and Christmas-themed wine charms so you can stock up for the holidays, too.
What’s Included: Six coastal wine charms, gift box
Best Personalized: Voxel Prints Custom Wine Charms, 5-Pack
Add your name
Takes several weeks to arrive
For your book club members or favorite gaggle of drinking buddies, this wine charm set includes five different wine charms all personalized with names. Opt for this set if you’re shopping for a wedding party. Alternatively, list one single word across all, like "dad," "wine," or another personalized phrase.
The charms are made custom to order via a 3D printer. Since they are custom-made, you can pick from a vast color wheel, including gray, white, bronze, dark blue, light blue, gold, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The charms are made from eco-friendly bioplastic and secure to the base of the wine glass via a small hook.
What’s Included: Five customizable charms
Best High-End: Joanna Buchanan Jeweled Wine Charms, Set of 6
Above and beyond the typical wine charm
If you’re looking to add a little flair to your cinq-a-sept, these wine charms are emblazoned with assorted jewel detailing—big round rubies, assorted rainbow-hued jewels, and massive purple gems. The wine charms hook around the stem of the wine glass with a zinc attachment. They will perch pretty on the stem of a wine, martini, or Champagne glass.
If jewels aren’t your style, this British designer also offers a range of charming options, from glittery bees to nautical flags to bedazzled stars and moons. To clean, wipe with a soft dry cloth. These six wine charms come packed in an elegant gift box, making this an excellent option for a hostess gift.
What’s Included: Six jewel charms, gift box
Best Value: True Brands Wine-O Silicone Wine Charm (Set of 12)
Small and easy to lose
Though these teeny, durable wine charms advertise that they’re just for stemware, look beyond the label: You can slip them on the lip of any glass in your arsenal. These budget-friendly wine charms from Cheer feature a simple C-shape design that pops onto the stem of a wine glass or onto the side of your martini, rocks, highball, or plastic glass. Each set comes in 12 different colors and is made of durable food-safe silicone, so they're tough enough to withstand years of festivities. They're also a great option for wine tastings, wine clubs, and more elegant affairs thanks to the tiny size. When you’ve had your nightcap, simply pop these wine charms in the dishwasher—preferably in the cutlery section. There’s a full range of bright colors, so you won’t confuse your drink with anyone else’s.
What’s Included: 12 silicone charms
The Swarovski Crystal Magnetic Wine Glass Charms are subtle, yet chic, making them great for a wedding party, brunch, or wine night in with friends. The budget-friendly True Brands Wine-O Silicone Wine Charm are also very subtle—and they're dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when your nightcap is through.
What to Look for in Wine Charms
If you’re entertaining a crowd, you want the colors of the wine charms to be varying enough so that everyone can properly identify their glasses. Try to avoid wine charms that are very similar in color and appearance or repeat colors in the pack.
Not all wine charms will fit on all types of glasses. The standard wine charm is designed to fit a thin-stemmed wine glass. Ensure that the charm you’re buying will fit your preferred type of drinking receptacle, whether that's a stemless glass or mug.
How do the wine charms attach to your glass? Some are more decorative and perch atop the glass, but these charms can be a nuisance; they can fall off easily or impede your ability to drink. For best results, opt for a charm that attaches securely or sits on the stem.
How do wine charms secure?
Wine charms will secure one of two ways: around the base of the stem or on the rim of the glass. Others will also clip on via a magnet. Wine charms that secure around the base of the glass will stay put the longest, while charms that sit around the lip of the glass may teeter.
How do you clean wine charms?
Wine charms are easy to clean. Simply wipe with a cloth when you’re done drinking. Some options are even dishwasher friendly.
Are wine charms easy to use?
Yes. They clip onto your drink and stay put all through happy hour.
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Kate Dingwall is an experienced spirits writer and glassware collector who has her BarSmarts and WSET certification. She has been writing about the bar and spirits world for six years, including extensive coverage on the subject of glassware and bar accessories.