Like any fine wine, gift baskets continue to improve and get better. Long gone are the days of waxy fruit and plonk wine. Now, many major companies hire top-notch winemakers to craft custom blends from fruit grown in some of the best wine regions in the country. Others simply buy wines from great producers both in the United States and abroad.
Bottles are paired with delicious cheese, artisanal charcuterie, quality nuts, delightful chocolates, or a combination of goodies sure to delight recipients on any occasion.
Here, the best wine gift baskets to make someone's day.
Gift Tree The Premier Selection
A top-notch wine gift basket has enough wine and snacks for a good night in. Gift Tree’s Premier Selection is no exception, featuring three wines with assorted snacks and desserts, all packaged in a hand-stitched leather tote.
Gift Tree offers two bottles of cabernet and one chardonnay. The basket also comes with goodies like Camembert cheese, Manzanilla olives, snack mix, chocolate-covered cherries, Albanese gummy bears, white cheddar popcorn, and Marich English toffee caramels. The package is wrapped securely and can be upgraded to include a personalized message; it even includes scissors for easy opening.
Price at time of publish: $199.95
Includes: Wine trio, Camembert cheese, olive oil crostini, Manzanilla olives, chocolate-covered cherries, Gardetto's snack mix, candies, butter toffee caramels, white cheddar popcorn, and more
Gourmet Gift Baskets Red Wine Favorites
The perfect wine gift set only needs a bottle (or two) and a few treats for snacking. This option from Gourmet Gift Baskets includes a well-reviewed wine along with three treats.
The focus of this Red Wine Favorites gift basket is a 750-milliliter bottle of Viu Manent Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chilean red wine. Your giftees can enjoy that along with cheese straws, red velvet cookies from Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory, and cinnamon-brown sugar kettle corn. Overnight shipping is available.
Price at time of publish: $59.99
Includes: Cabernet, cinnamon and brown sugar kettle corn, cheese straws, and red velvet cookies
Best Wine and Cheese
Harry & David Gourmet Cheese Gift with Wine
The classic food pairing of wine and cheese is a gift most people would be happy to receive. For this gift basket, Harry & David offers four different kinds of cheese, nuts, and dried fruit to go along with a 750-milliliter bottle of its Pinot Noir.
This basket ships with Gouda, Rogue Creamery’s Oregon Blue cheese, a traditional Italian cheese, and a white cheddar hand-rubbed with wildflower honey and sea salt. There’s also a 4-ounce bag of cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans. A 6-ounce assortment of dried fruit mix, including raisins, apricots, and cranberries, completes this gift set. The entire basket comes in a keepsake wooden crate.
Price at time of publish: $79.99
Includes: Gold cheese, Oregon Blue cheese, sharp white cheddar cheese, Gouda cheese, mixed nuts, paradise dried fruit mix, Harry & David 2019 Pinot Noir, and wood crate
Best Wine and Charcuterie
Gourmet Gift Baskets Artisan Charcuterie & Wine Tray
If you're looking to gift a bottle of wine along with a full board of assorted charcuterie, this basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets is the one to send.
Packed into a woven seagrass serving tray are a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, soppressata, Finocchiona salami from Brooklyn Cured, and three different kinds of fresh cheese. Crackers, red pepper jelly, pistachios, and artichoke bruschetta round out the basket. Overnight shipping is available.
Price at time of publish: $199.99
Includes: Sweet soppressata, Finocchiona, peach red pepper jelly, roasted and salted pistachios, Cabernet Sauvignon, rosemary flatbread crackers, sea salt and cracked peppercorn water crackers, nutcakes, artichoke bruschetta, asiago cheese wedge, parmesan cheese wedge, classic Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, hot and sweet mustard
Best Wine and Snacks
Hickory Farms California Gourmet Wine Gift Basket
People enjoy wine with every kind of snack, from cheese and nuts to caramels and chocolate. Hickory Farms’ California Gourmet basket is the perfect gift for someone who loves all snacks and Chardonnay.
In addition to a full bottle of Generosity Cellars California Chardonnay, the savory side of this gift box is a 7-ounce summer sausage, 4 ounces of smoked cheddar blend, a 4-ounce bag of pistachios, sea-salt cashews, sourdough crackers, and sweet hot mustard. For the sweet tooth, there’s Chuao Bright & Sunny Honey Chocolate bar, butter toffee pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-peanut butter meltaways. Next-day delivery is available.
Price at time of publish: $74.99
Includes: Beef summer sausage, smoked cheddar blend, sweet hot mustard, dark chocolate peanut butter meltaways, three cheese sourdough crackers, butter toffee pretzels, honey chocolate bar, sea salted cashews, chocolate chip cookies, pistachios, and California Chardonnay
Best Wine and Chocolate
Harry & David Chocolate Treasure Box with Wine
Red wine is delicious when enjoyed along with a box of chocolates. This gift box from Harry & David delivers just that with various sweet treats.
Your giftee will receive a wood-and-pleather chest filled to the brim with chocolate in the form of popcorn, malt balls, mints, chocolate bars, chocolate truffles, and an entire mini cake. Harry & David adds a bottle of its award-winning red blend wine from Oregon to complete the celebration.
Price at time of publish: $109.99
Includes: Dark chocolate-covered premium popcorn, chocolate cake, milk chocolate malt balls, milk chocolate mini mints, dark chocolate bars, dark chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate truffles, and Harry & David 2019 Royal Crest Red Blend
Best Thank You
Harry & David Thank You Celebration Banquet with Wine
Everyone likes to be appreciated for their efforts with a small thank you gift. Show your gratitude with wine, snacks, and cookies with Harry & David’s Thank You Celebration Banquet. Your recipient will enjoy the famous Moose Munch caramel popcorn, summer sausage, white cheddar cheese, and a cheddar cheese snack mix. For dessert, there are two kinds of cookie bars and a bottle of Harry & David’s Ross Lane Red blend wine.
Price at time of publish: $64.99
Includes: Caramel premium popcorn, hickory-smoked summer sausage, sharp white cheddar cheese, three-seed crackers, honey hot mustard, white chocolate raspberry cookie bar, German chocolate cookie bar, cheddar cheese snack mix, Harry & David Ross Lane Red blend, and pre-printed Thank-You corner card
Best Birthday Gift
Harry & David Birthday White Wine Box
Every trip we make around the sun should be celebrated and cherished, and this gift box from Harry & David has everything you need for a birthday happy hour. The highlight is a bottle of pinot gris, which is produced in Oregon wine country. Also included are 4 ounces of white cheddar cheese, crackers, and roasted—the perfect snacks to enjoy with a birthday glass of wine. For lasting memories, the box features a reusable linen wine bag.
Price at time of publish: $54.99
Includes: Sharp white cheddar cheese, three-seed crackers, roasted almonds, pepper and onion relish, linen wine bag, and Harry & David 2020 pinot gris
Best Red Only
Wine Country Gift Baskets Hobson Estate Red Wine Trio
This bundle from Wine Country Gift Baskets is perfect for red wine lovers. All three bottles come from Hobson Estate, an award-winning winery in California. The cabernet in particular is a bestseller and gold medal winner in the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition.
All of the snacks and treats featured in this basket pair well with the red wines. From sweet to savory, there are decadent chocolates, crisp crackers, and savory spreads to enjoy. It’s a well-rounded basket for those who prefer red wines.
Price at time of publish: $99.95
Includes: Hobson Estate cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, baked crackers, hot honey crunch, milk chocolate truffle balls, bacon-habanero bites, olives, Italian snack crisps with olives, chocolate cream cookie, milk chocolates with caramel filling, white chocolate caramels, breadsticks, garlic and herb cheese spread, extra virgin olive oil set
Best White Wine Only
Wine Country Gift Baskets Hobson Estate White Wine Trio
If the recipient prefers white wines to reds, this gift basket is a winner. Another selection from Hobson Estate, this basket includes bottles of chardonnay, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc. The chardonnay has won a Best of Class gold medal in the Grand Harvest Awards and another gold medal for the Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition.
To compliment the wine, this basket comes with a host of snacks and treats. There are well-known indulgent favorites, like Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles, Sonoma Jacks Garlic and Herb Cheese Spread, and Creative Snacks Co’s Hot Honey Crunch Mix.
Price at time of publish: $99.95
Includes: Hobson Estate chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, baked crackers, hot honey crunch mix, milk chocolate truffle balls, bacon-habanero bites, olives, Italian snack crisps, chocolate cream cookie, milk chocolates with caramel filling, white chocolate caramels, breadsticks, garlic and herb cheese spread, extra virgin olive oil set
Best for Tasting
Gift Tree Embossed Leather Wine Log with Red Wine
Wine lovers often taste new wine every week, sometimes sampling multiple bottles in a single sitting. To keep track of it all, they rely on wine logs to fill with notes and labels.
The constant need for a new wine journal makes this gift set great for an established wine expert or the new collector. The leather wine log has space to record more than 40 wines and can be personalized with embossing. It comes with a bottle of Etude pinot noir, produced in California’s Los Carneros region, or you can choose a bottle of Ramey Napa Valley claret.
Price at time of publish: $59.95-129.95
Includes: Leather wine journal with complimentary embossing, a bottle of pinot noir or claret, card with your personal gift message or greeting
Gourmet Gift Baskets Wine Duo Italian Gift Basket
Picture any romantic Italian scene, and there’s definitely a glass of wine involved. For giftees who love to pop open a bottle of anything Italian, this gift basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets is sure to please.
Ruffino Chianti and Il Roccolo pinot grigio take center stage in this gift set. Completing the Italian theme is a pork salami, artisan pasta, traditional pasta sauce, and biscotti for dessert. There’s also smoked Gouda, crackers, and cheese straws for snacking.
Price at time of publish: $179.99
Includes: Ruffino Chianti, Il Roccolo pinot grigio, pasta sauce, artisan pasta, chocolate artisanal biscotti bites, Finocchiona, cheese straws, stoned wheat crackers, and smoked Gouda cheese
Best for a Spa Day
Wine Country Steeplechase Vineyards Spa Collection Gift Basket
Enjoying a glass of chilled wine while taking a soothing bubble bath is a quick route to relaxation. The Spa Collection gift basket from Wine Country Gift Baskets will allow the gift recipient to have a great at-home spa day.
This gift set comes with two bottles of wine, a merlot, and chardonnay from California’s Steeplechase Vineyards. The bath products include bubble bath, bath caviar, shower gel, bath salts, and body scrub, all in a calming lavender-vanilla scent. To help keep your giftee in a tranquil state, there’s also a lavender sheet spray and sachet bag.
Price at time of publish: $79.95
Includes: Steeplechase Vineyards' chardonnay and merlot, lavender bubble bath, shower gel, bath salts, body lotion, body scrub, bar soap, bath caviar beads, lavender sachet bag, lavender sheet spray
Wine.com 90 Point Red Wine Trio & Vintage Styled Gift Basket
This red wine trio gift basket features three wines from three different countries. The Château de Landiras is a deep and fruity wine from France that features notes of blackberries. For cabernet sauvignon lovers, the featured bottle from Martin Ray comes from the Napa region of California. Last, but certainly not least, the Bodegas Breca Old Vines Garnacha is made in the high altitudes of Calatayud in Spain. In addition to the wines, the basket features a plethora of crackers, nuts, and chocolates housed in a metal basket.
This particular basket updates on occasion as new treats become available. Our wine, beer, and spirits expert, Prairie Rose Free, tried a previous edition of the basket and loved the spread— particularly the savory snacks paired with the Spanish wine.
"I tried the savory items like the nuts, cheese, and bruschetta with the Spanish rioja, and the chocolate truffles and brownie cookies with the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The last wine, a French Bordeaux, went beautifully with both the cashew toffee and the trail mix," she said.
Price at time of publish: $124.99
Includes: 2018 Château de Landiras, 2018 Martin Ray Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, 2018 Bodegas Breca Old Vines Garnacha, three cheese sourdough crackers, Hickory Farms harvest cheddar blend, cranberry and sesame nut mix, olive oil and rosemary crackers, fig chutney, mixed nuts, cranberry pistachio crisps, Dolcetto wafer chocolate rolls, chocolate brownie cookie, gourmet chocolate chip cookies, biscotti, reusable metal basket
"I was impressed with the basket overall. The wine selection was especially nice. It's a varied assortment of quality picks. I think, for the price, this makes for a very good gift for the red wine lovers in your life." — Prairie Rose Free, Editor
WineBasket.com Giant Statement Wine Gift Basket
If you want to bring a show-stopping gift to a big holiday party, the Giant Statement Wine Gift Basket is an incredible option, and it certainly lives up to its name. It comes with five full bottles of wine (three red, two white) and 16 snacks and candies.
Some highlights include lemon and rosemary olives, Godiva milk chocolate cashews, coconut toffee granola bark, and dark chocolate sparkling prosecco cordials bundled in a beautiful copper-colored planter, to which you can add a personalized ribbon for an additional fee.
Price at time of publish: $259.99
Includes: Cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, red blend, pinot grigio, prosecco, mocha wine wafers, lemon and rosemary olives, wine and cheese biscuits, Godiva milk chocolate almond bar, Godiva milk chocolate cashews, Ferrero Roche confections collection, milk chocolate cappuccino bar, dark chocolate sparkling prosecco cordials, crème brûlée bar, peanut butter cup popcorn, milk chocolate English toffee caramels, creamy white sandwich cookies, chocolate wafer cookies, sesame seed bar, coconut toffee granola bark, candy and nut tray, decorative planter
Best French Staples
WineBasket.com French Trio Wine Gift Basket
France is a world leader when it comes to incredible wine, and this particular basket celebrates two French staples: There’s a bottle of red Bordeaux, a bottle of white Bordeaux, and a bottle of pinot noir.
In addition to wine, this basket includes a number of tasty treats that pair well with a glass, including Godiva chocolates, brownie crisps, and even lemon cakes. It’s all presented in an elegant green and gold metal tin.
Price at time of publish: $115.99
Includes: Red Bordeaux, white Bordeaux, pinot noir, Godiva Masterpieces dark chocolate ganache hearts, Chocolat Classique cocoa truffles, milk chocolate almond bar, chocolate brownie crisps, lemon cake, Godiva dark chocolate almonds
Best With Flowers
1-800 Flowers Blossoms & Wine - Red Roses
Wine and flowers are a classic gift pairing. If you want to give a heartfelt gift to brighten someone’s holiday, 1-800 Flowers has a number of Blossoms and Wine options to choose from. There are four flower choices available–red roses, assorted roses and lilies, a fall bouquet, and a Cherished Blooms bundle with roses, carnations, and lilies.
In addition to selecting which flowers come in the bundle, you’re also able to choose the wine–either rosé, sparkling rosé, pinot gris, or a red blend. You can tailor this gift to suit the tastes of the recipient for a kind and thoughtful gift.
Price at time of publish: $79.99-104.99
Includes: 12 or 24 red roses, bottle of wine (rosé, sparkling rosé, pinot gris, or a red blend)
Design it Yourself Gift Baskets Le Connoisseur Wine Basket
The best kind of gift is one with a personal touch, and this basket is customizable, allowing you to select wines and snacks that you know the recipient will love. The Le Connoisseur basket includes five bottles of wine (selected from a list of 15 options) and 11 snacks ranging from savory to sweet.
There are even a ton of add-ons and upgrades available, including more snacks, games, balloons, mugs, and even picture frames. Select the occasion and DIYGB will package the gift basket accordingly, with an imprinted ribbon and upgraded greeting card if you so choose.
Price at time of publish: $210.95
Includes: 5 bottles of user-selected wines, gourmet Texas barbecue popcorn, focaccia Tuscan style crisps, rosemary crostini artisanal crackers, butter pretzels, fruit and nut trail mix, smoked almonds, nut mix, pepper jack cheese wedges, chocolate brownie brittle, chocolate cream puffs, chocolate-filled wafer rolls
Gift Tree Cheers! Gift Box
Sparkling wine is perfect for just about any celebratory occasion, and this gourmet bundle features a bottle of sparkling Chateau Montmore Brut Cuvee, with tasting notes of honey, apple blossoms, and white cherry. In addition to the sparkling wine, there are cookies, gourmet popcorn, almond toffee, chocolate-covered cherries, and sea salt caramels. It comes in eco-friendly packaging and includes a personal message card.
The products included with the wine are brought to you by women-owned, minority-owned, and family-owned small businesses.
Price at time of publish: $99.95
Includes: Brut cuvee, black and white shortbread cookies, almond toffee, sea salt caramels, chocolate drizzled popcorn, chocolate-covered cherries
Our No. 1 pick is the Gift Tree's The Premier Selection Gift Basket with cabernet, chardonnay, and lots of sweet and savory snacks. For a more wallet-friendly pick, we recommend the Gourmet Gift Baskets Red Wine Favorites with one bottle of wine and goodies.
What to Look for in a Wine Gift Basket
Exploring all the drinks and treats tucked into a wine basket is as enjoyable as tasting them. It’s nice to have a bit of savory, a bit of sweet, and some variety in the wines themselves. Even if you’re gifting a smaller basket with a single bottle, the variety can come in the accompanying snacks and candies.
Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and strawberries, ham and cheese–some things are just better in pairs, and the same goes for wine. Wines have flavor profiles that match best with certain types of foods. For example, malbec pairs really well with Gouda. The combination of smooth fruitiness of the wine blends so well with Gouda’s nuttiness. Other famous combinations include cabernet sauvignon and aged cheddar, sauvignon blanc and goat cheese, and Champagne and Brie.
If your gift basket comes with wine and treats, how well do the two match together? It goes beyond cheese, too. When it comes to chocolate, white wines tend to pair better with lighter, milkier flavors. Reds go well with darker chocolates. A well-paired wine truly elevates the gift from good to great.
The last thing anyone wants is a broken wine bottle. Before purchasing a gift basket, check and see how the store ships it. Is it cushioned by crinkle paper or packing peanuts? Are things individually wrapped or just loose in the basket? How something is packaged can make a big difference. Luckily, most wine basket vendors will have fairly durable shipping to protect the glass bottles.
Can wine be shipped to all 50 states?
Wine can be shipped to nearly all 50 states, although each has its own set of rules. According to the NCSL, Alabama, Mississippi, and Utah prohibit the direct shipment of alcohol to consumers, including wine.
The remaining states allow some form of direct-to-consumer wine shipments; however, the retailer or winery must label the package as containing wine, and you may have to pay an alcohol shipping or signing fee. Additionally, you must be 21 years or older to purchase wine online. Websites that sell wine will require you to enter your date of birth before accessing the site or purchasing.
It is worth noting that the United States Postal Service does not deliver or ship wine, nor will it allow shipping of packages that include alcohol branding or once carried alcohol. Retailers that ship wine use UPS or FedEx.
Can wine be delivered everywhere?
While there are some nuances per state, all states require the person receiving the package to be at least 21 years of age with a valid ID. Some states require that the person who ordered the wine be present when the delivery is being made. Delivery to some rural areas, airports, military bases, and convention centers may not be possible. Refer to the retailer's shipping policy for location-specific details.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Siobhan Wallace has been writing about food, wine, and culture for over a decade. In addition to her stint as a baker, she's the author of two cookbooks. Her former corporate life included sending quite a few gift baskets.
Allison Wignall, who updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She’s traveled to vineyards around the world, learning about wine from the experts themselves. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.